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Body and Mind

China shēn xīn
Japan shin shin
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身心 means, "body and mind" or "mental and physical" in Chinese and Japanese.

In the Buddhist context, body and mind encompass the five elements (skandha) of a sentient being.
The body is the physical material (rūpa) of life. Mind embraces the other four skandhas which are consciousness, perception, action, and knowledge.

Four Elements

Buddhist Term
China dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
Japan chisuikafuu
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地水火風 is a Buddhist term that means "earth, water, fire, wind." 地水火風 is often just referred to as "the four elements." There is a more common title (the five elements) which adds wood to the mix. These four elements are used in some sects of Japanese Buddhism (not so much in Chinese).

Shidai / Sida / Mahabhuta

China sì dà
Japan shi dai
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In Buddhism, this is mahābhūta, the four elements of which all things are made: earth, water, fire, and wind.

This can also represent the four freedoms: speaking out freely, airing views fully, holding great debates, and writing big-character posters.

In some context, this can be a university or college offering four-year programs.

To others, this can represent the Tao, Heaven, Earth and King.

Going back to the Buddhist context, these four elements "earth, water, fire, and wind" represent 堅, 濕, 煖, 動, which is: solid, liquid, heat, and motion.


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四大

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Mandarin sì dà / si4 da4
Taiwan ssu ta
Japanese yondai よんだい
 shidai しだい
Chinese the four elements: earth, water, fire, and wind (Buddhism); the four freedoms: speaking out freely, airing views fully, holding great debates, and writing big-character posters, 大鳴大放|大鸣大放[da4 ming2 da4 fang4], 大辯論|大辩论[da4 bian4 lun4], 大字報|大字报[da4 zi4 bao4] (PRC)
Japanese university or college offering four-year programs; (1) (Buddhist term) the four elements (earth, water, fire, wind); (2) the human body; (3) Tao, heaven, earth and king
mahābhūta, 四界; 四大界. The four elements of which all things are made; or the four realms; i. e. earth, water, fire, and wind (or air); they represent 堅, 濕, 煖, and 動 solid, liquid, heat, and motion; motion produces and maintains life. As 實 active or formative forces they are styled 四界 (四大界) ; as 假 passive or material objects they are 四大; but the 成實論 Satyasiddhi śāstra disputes the 實 and recognizes only the 假; four great elements
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毒蛇

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Mandarin dú shé / du2 she2
Taiwan tu she
Japanese dokuhebi どくへび
 dokuja どくじゃ
Chinese viper
Japanese poisonous snake; poisonous serpent
A poisonous snake.; Poisonous snakes, the four elements of the body— earth, water, fire, wind (or air)— which harm a man by their variation, i. e. increase and decrease. Also, gold.
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地水火風


地水火风

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Mandarin dì shuǐ huǒ fēng / di4 shui3 huo3 feng1
Taiwan ti shui huo feng
Japanese chisuikafuu / chisuikafu ちすいかふう
 jisuikafuu / jisuikafu じすいかふう
Japanese (Buddhist term) earth, water, fire, and wind (the four elements)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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和敬清寂

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Japanese wakeiseijaku / wakesejaku わけいせいじゃく
Japanese (yoji) harmony, respect, purity and tranquility; the four most important elements of the tea ceremony
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Wa Kei Sei Jaku

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Mandarin/ da4
Taiwan ta
Japanese yutaka ゆたか
 masaru まさる
 masa まさ
 futoshi ふとし
 hiroshi ひろし
 hiro ひろ
 hajime はじめ
 daibuku だいぶく
 daifuku だいふく
 daisue だいすえ
 daijou / daijo だいじょう
 daikatsu だいかつ
 dai だい
 takeshi たけし
 takashi たかし
 shin しん
 kazuhito かずひと
 ooyanagi おおやなぎ
 ooyagi おおやぎ
 oomine おおみね
 oobuku おおぶく
 oofuku おおふく
 oohama おおはま
 oono おおの
 ootou / ooto おおとう
 ootsuru おおつる
 oodaka おおだか
 ootaka おおたか
 oosumi おおすみ
 oosugi おおすぎ
 oojio おおじお
 ooshio おおしお
 ooshi おおし
 oozaki おおざき
 oosaki おおさき
 ookuwa おおくわ
 ooki おおき
 oogami おおがみ
 oogachi おおがち
 ookatsu おおかつ
 oo おお
Chinese see 大夫[dai4 fu5]; big; huge; large; major; great; wide; deep; older (than); oldest; eldest; greatly; very much; (dialect) father; father's elder or younger brother
Japanese (prefix) (1) the large part of; (2) big; large; great; (suffix) (3) approximate size; no larger than; (4) (abbreviation) -university; (5) large (e.g. serving size); loud (e.g. volume setting); (irregular okurigana usage) (prefix) (1) (archaism) great; grand; large; (2) greater (of equal court ranks); upper; senior; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) a great deal; very much; (prefix) (1) (archaism) greater (of equal court ranks); upper; senior; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) a great deal; very much; (prefix) big; large; (given name) Yutaka; (surname, given name) Masaru; (personal name) Masa; (male given name) Futoshi; (male given name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Hiro; (surname, given name) Hajime; (personal name) Daibuku; (personal name) Daifuku; (personal name) Daisue; (surname) Daijou; (personal name) Daikatsu; (surname, female given name) Dai; (given name) Takeshi; (male given name) Takashi; (given name) Shin; (personal name) Kazuhito; (surname) Oyagi; (surname) Otaka
Maha. 摩訶; 麼賀. Great, large, big; all pervading, all-embracing; numerous 多; surpassing ; mysterious 妙; beyond comprehension 不可思議; omnipresent 體無不在. The elements, or essential things, i.e. (a) 三大 The three all-pervasive qualities of the 眞如 q.v. : its 體, 相 , 用 substance, form, and functions, v. 起信論 . (b) 四大 The four tanmātra or elements, earth, water, fire, air (or wind) of the 倶舍論. (c)五大 The five, i.e. the last four and space 空, v. 大日經. (d) 六大 The six elements, earth, water, fire, wind, space (or ether), mind 識. Hīnayāna, emphasizing impersonality 人空, considers these six as the elements of all sentient beings; Mahāyāna, emphasizing the unreality of all things 法空, counts them as elements, but fluid in a flowing stream of life, with mind 識 dominant; the esoteric sect emphasizing nonproduction, or non-creation, regards them as universal and as the Absolute in differentiation. (e) 七大 The 楞嚴經 adds 見 perception, to the six above named to cover the perceptions of the six organs 根.

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Mandarin yùn / yun4
Taiwan yün
Japanese osamu おさむ
Chinese to accumulate; to hold in store; to contain; to gather together; to collect; depth; inner strength; profundity
Japanese (given name) Osamu
skandha, v. 塞; older tr. 陰, intp. as that which covers or conceals, implying that physical and mental forms obstruct realization of the truth; while the tr. 蘊, implying an accumulation or heap, is a nearer connotation to skandha, which, originally meaning the shoulder, becomes stem, branch, combination, the objects of sense, the elements of being or mundane consciousness. The term is intp. as the five physical and mental constituents, which combine to form the intelligent 性 or nature; rūpa, the first of the five, is considered as physical, the remaining four as mental; v. 五蘊. The skandhas refer only to the phenomenal, not to the 無爲 non-phenomenal; aggregate(s)

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Mandarin/ se4
Taiwan se
Japanese shiki しき
 iro いろ
Chinese color; dice; color; CL:種|种[zhong3]; look; appearance; sex
Japanese (counter) counter for colours; (1) (Buddhist term) rupa (form); (2) visible objects (i.e. color and form); (1) colour; color; (2) complexion; (3) appearance; look; (4) love; lust; sensuality; love affair; lover; (5) kind; type; variety; (female given name) Shiki; (surname) Iro
rūpa, outward appearance, form, colour, matter, thing; the desirable, especially feminine attraction. It is defined as that which has resistance; or which changes and disappears, i. e. the phenomenal; also as 顯, 形 and 表色 colour and quality, form or the measurable, and mode or action. There are divisions of two, i. e. inner and outer, as the organs and objects of sense; also colour and form; of three, i. e. the visible object, e. g. colour, the invisible object, e. g. sound, the invisible and immaterial; of eleven, i. e. the five organs and five objects of sense and the immaterial object; of fourteen, the five organs and five objects of sense and the four elements, earth, water, fire, air. rūpa is one of the six bāhya-āyatana, the 六塵; also one of the five skandhas, 五蘊, i. e. the 色身. Keith refers to rūpa as 'material form or matter which is underived (no-utpādā) and which is derived (utpādā)', the underived or independent being the tangible; the derived or dependent being the senses, e. g. of hearing; most of their objects, e. g. sound; the qualities or faculties of feminity, masculinity, vitality; intimation by act and speech, space; qualities of matter, e. g. buoyancy and physical nutriment.

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五因

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Mandarin wǔ yīn / wu3 yin1
Taiwan wu yin
Japanese goin
The five causes, v. 倶舍論 7. i. e. (1) 生因 producing cause; (2) 依因supporting cause; (3) 立因 upholding or establishing cause; (4) 持因 maintaining cause; (5) 養因 nourishing or strengthening cause. These all refer to the four elements, earth, water, fire, wind, for they are the causers or producers and maintainers of the infinite forms of nature. Another list from the Nirvana-Sutra 21 is (1) 生因 cause of rebirth, i. e. previous delusion; (2) 和合因 intermingling cause, i. e. good with good, bad with bad, neutral with neutral; (3) 住因 cause of abiding in the present condition, i. e. the self in its attachments; (4) 增長因 causes of development, e. g. food, clothing, etc.; (5) 遠因 remoter cause, the parental seed.

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五智

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Mandarin wǔ zhì / wu3 zhi4
Taiwan wu chih
Japanese gochi ごち
Japanese (place-name, surname) Gochi
The five kinds of wisdom of the 眞言宗 Shingon School. Of the six elements 六大 earth, water, fire, air (or wind), ether (or space) 曇空, and consciousness (or mind 識 ), the first five form the phenomenal world, or Garbhadhātu, the womb of all things 胎藏界, the sixth is the conscious, or perceptive, or wisdom world, the Vajradhātu 金剛界, sometimes called the Diamond realm. The two realms are not originally apart, but one, and there is no consciousness without the other five elements. The sixth element, vijñāna, is further subdivided into five called the 五智 Five Wisdoms: (1) 法界體性智 dharmadhātu-prakṛti-jñāna, derived from the amala-vijñāna, or pure 識; it is the wisdom of the embodied nature of the dharmadhātu, defined as the six elements, and is associated with Vairocana 大日, in the centre, who abides in this samādhi; it also corresponds to the ether 空 element. (2) 大圓鏡智 adarśana-jñāna, the great round mirror wisdom, derived from the ālaya-vijñāna, reflecting all things; corresponds to earth, and is associated with Akṣobhya and the east. (3) 平等性智 samatā-jñāna, derived from mano-vijñāna, wisdom in regard to all things equally and universally; corresponds to fire, and is associated with Ratnasaṃbhava and the south. (4) 妙觀察智 pratyavekṣaṇa-jñāna, derived from 意識, wisdom of profound insight, or discrimination, for exposition and doubt-destruction; corresponds to water, and is associated with Amitābha and the west. (5) 成所作智 kṛtyānuṣṭhāna-jñāna, derived from the five senses, the wisdom of perfecting the double work of self-welfare and the welfare of others; corresponds to air 風 and is associated with Amoghasiddhi and the north. These five Dhyāni-Buddhas are the 五智如來. The five kinds of wisdom are the four belonging to every Buddha, of the exoteric cult, to which the esoteric cult adds the first, pure, all-refecting, universal, all-discerning, and all-perfecting; five kinds of cognition

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大種


大种

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Mandarin dà zhǒng / da4 zhong3
Taiwan ta chung
Japanese daishu
The four great seeds, or elements (四大) which enter into all things, i.e. earth, water, fire, and wind, from which, as from seed, all things spring.

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地大

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Mandarin dì dà / di4 da4
Taiwan ti ta
Japanese chihiro ちひろ
 jidai じだい
Japanese (personal name) Chihiro; (surname) Jidai
Earth as one of the 四大 four elements, 地 earth, 水大 water, 火大 fire, and 風大 air (i. e. air in motion, wind); to these 空大 space (Skt. ākāśa) is added to make the 五大 five elements; 識 vijñāna, perception to make the six elements; and 見 darśana, views, concepts, or reasonings to make the seven elements. The esoteric sect use the five fingers, beginning with the little finger, to symbolize the five elements; the element earth

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地界

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Mandarin dì jiè / di4 jie4
Taiwan ti chieh
Japanese jizakai じざかい
Japanese boundary; bounds of the earth; (place-name) Jizakai
The realm of earth, one of the four elements, v. 地大; element of earth

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六因

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Mandarin liù yīn / liu4 yin1
Taiwan liu yin
Japanese rokuin
The six causations of the 六位 six stages of Bodhisattva development, q. v. Also, the sixfold division of causes of the Vaibhāṣikas (cf. Keith, 177-8); every phenomenon depends upon the union of 因 primary cause and 緣 conditional or environmental cause; and of the 因 there are six kinds: (1) 能作因 karaṇahetu, effective causes of two kinds: 與力因 empowering cause, as the earth empowers plant growth, and 不障因 non-resistant cause, as space does not resist, i. e. active and passive causes; (2) 倶有因 sahabhūhetu, co-operative causes, as the four elements 四大 in nature, not one of which can be omitted; (3) 同類因 sabhāgahetu, causes of the same kind as the effect, good producing good, etc.; (4) 相應因 saṃprayuktahetu, mutual responsive or associated causes, e. g. mind and mental conditions, subject with object; Keith gives 'faith and intelligence'; similar to (2); (5) 遍行因 sarvatragahetu, universal or omnipresent cause, i. e. of illusion, as of false views affecting every act; it resembles (3) but is confined to delusion; (6) 異熟因 vipākahetu, differental fruition, i. e. the effect different from the cause, as the hells are from evil deeds; six kinds of causes

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四微

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Mandarin sì wēi / si4 wei1
Taiwan ssu wei
Japanese shimi
The four minutest forms or atoms perceptible to the four senses of sight, smell, taste, or touch; from these arise the 四大 four elements, from which arise the 五智 five wisdoms, q. v.

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四蛇

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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; four vipers

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水大

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Mandarin shuǐ dà / shui3 da4
Taiwan shui ta
Japanese suidai
The element water, one of the four elements 四大 q. v; water element

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水界

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Mandarin shuǐ jiè / shui3 jie4
Taiwan shui chieh
Japanese mizusakai みずさかい
Japanese (place-name) Mizusakai
The realm of water, one of the 四大 four elements.

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火大

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Mandarin huǒ dà / huo3 da4
Taiwan huo ta
Japanese kadai
Chinese to get mad; to be very angry
The element fire, one of the 四大 four elements; fire element

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火界

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Mandarin huǒ jiè / huo3 jie4
Taiwan huo chieh
Japanese kakai
The realm of fire, one of the realms of the four elements 四大, i. e. earth, water, fire, and wind. Cf. 火院; fire as element

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百法

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Mandarin bǎi fǎ / bai3 fa3
Taiwan pai fa
Japanese hyappō
The hundred divisions of all mental qualities and their agents, of the 唯識 School; also known as the 五位百法five groups of the 100 modes or 'things': (1) 心法 the eight 識 perceptions, or forms of consciousness; (2) 心所有法 the fifty-one mental ideas; (3) 色法 the five physical organs and their six modes of sense, e. g. ear and sound; (4) 不相應行 twenty-four indefinites, or unconditioned elements; (5) 無爲 six inactive or metaphysical concepts; one hundred dharmas

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非色

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Mandarin fēi sè / fei1 se4
Taiwan fei se
Japanese hishiki
arūpa, formless, i.e. without rūpa, form, or shape, not composed of the four elements. Also the four skandhas, 非色四薀 excluding rūpa or form.

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風大


风大

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Mandarin fēng dà / feng1 da4
Taiwan feng ta
Japanese fūdai
Wind or air as one of the four elements; wind element

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部多

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Mandarin bù duō / bu4 duo1
Taiwan pu to
Japanese buta
bhūta, 'been, become, produced, formed, being, existing,' etc. (M. W. ); intp. as the consciously existing; the four great elements, earth, fire, wind, water, as apprehended by touch; also a kind of demon produced by metamorphosis. Also, the 眞如 bhūtatathatā.

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通教

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Mandarin tōng jiào / tong1 jiao4
Taiwan t`ung chiao / tung chiao
Japanese michinori みちのり
Japanese (given name) Michinori
Tiantai classified Buddhist schools into four periods 藏, 通, 別, and 圓. The 藏 Piṭaka school was that of Hīnayāna. The 通Tong, interrelated or intermediate school, was the first stage of Mahāyāna, having in it elements of all the three vehicles, śrāvaka, pratyekabuddha, and bodhisattva. Its developing doctrine linked it with Hīnayāna on the one hand and on the other with the two further developments of the 別 'separate', or 'differentiated' Mahāyāna teaching, and the 圓 full-orbed, complete, or perfect Mahāyāna. The 通教 held the doctrine of the Void, but had not arrived at the doctrine of the Mean; shared teaching

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三時教


三时教

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Mandarin sān shí jiào / san1 shi2 jiao4
Taiwan san shih chiao
Japanese sanji kyō
(三時教判) The three periods and characteristics of Buddha's teaching, as defined by the Dharmalakṣana school 法相宗. They are: (1) 有, when he taught the 實有 reality of the skandhas and elements, but denied the common belief in 實我 real personality or a permanent soul; this period is represented by the four 阿含經 āgamas and other Hīnayāna sūtras. (2) 空 Śūnya, when he negatived the idea of 實法 the reality of things and advocated that all was 空 unreal; the period of the 般若經 prajñā sūtras. (3) 中 Madhyama, the mean, that mind or spirit is real, while things are unreal; the period of this school's specific sūtra the 解深密經, also the 法華 and later sūtras. In the two earlier periods he is said to have 方便 adapted his teaching to the development of his hearers; in the third to have delivered his complete and perfect doctrine. Another division by the 空宗 is (1) as above; (2) the early period of the Mahāyāna represented, by the 深密經; (3) the higher Mahāyāna as in the 般若經. v. also 三敎; three periods of the teaching

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五大形

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Mandarin wǔ dà xíng / wu3 da4 xing2
Taiwan wu ta hsing
Japanese godai gyō
The symbols of the five elements— earth as square, water round, fire triangular, wind half-moon, and space a combination of the other four; shapes of the five great elements

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八犍度

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Mandarin bā jiān dù / ba1 jian1 du4
Taiwan pa chien tu
Japanese hachi kendo
The eight skandhas or sections of the Abhidharma, i.e. miscellaneous; concerning bondage to the passions, etc.; wisdom; practice; the four fundamentals, or elements; the roots, or organs; meditation; and views. The 八犍論 in thirty sections, attributed to Kātyāyana, is in the Abhidharma.

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八變化


八变化

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Mandarin bā biàn huà / ba1 bian4 hua4
Taiwan pa pien hua
Japanese hachi henge
Eight supernatural powers of transformation, characteristics of every Buddha: (1) to shrink self or others, or the world and all things to an atom; (2) to enlarge ditto to fill all space; (3) to make the same light as a feather; (4) to make the same any size or anywhere at will; (5) everywhere and in everything to be omnipotent; (6) to be anywhere at will, either by self-transportation, or bringing the destination to himself, etc; (7) to shake all things (in the six, or eighteen ways); (8) to be one or many and at will pass through the solid or through space, or through fire or water, or transform the four elements at will, e.g. turn earth into water. Also 八神變; 八自在.

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四毒蛇

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Mandarin sì dú shé / si4 du2 she2
Taiwan ssu tu she
Four poisonous snakes (in a basket), e. g. the four elements, earth, water, fire, and air, of which a man is formed.

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胎藏界

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Mandarin tāi cáng jiè / tai1 cang2 jie4
Taiwan t`ai ts`ang chieh / tai tsang chieh
Japanese taizō kai
Garbhadhātu, or Garbhakośa-(dhātu), the womb treasury, the universal source from which all things are produced; the matrix; the embryo; likened to a womb in which all of a child is conceived— its body, mind, etc. It is container and content; it covers and nourishes; and is the source of all supply. It represents the 理性 fundamental nature, both material elements and pure bodhi, or wisdom in essence or purity; 理 being the garbhadhātu as fundamental wisdom, and 智 acquired wisdom or knowledge, the vajradhātu. It also represents the human heart in its innocence or pristine purity, which is considered as the source of all Buddha-pity and moral knowledge. And it indicates that from the central being in the maṇḍala, viz. the Sun as symbol of Vairocana, there issue all the other manifestations of wisdom and power, Buddhas, bodhisattvas, demons, etc. It is 本覺 original intellect, or the static intellectuality, in contrast with 始覺 intellection, the initial or dynamic intellectuality represented in the vajradhātu; hence it is the 因 cause and vajradhātu the 果 effect; though as both are a unity, the reverse may be the rule, the effect being also the cause; it is also likened to 利他 enriching others, as vajradhātu is to 自利 enriching self. Kōbō Daishi, founder of the Yoga or Shingon 眞言 School in Japan, adopted the representation of the ideas in maṇḍalas, or diagrams, as the best way of revealing the mystic doctrine to the ignorant. The garbhadhātu is the womb or treasury of all things, the universe; the 理 fundamental principle, the source; its symbols are a triangle on its base, and an open lotus as representing the sun and Vairocana. In Japan this maṇḍala is placed on the east, typifying the rising sun as source, or 理. The vajradhātu is placed west and represents 智 wisdom or knowledge as derived from 理 the underlying principle, but the two are essential one to the other, neither existing apart. The material and spiritual; wisdom-source and intelligence; essence and substance; and similar complementary ideas are thus portrayed; the garbhadhātu may be generally considered as the static and the vajradhātu as the dynamic categories, which are nevertheless a unity. The garbhadhātu is divided into 三部 three sections representing samādhi or quiescence, wisdom-store, and pity-store, or thought, knowledge, pity; one is called the Buddha-section, the others the Vajra and Lotus sections respectively; the three also typify vimokṣa, prajñā, and dharmakāya, or freedom, understanding, and spirituality. There are three heads of these sections, i. e. Vairocana, Vajrapāṇi, and Avalokiteśvara; each has a mother or source, e. g. Vairocana from Buddha's-eye; and each has a 明王 or emanation of protection against evil; also a śakti or female energy; a germ-letter, etc. The diagram of five Buddhas contains also four bodhisattvas, making nine in all, and there are altogether thirteen 大院 or great courts of various types of ideas, of varying numbers, generally spoken of as 414. Cf. 金剛界; 大日; 兩部; womb-container world

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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
Body and Mind 身心shin shin / shinshinshēn xīn / shen1 xin1 / shen xin / shenxin shen hsin / shenhsin
Four Elements 地水火風
地水火风
chisuikafuu
chisuikafu
dì shuǐ huǒ fēng
di4 shui3 huo3 feng1
di shui huo feng
dishuihuofeng
ti shui huo feng
tishuihuofeng
Shidai
Sida
Mahabhuta
四大shi dai / shidaisì dà / si4 da4 / si da / sida ssu ta / ssuta
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 Vast Sky Full of Stars
Acceptance of Fate
Ambition
Believe
Big Brother
Bliss
Born
Breath
Brotherly Love
Devoted
Diligence
Discipline
Dojo
Dragon and Phoenix
Dream Big
Earth
Endless
Energy
Enjoy
Enlightened
Enthusiasm
Essence
Experience
Faith
Fate
Fire
Flying
Football
Forgiven
Give Me Strength
God Bless You
God is With You Always
Grace from Heaven
Guan Gong
Guardian
Guestbook
Happy Buddha
Harmony
Have Faith in God
Heart
Heart Mind and Soul
Hope
Independent Spirit
Inner Strength
Justice
Kajukenbo
Kenshin
Life Energy Spiritual
Live Without Regrets
Lonely
Lotus Sutra
Love With All My Heart
Love You Always
Luck
Miya
Namo Amitabha Buddha
Ninja
No Pain
Open Mind
Panda Bear
Peaceful Warrior
Qian
Qiang
Respect and Loyalty
Right Mindfulness
Samurai
Scholar
Self-Denial
Sherry
Shinigami
Soldier
Spirit
Spring
Superman
Sword
Taekwondo
Teach
The Way of the Samurai
The Way of the Sword
Tiger
Tranquil
Undaunted
Warrior
Water Dragon
Wedding
Wind
Wisdom Intellect Reason
Wolf
Yellow Dragon
Zazen

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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
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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.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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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