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| 1. Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded
2. Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless
3. Love Forever / Love Eternally
4. Forever Love
5. Eternal / Eternity
| 6. Eternity / Always and Forever|
7. Forever Family
8. Sky / Ether / Void / Emptiness / Unreality
9. Enso - Japanese Zen Circle
This is the Chinese and Japanese word meaning infinity, unlimited or unbounded.
Literally, this means "without limits" or "without (being) bound".
The first character means "never" or "not" or like a prefix "un-". The second means "limited", "restricted", or "bound".
Please note that the Japanese definition leans more toward "infinity" and the Chinese is more about being "boundless" or "without limits".
In Korean, this means infinity, infinitude, or boundlessness. But in Korean, this term has many interpretations or contexts, so your intended meaning might come out a little vague or ambiguous.
This is the Chinese and Korean word meaning infinity, eternity, infinitude, infinite or endless.
Literally, this means "without (ever becoming) exhausted / poor", and in that context, can mean "inexhaustible" or "boundless", but this is usually read as "without end". Some extended definitions include eternity, infinitude, or immortality.
In some contexts it can mean "immortality".
The first character means "never" or "not". The second means "exhausted", "finished", or "ending".
Note: This is a Japanese word, but rarely used in modern Japan.
The first character here means "love".
The last two mean forever, eternity, eternal, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.
This is the shortest and most universal way to express this idea in Chinese and Japanese.
Japanese note: This sound more like a title than a phrase in Japanese (if that makes any sense). This is a great title for a romantic book, title of a movie, name of a perfume, or even a name for a store.
The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence.
The third character is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "The forever kind of love".
The last character is "love".
See Also... Eternal Love Always
This is the Chinese word for eternity.
The first character means always, forever and perpetual. The second character holds the meaning of permanent. Together, they create a word that means eternal, eternally or infinite time.
See Also... Immortality
This is a special phrase that we composed for a "family by adoption" or "adoptive family".
It's the dream of every orphan and foster child to be formally adopted and find their "forever family".
The first two characters mean forever, eternal, eternity, perpetuity, immortality, and/or permanence. The third character connects this idea with the last character which means "family" and/or "home".
See Also... Family
This single character means empty, void, hollow, vacant, vacuum, blank, nonexistent, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, being unreal.
In Buddhist context, this relates to the doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality, but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. The doctrine further explains that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution.
From Sanskrit and/or Pali, this is the translation to Chinese and Japanese of the title śūnya or śūnyatā.
In Japanese, when pronounced as "ron" (sounds like "roan") this can be a given name. It should be noted that this Kanji has about 5 different possible pronunciations in Japanese: kuu, kara, sora, ron, and uro. This is also an element in the Japanese version of the five elements.
This is Enso, which is really NOT a regular Japanese Kanji character. It falls more into the category of a symbol. In this case, it can be considered a religious symbol, as it is strongly-associated with Japanese Zen Buddhism.
This is a typical appearance of Enso with an inscription by master calligrapher Michiko Imai.
Some call this "The Circle of Enlightenment". Others call it the "Infinity Circle". If you actually took the meanings of the two Kanji that make up the word "Enso", you could read it as "Mutual Circle" or "Circle of Togetherness". I think the Enso symbol can simply mean different things to different people. Therefore, you should let it have the meaning that you perceive.
Please note when you start making your customizations for an Enso wall scroll, you will see some possible ways it might be written, listed under the different calligraphy styles that we normally offer. However, Enso does not really conform to normal Asian calligraphy styles. Therefore, do not expect that you can make a style selection and expect the actual result to be identical. The appearance of your Enso will be determined by the artist's personal style, feeling, mood, etc. You cannot control or constrain that, to do so, would remove the art from the symbol.
Note: Our calligraphy selection process does not take this into account, as it was designed for Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji selection.
Please ignore the part where you are invited to pick a calligraphy style in the following pages.
Both our Japanese and Chinese master calligraphers are Buddhist (not as devout as monks, but Buddhist none the less). Therefore you can be assured that your Enso symbol will be written with the utmost effort and feeling.
By the way, when "Enso" is written in Kanji, it looks like this:
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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.
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.
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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The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded||无限|
|Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless||无穷|
|Love Forever / Love Eternally||爱永远|
|ai ei en|
|ài yǒng yuǎn|
ai yong yuan
ai yung yüan
|ai4 yong3 yuan3|
|n/a||yǒng yuǎn de ài|
yong yuan de ai
yung yüan te ai
|yong3 yuan3 de ai4|
|Eternal / Eternity||永恒|
|Eternity / Always and Forever||永远|
|n/a||yǒng yuǎn de jiā|
yong yuan de jia
yung yüan te chia
|yong3 yuan3 de jia1|
|Sky / Ether / Void / Emptiness / Unreality||空|
|kuu / kara / sora / ron|
ku / kara / sora / ron
|Enso - Japanese Zen Circle||〇 / 円相|
〇 / 円相
If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "infinity" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
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