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Gaku in Chinese / Japanese...

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China jué / jiào
Japan gaku / satoru
Awareness Vertical Wall Scroll

覺 can mean to feel; to figure out; thinking; awake; aware; bodhi; knowing; understanding; enlightenment; illumination; apprehend; perceive; realize.

覺 is a character that is impossible to define in a single word.

This term is often associated with Buddhism where it's understood to be: Illumination, enlightenment, or awakening in regard to the real in contrast to the seeming. However, it can also refer to enlightenment in regard to morality and evil.


In Japanese, this can be the personal name Satoru.

In certain context, and only when pronounced as "jiao" in Chinese, it can refer to a nap, sleep or the state of sleeping. However, as a single character on a wall scroll, everyone will read this with the awareness or enlightenment context.

By no means is this the only way to write enlightenment. In fact, you should only choose this character if you are looking more for a word meaning awareness.

See Also:  Enlightenment | Wisdom | Knowledge


Graceful bird of longevity
Japan gaku / tsuru
Crane Vertical Wall Scroll

鶴 is a famous bird of China. Known in China to be a very spiritual creature, the crane is a symbol of both longevity, and the journey of souls and spirits of ancestors.

Note: 鶴 can mean crane or stork in Japanese.

Study / Learn / School

China xué
Japan gaku
Study / Learn / School Vertical Wall Scroll

學 is "study" or "learn" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

學 is a very broad character that can mean a lot of things related to scholarship. It can refer to a school (in fact, if you put the character for "big" in front of this, you have "college" or "university," if you put the word for "middle," you have "middle school." This can also mean science; the process of acquiring knowledge; learning; scholarship; erudition; knowledge. It can also add the Chinese or Japanese version of "-ology" (the study of) to many words.

学There is a very common simplified version of this character. You will see this form in modern Japan and mainland China, Singapore, and other places. If you want this simplified version, please click on the character shown to the right instead of the "select and customize" button above.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Japanese gaku / がく
Study / Learn / School Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) learning; scholarship; study; erudition; knowledge; education; (suffix noun) (2) study of ...; -ology; -ics; (personal name) Yutaka; (female given name) Manabu; (female given name) Manabi; (female given name) Satoru; (male given name) Satoshi; (p,s,g) Gaku; (personal name) Akira; (female given name) Ai

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Mandarin xué / xue2
Taiwan hsüeh
Japanese manabu / まなぶ    satoru / さとる    gaku / がく
Chinese to learn; to study; to imitate; science; -ology
Japanese (personal name) Manabu; (given name) Satoru; (personal name) Gaku
śikṣ; to study, learn, the process of acquiring knowledge; learning.

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Mandarin/ he4
Taiwan ho
Japanese tsuru / つる    tazu / たず
Chinese crane
Japanese crane (any bird of the family Gruidae, esp. the red-crowned crane, Grus japonensis); (surname) Tsuruhama; (surname) Tsuruzaki; (surname) Tsurusaki; (surname, female given name) Tsuru; (personal name) Gaku; (personal name) Kakuyuki; (surname) Kaku
The crane; the egret; translit. ha, ho.

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Mandarin/ he4
Taiwan ho
Japanese gaku
Chinese gully; ravine; Taiwan pr. [huo4]

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Mandarin yuè / yue4
Taiwan yüeh
Japanese dake / だけ    take / たけ
Chinese surname Yue
Japanese (n,suf) (1) peak; (2) mountain; (p,m) Dake; (given name) Takeru; (male given name) Takeshi; (p,s,g) Take; (male given name) Takane; (male given name) Takashi; (s,m,f) Gaku; (surname) Oka

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Mandarin yuè / yue4
Taiwan yüeh
Japanese dake / だけ    take / たけ
Chinese high mountain; highest peak of a mountain ridge; surname Yue
Japanese (n,suf) (1) peak; (2) mountain; (place-name, surname) Dake; (surname) Takesaki; (surname) Take; (surname) Gaku

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Mandarin è / e4
Taiwan o
Japanese gaku
Chinese startled

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Mandarin yuè // lè / yue4 // le4
Taiwan yüeh // le
Japanese raku / らく
Chinese Japanese variant of 樂|乐[yue4]; Japanese variant of 樂|乐[le4]
Japanese (adj-na,n,n-suf) (1) comfort; ease; (2) (abbreviation) (See 楽焼き) raku pottery; (surname, female given name) Raku; (female given name) Nono; (female given name) Tanoshi; (female given name) Sasa; (female given name) Konomi; (female given name) Kono; (surname) Gaku; (female given name) Eden

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Mandarin è / e4
Taiwan o
Japanese gaku;utena / がく;うてな
Chinese stem and calyx of flower
Japanese {bot} calyx; (surname) Hanabusa

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Mandarin guō / guo1
Taiwan kuo
Japanese kuruwa / くるわ    kaku / かく
Chinese outer city wall; surname Guo
Japanese (1) district; quarter; (2) enclosure; area enclosed by earthwork; (3) red-light district; (surname) Kouri; (place-name) Kuruwa; (surname) Kuoku; (surname) Gaku; (surname, given name) Kaku

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Mandarin è / e4
Taiwan o
Japanese gaku / がく
Chinese abbr. for Hubei Province 湖北省[Hu2 bei3 Sheng3] in central China; surname E
Japanese (surname) Gaku

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Mandarin é / e2
Taiwan o
Japanese hitai / ひたい    gaku / がく
Chinese forehead; horizontal tablet or inscribed board; specified number or amount
Japanese forehead; brow; (n,n-suf) (1) picture (framed); (2) amount or sum (of money); (surname) Nuka; (surname) Gaku
The forehead; a fixed (number); suddenly; translit. a; v. 阿, 安, etc.

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Mandarin è / e4
Taiwan o
Japanese gaku / がく    ago / あご    agito / あぎと
Chinese jaw; palate
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (kana only) chin; jaw; (1) (archaism) chin; jaw; (2) (archaism) gills; branchia



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Mandarin dà jué / da4 jue2
Taiwan ta chüeh
Japanese dai gaku
The supreme bodhi, or enlightenment, and the enlightening power of a Buddha; great enlightenment



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Mandarin xué lǚ / xue2 lv3
Taiwan hsüeh lü
Japanese gaku ro
Fellow-students, the company of monks who are studying.


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Mandarin wǒ kōng / wo3 kong1
Taiwan wo k`ung / wo kung
Japanese gakū
生空 (衆生空); 人空 Illusion of the concept of the reality of the ego, man being composed of elements and disintegrated when these are dissolved; emptiness of self



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Mandarin zhòng xué / zhong4 xue2
Taiwan chung hsüeh
Japanese shu gaku
bad manners which are to be trained


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Japanese gaku / ガクッ Japanese (adv,adv-to) (onomatopoeic or mimetic word) (sound effect for) collapsing; losing strength; slumping; losing balance



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Mandarin wǔ zhǒng xué / wu3 zhong3 xue2
Taiwan wu chung hsüeh
Japanese goshu gaku
five grave disciplines



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Mandarin yìn dù xué / yin4 du4 xue2
Taiwan yin tu hsüeh
Japanese Indo gaku
Indian studies



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Mandarin zēng jiè xué / zeng1 jie4 xue2
Taiwan tseng chieh hsüeh
Japanese zōkai gaku
Advanced or increasing study of the moral law; the study of the higher moral law; advanced study of the precepts



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Mandarin xué bù xué / xue2 bu4 xue2
Taiwan hsüeh pu hsüeh
Japanese gaku fugaku
learners and those who have nothing more to learn



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Mandarin xué shèng lì / xue2 sheng4 li4
Taiwan hsüeh sheng li
Japanese gaku shōri
benefits of training



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Mandarin xué wú xué / xue2 wu2 xue2
Taiwan hsüeh wu hsüeh
Japanese gaku mugaku
One who is still learning, and one who has attained; 學 is to study religion order to get rid of illusion; 無學 begins when illusion is cast off. In Hīnayāna the first three stages, v. 四果, belong to the period of 學; the arhat to the 無學. In the Mahāyāna, the ten stages of the bodhisattva belong to 學; the stage of Buddha to 無學; training and post-training



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Mandarin píng děng jué / ping2 deng3 jue2
Taiwan p`ing teng chüeh / ping teng chüeh
Japanese byōdō gaku
A Buddha's universal and impartial perception, his absolute intuition above the laws of differentiation; perfect enlightenment



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Mandarin xìng xiàng xué / xing4 xiang4 xue2
Taiwan hsing hsiang hsüeh
Japanese shōsō gaku
The philosophy of the above (性相), i. e. of the noumenal and phenomenal. There are ten points of difference between the 性相二宗, i. e. between the 性 and 相 schools, v. 二宗; study of nature and characteristics



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Mandarin zuì zhèng jué / zui4 zheng4 jue2
Taiwan tsui cheng chüeh
Japanese saishō gaku
Supreme perfect enlightenment, i.e. Buddhahood; most true awakening



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Mandarin wú děng xué / wu2 deng3 xue2
Taiwan wu teng hsüeh
Japanese mutō gaku
unequalled study



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Mandarin wú děng jué / wu2 deng3 jue2
Taiwan wu teng chüeh
Japanese mutō gaku
The unequalled enlightenment possessed by Buddhas.



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Mandarin bǎi zhòng xué / bai3 zhong4 xue2
Taiwan pai chung hsüeh
Japanese hyakushu gaku
śikṣākaraṇīya, what all monks and nuns learn, the offence against which is duṣkṛta, v. 突; one hundred [proper] modes of behavior [for monks and nuns]

Search for Gaku in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
gaku / satorujué / jiào
jue2 / jiao4
jue / jiao
chüeh chiao
gaku / tsuruhè / he4 / heho

gakuxué / xue2 / xuehsüeh
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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