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Life Is But A Dream

China rén shēng rú mèng
Life Is But A Dream

This is an old Chinese proverb that suggests, "life is but a dream."

This kind of follows the Buddhist idea that the world is a temporal place, where reality may not be as real as you think.

Big Dream

China dà mèng
Japan daimu
Big Dream

大夢 means, "Big Dream" in Chinese and Japanese. This is mostly a Buddhist term referring to the great dream that represents a long and winding life that feels like a dream (since reality is an illusion anyway in Buddhism).

This can also be a female given name, Hiromu or Oomu in Japanese. Also more rare unisex given names Daimu or Taimu.


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Pronunciation
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大夢


大梦

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Mandarin dà mèng / da4 meng4
Taiwan ta meng
Japanese hiromu ひろむ
 daimu だいむ
 taimu たいむ
 oomu おおむ
Japanese (female given name) Hiromu; (given name) Daimu; (given name) Taimu; (female given name) Oomu
The great dream, "the dream of life," this life, the world.
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Big Dream

人生如夢


人生如梦

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Mandarin rén shēng rú mèng / ren2 sheng1 ru2 meng4
Taiwan jen sheng ju meng
Chinese life is but a dream (idiom)
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Life Is But A Dream

凡夫十重妄

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Mandarin fán fū shí zhòng wàng / fan2 fu1 shi2 zhong4 wang4
Taiwan fan fu shih chung wang
Japanese bonbu jū jūmō
The serious misfortunes of the sinful man in whom the Ālaya-vijñāna, the fundamental intelligence, or life force, of everyman, is still unenlightened; they are compared to ten progressive stages of a dream in which a rich man sees himself become poor and in prison; ten serious errors of worldlings

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Life Is But A Dream人生如夢
人生如梦
rén shēng rú mèng
ren2 sheng1 ru2 meng4
ren sheng ru meng
renshengrumeng
jen sheng ju meng
jenshengjumeng
Big Dream大夢daimudà mèng / da4 meng4 / da meng / damengta meng / tameng
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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