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China yuán guāng
Japan Enkou

圓光 is one of many ways to express "halo" in Chinese. 圓光 means, radiance emanating from the head.

This can refer to the halo surrounding the head of a Buddha.

圓光 is occasionally used to mean "halo" in Japanese but it more commonly the surname Enkō in Japan.

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Divine Light

China líng guāng
Divine Light

This Chinese word means "divine light."

This can refer to the glow or halo around the Buddha. It can also be a miraculous column of light.

In slang, it can be like saying "jolly good!".

The Aura of Buddha

China fó guāng
Japan bukkou
The Aura of Buddha

This title means Buddha's teachings, or Buddha's Light.

This often refers to the aura around the head of Buddha.

Alternate meanings include: Spiritual Enlightenment (from Buddha), Buddha's Halo, or Buddha's Glory.

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Mandarin fó guāng / fo2 guang1
Taiwan fo kuang
Japanese bukkō
Chinese Buddha's teachings; aura (around the head of Buddha)
The light of Buddha, spiritual enlightenment; halo, glory; light of the Buddha
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Mandarin guang  / guang1 
Taiwan guang 
Japanese enkou / enko えんこう
Chinese radiance emanating from the head; halo
Japanese (surname) Enkou
The halo surrounding the head of a Buddha, etc; Wongwang
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Mandarin líng guāng / ling2 guang1
Taiwan ling kuang
Chinese divine light (around the Buddha); a halo; a miraculous column of light; (slang) jolly good!
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Japanese haroo ハロー
Japanese (1) halo; (2) hello; hallo; hullo; (3) harrow; (place-name) Harrow (Britain)
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Mandarin yùn // yūn / yun4 // yun1
Taiwan yün
Japanese higasa ひがさ
 hikasa ひかさ
Chinese dizzy; halo; ring around moon or sun; confused; dizzy; giddy; to faint; to swoon; to lose consciousness; to pass out
Japanese astronomical halo (ring, etc.); (surname) Higasa; (surname) Hikasa

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Japanese haro ハロ
Japanese halo

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Mandarin èr guāng / er4 guang1
Taiwan erh kuang
Japanese nikō
The dual lights, i.e. 色光 the halo from a Buddha's body and 心光 the light from his mind. Also 常光 the constant halo from the bodies of Buddhas and 神通光 the supernatural light sent out by a Buddha (e.g. from between his eyebrows) to illuminate a distant world; two lights

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Mandarin shí èr / shi2 er4
Taiwan shih erh
Japanese tooji とおじ
 juuni / juni じゅうに
Chinese twelve; 12
Japanese 12; twelve; (given name) Tooji; (place-name, surname) Juuni
dvātriṃśa. Thirty-two. 三十二應 (or 三十二身) The thirty-two forms of Guanyin, and of Puxian, ranging from that of a Buddha to that of a man, a maid, a rakṣas; similar to the thirty-three forms named in the Lotus Sūtra. 三十二相三十二大人相 dvātriṃśadvaralakṣaṇa. The thirty-two lakṣaṇas, or physical marks of a cakravartī, or 'wheel-king', especially of the Buddha, i. e. level feet, thousand-spoke wheel-sign on feet, long slender fingers, pliant hands and feet, toes and fingers finely webbed, full-sized heels, arched insteps, thighs like a royal stag, hands reaching below the knees well-retracted male organ, height and stretch of arms equal, every hair-root dark coloured, body hair graceful and curly, golden-hued body, a 10 ft. halo around him, soft smooth skin, the 七處, i. e. two soles, two palms, two shoulders, and crown well rounded, below the armpits well-filled, lion-shaped body, erect, full shoulders, forty teeth, teeth white even and close, the four canine teeth pure white, lion-jawed, saliva improving the taste of all food, tongue long and broad, voice deep and resonant, eyes deep blue, eyelashes like a royal bull, a white ūrnā or curl between the eyebrows emitting light, an uṣṇīṣa or fleshy protuberance on the crown. These are from the 三藏法數 48, with which the 智度論 4, 涅盤經 28, 中阿含經, 三十ニ相經 generally agree. The 無量義經 has a different list. 三十二相經 The eleventh chapter of the 阿含經. 三十二相經願 The twenty-first of Amitābha's vows, v. 無量壽經. 三十三 trayastriṃśat. Thirty-three. 三十三天忉利天; 憺梨天, 多羅夜登陵舍; 憺利夜登陵奢; 憺利耶憺利奢 Trayastriṃśas. The Indra heaven, the second of the six heavens of form. Its capital is situated on the summit of Mt. Sumeru, where Indra rules over his thirty-two devas, who reside on thirty-two peaks of Sumeru, eight in each of the four directons. Indra's capital is called 殊勝 Sudarśana, 喜見城 Joy-view city. Its people are a yojana in height, each one's clothing weighs 六鐵 (1; 4 oz. ), and they live 1, 000 years, a day and night being equal to 100 earthly years. Eitel says Indra's heaven 'tallies in all its details with the Svarga of Brahminic mythology' and suggests that 'the whole myth may have an astronomical meaning', or be connected, with 'the atmosphere with its phenomena, which strengthens Koeppen's hypothesis explaining the number thirty-three as referring to the eight Vasus, eleven Rudras, twelve Ādityas, and two Aśvins of Vedic mythology'. In his palace called Vaijayanta 'Indra is enthroned with 1, 000 eyes with four arms grasping the vajra. There he revels in numberless sensual pleasures together with his wife Śacī... and with 119, 000 concubines with whom he associates by means of transformation'.; dvādaśa, twelve.

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Mandarin tiān gài / tian1 gai4
Taiwan t`ien kai / tien kai
Japanese tengai てんがい
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) canopy; dome; (2) priestly minstrel's reed hood; reed hood worn by Komuso priests
A Buddha's canopy, or umbrella; a nimbus of rays of light, a halo; heavenly canopy

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Mandarin cháng guāng / chang2 guang1
Taiwan ch`ang kuang / chang kuang
Japanese tokimitsu ときみつ
 tsunemitsu つねみつ
 tsunehika つねひか
 tsuneaki つねあき
 joukou / joko じょうこう
Japanese (given name) Tokimitsu; (place-name, surname) Tsunemitsu; (surname) Tsunehika; (given name) Tsuneaki; (place-name, surname) Joukou
The unceasing radiance of the Buddha's body, represented as a halo; constant halo

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Mandarin zuò guāng / zuo4 guang1
Taiwan tso kuang
Japanese zakō
光座 The halo behind the throne of an image; a halo throne; halo behind the throne

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Japanese gokou / goko ごこう
Japanese halo (optical phenomenon); glory

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Mandarin hòu guāng / hou4 guang1
Taiwan hou kuang
Japanese gokou / goko ごこう
Japanese (1) halo; aureole; aureola; nimbus; (2) halo (optical phenomenon); glory; (surname) Gokou
The halo behind an image; background halo

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Japanese enkou / enko えんこう
Japanese halo; (place-name, surname) Enkou

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Mandarin guāng zuò / guang1 zuo4
Taiwan kuang tso
Japanese kōza
prabha-maṇḍala; the halo and throne (of a Buddha); also 光趺; halo and throne (of a Buddha)

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Mandarin guāng quān / guang1 quan1
Taiwan kuang ch`üan / kuang chüan
Chinese aperture; diaphragm; halo; aureole

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Mandarin guāng huán / guang1 huan2
Taiwan kuang huan
Japanese miwa みわ
Chinese halo; ring of light
Japanese corona; (female given name) Miwa

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Japanese kourin / korin こうりん
Japanese halo (esp. in Christian art); nimbus

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Mandarin guāng bèi / guang1 bei4
Taiwan kuang pei
Japanese kouhai / kohai こうはい
Japanese halo
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin yuè yùn / yue4 yun4
Taiwan yüeh yün
Japanese tsukigasa つきがさ
Chinese ring around the moon; lunar halo
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) lunar halo

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Mandarin yuè lán / yue4 lan2
Taiwan yüeh lan
Chinese the halo of the moon

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Mandarin huá gài / hua2 gai4
Taiwan hua kai
Japanese kegai
Chinese imperial canopy (e.g. domed umbrella-like roof over carriage); aureole; halo
A flowery umbrella, a canopy of flowers; floral canopy

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Mandarin shēn guāng / shen1 guang1
Taiwan shen kuang
Japanese shinkou / shinko しんこう
Japanese aureole (of a Buddhist statue; surrounding the body but not the head); aureola
The glory shining from the person of a Buddha, or Bodhisattva; a halo; an aura

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Mandarin sè guāng / se4 guang1
Taiwan se kuang
Japanese shikikō
Chinese colored light
Physical light, as contrasted with 心光 light of the mind; every Buddha has both, e. g. his halo; halo from a Buddha's body

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Mandarin tóu guāng / tou2 guang1
Taiwan t`ou kuang / tou kuang
Japanese zukou / zuko ずこう
Japanese halo (of a Buddhist statue); nimbus
A halo or nimbus round the head (of an image).

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Mandarin dǐng guāng / ding3 guang1
Taiwan ting kuang
Japanese chōkō
The halo round the head of an image.

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Mandarin fēng quān / feng1 quan1
Taiwan feng ch`üan / feng chüan
Chinese ring around the moon; lunar halo; solar halo

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Japanese tsukigasa つきがさ
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) lunar halo

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Mandarin rì yuè yùn / ri4 yue4 yun4
Taiwan jih yüeh yün
Chinese halo; ring of light around the sun or moon

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Japanese wakka わっか
Japanese (1) ring; loop (of rope); (2) halo (of an angel)

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Halo 圓光
Enkou / Enkoyuán guāng
yuan2 guang1
yuan guang
yüan kuang
Divine Light 靈光
líng guāng
ling2 guang1
ling guang
ling kuang
The Aura of Buddha 佛光bukkou / bukofó guāng / fo2 guang1 / fo guang / foguang fo kuang / fokuang
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