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  1. Kindness and Forgiving Nature
  2. Forgiveness
  3. Mercy / Compassion / Love
  4. Forgive
  5. Forgiveness
  6. Gassho
  7. Compassion
  8. Forgive
  9. Begging Forgiveness
10. Sorry / Apology
11. Please Forgive Me
12. Forgive
13. Forgive and Forget
14. Forgive Yourself
15. Please Forgive Me
16. Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself
17. A sly rabbit has three openings to its den
18. Forgive Me of My Sins
19. God Forgive Me

Kindness and Forgiving Nature

China rén shù
Japan jinjo
Kindness and Forgiving Nature Wall Scroll

These two characters create a word in Chinese and Japanese that means something like benevolence with magnanimity or kindness with a forgiving nature.

If this describes you, then you are the type of person that I would like to call my friend.

This may not be the most common word in daily use but it's old enough that it transcended cultures from China to Japan in the 5th century when Japan lacked a written language, and absorbed Chinese characters and words into their language.
Note: 仁恕 is not commonly used in Korean.


China shù
Forgiveness Wall Scroll

This character means to forgive, show mercy, absolve, or excuse in Chinese and Korean Hanja (though mostly used in compound words in Korean).

This character incorporates the pictogram of a heart at the bottom, and a woman and a mouth at the top. The heart portion has the most significance, as it is suggested that it is the heart's nature to forgive.
In Asian culture, as with most other cultures, forgiveness is an act of benevolence and altruism. In forgiving, you put yourself in someone else's shoes and show them the kindness that you would want them to show you. Confucius referred to this quality as "human-heartedness."

Mercy / Compassion / Love

Japan ji
Mercy / Compassion / Love Wall Scroll

慈 is the simplest way to express the idea of compassion. It can also mean love for your fellow humans, humanity, or living creatures. Sometimes this is extended to mean charity.

This term is often used with Buddhist or Christian context. The concept was also spoken of by Laozi (Lao Tzu) in the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching).

慈 is considered the direct translation of the Sanskrit word मैत्री (maitrī) Pali word मेत्ता (mettā). In this context, it means benevolence, loving-kindness, and good will.

This Chinese character is understood in Japanese but is usually used in compound words (not seen alone). Also used in old Korean Hanja, so it's very universal.

See Also:  Mercy | Benevolence | Forgiveness | Kindness


China liàng
Forgive Wall Scroll

This single character means "forgive" in Chinese. In Korean, this kind of means forgive but also has slightly different definitions of consider, excuse, faithful, believe.

Forgiveness (from the top down)

China róng shè
Japan you sha
Forgiveness (from the top down) Wall Scroll

容赦 is the kind of forgiveness that a king might give to his subjects for crimes or wrong-doings.

容赦 is a rather high-level forgiveness. Meaning that it goes from a higher level to lower (not the reverse).

Alone, the first character can mean "to bear," "to allow" and/or "to tolerate," and the second can mean "to forgive," "to pardon" and/or "to excuse."

When you put both characters together, you get forgiveness, pardon, mercy, leniency, or going easy (on someone).

See Also:  Benevolence


China hé zhǎng
Japan gasshou
Gassho Wall Scroll

合掌 is the act of greeting someone (can also be done when departing) with hands brought together in a prayerful manner.

In India, this would be accompanied by the verbal greeting and blessing of "Namaste." In China, Japan, and Korea, this is how Buddhists will greet each other. Sometimes done by people who are not devout Buddhists in China, Japan, and Korea to show respect, reverence or great thanks to someone for a gift, forgiveness, or some honor that has been bestowed.

In Japan, this is almost always associated with a deep bow. In China where bowing is not an everyday occurrence, there may be a shallow bow but the act will be done with deep feeling. Korean culture seems to have more bowing than China but less than Japan.

See Also:  Namaste


China tóng qíng
Japan dou jou
Compassion Wall Scroll

These two characters mean compassion and sympathy in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, which makes this word universal.

Compassion is caring and understanding someone is hurt or troubled (even if you don't know them). It is wanting to help, even if all you can do is listen and say kind words. You forgive mistakes. You are a friend when someone needs a friend.

See Also:  Love | Caring | Kindness


China yuán liàng
Forgive Wall Scroll

This two-character word means "forgive" in Chinese. It can also be defined as "to pardon" or "to excuse." 原諒 is kind of a general forgiveness.

Begging Forgiveness

China ráo shù
Begging Forgiveness Wall Scroll

This Chinese word is a kind of forgiveness that you would beg for like a servant begging a master. This can also be the forgiveness that a person would beg from the king or God.

This word suggests that this is forgiveness for something really bad (a terrible crime or sin).

Sorry / Apology

China duì bù qǐ
Sorry / Apology Wall Scroll

對不起 is how Chinese people say "I'm sorry," "pardon me," or "forgive me."

對不起 is the most common phrase to apologize for everything from bumping into someone to breaking someone's heart. Basically, it's used in the same way we use "sorry" for many situations.

Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.

Please Forgive Me

China qíng yuán liàng
Please Forgive Me Wall Scroll

If you are looking for forgiveness, this is what you would say to ask/beg for it.

Note: This is a strange thing to write on a wall scroll for Chinese people - but you can bend the rules if you want in the west.


Deep heartfelt forgiveness
China kuān shù
Japan kan jo
Forgive Wall Scroll

This two-character word of Chinese origin means forgive or forgiveness. 寬恕 / 寛恕 is a deep kind of forgiveness from the bottom of your heart.

In a religious context, this is the kind of forgiveness that you beg God for and that God grants you.

In Korean Hanja, this can also be defined as forbearance or leniency.

In Japanese Kanji, beyond forgiveness, this can also mean magnanimity or generosity.

While we don't actively recommend Asian tattoos, this would be the forgiveness title which is best for a tattoo in most cases.

寛 Note: The first character can also be written in the form shown to the right (especially in Japanese). If you have a preference, please let us know in the "special instructions" when you place your order.

Forgive and Forget

Confucian Proverb
China bú niàn jiù è
Forgive and Forget Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb comes from the Analects of Confucius. It can be translated as, "Do not recall old grievances," or more simply as, "Forgive and forget."

The character breakdown:
不 (bù) not; no; don't.
念 (niàn) read aloud.
舊 (jiù) old; former.
惡 (è) wicked deeds; grievances; sins.

Forgive and Forget

Water Under the Bridge
Japan mizu ni naga su
Forgive and Forget Wall Scroll

水に流す is a Japanese proverb which suggests that "water continues to flow." It's similar to our English phrase, "Water under the bridge." The perceived meaning is, "Forgive and forget."

I have also seen this translated as, "Don't cry over spilled milk."

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Forgive and Forget

China lüè è jì yuán qíng
Forgive and Forget Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "to overlook past faults," or "forgive and forget."

It's more literally, "Abridge or make small the scars from your past emotions." Basically, you should let it go.

The character breakdown:
略 (lüè) abbreviation; omission; abridge.
跡 (jī) ruins; scar; traces.
原 (yuán) former.
情 (qíng) feeling; emotion.

Forgive Yourself

China yuán liàng zì jǐ
Forgive Yourself Wall Scroll

原諒自己 is how to write "forgive yourself" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean, "to excuse," "to forgive," or "to pardon."

The last two characters mean, "self" (reflexive pronoun), "yourself," or "oneself."

Please Forgive Me

Japan oyurushi wo
Please Forgive Me Wall Scroll

お許しを is how to write, "Please Forgive Me," in Japanese. Often, Japanese Christians will add "God" (Kamisama) in front of this.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself

Japan ware o yuru su
Forgive Yourself / Release Yourself Wall Scroll

我を許す is how to write "forgive yourself" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean, "regarding myself."

The last two characters mean, "to forgive," "to excuse (from)," "to pardon," "to release," "to let off," "to permit," "to allow," and/or "to approve."

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

A sly rabbit has three openings to its den

-or- The crafty rabbit has three different entrances to its lair
China jiǎo tù sān kū
A sly rabbit has three openings to its den Wall Scroll

This speaks to the cunning character of a sly rabbit. Such a rabbit will not have just one hole but rather a few entrances and exits from his liar.

About 2,250 years ago a very rich man told his assistant to go and buy something wonderful that he did not yet posses. He was a man that already had everything, so the assistant went to a local village that owed a great deal of money to the rich man. The assistant told the village elders that all debts were forgiven. All the villagers rejoiced and praised the rich man's name. The assistant returned to the rich man and told him he had purchased "benevolence" for him. The rich man was mildly amused but perhaps a bit confused by the action.

Some time later, the rich man fell from the favor of the Emperor, and was wiped out without a penny to his name. One day he was walking aimlessly and stumbled into the village in which the debts had been forgiven. The villagers recognized the man and welcomed him with open arms, clothed, fed, and gave him a place to live.

Without trying, the man had become like the sly and cunning rabbit. When his exit was blocked, he had another hole to emerge from - and was reborn. This story and idiom comes from a book titled "The Amendment" - it's unclear whether this man actually existed or not. But the book did propel this idiom into common use in China.

Still today this idiom about the rabbit is used in China when suggesting "backup plans" alternate methods, and anyone with a good escape plan.

Forgive Me of My Sins

China yuán liàng wǒ de zuì niè
Forgive Me of My Sins Wall Scroll

原諒我的罪孽 is a religious phrase, which means exactly what the title suggests.

See Also:  Christian

God Forgive Me

Japan kami sama o yuru shi wo
God Forgive Me Wall Scroll

神様お許しを is how to write, "God Forgive Me," in Japanese. There is an essence humble begging or "please" implied in this phrase.

Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kindness and Forgiving Nature 仁恕jinjorén shù / ren2 shu4 / ren shu / renshu jen shu / jenshu
Forgiveness shù / shu4 / shu
jicí / ci2 / ci tz`u / tzu
liàng / liang4 / liang
Forgiveness (from the top down) 容赦you sha / yousha / yo sha / yosharóng shè / rong2 she4 / rong she / rongshe jung she / jungshe
Gassho 合掌gasshou / gashohé zhǎng / he2 zhang3 / he zhang / hezhang ho chang / hochang
Compassion 同情dou jou / doujou / do jo / dojotóng qíng
tong2 qing2
tong qing
t`ung ch`ing
tung ching
Forgive 原諒
yuán liàng
yuan2 liang4
yuan liang
yüan liang
Begging Forgiveness 饒恕
ráo shù / rao2 shu4 / rao shu / raoshu jao shu / jaoshu
duì bù qǐ
dui4 bu4 qi3
dui bu qi
tui pu ch`i
tui pu 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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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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