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Essence

China jīng suǐ
Japan sei zui
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精髓 / 精髄 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for essence. This can also be translated as marrow, pith, quintessence, kernel, spirit, etc.

This often refers to the nature or basis of whatever element, plant, animal, being, person, or thing you are talking about.


The original Chinese version (also Korean Hanja) and modern Japanese version of the second character differ a tiny bit:
髓 vs. 髄
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Spirit / Spiritual Essence

China shén
Japan shin / kami
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神 is the simplest way to write spirit in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean.

This single character alone will conjure up ideas of the spiritual world. 神 can also be translated as "vital awareness" as in the fact that one must know they exist to exist (I think, therefore, I am).

Other translations include:
God, deity, mysterious, divine essence, lively, spiritual being, divinity, supernatural, soul, mind, nerves, and energy. In some extended context it can mean genius or unusual.

Japanese romanizations vary a lot when this character is combined into other words. However, shin is the original pronunciation taken from Chinese into Japanese. You'll also see it romanized as kami, gami, jin, and a few others, depending on context.

Warrior Essence / Warrior Spirit / Martial

China
Japan bu
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武 is the essence or spirit of a warrior. 武 is part of the word "wu shu" which is sometimes translated as "martial arts" or "kung fu."

In more modern speech and other context, this can mean military, martial, warlike, fierce, and perhaps violent but usually as a prefix for a longer word or phrase.

Spirit

China jīng shén
Japan sei shin
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精神 is the kind of spirit that you have if you perform well in sports or competition. It is the idea of having a good attitude, and putting your all into something - so much so that others can see or feel your spirit. It is the essence of your being that can only be subjectively described because there are no words that can fully explain what "spirit" really is.

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My Japanese dictionary further tries to explain this word by comparing it to mind, soul, heart or intention.
My Chinese dictionary compares these characters to meanings like vigor, vitality, drive and mentality.
My Korean dictionary defines this as mind, spirit and soul.


See Also:  Vitality | Heart | Soul

Life Energy / Spiritual Energy

Chi Energy: Essence of Life / Energy Flow
China
Japan ki
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This energy flow is a fundamental concept of traditional Asian culture.

氣 is romanized as "Qi" or "Chi" in Chinese, "Gi" in Korean, and "Ki" in Japanese.
Chi is believed to be part of everything that exists, as in “life force” or “spiritual energy”. It is most often translated as “energy flow,” or literally as “air” or “breath”. Some people will simply translate this as “spirit” but you have to take into consideration the kind of spirit we're talking about. I think this is weighted more toward energy than spirit.

米The character itself is a representation of steam (or breath) rising from rice. To clarify, the character for rice is shown to the right.

Steam was apparently seen as visual evidence of the release of "life energy" when this concept was first developed. The Qi / Chi / Ki character is still used in compound words to mean steam or vapor.

氣氣The etymology of this character is a bit complicated. It's suggested that the first form of this character from bronze script (about 2500 years ago) looked like one the symbols shown to the right.

氣However, it was easy to confuse this with the character for the number three. So the rice radical was added by 221 B.C. (the exact time of this change is debated). This first version with the rice radical is shown to the right.

The idea of Qi / Chi / Ki is really a philosophical concept. It's often used to refer to the “flow” of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings. Yet there is much debate that has continued for thousands of years as to whether Qi / Chi / Ki is pure energy, or consists partially, or fully of matter.

You can also see the character for Qi / Chi / Ki in common compound words such as Tai Chi / Tai Qi, Aikido, Reiki and Qi Gong / Chi Kung.

In the modern Japanese Kanji, the rice radical has been changed into two strokes that form an X.


気The original and traditional Chinese form is still understood in Japanese but we can also offer that modern Kanji form in our custom calligraphy. If you want this Japanese Kanji, please click on the character to the right, instead of the “Select and Customize” button above.

More language notes: This is pronounced like “chee” in Mandarin Chinese, and like “key” in Japanese.
This is also the same way to write this in Korean Hanja where it is Romanized as “gi” and pronounced like “gee” but with a real G-sound, not a J-sound.
Though Vietnamese no longer use Chinese characters in their daily language, this character is still widely known in Vietnam.


See Also:  Energy | Life Force | Vitality | Life | Birth | Soul


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
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Mandarin xīn / xin1
Taiwan hsin
Japanese moto もと
 misato みさと
 manaka まなか
 makoto まこと
 haato / hato はあと
 nozomi のぞみ
 naka なか
 tenshi てんし
 shinba しんば
 shinji しんじ
 shin しん
 shizuka しずか
 kokko こっこ
 kokoro こころ
 koko ここ
 kiyo きよ
 ai あい
Chinese heart; mind; intention; center; core; CL:顆|颗[ke1],個|个[ge4]
Japanese (1) heart; mind; (n,suf) (2) spirit; vitality; inner strength; (3) (astron) Chinese "Heart" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (4) (archaism) friend; (1) mind; heart; spirit; (2) the meaning of a phrase (riddle, etc.); (personal name) Moto; (female given name) Misato; (female given name) Manaka; (given name) Makoto; (female given name) Haato; (female given name) Nozomi; (female given name) Naka; (female given name) Tenshi; (female given name) Shinba; (personal name) Shinji; (surname, female given name) Shin; (female given name) Shizuka; (female given name) Kokko; (female given name) Kokoro; (female given name) Koko; (female given name) Kiyo; (female given name) Ai
hṛd, hṛdaya 汗栗太 (or 汗栗馱); 紀哩馱 the heart, mind, soul; citta 質多 the heart as the seat of thought or intelligence. In both senses the heart is likened to a lotus. There are various definitions, of which the following are six instances: (1) 肉團心 hṛd, the physical heart of sentient or nonsentient living beings, e. g. men, trees, etc. (2) 集起心 citta, the ālayavijñāna, or totality of mind, and the source of all mental activity. (3) 思量心 manas, the thinking and calculating mind; (4) 緣慮心; 了別心; 慮知心; citta; the discriminating mind; (5) 堅實心 the bhūtatathatā mind, or the permanent mind; (6) 積聚精要心 the mind essence of the sutras.
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Mandarin/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese wataru わたる
 risaki りさき
 ria りあ
 michi みち
 masaru まさる
 masashi まさし
 masa まさ
 makoto まこと
 tooru とおる
 tadasu ただす
 tadashi ただし
 takashi たかし
 sunaho すなほ
 satoru さとる
 satori さとり
 satomi さとみ
 satoshi さとし
 sadamu さだむ
 kotoha ことは
 osamu おさむ
 aya あや
Chinese texture; grain (of wood); inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); to manage; to pay attention to; to run (affairs); to handle; to put in order; to tidy up
Japanese (1) reason; principle; logic; (2) (Buddhist term) general principle (as opposed to individual concrete phenomenon); (3) (in neo-Confucianism) the underlying principles of the cosmos; reason; truth; way of things; justice; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Risaki; (personal name) Ria; (given name) Ri; (female given name) Michi; (personal name) Masaru; (given name) Masashi; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Makoto; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Takashi; (female given name) Sunaho; (female given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (female given name) Satomi; (male given name) Satoshi; (given name) Sadamu; (female given name) Kotoha
siddhānta; hetu. Ruling principle, fundamental law, intrinsicality, universal basis, essential element; nidāna, reason; pramāṇa, to arrange, regulate, rule, rectify.
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Mandarin kōng / kong1
Taiwan k`ung / kung
Japanese ron ろん
 hiroshi ひろし
 hikari ひかり
 haruka はるか
 noa のあ
 sorasaki そらさき
 sora そら
 sukai すかい
 shieru しえる
 kuukai / kukai くうかい
 kuu / ku くう
 kanata かなた
 kasumi かすみ
 urue うるえ
 aki あき
 aoi あおい
Chinese to empty; vacant; unoccupied; space; leisure; free time; empty; air; sky; in vain
Japanese (1) sky; the air; the heavens; (2) weather; (3) far-off place; distant place; (4) state of mind; feeling; (5) (from) memory; (by) heart; (6) falsehood; lie; (prefix noun) (7) somehow; vaguely; (8) fake; (1) empty air; sky; (2) (Buddhist term) shunya (emptiness, the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phemomenon); (3) (abbreviation) air force; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) fruitlessness; meaninglessness; (5) void (one of the five elements); (noun - becomes adjective with の) emptiness; vacuum; blank; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) hollow; cavity; hole; (female given name) Ron; (personal name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Hikari; (female given name) Haruka; (female given name) Noa; (surname) Sorasaki; (female given name) Sora; (female given name) Sukai; (female given name) Shieru; (personal name) Kuukai; (surname, female given name) Kuu; (female given name) Kanata; (female given name) Kasumi; (female given name) Urue; (surname, female given name) Aki; (female given name) Aoi
śūnya, empty, void, hollow, vacant, nonexistent. śūnyatā, 舜若多, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, perhaps spirituality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, the seeming 假 being unreal. The doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality, but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. There are classifications into 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, and 18 categories. The doctrine is that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution. From this doctrine the Yogācārya school developed the idea of the permanent reality, which is Essence of Mind, the unknowable noumenon behind all phenomena, the entity void of ideas and phenomena, neither matter nor mind, but the root of both.

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Mandarin yǎn / yan3
Taiwan yen
Japanese mesaki めさき
 manako まなこ
Chinese eye; small hole; crux (of a matter); CL:隻|只[zhi1],雙|双[shuang1]; classifier for big hollow things (wells, stoves, pots etc)
Japanese (1) eye; eyeball; (2) eyesight; sight; vision; (3) look; stare; glance; (4) an experience; (5) viewpoint; (6) stitch; texture; weave; (suffix) (7) ordinal number suffix; (8) somewhat; -ish; (1) eye; eyeball; (2) (archaism) pupil and (dark) iris of the eye; (3) (archaism) insight; perceptivity; power of observation; (4) (archaism) look; field of vision; (5) (archaism) core; center; centre; essence; (surname) Mesaki; (female given name) Manako
cakṣuh, the eye.
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精神

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Mandarin jīng shén / jing1 shen2
Taiwan ching shen
Japanese seishin / seshin せいしん
Chinese vigor; vitality; drive; spiritual; spirit; mind; consciousness; thought; mental; psychological; essence; gist; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese mind; soul; heart; spirit; intention; (given name) Seishin
Vitality; also the pure and spiritual, the subtle, or recondite.
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精華


精华

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Mandarin jīng huá / jing1 hua2
Taiwan ching hua
Japanese seika / seka せいか
Chinese best feature; most important part of an object; quintessence; essence; soul
Japanese flower; essence; glory; (f,p) Seika
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精髓

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Mandarin jīng suǐ / jing1 sui3
Taiwan ching sui
Chinese marrow; pith; quintessence; essence
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Essence

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Mandarin xìng / xing4
Taiwan hsing
Japanese shou / sho しょう
Chinese nature; character; property; quality; attribute; sexuality; sex; gender; suffix forming adjective from verb; suffix forming noun from adjective, corresponding to -ness or -ity; essence; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) one's nature; one's destiny; (2) custom; tradition; habit; (1) nature (of a person); (2) sex; (3) gender; (suffix) (4) -ty; -ity; -ness; -cy; (n,n-suf) (1) nature (of a person or thing); (2) (Buddhist term) that which does not change according to external influences; (1) one's nature; one's destiny; (2) custom; tradition; habit; (surname) Shou
svabhāva, prakṛti, pradhāna. The nature intp. as embodied, causative, unchanging; also as independent or self-dependent; fundamental nature behind the manifestation or expression. Also, the Buddha-nature immanent in all beings, the Buddha heart or mind.

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Mandarin cuì / cui4
Taiwan ts`ui / tsui
Chinese pure; unmixed; essence

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Mandarin jīng / jing1
Taiwan ching
Japanese makoto まこと
 tsutomu つとむ
 tadashi ただし
 seiji / seji せいじ
 seizaki / sezaki せいざき
 sei / se せい
 suguru すぐる
 shirage しらげ
 kuwashi くわし
 kiyoshi きよし
 akira あきら
Chinese essence; extract; vitality; energy; semen; sperm; mythical goblin spirit; highly perfected; elite; the pick of something; proficient (refined ability); extremely (fine); selected rice (archaic)
Japanese (1) spirit; sprite; nymph; (2) energy; vigor (vigour); strength; (3) fine details; (4) semen; (given name) Makoto; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Tadashi; (personal name) Seiji; (surname) Seizaki; (surname, female given name) Sei; (personal name) Suguru; (place-name) Shirage; (given name) Kuwashi; (male given name) Kiyoshi; (given name) Akira
Cleaned rice, freed from the husk, pure; essential, essence, germinating principle, spirit; fine, best, finest.

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Mandarin cuì / cui4
Taiwan ts`ui / tsui
Japanese sui すい
 kiyoshi きよし
 inase いなせ
Chinese Japanese variant of 粹
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) chic; smart; stylish; tasteful; refined; sophisticated; worldly; (2) considerate; understanding; sympathetic; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) essence; the best; the cream; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) chic; smart; stylish; tasteful; refined; sophisticated; worldly; (2) considerate; understanding; sympathetic; (female given name) Sui; (male given name) Kiyoshi; (female given name) Inase

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Mandarin/ su4
Taiwan su
Japanese motoi もとい
 moto もと
 hajime はじめ
 tada ただ
 so
 sunao すなお
 suzu すず
 suzaki すざき
 susaki すさき
Chinese raw silk; white; plain, unadorned; vegetarian (food); essence; nature; element; constituent; usually; always; ever
Japanese (1) origin; source; (2) base; basis; foundation; root; (3) cause; (4) ingredient; material; (5) original cost (or capital, principal, etc.); (6) (plant) root; (tree) trunk; (7) first section of a waka; (8) handle (chopsticks, brush, etc.); grip; (adj-na,n,adj-no) (1) plain, white silk; (2) (mathematics term) prime; (adj-no,n) (1) plain; unadorned; undecorated; unadulterated; au naturel; (prefix) (2) (derogatory term) mere; poor; (3) exceedingly; (given name) Motoi; (female given name) Moto; (personal name) Hajime; (female given name) Tada; (surname) So; (female given name) Sunao; (personal name) Suzu; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki
Original colour or state; plain, white; heretofore, usual; translit. su.; To keep to vegetarian diet; vegetarian; simple

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Mandarin/ yi3
Taiwan i
Japanese i
Chinese classical final particle, similar to modern 了[le5]
A particle of finality, pronounced yi, used in 矣栗駄 hṛd, the heart; the essence of a thing; indeed

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Mandarin nǎo / nao3
Taiwan nao
Japanese 
Chinese brain; mind; head; essence
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin suǐ / sui3
Taiwan sui
Japanese zui
Chinese marrow; essence; quintessence; pith (soft interior of plant stem)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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七曜

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Mandarin qī yào / qi1 yao4
Taiwan ch`i yao / chi yao
Japanese shichiyou / shichiyo しちよう
Chinese the seven planets of pre-modern astronomy (the Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn)
Japanese (1) (astron) the seven luminaries (sun, moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn); (2) the seven days of the week
The seven brilliant ones — the sun and moon, together with the five planets which are connected with fire, water, wood, metal, and earth. Their essence shines in the sky, but their spirits are over men as judges of their good and evil, and as rulers over good and evil fortune. The following list shows their names in Chinese and Sanskrit: Sun 日, 太陽; aditya 阿彌底耶
Moon月, 太陰; soma 蘇摩
Mars火星, 勢惑勞; aṅgāraka 盎哦囉迦
Mercury水星, 辰星; budha 部陀
Jupiter木星, 歳星; bṛhaspati 勿哩訶娑跛底
Venus金星, 太白; śukra 戌羯羅
Saturn土星, 鎭星; śanaiścara 賖乃以室折羅; seven celestial bodies

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三大

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Mandarin sān dà / san1 da4
Taiwan san ta
Japanese miou / mio みおう
Japanese (prefix) the big three ...; (surname) Miou
The three great characteristics of the 眞如 in the 起信論 Awakening of Faith: (1) 體大 The greatness of the bhūtatathatā in its essence or substance; it is 衆生心之體性 the embodied nature of the mind of all the living, universal, immortal, immutable, eternal; (2) 相大 the greatness of its attributes or manifestations, perfect in wisdom and mercy, and every achievement; (3) 用大 the greatness of its functions and operations within and without, perfectly transforming all the living to good works and good karma now and hereafter. There are other groups, e.g. 體, 宗, and 用; three kinds of greatness

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三身

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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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一如

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Mandarin yī rú / yi1 ru2
Taiwan i ju
Japanese kazuyuki かずゆき
Chinese to be just like
Japanese oneness; (personal name) Kazuyuki
The one ru, i.e. the bhūtatathatā, or absolute, as the norm and essence of life. The 眞如 true suchness, or true character, or reality; the 法性 nature of things or beings. The whole of things as they are, or seem; a cosmos; a species; things of the same order. Name of a celebrated monk, Yiru. V. 一眞; 一實; oneness

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二如

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Mandarin èr rú / er4 ru2
Taiwan erh ju
Japanese ninyo
There are various definitions of the two aspects of the 眞如 bhūtatathatā. (1) (a) 不變眞如 The changeless essence or substance, e.g. the sea; (b) 隨緣眞如 its conditioned or ever-changing forms, as in the phenomenal world, e.g. the waves. (2) (a) 離言眞如 The inexpressible absolute, only mentally conceivable; (6) 依言眞如 aspects of it expressible in words, its ideal reflex. (3) (a) 空眞如 The absolute as the void, e.g. as space, the sky, a clear mirror; (b) 不空眞如 the absolute in manifestation, or phenomenal, e. g. images in the mirror: the womb of the universe in which are all potentialities. (4) (a) 在纏眞如The Buddha-nature in bonds, i.e. all beings in suffering; (b) 出纏真如the Buddha-nature set free by the manifestation of the Buddha and bodhisattvas. (5) (a) 有垢眞如The Buddha-nature defiled, as in unenlightened man, etc., e.g. the water-lily with its roots in the mud; (b) 無垢眞如 the pure Buddha-nature, purifed or bright as the full moon. (6) 安立 and 非安立眞如 similar to the first definition given above; thusness in two aspects

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二土

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Mandarin èr tǔ / er4 tu3
Taiwan erh t`u / erh tu
Japanese nido
There are three groups: 性土 and 相土 : the former is the ubiquitous, unadulterated or innocent 法性之理 dharma-name, or essence of things; the latter is the form-nature, or formal existence of the dharma, pure or impure according to the mind and action of the living. The 淨土 and 穢土 are Pure-land or Paradise; and impure land, e.g. the present world. In the Pure-land there are also 報土 , the land in which a Buddha himself dwells and 化土 in which all beings are transformed. There are other definitions, e. g. the former is Buddha's Paradise, the latter the world in which he dwells and which he is transforming, e. g. this Sahā-world; two grounds

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修堅


修坚

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Mandarin xiū jiān / xiu1 jian1
Taiwan hsiu chien
Japanese shuken
Firmness in observing or maintaining; established conviction, e.g. of the 別教 bodhisattva that all phenomena in essence are identical; firmness in cultivation

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大日

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Mandarin dà rì / da4 ri4
Taiwan ta jih
Japanese dainichi だいにち
 ookusa おおくさ
Japanese Mahavairocana (Tathagata); Great Sun; Supreme Buddha of Sino-Japanese esoteric Buddhism; (place-name, surname) Dainichi; (surname) Ookusa
Vairocana, or Mahāvairocana 大日如來; 遍照如來; 摩訶毘盧遮那; 毘盧遮那; 大日覺王 The sun, "shining everywhere" The chief object of worship of the Shingon sect in Japan, "represented by the gigantic image in the temple at Nara." (Eliot.) There he is known as Dai-nichi-nyorai. He is counted as the first, and according to some, the origin of the five celestial Buddhas (dhyāni-buddhas, or jinas). He dwells quiescent in Arūpa-dhātu, the Heaven beyond form, and is the essence of wisdom (bodhi) and of absolute purity. Samantabhadra 普賢 is his dhyāni-bodhisattva. The 大日經 "teaches that Vairocana is the whole world, which is divided into Garbhadhātu (material) and Vajradhātu (indestructible), the two together forming Dharmadhātu. The manifestations of Vairocana's body to himself―that is, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas ―are represented symbolically by diagrams of several circles ". Eliot. In the 金剛界 or vajradhātu maṇḍala he is the center of the five groups. In the 胎藏界 or Garbhadhātu he is the center of the eight-leaf (lotus) court. His appearance, symbols, esoteric word, differ according to the two above distinctions. Generally he is considered as an embodiment of the Truth 法, both in the sense of dharmakāya 法身 and dharmaratna 法寳. Some hold Vairocana to be the dharmakāya of Śākyamuni 大日與釋迦同一佛 but the esoteric school denies this identity. Also known as 最高顯廣眼藏如來, the Tathagata who, in the highest, reveals the far-reaching treasure of his eye, i.e. the sun. 大日大聖不動明王 is described as one of his transformations. Also, a śramaņa of Kashmir (contemporary of Padma-saṃbhava); he is credited with introducing Buddhism into Khotan and being an incarnation of Mañjuśrī; the king Vijaya Saṃbhava built a monastery for him.

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太虛


太虚

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Mandarin tài xū / tai4 xu1
Taiwan t`ai hsü / tai hsü
Japanese taiko
Chinese great emptiness; the void; heaven; the skies; universe; cosmos; original essence of the cosmos; Taixu (famed Buddhist monk, 1890-1947)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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変質

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Japanese henshitsu へんしつ
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) alteration (of character or essence); change in quality; transformation; deterioration; degeneration; transmutation

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如實


如实

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Mandarin rú shí / ru2 shi2
Taiwan ju shih
Japanese nyo jitsu
Chinese as things really are; realistic
Real, reality, according to reality ( yathābhūtam); true; the 眞如 zhenru, or bhūtatathatā, for which it is also used; the universal undifferentiated, i. e. 平等不二, or the primary essence out of which the phenomenal arises; 如實空 is this essence in its purity; 如實不空 is this essence in its differentiation.

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妄心

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Mandarin wàng xīn / wang4 xin1
Taiwan wang hsin
Japanese moujin / mojin もうじん
 moushin / moshin もうしん
Japanese (Buddhist term) deluded mind (a mind polluted with klesha, incapable of understanding the original essence of things)
A wrong, false, or misleading mind; deluded mind

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妙中

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Mandarin miào zhōng / miao4 zhong1
Taiwan miao chung
Japanese taenaka たえなか
Japanese (surname) Taenaka
The profound medium (madhya); the universal life essence, the absolute, the bhūtatathatā which expresses the unity of all things, i.e. the doctrine held by Tiantai as distinguished from the 別教 which holds the madhya doctrine but emphasizes the dichotomy of the 空 transcendental and 假 phenomenal; sublime middle

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子精

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Mandarin zǐ jīng / zi3 jing1
Taiwan tzu ching
Chinese "fetal essence", i.e. semen (medical term)

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Essence 精髓 / 精髄
精髓
sei zui / seizuijīng suǐ / jing1 sui3 / jing sui / jingsui ching sui / chingsui
Spirit
Spiritual Essence
shin / kamishén / shen2 / shen
Warrior Essence
Warrior Spirit
Martial
buwǔ / wu3 / wu
Spirit 精神sei shin / seishinjīng shén
jing1 shen2
jing shen
jingshen
ching shen
chingshen
Life Energy
Spiritual Energy

气 / 気
kiqì / qi4 / qi ch`i / chi
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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August
Bamboo
Blessed by God
Brown
Bushido
Compassion
Courage
Crane
Dragon Lady
Earth
Elder Brother
Endurance
Enso
Fist
Flower
Fortitude
Gold
Grace
Happiness
Heart Sutra
Iaido
Inner Strength
Integrity
Jade
Judo
Jujitsu
Karma
Learning is Eternal
Longevity
Lotus
Love
Lover
Martial Arts
Master of Martial Arts
Mother and Son
Patience
Peace
Peace and Happiness
Peace and Harmony
Peace and Health
Peace and Prosperity
Peace and Security
Peace and Tranquility
Peace of Mind
Pine
Princess
Respect and Loyalty
Rooster
Self-Respect
Spirit
Strength
Tiger
Truth
Warrior
Wedding
Wind

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


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