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Breathing in Chinese / Japanese...

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China hū xī
Japan ko kyuu
Breathe Vertical Wall Scroll

This breathe, breathing or breath in Chinese characters, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

These two characters literally mean to exhale and inhale. Maybe this will remind you to, "just breathe."

Life in Every Breath

Japan hakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori
Life in Every Breath Vertical Wall Scroll

This means, "life in every breath" in Japanese.

This phrase is more like "every single breath as you live and dwell."

The characters breakdown this way:
吐く息 (hakuiki) to breathe; exhaled air; one's breath; breathing.
一つ (hitotsu) one; only; just.
にも (nimo) also; too; as well; even.
生命 (seimei) life; existence; living.
が (ga) particle.
宿り (yadori) to lodge; to dwell; lodging; abode; shelter.

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Mandarin hū xī / hu1 xi1
Taiwan hu hsi
Japanese kokyuu / kokyu / こきゅう
Life in Every Breath Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to breathe
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) breathing; respiration; (2) knack; trick; secret (of doing something); (3) harmony; balance; synchronization; accord; (4) (See 一呼吸) short interval; short pause
Exhale and inhale; to exhale and inhale



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Mandarin qì gōng / qi4 gong1
Taiwan ch`i kung / chi kung
Chinese qigong, a system of deep breathing exercises

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Mandarin chī / chi1
Taiwan ch`ih / chih
Chinese (onom.) giggling; breathing; tearing of paper, ripping of fabric etc

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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Chinese palpitation; short breathing

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Mandarin yóng / yong2
Taiwan yung
Chinese breathing (of fish)

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Mandarin/ xi1
Taiwan hsi
Japanese iki(p);oki(ok) / いき(P);おき(ok)
Chinese breath; news; interest (on an investment or loan); to cease; to stop; to rest; Taiwan pr. [xi2]
Japanese (1) breath; breathing; (2) (See 息が合う) tone; mood; (personal name) Yasumu; (given name) Yasu; (surname, female given name) Iki
To breathe; breath; rest, stop, settle, cease; produce, interest; to calm down

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Mandarin xiāo / xiao1
Taiwan hsiao
Chinese asomethingma; difficulty in breathing

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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Chinese breathing of pigs


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Mandarin sān mèi / san1 mei4
Taiwan san mei
Japanese sanmai;zanmai / さんまい;ざんまい
Chinese Samadhi (Buddhist term)
Japanese (1) (さんまい only) {Buddh} samadhi (state of intense concentration achieved through meditation) (san:); (suffix noun) (2) (usu. ざんまい) being immersed in; being absorbed in; indulging in; doing to one's heart's content; (3) (usu. ざんまい) prone to; apt to; (given name) Sanmai
(三昧地) Samādhi, "putting together, composing the mind, intent contemplation, perfect absorption, union of the meditator with the object of meditation." (M. W.) Also 三摩地 (三摩提, 三摩帝, 三摩底). Interpreted by 定 or 正定, the mind fixed and undisturbed; by 正受 correct sensation of the object contemplated; by 調直定 ordering and fixing the mind; by 正心行處 the condition when the motions of the mind are steadied and harmonized with the object; by 息慮凝心 the cessation of distraction and the fixation of the mind; by 等持 the mind held in equilibrium; by 奢摩他, i.e. 止息 to stay the breathing. It is described as concentration of the mind (upon an object). The aim is 解脫, mukti, deliverance from all the trammels of life, the bondage of the passions and reincarnations. It may pass from abstraction to ecstasy, or rapture, or trance. Dhyāna 定 represents a simpler form of contemplation; samāpatti 三摩鉢底 a stage further advanced; and samādhi the highest stage of the Buddhist equivalent for Yoga, though Yoga is considered by some as a Buddhist development differing from samādhi. The 翻譯名義 says: 思專 when the mind has been concentrated, then 志一不分 the will is undivided; when 想寂 active thought has been put to rest, then 氣虛神朗 the material becomes etherealized and the spirit liberated, on which 智 knowledge, or the power to know, has free course, and there is no mystery into which it cannot probe. Cf. 智度論 5, 20, 23, 28; 止觀 2; 大乘義章 2, 9, 1 3, 20, etc. There are numerous kinds and degrees of samādhi.


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Mandarin hū hū / hu1 hu1
Taiwan hu hu
Japanese koko
Chinese (onom.) sound of the wind or the breathing of sb who is sound asleep
The raurava or fourth hot hell; (Skt. raurava)


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Japanese zenmei / zenme / ぜんめい Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) stridor; wheezing; noisy breathing


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Mandarin sì shé / si4 she2
Taiwan ssu she
Japanese shida
idem 四毒蛇. The Fanyimingyi under this heading gives the parable of a man who fled from the two bewildering forms of life and death, and climbed down a rope (of life) 命根, into the well of impermanence 無常, where two mice, night and day, gnawed the rattan rope; on the four sides four snakes 四蛇 sought to poison him, i. e. the 四大 or four elements of his physical nature); below were three dragons 三毒龍 breathing fire and trying to seize him. On looking up he saw that two 象 elephants (darkness and light) had come to the mouth of the well; he was in despair, when a bee flew by and dropped some honey (the five desires 五欲) into his mouth, which he ate and entirely forgot his peril.



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Mandarin jiāo chuǎn / jiao1 chuan3
Taiwan chiao ch`uan / chiao chuan
Chinese faint breathing


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Japanese neiki / neki / ねいき Japanese breathing of a sleeping person



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Mandarin dǎo yǐn / dao3 yin3
Taiwan tao yin
Japanese dōin
Chinese same as 引導|引导[yin3 dao3]; Dao Yin, Daoist exercises involving breathing, stretching and self-massage
To lead.



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Mandarin shù xī / shu4 xi1
Taiwan shu hsi
Japanese shusoku
To count the breathing in order to calm mind and body for meditation, e.g. 數息觀; 數門 (數息門); cf. 阿 ānāpāna.



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Mandarin duàn qì / duan4 qi4
Taiwan tuan ch`i / tuan chi
Chinese to stop breathing; to breathe one's last; to die; to cut the gas supply


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Mandarin zhǐ xī / zhi3 xi1
Taiwan chih hsi
Japanese shisoku
To stop, cease; to stop breathing by self-control; to bring the mind to rest; used for 止觀; stopping breath


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Mandarin dié dié / die2 die2
Taiwan tieh tieh
Chinese weak (from illness); breathing weakly


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Japanese kikou / kiko / きこう Japanese breathing exercise; breath control; spirit cultivation; chi kung; qigong


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Japanese kisoku / きそく Japanese breathing; breath


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Japanese kataiki / かたいき Japanese difficult breathing; heavy breathing; gasping


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Japanese kataiki / かたいき Japanese difficult breathing; heavy breathing; gasping



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Mandarin bèi qì / bei4 qi4
Taiwan pei ch`i / pei chi
Chinese to stop breathing (as a medical condition); (fig.) to pass out (in anger); to have a stroke


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Mandarin bān nà / ban1 na4
Taiwan pan na
Japanese hanna
prāṇa, exhalation, breathing out, cf. 阿那; bānnà] ; āpanna


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Japanese arai / あらい Japanese (adjective) (1) rough; wild; violent; rude; coarse; harsh; fierce; heavy (e.g. breathing); (2) immoderate; extravagant; reckless


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Japanese goen / ごえん Japanese (noun/participle) breathing in (of a foreign body, food, etc.); pulmonary aspiration; mis-swallowing; swallowing down the wrong pipe


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Mandarin bí xī / bi2 xi1
Taiwan pi hsi
Japanese hanaiki(p);bisoku / はないき(P);びそく
Chinese breath
Japanese (1) nasal breathing; (2) (はないき only) person's pleasure; excitement
The breath of the nostrils; also the perception of smell.


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Japanese buresu / ブレス Japanese (noun/participle) (1) breath; breathing; (2) bless; (3) (abbreviation) (See ブレスレット) bracelet; (place-name) Bress


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Mandarin bā niàn fǎ / ba1 nian4 fa3
Taiwan pa nien fa
Japanese hachi nenhō
Or 八念門. Eight lines of thought, in the智度論 21 , for resisting Māra-attacks and evil promptings during the meditation on impurity, etc.; i.e. thought of the Buddha, of the Law (or Truth), the fraternity, the commandments, alms-giving, the devas, breathing, and death. There are also the 大人八念 , i.e. that truth 道 is obtained through absence of desire, contentment, aloneness, zeal, correct thinking, a fixed mind, wisdom, and inner joy. v. 八念經; eight patterns of mindfulness

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Breathe呼吸ko kyuu / kokyuu / ko kyu / kokyuhū xī / hu1 xi1 / hu xi / huxihu hsi / huhsi
Life in Every Breath吐く息一つにも生命が宿りhakuiki hitotsu nimo seimei ga yadori

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