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4. Karma - Cause and Effect
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6. Wheel of Karma
7. Fate / Opportunity / Chance
8. Everything Happens for a Reason
9. The Mysterious Bond Between People
10. Evil Cause, Evil Result
|11. Destiny / Fate|
12. Optimism / Happy With Your Fate
14. Reincarnation / Transmigration of Souls
15. The Noble Eightfold Path
16. The Red String
17. Predestined Love / Love by Fate
18. 6. Right Effort / Right Endeavor / Perfect Effort
This is the most common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Karma.
Note: This sounds like Karma, but does not have the meaning of Karma in Chinese. See our other entry if you are looking for the Buddhist idea of Karma.
In fact, if your name is Karma, I strongly suggest that you use a word that means Karma, rather than this one which sounds like Karma (meaning is more important and universal in Chinese/Japanese/Korean).
This is the simplest way to express the idea of Karma. This 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
This is the Buddhist concept of Past Karma. To put it simply, it's the sum of all the good and bad from all previous lives (and perhaps earlier in your current life). This term is not commonly used outside of the Buddhist faith (you'll have a tough time finding a non-Buddhist Asian person that knows this word).
Other ways to translate this: "The karma of previous existence", "The karma remaining from prior existences", or simply "Former karma".
See Also... Buddhism
This is a Buddhist title that literally means "Karma Shadow".
It figuratively means karma dogging one's steps like a shadow.
It's similar to the western idea of, "karma is a bitch".
These two characters mean, "Destiny that brings lovers together". It can also be translated technically as, "Predestined matrimonial affinity" (wow, talk about taking the romance out of this word - that was from the Oxford C-E dictionary).
Basically, this is talking about the fate (or karma) that brings a husband and wife together. I would translate this as "Together by fate" or "Joined by destiny", but in the context of marriage. You could use this for non-married lovers, but the first character has a suggestion that this refers to those that are married.
This means: related; brought together by fate; same karma; those who have the cause, link, or connection.
This is a common word in Chinese, but usually only used in the context of Buddhism in Japanese.
Buddhists will say this refers to those that are influenced by and responsive to the Buddha.
This is the Chinese and Japanese Kanji for "The wheel of karma". This wheel is the metaphorical Buddhist mechanism that turns people into the six paths of transmigration.
This is the Buddhist concept of a chance meeting or an opportunity that presents itself by fate.
Sometimes this is used to describe a cosmic chain of events or cause and effect.
It also is used to describe predestined relationships between people - and sometimes married couples (although if you want one about marriage, try this: Fate / Destiny of Lovers.
This word can also be translated as origin, karma, destiny, affinity, connection, and relation. This all depends on context - seen alone on a wall scroll, this will be read with a "fate / chance" meaning by a Chinese person, or a Korean person who can read Hanja.
The more complex definition of this word would be, "Direct causes and indirect conditions, which underlie the actions of all things".
This concept is known as nidana in the original Sanskrit. Also sometimes presented as hetupratyaya (or "hetu and prataya") which I believe is Pali.
Note: Japanese will tend to use this version of the second Kanji:
If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, expect that you'll get this version. However, this word often carries a negative connotation in Japanese (bad things happen), as it is used that way in a certain Japanese idiom. Therefore, this may not be the best choice if Japanese is your target language.
The first two characters mean "all things" or "everything".
The middle character kind of means, "in all cases".
The last two characters create a complex word that can be defined many ways such as, "karma", "cause and effect", "fate", "every cause has its effect, as every effect arises from a cause".
Keep in mind, Chinese grammar is a bit different than English, so trust me that this makes a natural proverb that means, "Everything happens for a reason" in Chinese.
This is a work in progress. We're still trying to decide the best way to express this in Japanese. If you order this, we might have a discussion about the best version that fits you. Here's how the characters break down by meaning (keep in mind, Japanese grammar and sentence construction is very different from English, so it doesn't make complete sense in English)...
物事 = things, everything
全て all, the whole, entirely
あっ be, exist, have, take place, happens
起きる to occur, to happen; to take place (usually unfavorable incidents)
This is a complicated single character. It can mean a lot of different things depending on how you read it.
In Japanese, it can mean fate; destiny; a mysterious force that binds two people together; a relationship between two people; bond; link; connection; family ties; affinity; opportunity; chance (to meet someone and start a relationship). It can also mean "someone to rely on", relative, reminder, memento, or the female given name, Yori.
It's basically the same in Chinese, where it's defined as cause, reason, karma, fate, or predestined affinity.
In Buddhist context, it's Pratyaya. This is the concept of indirect conditions, as opposed to direct causes. It's when something happens (meeting someone) by circumstance, or a contributing environment. Instead of a direct cause or act, it is a conditioning cause without direct input or action by the involved people.
Occasionally, this character is used in a facetious way to say hem, seam, or edge of clothing. In this case, it's the seam that brings or holds the clothing together.
Note: Japanese will tend to use the variant of this Kanji shown to the right. If you want this version (and are ordering this from the Japanese master calligrapher), click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above.
This Japanese proverb means, "Evil cause, evil effect" or "Bad causes bring bad results".
The English equivalent is probably, "Sow evil and reap evil" or more commonly, "You reap what you sow".
Note: This is also considered to be a Buddhist phrase encompassing the idea of karmic retribution.
These two characters contain the ideas of "fate", "destiny", "fortune" and "luck". You can also say that it means "what life throws at you" or "your lot in life" because the first character contains the idea of "life" or "living".
This version is really only used in Chinese. There's another version with just the characters reversed that is more universal. In fact, just skip this one. The opposite character order is better.
These two characters contain the ideas of "fate", "destiny", "fortune" and "luck" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. This is often defined as "a person's fate" in various dictionaries.
These two characters can be reversed (written in either order) and yield roughly the same meaning.
This particular character order happens to be more common in old Korean and less common in modern Chinese.
This word is hard to define. One dictionary defines this as, "acceptance of fate and happy about it". There is one rare English word equivalent which is sanguinity or sanguinary.
You can also say that this means, "Be happy with whatever Heaven provides", or "Find happiness in whatever fate Heaven bestows upon you". This is kind of a way to suggest being an optimist in life.
Note: This is sometimes used as a given name in China.
This is the Buddhist idea of reincarnation or transmigration.
Other definitions of this term: "Attainer of Nirvana from within the desire realm", "A practitioner who enters directly into Nirvana from the desire realm, without traversing the form and formless realms. One of the 27 kinds of Hinayana sages", or simply, "to return again to this life".
This is also a Japanese title, but the first Kanji was slightly simplified after WWII. Just let us know if you want the modern Japanese version when you order.
This is a universal word in Japanese and Chinese that expresses the Buddhist idea of "reincarnation", "transmigration of souls" or "the eternal cycle of birth and death". In some context, this can also mean "karma".
The first character means wheel, ring, turn, circle, loop or rotate.
The second character can be thought of as a suffix meaning "-times". This second character can also refer to something that revolves, returns, goes back, or a counter for the number of occurrences of some event.
Together the sum supersedes the parts and it means reincarnation. But knowing the seeing the essence of each character may help you understand some of the meaning behind the word.
If you request this selection from our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect that the second Kanji will look like the one shown to the right. This is the more common way to write this in Japanese. It's an alternate form of this character in Chinese (so neither way is technically wrong in either language).
This is a complex set of steps that Buddhists much take to cleanse karma, achieve enlightenment, eventually cease the cycle of rebirth and live in a state of Nirvana.
If the idea of 8 separate wall scrolls plus this title is too much for you, we can custom-arrange all eight of these concepts on a single wall scroll. Just post your request on our Asian calligraphy forum, and we can discuss options.
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.
This literally translates as, "the red string" in Japanese, but the real meaning is much deeper...
In Japanese culture, it's believed that fate, destiny, or karma joins lovers by an unseen string, tied around one little finger of each. This is how soul mates fine and are drawn to each other.
This Chinese word means predestined love, or love affinity.
This can be the fate, karma, or bond that brings two lovers together.
This is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Effort, along with Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration constitute the path to Concentration or Perfect Thought.
Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake in each moment, the effort to overcome laziness and defilement, the effort to make each activity of our day meditation. This concept is about pursuing wholesome things that promote good karma.
Another definition: Cultivation of what is karmically wholesome and avoidance of what is karmically unwholesome.
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.
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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|
|Karma (of your past lives)||宿业|
|Shadow of Karma|
Dogged by Karma
|The Karma/Fate/Destiny / that Brings Lovers Together||姻缘|
|Karma - Cause and Effect||因果|
|Wheel of Karma||业轮|
|Fate / Opportunity / Chance||因缘 / 因縁|
|Everything Happens for a Reason||万事皆因果|
|n/a||wàn shì jiē yīn guǒ|
wan shi jie yin guo
wan shih chieh yin kuo
|wan4 shi4 jie1 yin1 guo3|
|Everything Happens for a Reason||物事は全て理由があって起きる|
|monogoto ha subete riyuu ga at te okiru |
monogoto ha subete riyu ga at te okiru
|The Mysterious Bond Between People||缘|
緣 / 縁
|Evil Cause, Evil Result||悪因悪果|
|Destiny / Fate||命运|
|Destiny / Fate||运命|
|Optimism / Happy With Your Fate||乐天|
樂天 / 楽天
|Reincarnation / Transmigration of Souls||轮回|
輪回 / 輪廻
|The Noble Eightfold Path||八正道|
|ha sshou dou|
ha sho do
|bā zhèng dào|
ba zheng dao
pa cheng tao
|ba1 zheng4 dao4|
|The Red String||赤い糸|
|Predestined Love / Love by Fate||情缘|
|6. Right Effort / Right Endeavor / Perfect Effort||正精进|
|sei shou jin|
sei sho jin
|zhèng jīng jìn|
zheng jing jin
cheng ching chin
|zheng4 jing1 jin4|
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