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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. Moonlight|
7. Bright and Promising Future
8. Diligent Study Proverb
9. Happy Buddha
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"
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.
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.
This is a philosophical poem/quote from Indian Poet and Philosopher, 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".
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.
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).
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".
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.
This title is Buddha of Joyful Light. This is Amitābha from Sanskrit, but pronounced very different in Chinese and Japanese.
The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
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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
|Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Light / Bright and Promising Future||光明|
|kou mei / mitsu haru|
koumei / mitsuharu
ko mei / mitsu haru
|Light / Bright / Shine||光|
|Inner Light / Intelligence||心灯|
|Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark||信念是在黎明前的黑暗中能感到光明的鸟|
|n/a||xìn niǎn shì zài lí míng qián de hēi àn zhōng néng gǎn dào guāng míng de niǎo|
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
|xin4 nian3 shi4 zai4 li2 ming2 qian2 de hei1 an4 zhong1 neng2 gan3 dao4 guang1 ming2 de niao3|
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|
yi dao shen guang
i tao shen kuang
|yi1 dao4 shen2 guang1|
|Bright and Promising Future||明るい未来|
|Diligent Study Proverb||凿壁偷光|
|n/a||záo bì tōu guāng|
zao bi tou guang
tsao pi t`ou kuang
|zao2 bi4 tou1 guang1|
tsao pi tou kuang
|kan gi kou butsu|
kan gi ko butsu
|huān xǐ guāng fó|
huan xi guang fo
huan hsi kuang fo
|huan1 xi3 guang1 fo2|
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