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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
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark Vertical Wall Scroll

Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore, 1915

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

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."

Time and Tide Wait for No Man

Japan kouinya no goto shi
Time and Tide Wait for No Man Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb means, "time flies like an arrow." It's very similar to the English idiom, "time and tide wait for no man," or "life is short."

The Kanji breakdown:
光陰 = Time (the cycle of light and dark).
[and an]
矢 = Arrow
の = are
如し = Alike


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Daoism / Taoism

Literally: The Way or Road
China dào
Japan michi / -do
Daoism / Taoism Vertical Wall Scroll

道 is the character "dao" which is sometimes written as "tao" but pronounced like "dow" in Mandarin.

道 is the base of what is known as "Taoism." If you translate this literally, it can mean "the way" or "the path."

Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things, and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)

The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named
Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.

More about Taoism / Daoism here.

Note that this is pronounced "dou" and sometimes "michi" when written alone in Japanese but pronounced "do" in word compounds such as Karate-do and Bushido. It's also "do" in Korean.

Alternate translations and meanings: road, way, path; truth, principle province.

Important Japanese note: In Japanese, this will generally be read with the road, way, or path meaning. Taoism is not as popular or well-known in Japan, so that Daoist/Taoist philosophy is not the first thing a Japanese person will think of then they read this character.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin míng / ming2
Taiwan ming
Japanese mei / me / めい    min / みん    myou / myo / みょう
Chinese bright; opposite: dark 暗[an4]; (of meaning) clear; to understand; next; public or open; wise; generic term for a sacrifice to the gods; Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); surname Ming; Ming (c. 2000 BC), fourth of the legendary Flame Emperors, 炎帝[Yan2 di4] descended from Shennong 神農|神农[Shen2 nong2] Farmer God
Japanese (1) brightness; (2) clarity; acumen; (3) power of vision; Ming (dynasty of China, 1368-1644); (1) {Buddh} vidya (wisdom); (2) (See 真言・1) mantra; (prefix) (3) the coming (4th of July, etc.); (surname) Meishuu; (female given name) Mei; (given name) Min; (surname) Myoujin; (surname) Myou; (female given name) Hinata; (female given name) Haru; (female given name) Toshi; (given name) Tooru; (female given name) Sayaka; (female given name) Saya; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Asumi; (surname) Akera; (personal name) Akemine; (surname) Akesaki; (place-name, surname) Ake; (female given name) Akuru; (surname) Akiraka; (surname, female given name) Akira; (u
vidyā, knowledge. ming means bright, clear, enlightenment, intp. by 智慧 or 聰明 wisdom, wise; to understand. It represents Buddha-wisdom and its revelation; also the manifestation of a Buddha's light or effulgence; it is a term for 眞言 because the 'true word' can destroy the obscurity of illusion; the 'manifestation' of the power of the object of worship; it means also dhāraṇīs or mantras of mystic wisdom. Also, the Ming dynasty A. D. 1368-1644.


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Mandarin fēi / fei1
Taiwan fei
Japanese hi / ひ    ake / あけ    aka / あか
Chinese dark red; purple silk
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) scarlet; red; (2) blood; (out-dated kanji) (1) red; crimson; scarlet; (2) red-containing colour (e.g. brown, pink, orange); (3) (colloquialism) Red (i.e. communist); (4) (abbreviation) red light; (5) (abbreviation) red ink (i.e. in finance or proof-reading); (in) the red; (adj-no,n-pref) (6) complete; total; perfect; obvious; (personal name) Hi; (female given name) Akai; (personal name) Aka


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Mandarin cāng / cang1
Taiwan ts`ang / tsang
Japanese ao / あお
Chinese dark blue; deep green; ash-gray; surname Cang
Japanese (n,adj-no,adj-na) (1) blue; (2) green; (3) (abbreviation) green light; (4) black (horse coat color); (prefix) (5) immature; unripe; young; (personal name) Souji; (given name) Soukan; (surname, female given name) Sou; (given name) Shigeru; (female given name) Azuri; (surname, female given name) Aoi; (female given name) Ao
Azure; the heavens; grey, old.

十二

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Mandarin shí èr / shi2 er4
Taiwan shih erh
Japanese juuni / juni / じゅうに
Chinese twelve; 12
Japanese 12; twelve; (given name) Tooji; (place-name, surname) Juuni
dvātriṃśa. Thirty-two. 三十二應 (or 三十二身) The thirty-two forms of Guanyin, and of Puxian, ranging from that of a Buddha to that of a man, a maid, a rakṣas; similar to the thirty-three forms named in the Lotus Sūtra. 三十二相三十二大人相 dvātriṃśadvaralakṣaṇa. The thirty-two lakṣaṇas, or physical marks of a cakravartī, or 'wheel-king', especially of the Buddha, i. e. level feet, thousand-spoke wheel-sign on feet, long slender fingers, pliant hands and feet, toes and fingers finely webbed, full-sized heels, arched insteps, thighs like a royal stag, hands reaching below the knees well-retracted male organ, height and stretch of arms equal, every hair-root dark coloured, body hair graceful and curly, golden-hued body, a 10 ft. halo around him, soft smooth skin, the 七處, i. e. two soles, two palms, two shoulders, and crown well rounded, below the armpits well-filled, lion-shaped body, erect, full shoulders, forty teeth, teeth white even and close, the four canine teeth pure white, lion-jawed, saliva improving the taste of all food, tongue long and broad, voice deep and resonant, eyes deep blue, eyelashes like a royal bull, a white ūrnā or curl between the eyebrows emitting light, an uṣṇīṣa or fleshy protuberance on the crown. These are from the 三藏法數 48, with which the 智度論 4, 涅盤經 28, 中阿含經, 三十ニ相經 generally agree. The 無量義經 has a different list. 三十二相經 The eleventh chapter of the 阿含經. 三十二相經願 The twenty-first of Amitābha's vows, v. 無量壽經. 三十三 trayastriṃśat. Thirty-three. 三十三天忉利天; 憺梨天, 多羅夜登陵舍; 憺利夜登陵奢; 憺利耶憺利奢 Trayastriṃśas. The Indra heaven, the second of the six heavens of form. Its capital is situated on the summit of Mt. Sumeru, where Indra rules over his thirty-two devas, who reside on thirty-two peaks of Sumeru, eight in each of the four directons. Indra's capital is called 殊勝 Sudarśana, 喜見城 Joy-view city. Its people are a yojana in height, each one's clothing weighs 六鐵 (1; 4 oz. ), and they live 1, 000 years, a day and night being equal to 100 earthly years. Eitel says Indra's heaven 'tallies in all its details with the Svarga of Brahminic mythology' and suggests that 'the whole myth may have an astronomical meaning', or be connected, with 'the atmosphere with its phenomena, which strengthens Koeppen's hypothesis explaining the number thirty-three as referring to the eight Vasus, eleven Rudras, twelve Ādityas, and two Aśvins of Vedic mythology'. In his palace called Vaijayanta 'Indra is enthroned with 1, 000 eyes with four arms grasping the vajra. There he revels in numberless sensual pleasures together with his wife Śacī... and with 119, 000 concubines with whom he associates by means of transformation'.; dvādaśa, twelve.

幽冥

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Mandarin yōu míng / you1 ming2
Taiwan yu ming
Japanese yuumei / yume / ゆうめい
Chinese dark; hell; netherworld; hades
Japanese semidarkness; deep and strange; hades; the present and the other world; dark and light
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

幽明

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Mandarin yōu míng / you1 ming2
Taiwan yu ming
Japanese yuumei / yume / ゆうめい
Chinese the hidden and the visible; that which can be seen and that which cannot; darkness and light; night and day; wisdom and ignorance; evil and good; the living and the dead; men and ghosts
Japanese semidarkness; deep and strange; hades; the present and the other world; dark and light; (given name) Yuumei
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

支謙


支谦

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Mandarin zhī qiān / zhi1 qian1
Taiwan chih ch`ien / chih chien
Japanese shiken / しけん
Japanese (personal name) Shiken
Chih-ch'ien; name of a Yueh-chih monk said to have come to Loyang at the end of the Han dynasty and under the Wei; tall, dark, emaciated, with light brown eyes; very learned and wise; Zhi Qian

暗淡

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Mandarin àn dàn / an4 dan4
Taiwan an tan
Chinese dark; dim (light); dull (color); drab; (fig.) gloomy; bleak

濃淡


浓淡

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Mandarin nóng dàn / nong2 dan4
Taiwan nung tan
Japanese noutan / notan / のうたん
Chinese shade (of a color, i.e. light or dark)
Japanese (1) light and shade; shade (of colour, color); (2) depth (of flavor); complexity; strength and weakness (of flavor)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

茶色

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Mandarin chá sè / cha2 se4
Taiwan ch`a se / cha se
Japanese chairo / ちゃいろ
Chinese dark brown; tawny
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) light brown; tawny

蘇方

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Japanese suou / suo / すおう Japanese (1) (kana only) sappanwood (Caesalpinia sappan); (2) sappanwood dye (red in colour) (color); (3) layered colour (light brown on the front, dark red beneath)

蘇枋


苏枋

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Mandarin sū fāng / su1 fang1
Taiwan su fang
Japanese suou / suo / すおう
Chinese sappanwood (Caesalpinia sappan)
Japanese (1) (kana only) sappanwood (Caesalpinia sappan); (2) sappanwood dye (red in colour) (color); (3) layered colour (light brown on the front, dark red beneath)

蘇芳

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Japanese suou / suo / すおう Japanese (1) (kana only) sappanwood (Caesalpinia sappan); (2) sappanwood dye (red in colour) (color); (3) layered colour (light brown on the front, dark red beneath); (given name) Sohou; (female given name) Suou

暗星雲


暗星云

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Mandarin àn xīng yún / an4 xing1 yun2
Taiwan an hsing yün
Chinese dark nebula (visible as a shadow, absorbing light from behind); absorption nebula

水明り

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Japanese mizuakari / みずあかり Japanese faint reflection of light upon the water in the dark

宵衣旰食

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Mandarin xiāo yī gàn shí / xiao1 yi1 gan4 shi2
Taiwan hsiao i kan shih
Chinese to dress before light and not eat before dark (idiom); diligently attending to official matters

棄暗投明


弃暗投明

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Mandarin qì àn tóu míng / qi4 an4 tou2 ming2
Taiwan ch`i an t`ou ming / chi an tou ming
Chinese to renounce the dark and seek the light; to give up one's wrong way of life and turn to a better one

水明かり

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Japanese mizuakari / みずあかり Japanese faint reflection of light upon the water in the dark

白黑布薩


白黑布萨

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Mandarin bái hēi bù sà / bai2 hei1 bu4 sa4
Taiwan pai hei pu sa
Japanese byakukoku fusatsu
light and dark uposatha, the observances of the waxing and waning moon, cf. 白月; waxing and waning observances

幽冥;幽明

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Japanese yuumei / yume / ゆうめい Japanese semidarkness; deep and strange; hades; the present and the other world; dark and light

水明かり;水明り

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Japanese mizuakari / みずあかり Japanese faint reflection of light upon the water in the dark

蘇芳;蘇方;蘇枋

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Japanese suou / suo / すおう Japanese (1) (kana only) sappanwood (Caesalpinia sappan); (2) sappanwood dye (red in colour) (color); (3) layered colour (light brown on the front, dark red beneath)

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
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
信念是在黎明前的黑暗中能感到光明的鸟
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
Time and Tide Wait for No Man光陰矢の如し
光阴矢の如し
kouinya no goto shi
kouinyanogotoshi
koinya no goto shi
koinyanogotoshi
Daoism
Taoism
michi / -dodào / dao4 / daotao
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
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