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Intention Symbol in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Good Intentions
  2. Good Intentions / Good Will...
  3. 2. Right Resolve / Right Thought...
  4. Strong Hearted / Strong Willed
  5. Purpose / Aim / Goal
  6. Spirit
  7. Will-Power / Self-Control
  8. Determination to Achieve / Will-Power
  9. Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart
10. Mind of the Beginner
11. Determination to Achieve
12. All Tenets of the Noble Eightfold Path

Good Intentions

China hǎo yì
Japan kou i
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Good Intentions

This is how to write good intentions in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja.

This can also be translated as: kindness; good will; favor; favour; courtesy; good wishes; friendliness; amity.

Good Intentions / Good Will
Good Faith

China shàn yì
Japan zen i
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Good Intentions / Good Will<br>Good Faith

This is a word that means good intentions, good will, or to things done in good faith in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean Hanja. It's sort of the reason you do good deeds, or the desire you have inside yourself to do the right thing.

This can also be translated as: benevolence; kindness; virtuous mind; positive mindset; favorable sense.

This word is also used in legal context for things done in good faith (regardless of out

In Japanese, this can be the personal name Yoshi or Yoshii.

2. Right Resolve / Right Thought
Right Intention / Perfect Resolve

Samyak Samkalpa / Samma Sankappa
China zhèng sī wéi
Japan sei shi yui
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2. Right Resolve / Right Thought<br>Right Intention / Perfect Resolve

This is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Thought, along with Right View constitute the path to Wisdom.

In Buddhism, Right Thought in simple terms means to free yourself from having ill-will towards anyone or anything. It also suggests that you remain harmless to other living creatures.

This can also be defined as, "Resolve in favor of renunciation, good will, and non-harming of sentient beings".

惟There is an ancient/alternate version of the third character for this selection. You can see that alternation third character to the right. If you want your selection to use that older character, just click on the character to the right, instead of the button above.

Note: This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.

See Also...  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Strong Hearted / Strong Willed

China yì zhì jiān qiáng
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Strong Hearted / Strong Willed

This phrase can mean either "strong hearted", "strong willed" or "determination".

The first two characters can be translated as "will", "willpower", "determination", "volition", "intention", or "intent". But, it should be noted that this first part possess the element of "heart" in the lower portion of both characters (they also partially carry the meaning "with whole heart").

The last two characters mean "strong" or "staunch".

Chinese word order and grammar is a bit different than English, so in this case, they are in reverse order of English, but have the correct meaning in a natural form.

See Also...  Strong Willed | Discipline | Will-Power

Purpose / Aim / Goal

China mù dì
Japan mokuteki
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Purpose / Aim / Goal

This word means purpose, aim, goal, target, objective, or intention.

If you need a reminder about seeking purpose in life, your job, or following your goal, hanging this on your wall might help.


China jīng shén
Japan sei shin
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This is the kind of spirit that you have if you perform well in sports or competition. It is the idea of having a good attitude, and putting your all into something - so much so that others can see or feel your spirit. It is the essence of your being that can only be subjectively described because there are no words that can fully explain what "spirit" really is.

For your information:
My Japanese dictionary further tries to explain this word by comparing it to mind, soul, heart or intention.
My Chinese dictionary compares these characters to meanings like vigor, vitality, drive and mentality.
My Korean dictionary defines this as mind, spirit and soul.

See Also...  Vitality | Heart | Soul

Will-Power / Self-Control

China yì zhì lì
Japan ishi ryoku
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Will-Power / Self-Control

This is the form of will power or self-control is about having the determination or tenacity to keep going.

In Japanese, this is the power of will, strength of will, volition, intention, intent, or determination.

Determination to Achieve / Will-Power

China yì zhì
Japan ishi
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Determination to Achieve / Will-Power

This Chinese, Korean, and Japanese word means, "determination to achieve". It can also be translated as: will; willpower; determination; volition; intention; intent.

In Japanese, this can also be the given name Ishi.

Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart

Japan ki no tsuyo i
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Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart

Here's the character breakdown of this Japanese title:
気 (ki) spirit; mind; heart; nature; motivation; intention; feelings; essence.
の (no) possessive particle.
強い (tsuyoi) strong; powerful; mighty; potent; resistant; resilient; durable.

Mind of the Beginner

China chū xīn
Japan sho shin
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Mind of the Beginner

This is often translated in Japanese as "beginner\'s mind" or "beginner\'s spirit". In Chinese, the dictionary definition is "one\'s original intention".

The first character means first, initial, primary, junior, beginning, or basic.

The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

This is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: The state of shoshin is that of a beginners mind. It is a state of awareness the remains always fully conscious, aware, and prepared to see things for the first time. The attitude of shoshin is essential to continued learning.

Determination to Achieve

Ichinen Hokki
Japan ichi nen ho kki
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Determination to Achieve

This Japanese proverb suggests being resolved to do something or having a wholehearted intention to accomplish something.

Some will translate this as, "the determination to accomplish something", "turning over a new leaf and being determined to find success".

All Tenets of the Noble Eightfold Path

China zhèng jiàn zhèng sī wéi zhèng yǔ zhèng yè zhèng mìng zhèng jīng jìn zhèng niàn zhèng dìng
Japan shouken shoushiyui shougo shougo shoumyou shoushoujin shounen shoujou
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All Tenets of the Noble Eightfold Path

These are the eight tenets of the Buddhist Noble Eightfold Path written altogether.

Here's this list of tenets in English:
1. Right View / Right Understanding / Right Perspective / Perfect View
2. Right Resolve / Right Thought / Right Intention / Perfect Resolve
3. Right Speech / Right Talk / Perfect Speech
4. Right Action / Perfect Conduct
5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood
6. Right Effort / Right Endeavor / Perfect Effort
7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration / Perfect Concentration

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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.

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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Good Intentions好意
kou i
ko i
hǎo yì
hao yi
hao i
hao3 yi4
Good Intentions / Good Will / Good Faith善意
zen i
shàn yì
shan yi
shan i
shan4 yi4
2. Right Resolve / Right Thought / Right Intention / Perfect Resolve正思唯
sei shi yui
zhèng sī wéi
zheng si wei
cheng ssu wei
zheng4 si1 wei2
Strong Hearted / Strong Willed意志坚强
n/ayì zhì jiān qiáng
yi zhi jian qiang
i chih chien ch`iang
yi4 zhi4 jian1 qiang2
i chih chien chiang
Purpose / Aim / Goal目的
mokutekimù dì
mu di
mu ti
mu4 di4
sei shin
jīng shén
jing shen
ching shen
jing1 shen2
Will-Power / Self-Control意志力
ishi ryoku
yì zhì lì
yi zhi li
i chih li
yi4 zhi4 li4
Determination to Achieve / Will-Power意志
ishiyì zhì
yi zhi
i chih
yi4 zhi4
Strong-Willed / Strong of Heart 気の強い
ki no tsuyo i
Mind of the Beginner初心
sho shin
chū xīn
chu xin
ch`u hsin
chu1 xin1
chu hsin
Determination to Achieve一念発起
ichi nen ho kki
ichi nen ho ki
All Tenets of the Noble Eightfold Path正见正思唯正语正业正命正精进正念正定
shouken shoushiyui shougo shougo shoumyou shoushoujin shounen shoujou
shoken shoshiyui shogo shogo shomyo shoshojin shonen shojo
zhèng jiàn zhèng sī wéi zhèng yǔ zhèng yè zhèng mìng zhèng jīng jìn zhèng niàn zhèng dìng
zheng jian zheng si wei zheng yu zheng ye zheng ming zheng jing jin zheng nian zheng ding
cheng chien cheng ssu wei cheng yü cheng yeh cheng ming cheng ching chin cheng nien cheng ting
zheng4 jian4 zheng4 si1 wei2 zheng4 yu3 zheng4 ye4 zheng4 ming4 zheng4 jing1 jin4 zheng4 nian4 zheng4 ding4

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