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  1. Light / Bright and Promising Future
  2. Light / Bright / Shine
  3. Inner Light / Intelligence
  4. Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark
  5. Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light
  6. Divine Light
  7. Moonlight
  8. Bright and Promising Future
  9. Diligent Study Proverb
10. Happy Buddha

Light / Bright and Promising Future

China guāng míng
Japan kou mei / mitsu haru
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Light / Bright and Promising Future

This is a nice way to say "light" in Chinese, and old Korean Hanja. This is because the word also suggests a bright future or refers so someone who is very promising (great future potential).

The first character means light or bright.

The second character means bright and clear (in this context).

This word appears in most Japanese dictionaries, but it not the most common Japanese Kanji word for light (more commonly used for the name Mitsuharu).

In old Korean Hanja, this can have a meaning of brightness or brilliancy.

In the context of Buddhism, this means, "Light emanating from a Buddha or Bodhisattva, symbolizing their wisdom and compassion"

Light / Bright / Shine

China guāng
Japan hikari
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Light / Bright / Shine

This is the simplest way to express "light" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. It can also mean ray or bright. Chinese tend to use a two-character word for light/bright, so this character is probably best if your audience is Japanese. Also, when pronounced Rei, this can be a Japanese female given name.

Inner Light / Intelligence

China xīn dēng
Japan shin tou
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Inner Light<br>Intelligence

This is the Buddhist concept of "The Lamp of the Mind" or "Inner Light".

It's kind of the Buddhist way to express intelligence.

If you literally translate, this is, "heart light" or "heart lamp". Note: In ancient China, the idea of heart and mind are interchangeable.

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

China xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
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Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark

This is a philosophical poem/quote from Indian Poet and Philosopher, Rabindranath Tagore.

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, 1915

This quote is not sourced, and therefore several variations exist in English. Some suggest the original was in the Bengali language.

This of course is the Chinese translation which has the meaning of, "Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark".

Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light

China yī dào shén guāng
Japan ichidou no shinkou
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Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light

This is a Buddhist term that means, "inner light", or "intuitive wisdom".

This actually reads, "[the] one path/way [of] spiritual light". It implies that your spirit knows the way, and will light the path for you.

Divine Light

China líng guāng
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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!".


China yuè guāng
Japan gekkou
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This is the Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for moonlight.

This can also be used to describe a moonbeam, and can be a given name all three languages (pronounced as Rumi when used as a female given name in Japanese).

Bright and Promising Future

Japan akarui mirai
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Bright and Promising Future

This Japanese proverb means, "Bright Future". It suggests a lot of possibility and potential awaits in your future. A great gift for a graduate.

The first part of this proverb literally means bright or light. The second part means future, but can also be translated as, "the world to come".

Diligent Study Proverb

Drill a hole in the wall to get light to read by.
China záo bì tōu guāng
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Diligent Study Proverb

This Chinese proverb means, "Bore a hole on the wall to make use of the neighbor's light to study".

This is a nice gift for a very studious person.

Kuang Heng was born during the Western Han period. He was very fond of reading ever since he was young. However, he could not go to school since his family was poor, and he had to borrow books from people to learn.

In order to borrow these books he normally did chores for people who had them. When he became older, he had to work in the field from sunrise to sunset since his family's financial situation did not get any better. Thus, he tried to study at night, but he had no lamp.

One day, he noticed that there was light from the neighbor's house coming through a crack in the wall. This made him very happy, so he dug a larger hole from the crack and read in the light that shone through. This diligent study eventually made him an accomplished person.

Happy Buddha

Buddha of Joyful Light
China huān xǐ guāng fó
Japan kan gi kou butsu
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Happy Buddha

This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. This is Amitābha from Sanskrit, but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Light / Bright and Promising Future 光明kou mei / mitsu haru
koumei / mitsuharu
ko mei / mitsu haru
guāng míng
guang1 ming2
guang ming
kuang ming
Light / Bright / Shine hikariguāng / guang1 / guang kuang
Inner Light / Intelligence 心燈
shin tou / shintou / shin to / shintoxīn dēng / xin1 deng1 / xin deng / xindeng hsin teng / hsinteng
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark 信唸是在黎明前的黑闇中能感到光明的鳥
xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo
xin4 nian3 shi4 zai4 li2 ming2 qian2 de hei1 an4 zhong1 neng2 gan3 dao4 guang1 ming2 de niao3
xin nian shi zai li ming qian de hei an zhong neng gan dao guang ming de niao
hsin nien shih tsai li ming ch`ien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
hsin nien shih tsai li ming chien te hei an chung neng kan tao kuang ming te niao
Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light 一道神光ichidou no shinkou
ichido no shinko
yī dào shén guāng
yi1 dao4 shen2 guang1
yi dao shen guang
i tao shen kuang
Divine Light 靈光
líng guāng
ling2 guang1
ling guang
ling kuang
Moonlight 月光gekkou / gekoyuè guāng
yue4 guang1
yue guang
yüeh kuang
Bright and Promising Future 明るい未来akarui mirai
Diligent Study Proverb 鑿壁偷光
záo bì tōu guāng
zao2 bi4 tou1 guang1
zao bi tou guang
tsao pi t`ou kuang
tsao pi tou kuang
Happy Buddha 歡喜光佛
kan gi kou butsu
kan gi ko butsu
huān xǐ guāng fó
huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2
huan xi guang fo
huan hsi kuang fo

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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