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Enso - Japanese Zen Circle

Japan en sou
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle

〇 / 円相 is Enso, which is really NOT a regular Japanese Kanji character. It falls more into the category of a symbol. In this case, it can be considered a religious symbol, as it is strongly-associated with Japanese Zen Buddhism.

Enso Circle

〇 / 円相 is a typical appearance of Enso with an inscription by master calligrapher Bishou Imai.

Some call this "The Circle of Enlightenment." Others call it the "Infinity Circle." If you actually took the meanings of the two Kanji that make up the word "Enso," you could read it as "Mutual Circle" or "Circle of Togetherness." I think the Enso symbol can simply mean different things to different people. Therefore, you should let it have the meaning that you perceive.

Please note when you start making your customizations for an Enso wall scroll, you will see some possible ways it might be written, listed under the different calligraphy styles that we normally offer. However, Enso does not really conform to normal Asian calligraphy styles. Therefore, do not expect that you can make a style selection and expect the actual result to be identical. The appearance of your Enso will be determined by the artist's personal style, feeling, mood, etc. You cannot control or constrain that, as you cannot constrain art, without removing some of the artistic quality. Note: Our calligraphy selection process does not take this into account, as it was designed for Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji selection.

Please ignore the part where you are invited to pick a calligraphy style in the following pages.

Both our Japanese and Chinese master calligraphers are Buddhist (not as devout as monks but Buddhist none the less). Therefore, you can be assured that your Enso symbol will be written with the utmost effort and feeling.


By the way, when "Enso" is written in Kanji, it looks like this: 円相


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Japanese shuu / shu / しゅう
Chinese to make a circuit; to circle; circle; circumference; lap; cycle; complete; all; all over; thorough; to help financially; surname Zhou; Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC)
Japanese (1) Zhou (dynasty of China); Chou; (2) {geom} perimeter; (n-suf,ctr) (3) counter for laps or circuits; (female given name) Meguru; (female given name) Meguri; (given name) Makoto; (personal name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Tsukashi; (given name) Chikashi; (female given name) Chika; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (personal name) Juu; (surname) Shiyu; (given name) Shuutei; (personal name) Shuuji; (personal name) Shuukichi; (given name) Shuuki; (surname, given name) Shuu; (surname) Shu; (surname) Kane; (personal name) Osamu; (given name) I
Around, on every side, complete; to go around
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Mandarin lín / lin2
Taiwan lin
Japanese hayashi / はやし
Chinese woods; forest; CL:片[pian4]; circle(s) (i.e. specific group of people); a collection (of similar things); surname Lin; Japanese surname Hayashi
Japanese (1) woods; forest; copse; thicket; (2) bunch; line (of something); collection; (surname, female given name) Rin; (surname) Rimu; (surname) Ri; (female given name) Ramu; (surname) Yau; (surname) Hayashitaka; (surname) Hayashizaki; (surname) Hayashisaki; (p,s,f) Hayashi; (surname, given name) Shigeru; (surname) Shige; (surname) Kuwamatsu; (surname) Kuwabara; (surname) Kuwabayashi; (surname) Kuwaza; (surname) Imu; (female given name) Atsumi
A grove, or wood; a band; forest; grove
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世界

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Mandarin shì jiè / shi4 jie4
Taiwan shih chieh
Japanese sekai / せかい
Chinese world; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (1) the world; society; the universe; (2) sphere; circle; world; (can be adjective with の) (3) renowned; world-famous; well-known outside of Japan; (4) {Buddh} (original meaning) realm governed by one Buddha; space; (surname, female given name) Sekai
Loka 世間; the finite world, the world, a world, which is of two kinds: (1) 衆生世界 that of the living, who are receiving their 正報 correct recompense or karma; (2) 器世界 that of the material, or that on which karma depends for expression. By the living is meant 有情 the sentient.
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The World

内内

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Japanese nainai / ないない    uchiuchi / うちうち Japanese (adj-no,adv,n) family circle; the inside; private; informal; secret; confidential

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道場


道场

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Mandarin dào chǎng / dao4 chang3
Taiwan tao ch`ang / tao chang
Japanese doujou / dojo / どうじょう
Chinese Taoist or Buddhist rite; abbr. for 菩提道場|菩提道场[Pu2 ti2 dao4 chang3]
Japanese (1) dojo (hall used for martial arts training); (2) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 菩提道場) manda (place of Buddhist practice or meditation, esp. the place under the bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment); (surname) Michiba; (place-name, surname) Douba; (place-name, surname) Doujou; (surname) Touba
Truth-plot. bodhimaṇḍala, circle, or place of enlightenment. The place where Buddha attained enlightenment. A place, or method, for attaining to Buddha-truth. An object of or place for religious offerings. A place for teaching, learning, or practising religion; site of enlightenment
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Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

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Mandarin líng / ling2
Taiwan ling
Japanese maru / まる
Chinese zero
Japanese (1) circle (sometimes used for zero); (2) 'correct' (when marking); (3) symbol used as a placeholder (either because a number of other words could be used in that position, or because of censorship); (4) period; full stop; (5) maru mark; semivoiced sound; p-sound
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Mandarin dōu / dou1
Taiwan tou
Japanese kabuto / かぶと
Chinese pocket; bag; to wrap up or hold in a bag; to move in a circle; to canvas or solicit; to take responsibility for; to disclose in detail; combat armor (old)
Japanese helmet (of armor, armour); headpiece; (place-name, surname) Kabuto
Helmet, hood; pocket, bag; translit. tu.

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Mandarin yuán / yuan2
Taiwan yüan
Japanese meguru / めぐる    mitsu / みつ    maroshi / まろし    maroka / まろか    maru / まる    madoka / まどか    nodoka / のどか    tsubura / つぶら    en / えん
Chinese yen (Japanese currency); Japanese variant of 圓|圆
Japanese (1) circle; (n,n-pref) (2) entirety; whole; full; complete; (3) (slang) money; dough; moola; (4) enclosure inside a castle's walls; (5) (ksb:) soft-shelled turtle; (suffix) (6) suffix for ship names; suffix for names of people (esp. infants); suffix for names of swords, armour, musical instruments, etc.; suffix for names of dogs, horses, etc.; (1) yen; Japanese monetary unit; (2) circle; (female given name) Meguru; (female given name) Mitsu; (given name) Maroshi; (female given name) Maroka; (surname, given name) Maru; (surname, female given name) Madoka; (female given name) Nodoka; (surname, female given name) Tsubura; (surname, female given name) En
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Yen

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Mandarin huí / hui2
Taiwan hui
Japanese kai / かい
Chinese to circle; to go back; to turn around; to answer; to return; to revolve; Hui ethnic group (Chinese Muslims); time; classifier for acts of a play; section or chapter (of a classic book)
Japanese (counter) (1) counter for occurrences; (2) a time; an instance; (3) inning (baseball); round; game; (n,n-suf) (4) (colloquialism) episode; chapter; instalment; (5) (abbreviation) (See 回族) Hui (people); (6) (abbreviation) (See 回教) Islam; (surname) Meguri; (surname) Mawari; (surname) Magari; (surname) Kizahashi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin quān // juàn // juān / quan1 // juan4 // juan1
Taiwan ch`üan // chüan / chüan // chüan
Chinese circle; ring; loop; classifier for loops, orbits, laps of race etc; CL:個|个[ge4]; to surround; to circle; pen (pig); a fold; to confine; to lock up; to pen in

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Mandarin quān / quan1
Taiwan ch`üan / chüan
Japanese ken / けん
Chinese Japanese variant of 圈
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) sphere; circle; range; (2) {math} category (only in the context of "category theory")

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Mandarin yuán / yuan2
Taiwan yüan
Japanese maru / まる    madoka / まどか    matome / まとめ    dan / だん    enpuku / えんぷく    enzaki / えんざき    en / えん
Chinese circle; round; circular; spherical; (of the moon) full; unit of Chinese currency (Yuan); tactful; to justify
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) yen; Japanese monetary unit; (2) circle; (personal name) Maru; (female given name) Madoka; (surname) Matome; (personal name) Dan; (personal name) Enpuku; (surname) En
Round, all-round, full-orbed, inclusive, all-embracing, whole, perfect, complete.

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Mandarin yuán // huán / yuan2 // huan2
Taiwan yüan // huan
Chinese circle; round; circle; encircle

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Mandarin tuán / tuan2
Taiwan t`uan / tuan
Chinese to roll up into a ball with one's hands; spiral; circle; variant of 團|团[tuan2]

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Mandarin xuán / xuan2
Taiwan hsüan
Japanese sen
Chinese to whirl; immediately; variant of 鏇|镟[xuan4]; to revolve; a loop; a circle
Revolve, turn round, whirl; to go around

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Mandarin kuàng / kuang4
Taiwan k`uang / kuang
Japanese kamachi / かまち
Chinese frame (e.g. door frame); casing; fig. framework; template; to circle (i.e. draw a circle around something); to frame; to restrict; Taiwan pr. [kuang1]
Japanese (kana only) door frame; window frame; frame sections of the door or window that provide most of its structural integrity

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Mandarin qióng // jué / qiong2 // jue2
Taiwan ch`iung // chüeh / chiung // chüeh
Chinese (red stone); half-circle jade ring

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Mandarin zhuǎn / zhuan3
Taiwan chuan
Japanese utata / うたた
Chinese to revolve; to turn; to circle about; to walk about; classifier for revolutions (per minute etc): revs, rpm; classifier for repeated actions; to turn; to change direction; to transfer; to forward (mail); see 轉文|转文[zhuai3 wen2]
Japanese (surname) Utata
vartana; pravartana; vṛtti. Turn, transform, revolve, evolve, change, the process of birth and rebirth; again, re-; to transform

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Mandarin zhuì / zhui4
Taiwan chui
Chinese circle shrines and make sacrifices

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〇×

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Japanese marubatsu / まるばつ Japanese circle and cross; right and wrong (answers); true-false
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スジ

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Japanese suji / スジ Japanese (1) muscle; tendon; sinew; (2) vein; artery; (3) fiber; fibre; string; (4) line; stripe; streak; (5) reason; logic; (6) plot; storyline; (7) lineage; descent; (8) school (e.g. of scholarship or arts); (9) aptitude; talent; (10) source (of information, etc.); circle; channel; (11) well-informed person (in a transaction); (12) logical move (in go, shogi, etc.); (13) (shogi) ninth vertical line; (14) seam on a helmet; (15) (abbreviation) gristly fish paste (made of muscle, tendons, skin, etc.); (16) (archaism) social position; status; (n-suf,n,adj-no) (17) on (a river, road, etc.); along; (suf,ctr) (18) counter for long thin things; counter for roads or blocks when giving directions; (19) (archaism) (Edo period) counter for hundreds of mon (obsolete unit of currency); (given name) Suji

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丸く

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Japanese maruku / まるく Japanese (adverb) (1) in a circle; (2) amicably

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丸一

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Japanese maruichi / まるいち Japanese bisected-circle seal; (surname) Maruichi

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丸十

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Japanese marujuu / maruju / まるじゅう Japanese cross in a circle; (surname) Marujuu

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丸型

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Japanese marugata / まるがた Japanese (1) round shape; circle; (2) circular form

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丸形

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Japanese marugata / まるがた Japanese (1) round shape; circle; (2) circular form; (surname) Marugata

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五輪


五轮

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Mandarin wǔ lún / wu3 lun2
Taiwan wu lun
Japanese gorin / ごりん
Japanese Olympic rings; Olympics; (p,s,f) Gorin; (surname, female given name) Itsuwa
The five wheels, or things that turn: I. The 五體 or five members, i. e. the knees, the elbows, and the head; when all are placed on the ground it implies the utmost respect. II. The five foundations of the world. first and lowest the wheel or circle of space; above are those of wind; of water; the diamond, or earth; on these rest the nine concentric circles and eight seas. III. The esoteric sect uses the term for the 五大 five elements, earth, water, fire, wind, and space; also for the 五解脫輪 q. v. IV. The five fingers (of a Buddha).

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