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China qiān chā wàn bié
Japan sen sa man betsu

千差萬別 is used to describe "manifold diversity." It literally means, "A thousand differences and ten thousand distinctions."

Other translations include: an infinite variety of; multifarious; being extremely varied and wide-ranging.

The third character is written differently in Japanese, so if you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher it will look like 千差万別 instead of 千差萬別.

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Mandarin qiān chā wàn bié / qian1 cha1 wan4 bie2
Taiwan ch`ien ch`a wan pieh / chien cha wan pieh
Japanese sensha manbetsu
Chinese manifold diversity
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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Japanese koto こと
Chinese different; other; hetero-; unusual; strange; surprising; to distinguish; to separate; to discriminate
Japanese (n,adj-na,n-pref) (1) (archaism) difference (from one another); different thing; other; (adjectival noun) (2) unusual; extraordinary; (adjectival noun) unusual; extraordinary; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) difference (of opinion); (adjectival noun) (2) strange; odd; unusual; (prefix) (3) different
pṛthak. Different, separate, unlike, not the same; diverse, diversity; strange; heterodox; extraordinary; to differ

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Mandarin bù tóng / bu4 tong2
Taiwan pu t`ung / pu tung
Japanese fudou / fudo ふどう
Chinese different; distinct; not the same; not alike
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) difference; diversity; irregularity; disorder
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Mandarin sān shēn / san1 shen1
Taiwan san shen
Japanese sanmi さんみ
Japanese (Buddhist term) trikaya (three bodies of the Buddha); (surname) Sanmi
trikāya. 三寶身 The threefold body or nature of a Buddha, i.e. the 法, 報, and 化身, or dharmakāya, sambhogakāya, and nirmāṇakāya. The three are defined as 自性, 受用, and 變化, the Buddha-body per se, or in its essential nature; his body of bliss, which he "receives" for his own "use" and enjoyment; and his body of transformation, by which he can appear in any form; i.e. spiritual, or essential; glorified; revealed. While the doctrine of the trikāya is a Mahāyāna concept, it partly results from the Hīnayāna idealization of the earthly Buddha with his thirty-two signs, eighty physical marks, clairvoyance, clairaudience, holiness, purity, wisdom, pity, etc. Mahāyāna, however, proceeded to conceive of Buddha as the Universal, the All, with infinity of forms, yet above all our concepts of unity or diversity. To every Buddha Mahāyāna attributed a three-fold body: that of essential Buddha; that of joy or enjoyment of the fruits of his past saving labours; that of power to transform himself at will to any shape for omnipresent salvation of those who need him. The trinity finds different methods of expression, e.g. Vairocana is entitled 法身, the embodiment of the Law, shining everywhere, enlightening all; Locana is 報身; c.f. 三賓, the embodiment of purity and bliss; Śākyamuni is 化身 or Buddha revealed. In the esoteric sect they are 法 Vairocana, 報 Amitābha, and 化 Śākyamuni. The 三賓 are also 法 dharma, 報 saṅgha, 化 buddha. Nevertheless, the three are considered as a trinity, the three being essentially one, each in the other. (1) 法身 Dharmakāya in its earliest conception was that of the body of the dharma, or truth, as preached by Śākyamuni; later it became his mind or soul in contrast with his material body. In Mādhyamika, the dharmakāya was the only reality, i.e. the void, or the immateria1, the ground of all phenomena; in other words, the 眞如 the tathāgatagarbha, the bhūtatathatā. According to the Huayan (Kegon) School it is the 理or noumenon, while the other two are氣or phenomenal aspects. "For the Vijñānavāda... the body of the law as highest reality is the void intelligence, whose infection (saṃkleҫa) results in the process of birth and death, whilst its purification brings about Nirvāṇa, or its restoration to its primitive transparence" (Keith). The "body of the law is the true reality of everything". Nevertheless, in Mahāyāna every Buddha has his own 法身; e.g. in the dharmakāya aspect we have the designation Amitābha, who in his saṃbhogakāya aspect is styled Amitāyus. (2) 報身Sambhogakāya, a Buddha's reward body, or body of enjoyment of the merits he attained as a bodhisattva; in other words, a Buddha in glory in his heaven. This is the form of Buddha as an object of worship. It is defined in two aspects, (a) 自受用身 for his own bliss, and (b) 他受用身 for the sake of others, revealing himself in his glory to bodhisattvas, enlightening and inspiring them. By wisdom a Buddha's dharmakāya is attained, by bodhisattva-merits his saṃbhogakāya. Not only has every Buddha all the three bodies or aspects, but as all men are of the same essence, or nature, as Buddhas, they are therefore potential Buddhas and are in and of the trikāya. Moreover, trikāya is not divided, for a Buddha in his 化身 is still one with his 法身 and 報身, all three bodies being co-existent. (3) 化身; 應身; 應化身 nirmāṇakāya, a Buddha's transformation, or miraculous body, in which he appears at will and in any form outside his heaven, e.g. as Śākyamuni among men; three bodies [of the Buddha]

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Mandarin yī xiāng / yi1 xiang1
Taiwan i hsiang
Japanese issō
lakṣana. One aspect, form, or side; ekatva, unity as contrasted with diversity; monism; the bhūtatathatā; the one mind in all things; cf. 一異.

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Mandarin duō yuán / duo1 yuan2
Taiwan to yüan
Japanese tamoto たもと
 tagen たげん
Chinese poly-; multi-; multielement; multivariant; multivariate (math.)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) pluralism; diversity; (surname) Tamoto; (personal name) Tagen

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Mandarin duō yàng / duo1 yang4
Taiwan to yang
Chinese diverse; diversity; manifold

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Japanese henge へんげ
 henka へんか
Japanese (noun/participle) goblin; ghost; apparition; bugbear; (noun/participle) (1) change; variation; alteration; mutation; transition; transformation; transfiguration; metamorphosis; (2) variety; diversity; (3) inflection; declension; conjugation; (4) (sumo) sidestepping

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Mandarin yuán wèi / yuan2 wei4
Taiwan yüan wei
Japanese Eni
The perfect status, the position of the 'perfect' school, perfect unity which embraces all diversity; En'i

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Mandarin liù jié / liu4 jie2
Taiwan liu chieh
Japanese rokketsu
A cloth or cord tied in six consecutive double loops and knots. The cloth represents the fundamental unity, the knots the apparent diversity. v. 楞伽經 5; six knots

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Mandarin liù xiāng / liu4 xiang1
Taiwan liu hsiang
Japanese rokusō
The six characteristics found in everything— hole and parts, unity and diversity, entirety and (its) fractions; six characteristics of conditioned phenomena

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Mandarin fǎ shēn / fa3 shen1
Taiwan fa shen
Japanese hotsushin ほつしん
 norimi のりみ
Japanese (Buddhist term) dharmakaya (dharma body, Buddhism's highest form of existence); (surname) Hotsushin; (female given name) Norimi
dharmakāya, embodiment of Truth and Law, the "spiritual" or true body; essential Buddhahood; the essence of being; the absolute, the norm of the universe; the first of the trikāya, v.三身. The dharmakāya is divided into 總 unity and 別 diversity; as in the noumenal absolute and phenomenal activities, or potential and dynamic; but there are differences of interpretation, e.g. as between the 法相 and 法性 schools. Cf. 法身體性. There are many categories of the dharmakāya. In the 2 group 二法身 are five kinds: (1) 理 "substance" and 智 wisdom or expression; (2) 法性法身 essential nature and 應化法身 manifestation; the other three couples are similar. In the 3 group 三法身 are (1) the manifested Buddha, i.e. Śākyamuni; (2) the power of his teaching, etc.; (3) the absolute or ultimate reality. There are other categories; dharma-body

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Mandarin tǐ xiāng / ti3 xiang1
Taiwan t`i hsiang / ti hsiang
Japanese taisō
Substance and phenomena or characteristics, substance being unity and phenomena diversity; essence and characteristics

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Mandarin yī dāo qiē / yi1 dao1 qie1
Taiwan i tao ch`ieh / i tao chieh
Chinese lit. to cut all at one stroke (idiom); to impose uniformity; one solution fits a diversity of problems; one size fits all

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Mandarin duō yuán xìng / duo1 yuan2 xing4
Taiwan to yüan hsing
Chinese diversity

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Japanese tayousei / tayose たようせい
Japanese diversity; variety

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Mandarin duō yàng xìng / duo1 yang4 xing4
Taiwan to yang hsing
Chinese variegation; diversity

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Mandarin yuán dùn guān / yuan2 dun4 guan1
Taiwan yüan tun kuan
Japanese endon kan
(圓頓止觀) as given in the 摩訶止觀 is the concentration, or mental state, in which is perceived, at one and the same time, the unity in the diversity and the diversity in the unity, a method ascribed by Tiantai to the Lotus Sūtra; v. above; perfect and sudden contemplation

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Mandarin bù yī bù yì / bu4 yi1 bu4 yi4
Taiwan pu i pu i
Japanese fuichi fui
Neither unity nor diversity, or doctrine of the 中論, v. 八不; neither the same nor different

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Mandarin yī xiāng wū xiāng / yi1 xiang1 wu1 xiang1
Taiwan i hsiang wu hsiang
Japanese issō musō
One-ness means none-ness; in ultimate unity, or the unity of the absolute, there is no diversity; one mark implies no marks

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Japanese sentaibanyou / sentaibanyo せんたいばんよう
Japanese (yoji) great diversity of form

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Mandarin duō zī duō cǎi / duo1 zi1 duo1 cai3
Taiwan to tzu to ts`ai / to tzu to tsai
Chinese diversity (of forms and colors)

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Japanese tashutayou / tashutayo たしゅたよう
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) (yoji) a great variety of; diversity

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Mandarin běn mén běn zūn / ben3 men2 ben3 zun1
Taiwan pen men pen tsun
Japanese honmon honzon
The especial honoured one of the Nichiren sect, Svādi-devatā, the Supreme Being, whose maṇḍala is considered as the symbol of the Buddha as infinite, eternal, universal. The Nichiren sect has a meditation 本門事觀 on the universality of the Buddha and the unity in the diversity of all his phenomena, the whole truth being embodied in the Lotus Sutra, and in its title of five words, 妙法蓮華經 Wonderful-Law Lotus-Flower Sutra, which are considered to be the embodiment of the eternal, universal Buddha. Their repetition preceded by 南無 Namah ! is equivalent to the 歸命 of other Buddhists; originally venerated one

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Japanese tayouseikaiseki / tayosekaiseki たようせいかいせき
Japanese diversity analysis

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Japanese daibaashiti / daibashiti ダイバーシティ
Japanese diversity; (place-name) DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

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Japanese seibutsutayouseijouyaku / sebutsutayosejoyaku せいぶつたようせいじょうやく
Japanese Convention on Biological Diversity; CBD

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Japanese seibutsugakutekitayousei / sebutsugakutekitayose せいぶつがくてきたようせい
Japanese biological diversity; biodiversity

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Japanese daibaashitii / daibashiti ダイバーシティー
Japanese diversity

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Japanese daibaashitiihoushiki / daibashitihoshiki ダイバーシティーほうしき
Japanese diversity receiving system

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Diversity 千差萬別
千差万别 / 千差万別
sen sa man betsu
qiān chā wàn bié
qian1 cha1 wan4 bie2
qian cha wan bie
ch`ien ch`a wan pieh
chien cha wan pieh
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