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Eternal Life / Future Life

China lái shì
Japan rai-se
Eternal Life / Future Life Vertical Wall Scroll

來世 can be used in many different ways. It is often used to express the next life (life in heaven or wherever your soul is bound for). So it does have a religious overtone. However, it can also be used to express your life in the future - perhaps during your present lifetime. It can also be translated as "the next world," "the next generation," "the time that is to come," "otherworld," or simply "posterity."


See Also:  Eternity | Rebirth | Reincarnation | Immortality

Choose Life

China xuǎn zé shēng huó
Choose Life Vertical Wall Scroll

選擇生活 can mean to choose life instead of death (or suicide) or to choose to live life to the fullest.

I think of it as the key phrase used by Renton (Ewan McGregor) in the movie Trainspotting. While Chinese people will not think of Trainspotting when they see this phrase, for me, it will always be what comes near the end of this colorful rant:

Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.

Karma

Single character for Buddhist Karma
China
Japan gou
Karma Vertical Wall Scroll

業 is the simplest way to express the idea of Karma. 業 is the Buddhist concept of actions committed in a former life affecting the present and future.

Out of the context of Buddhism, this Karma character means one's profession in life, trade, occupation, business, study, or career.

The Karma definition applies to both Chinese and Japanese for this character. This also works as Korean Hanja as Karma; although the meaning can vary depending on context (my Korean dictionary gives the definition of profession/occupation).


See Also:  Buddhism

Better Late Than Never

It's Never Too Late Too Mend
China wáng yáng bǔ láo yóu wèi wéi wǎn
Better Late Than Never Vertical Wall Scroll

Long ago in what is now China, there were many kingdoms throughout the land. This time period is known as "The Warring States Period" by historians because these kingdoms often did not get along with each other.

Some time around 279 B.C. the Kingdom of Chu was a large but not particularly powerful kingdom. Part of the reason it lacked power was the fact that the King was surrounded by "yes men" who told him only what he wanted to hear. Many of the King's court officials were corrupt and incompetent which did not help the situation.

The King was not blameless himself, as he started spending much of his time being entertained by his many concubines.

One of the King's ministers, Zhuang Xin, saw problems on the horizon for the Kingdom, and warned the King, "Your Majesty, you are surrounded by people who tell you what you want to hear. They tell you things to make you happy, and cause you to ignore important state affairs. If this is allowed to continue, the Kingdom of Chu will surely perish, and fall into ruins."

This enraged the King who scolded Zhuang Xin for insulting the country and accused him of trying to create resentment among the people. Zhuang Xin explained, "I dare not curse the Kingdom of Chu but I feel that we face great danger in the future because of the current situation." The King was simply not impressed with Zhuang Xin's words.
Seeing the King's displeasure with him and the King's fondness for his court of corrupt officials, Zhuang Xin asked permission of the King that he may take leave of the Kingdom of Chu, and travel to the State of Zhao to live. The King agreed, and Zhuang Xin left the Kingdom of Chu, perhaps forever.

Five months later, troops from the neighboring Kingdom of Qin invaded Chu, taking a huge tract of land. The King of Chu went into exile, and it appeared that soon, the Kingdom of Chu would no longer exist.

The King of Chu remembered the words of Zhuang Xin, and sent some of his men to find him. Immediately, Zhuang Xin returned to meet the King. The first question asked by the King was, "What can I do now?"

Zhuang Xin told the King this story:

A shepherd woke one morning to find a sheep missing. Looking at the pen saw a hole in the fence where a wolf had come through to steal one of his sheep. His friends told him that he had best fix the hole at once. But the Shepherd thought since the sheep is already gone, there is no use fixing the hole.
The next morning, another sheep was missing. And the Shepherd realized that he must mend the fence at once. Zhuang Xin then went on to make suggestions about what could be done to reclaim the land lost to the Kingdom of Qin, and reclaim the former glory and integrity in the Kingdom of Chu.

The Chinese idiom shown above came from this reply from Zhuang Xin to the King of Chu almost 2,300 years ago.
It translates roughly into English as...
"Even if you have lost some sheep, it's never too late to mend the fence."

This proverb is often used in modern China when suggesting in a hopeful way that someone change their ways, or fix something in their life. It might be used to suggest fixing a marriage, quit smoking, or getting back on track after taking an unfortunate path in life among other things one might fix in their life.

I suppose in the same way that we might say, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life" in our western cultures to suggest that you can always start anew.

Note: This does have Korean pronunciation but is not a well-known proverb in Korean (only Koreans familiar with ancient Chinese history would know it). Best if your audience is Chinese.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin/ ye4
Taiwan yeh
Japanese waza / わざ    gou / go / ごう    gyou / gyo / ぎょう
Chinese line of business; industry; occupation; job; employment; school studies; enterprise; property; (Buddhism) karma; deed; to engage in; already; surname Ye
Japanese deed; act; work; performance; {Buddh} (See 果報) karma (i.e. actions committed in a former life); (n,suf) (1) work; business; company; agency; (2) study; (personal name) Hajime; (surname) Gyou
karman, karma, "action, work, deed"; "moral duty"; "product, result, effect." M.W. The doctrine of the act; deeds and their effects on the character, especially in their relation to succeeding forms of transmigration. The 三業 are thought, word, and deed, each as good, bad, or indifferent. Karma from former lives is 宿業, from present conduct 現業. Karma is moral action that causes future retribution, and either good or evil transmigration. It is also that moral kernel in which each being survives death for further rebirth or metempsychosis. There are categories of 2, 3, 4, 6, and 10; the 六業 are rebirth in the hells, or as animals, hungry ghosts, men, devas, or asuras: v. 六趣.

三生

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Mandarin sān shēng / san1 sheng1
Taiwan san sheng
Japanese mitsuo / みつお    miki / みき    sanshou / sansho / さんしょう
Japanese (surname, given name) Mitsuo; (female given name) Miki; (given name) Sanshou
The three births, or reincarnations, past, present, future. Tiantai has (a) 種 planting the seed; (b) 熟 ripening; (c) 脫 liberating, stripping, or harvesting, i.e. beginning, development, and reward of bodhi, a process either gradual or instantaneous. Huayan has (a) 見聞生 a past life of seeing and hearing Buddha-truth; (b) 解行生 liberation in the present life; (c) 證入生 realization of life in Buddhahood. This is also called 三生成佛, Buddhahood in the course of three lives. There is also a definition of three rebirths as the shortest term for arhatship, sixty kalpas being the longest. There are other definitions.

下世

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Mandarin xià shì / xia4 shi4
Taiwan hsia shih
Japanese shimoyo / しもよ    shimose / しもせ
Chinese to die; future incarnation; next life; to be born; to come into the world; future generation
Japanese (surname) Shimoyo; (personal name) Shimose

不善

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Mandarin bù shàn / bu4 shan4
Taiwan pu shan
Japanese fuzen / ふぜん
Chinese bad; ill; not good at; not to be pooh-poohed; quite impressive
Japanese evil; sin; vice; mischief
Not good; contrary to the right and harmful to present and future life, e. g. 五逆十惡; unwholesome

二世

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Mandarin èr shì / er4 shi4
Taiwan erh shih
Japanese nisei / nise / にせい    nise / にせ
Chinese the Second (of numbered kings); second generation (e.g. Chinese Americans)
Japanese (1) nisei; second-generation Japanese (or Korean, etc.); foreigner of Japanese parentage; (n,n-suf,n-pref) (2) the Second (king, etc. of the same name); second generation; junior; (3) (colloquialism) son; {Buddh} two existences; the present and the future; (female given name) Futase; (given name) Nisei
This life and the hereafter; two worlds

來生


来生

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Mandarin lái shēng / lai2 sheng1
Taiwan lai sheng
Japanese rai / らい    kisugi / きすぎ
Chinese next life
Japanese (female given name) Rai; (surname) Kisugi
Future rebirth; the future life; [one's] next lifetime

利樂


利乐

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Mandarin lì lè / li4 le4
Taiwan li le
Japanese riraku
Blessing and joy; the blessing being for the future life, the joy for the present; or aid (for salvation) and the joy of it; benefit and joy [given to sentient beings by bodhisattvas]

十智

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Mandarin shí zhì / shi2 zhi4
Taiwan shih chih
Japanese jū chi
The ten forms of understanding. I. Hīnayāna: (1) 世俗智 common understanding; (2) 法智 enlightened understanding, i.e. on the Four Truths in this life; (3) 類智 ditto, applied to the two upper realms 上二界; (4), (5), (6), (7) understanding re each of the Four Truths separately, both in the upper and lower realms, e.g. 苦智; (8) 他心智 understanding of the minds of others; (9) 盡智 the understanding that puts an end to all previous faith in or for self, i.e. 自信智; (10) 無生智 nirvāṇa wisdom; v. 倶舍論 26. II. Mahāyāna. A Tathāgatas ten powers of understanding or wisdom: (1) 三世智 perfect understanding of past, present, and future; (2) ditto of Buddha Law; (3) 法界無礙智 unimpeded understanding of the whole Buddha-realm; (4) 法界無邊智 unlimited, or infinite understanding of the whole Buddha-realm; (5) 充滿一切智 understanding of ubiquity; (6) 普照一切世間智 understanding of universal enlightenment; (7) 住持一切世界智 understanding of omnipotence, or universal control; (8) 知一切衆生智 understanding of omniscience re all living beings; (9) 知一切法智 understanding of omniscience re the laws of universal salvation; (10) 知無邊諸佛智 understanding of omniscience re all Buddha wisdom. v. 華嚴経 16. There are also his ten forms of understanding of the "Five Seas" 五海 of worlds, living beings, karma, passions, and Buddhas; ten kinds of cognition

受者

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Mandarin shòu zhě / shou4 zhe3
Taiwan shou che
Japanese jusha
A recipient (e. g. of the rules). The illusory view that the ego will receive reward or punishment in a future life, one of the sixteen false views; an experiencer

四執


四执

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Mandarin sì zhí / si4 zhi2
Taiwan ssu chih
Japanese shishū
The four erroneous tenets; also 四邪; 四迷; 四術; there are two groups: I. The four of the 外道 outsiders, or non-Buddhists, i. e. of Brahminism, concerning the law of cause and effect: (1) 邪因邪果 heretical theory of causation, e. g. creation by Mahesvara; (2) 無因有果 or 自然, effect independent of cause, e. g. creation without a cause, or spontaneous generation; (3) 有因無果 cause without effect, e. g. no future life as the result of this. (4) 無因無果 neither cause nor effect, e. g. that rewards and punishments are independent of morals. II. The four erroneous tenets of 內外道 insiders and outsiders, Buddhist and Brahman, also styled 四宗 the four schools, as negated in the 中論 Mādhyamika śāstra: (1) outsiders, who do not accept either the 人 ren or 法 fa ideas of 空 kong; (2) insiders who hold the Abhidharma or Sarvāstivādāḥ tenet, which recognizes 人空 human impersonality, but not 法空 the unreality of things; (3) also those who hold the 成實 Satyasiddhi tenet which discriminates the two meanings of 空 kong but not clearly; and also (4) those in Mahāyāna who hold the tenet of the realists; four mistaken attachments

四衆


四众

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Mandarin sì zhòng / si4 zhong4
Taiwan ssu chung
Japanese shishu;shishuu / shishu;shishu / ししゅ;ししゅう
Japanese (1) four orders of Buddhist followers (monks, nuns, male lay devotees and female lay devotees); (2) four monastic communities (ordained monks, ordained nuns, male novices and female novices); (3) (in Tendai) the four assemblies
The four varga (groups, or orders), i. e. bhikṣu, bhikṣuṇī, upāsaka and upāsikā, monks, nuns, male and female devotees. Another group, according to Tiantai's commentary on the Lotus, is 發起衆 the assembly which, through Śāriputra, stirred the Buddha to begin his Lotus Sutra sermons; 當機衆 the pivotal assembly, those who were responsive to him; 影向衆 the reflection assembly, those like Mañjuśrī, etc., who reflected on, or drew out the Buddha's teaching; and 結緣衆 those who only profited in having seen and heard a Buddha, and therefore whose enlightenment is delayed to a future life; four types of monastic community

往生

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Mandarin wǎng shēng / wang3 sheng1
Taiwan wang sheng
Japanese oujou / ojo / おうじょう
Chinese to be reborn; to live in paradise (Buddhism); to die; (after) one's death
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) {Buddh} passing on to the next life; (2) death; (3) giving up a struggle; submission; (4) being at one's wits' end; being flummoxed; (5) coercion
The future life, the life to which anyone is going; to go to be born in the Pure Land of Amitābha. (1) 往相囘向 To transfer one's merits to all beings that they may attain the Pure Land of Amitābha. (2) 還相囘向 Having been born in the Pure Land to return to mortality and by one's merits to bring mortals to the Pure Land; be reborn [in another world]

後世


后世

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Mandarin hòu shì / hou4 shi4
Taiwan hou shih
Japanese gose / ごせ    kousei / kose / こうせい
Chinese later generations
Japanese {Buddh} the next world; afterlife; life after death; (n-adv,n) posterity; future life; life to come
The 1ife after this; later generations or ages; subsequent age

斷送


断送

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Mandarin duàn sòng / duan4 song4
Taiwan tuan sung
Chinese to forfeit (future profit, one's life etc); ruined

未來


未来

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Mandarin wèi lái / wei4 lai2
Taiwan wei lai
Japanese mirai / みらい    miku / みく    miki / みき    haruka / はるか
Chinese future; tomorrow; CL:個|个[ge4]; approaching; coming; pending
Japanese (female given name) Mirai; (female given name) Miku; (surname, female given name) Miki; (female given name) Haruka
當來 anāgata; that which has not come, or will come; the future, e. g. 未來世 a future life, or lives; also the future tense, one of the 三世, i. e. 過, 現, 未 past, present, future.

業田


业田

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Mandarin yè tián / ye4 tian2
Taiwan yeh t`ien / yeh tien
Japanese gouda / goda / ごうだ
Japanese (surname) Gouda
The field of karma; the life in which the seeds of future harvest are sown.

無期

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Mandarin wú qī / wu2 qi1
Taiwan wu ch`i / wu chi
Japanese muki / むき
Chinese unspecified period; in the indefinite future; no fixed time; indefinite sentence (i.e. life imprisonment)
Japanese indefinite

當來


当来

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Mandarin dāng lái / dang1 lai2
Taiwan tang lai
Japanese tōrai
That which is to come, the future, the future life, etc.

見正


见正

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Mandarin jiàn zhèng / jian4 zheng4
Taiwan chien cheng
Japanese mishou / misho / みしょう    chikamasa / ちかまさ
Japanese (surname) Mishou; (male given name) Chikamasa
Seeing correctly; said to be the name of a disciple of the Buddha who doubted a future life, to whom the Buddha is said to have delivered the contents of the 見正經.

進路

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Mandarin jìn lù / jin4 lu4
Taiwan chin lu
Japanese shinro / しんろ
Chinese way of proceeding; approach (to a task etc)
Japanese (1) route; course; (2) career, university choices; course (of future life); (given name) Shinji

三時業


三时业

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Mandarin sān shí yè / san1 shi2 ye4
Taiwan san shih yeh
Japanese kinji gō
The three stages of karma— in the present life because of present deeds; in the next life because of present actions; and in future lives because of present actions; three times of karma

後の世

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Japanese nochinoyo / のちのよ Japanese after ages; posterity; future life; the next world

一九之生

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Mandarin yī jiǔ zhī shēng / yi1 jiu3 zhi1 sheng1
Taiwan i chiu chih sheng
Japanese ikku no shō
Future life in the Amitābha Pure Land; rebirth in the Pure Land

九品往生

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Mandarin jiǔ pǐn wǎng shēng / jiu3 pin3 wang3 sheng1
Taiwan chiu p`in wang sheng / chiu pin wang sheng
Japanese kuhon ōjō
The ninefold future life, in the Pure Land, v. 九品淨土. It is detailed in the sutra of this name whose full title is 阿彌陀三摩地集陀羅尼經.

二種因果


二种因果

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Mandarin èr zhǒng / er4 zhong3
Taiwan erh chung
Japanese nishuinka
Two aspects of cause and effect, a division of the 四諦 "four noble truths" (a) 世間因果 in the present life, the 苦諦 being the effect, and the 集諦 the cause; (b) 出世間因果 in the future life, the 滅諦, extinction (of passion, or mortality) being the fruit, and the 道諦 the " eightfold noble path " the cause.

十二因緣


十二因缘

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Mandarin shí èr yīn yuán / shi2 er4 yin1 yuan2
Taiwan shih erh yin yüan
Japanese jūni innen
Dvādaśaṅga pratītyasamutpāda; the twelve nidānas; v. 尼 and 因; also 十二緣起; 因緣有支; 因緣率連; 因緣棘園; 因緣輪; 因緣重城; 因緣觀; 支佛觀. They are the twelve links in the chain of existence: (1) 無明avidyā, ignorance, or unenlightenment; (2) 行 saṃskāra, action, activity, conception, "dispositions," Keith; (3) 識 vijñāna, consciousness; (4) 名色 nāmarūpa, name and form; (5) 六入 ṣaḍāyatana, the six sense organs, i.e. eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind; (6) 觸 sparśa, contact, touch; (7) 受 vedanā, sensation, feeling; (8) 愛 tṛṣṇā, thirst, desire, craving; (9) 取 upādāna, laying hold of, grasping; (10) 有 bhava, being, existing; (11) 生 jāti, birth; (12) 老死 jarāmaraṇa, old age, death. The "classical formula" reads "By reason of ignorance dispositions; by reason of dispositions consciousness", etc. A further application of the twelve nidānas is made in regard to their causaton of rebirth: (1) ignorance, as inherited passion from the beginningless past ; (2) karma, good and evil, of past lives; (3) conception as a form of perception; (4) nāmarūpa, or body and mind evolving (in the womb); (5) the six organs on the verge of birth; (6) childhood whose intelligence is limited to sparśa, contact or touch; (7) receptivity or budding intelligence and discrimination from 6 or 7 years; (8) thirst, desire, or love, age of puberty; (9) the urge of sensuous existence; (10) forming the substance, bhava, of future karma; (11) the completed karma ready for rebirth; (12) old age and death. The two first are associated with the previous life, the other ten with the present. The theory is equally applicable to all realms of reincarnation. The twelve links are also represented in a chart, at the centre of which are the serpent (anger), boar (ignorance, or stupidity), and dove (lust) representing the fundamental sins. Each catches the other by the tail, typifying the train of sins producing the wheel of life. In another circle the twelve links are represented as follows: (1) ignorance, a blind woman; (2) action, a potter at work, or man gathering fruit; (3) consciousness, a restless monkey; (4) name and form, a boat; (5) sense organs, a house; (6) contact, a man and woman sitting together; (7) sensation, a man pierced by an arrow; (8) desire, a man drinking wine; (9) craving, a couple in union; (10) existence through childbirth; (11) birth, a man carrying a corpse; (12) disease, old age, death, an old woman leaning on a stick. v. 十二因緣論 Pratītya-samutpāda śāstra.

生活不安

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Japanese seikatsufuan / sekatsufuan / せいかつふあん Japanese (yoji) worry (uncertainty, uneasiness, insecurity) about one's life (future)

三種波羅蜜


三种波罗蜜

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Mandarin sān zhǒng bō luó mì / san1 zhong3 bo1 luo2 mi4
Taiwan san chung po lo mi
Japanese sanshu haramitsu
The three kinds of pāramitā ideals, or methods of perfection: (a) 世間波羅蜜 that of people in general relating to this world; (b) 出世間波羅蜜 that of śrāvakas and pratyekabuddhas relating to the future life for themselves; (c) 出世間上上波羅蜜 the supreme one of bodhisattvas, relating to the future life for all; cf. 三種智; three kinds of perfections

已今當往生


已今当往生

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Mandarin yǐ jīn dāng wǎng shēng / yi3 jin1 dang1 wang3 sheng1
Taiwan i chin tang wang sheng
Japanese ikintō ōjō
Those born into the 'future life, ' (of the Pure Land) in the past, in the present, and to be born in the future; born into the future life

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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
Eternal Life
Future Life
來世
来世
rai-selái shì / lai2 shi4 / lai shi / laishilai shih / laishih
Choose Life選擇生活
选择生活
xuǎn zé shēng huó
xuan3 ze2 sheng1 huo2
xuan ze sheng huo
xuanzeshenghuo
hsüan tse sheng huo
hsüantseshenghuo
Karma
gou / goyè / ye4 / yeyeh
Better Late Than Never亡羊補牢猶未為晚
亡羊补牢犹未为晚
wáng yáng bǔ láo yóu wèi wéi wǎn
wang2 yang2 bu3 lao2 you2 wei4 wei2 wan3
wang yang bu lao you wei wei wan
wang yang pu lao yu wei wei wan
wangyangpulaoyuweiweiwan
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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Guardian
Holy Ghost
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Love
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Never Give Up
Overcome
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Prince
Prosperity
Protector
Rabbit
Resolve
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Snake
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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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