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A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold

Japan shunshouikkoku
A Moment of Time / is as Precious as Gold

This Japanese proverb means, "A moment of time in a spring evening (is worth a thousand pieces of gold)".

From this Moment Forward

Japan imakara
From this Moment Forward

This Japanese adverb can mean: from now on; from the present moment; from this time forward.

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From this Moment Forward
From this Day Forward

China cóng cǐ yǐ hòu
From this Moment Forward / From this Day Forward

In simple terms, this means "from now on" but you can also interpret it as "Now is the beginning of the future" or "From this day forward.

The first two characters roughly mean "henceforth." The last two characters mean later, afterward, following, or "in the future."

Live In The Moment / Live In The Now

China xiàn shì
Japan gen sei
Live In The Moment / Live In The Now

現世 is a very short way to write "live in the moment" or "live in the now" in Japanese.

This short word is open to interpretation. It's used in Japanese Buddhism to mean "the current epoch" or "the current age" (the current age is but a brief moment in the greater scope of existence). When used in that context, this is pronounced "utsushiyo" or "ustusiyo" in Japanese. Otherwise, it's pronounced "gensei" in Japanese.

Other translation possibilities include:
Live for now
Earthly world
This world
This life
Earthly life
Present life
Present generation
Present incarnation
Current age
This existence
This (momentary) reality

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Mandarin niàn / nian4
Taiwan nien
Japanese nen ねん
 omoi おもい
 usuginu うすぎぬ
 usui うすい
Chinese to read; to study (a subject); to attend (a school); to read aloud; to miss (sb); idea; remembrance; twenty (banker's anti-fraud numeral corresponding to 廿, 20)
Japanese (1) sense; idea; thought; feeling; (2) desire; concern; (3) attention; care; (personal name) Nen; (female given name) Omoi; (personal name) Usuginu; (personal name) Usui
smṛti. Recollection, memory; to think on, reflect; repeat, intone; a thought; a moment; mindfulness, memory
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Mandarin qiū / qiu1
Taiwan ch`iu / chiu
Japanese minoru みのる
 minori みのり
 toki とき
 chuu / chu ちゅう
 shuuji / shuji しゅうじ
 shuu / shu しゅう
 osamu おさむ
 akinori あきのり
 akitsugu あきつぐ
 akisue あきすえ
 akisaki あきさき
 aki あき
Chinese autumn; fall; harvest time; a swing; surname Qiu
Japanese time; hour; moment; (temporal noun) autumn; fall; (given name) Minoru; (female given name) Minori; (female given name) Toki; (surname) Chuu; (personal name) Shuuji; (surname, female given name) Shuu; (given name) Osamu; (personal name) Akinori; (personal name) Akitsugu; (personal name) Akisue; (surname) Akisaki; (surname, female given name) Aki
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Mandarin wú cháng / wu2 chang2
Taiwan wu ch`ang / wu chang
Japanese mujou / mujo むじょう
Chinese variable; changeable; fickle; impermanence (Sanskrit: anitya); ghost taking away the soul after death; to pass away; to die
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) (Buddhist term) uncertainty; transiency; impermanence; mutability
anitya. Impermanent; the first of the 三明 trividyā; that all things are impermanent, their birth, existence, change, and death never resting for a moment.
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Japanese imakara いまから
Japanese (adverb) hence; from now; from the present moment; from this time forward
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Mandarin yī kè qiān jīn / yi1 ke4 qian1 jin1
Taiwan i k`o ch`ien chin / i ko chien chin
Japanese ikkokusenkin いっこくせんきん
Chinese time is gold; every minute counts
Japanese (expression) (yoji) every moment is precious; time is money; precious time
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Japanese ichinichisenshuu / ichinichisenshu いちにちせんしゅう
 ichijitsusenshuu / ichijitsusenshu いちじつせんしゅう
Japanese (yoji) (waiting) impatiently; (spending) many a weary day; each moment seeming like an eternity
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One Day Seems Like 1000 Years


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Japanese ouhennouryoku / ohennoryoku おうへんのうりょく
Japanese (yoji) ability to take proper steps to meet the situation; ability to adapt oneself to (the requirement of) the moment
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Japanese shunshouikkoku / shunshoikkoku しゅんしょういっこく
Japanese (expression) (yoji) a moment of time in a spring evening (is worth a thousand pieces of gold)


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Japanese imaoikiru いまをいきる
Japanese (exp,v1) to make the most of the present; to live for the moment; to seize the day
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Live For The Day / Seize The Day

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Mandarin/ ke4
Taiwan k`o / ko
Japanese toki とき
 koku こく
 kiza きざ
Chinese quarter (hour); moment; to carve; to engrave; to cut; oppressive; classifier for short time intervals
Japanese time; hour; moment; (1) archaic period of time (usu. a period of approx. two hours corresponding to one of the signs of the Chinese zodiac); (2) carving; engraving; cutting; mincing; (3) strictness; cruelty; scratch
Cut, carve, engrave; oppress; a quarter of an hour, instant; to carve

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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese seiji / seji せいじ
 sei / se せい
 kioi きおい
Chinese power; influence; potential; momentum; tendency; trend; situation; conditions; outward appearance; sign; gesture; male genitals
Japanese (1) bounce; spring; rebound; (2) (kana only) momentum; impetus; impulse; stimulus; inertia; (3) (kana only) spur of the moment; impulse; (suffix) groups engaged in some activity (players, companies, forces, etc.); (n,n-suf) (1) energy; (2) military strength; (irregular okurigana usage) (adv,n) (1) force; vigor; vigour; energy; spirit; life; (2) influence; authority; power; might; (3) impetus; momentum; course (of events); (adverbial noun) (4) naturally; necessarily; (personal name) Seiji; (surname, given name) Sei; (surname) Kioi
bala, sthāman. Power, influence, authority; aspect, circumstances.

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Mandarin xiē / xie1
Taiwan hsieh
Chinese to rest; to take a break; to stop; to halt; (dialect) to sleep; a moment; a short while

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Mandarin huì / hui4
Taiwan hui
Japanese kai かい
 ai あい
Chinese to balance an account; accountancy; accounting; can; to be possible; to be able to; will; to be likely to; to be sure to; to assemble; to meet; to gather; to see; union; group; association; CL:個|个[ge4]; a moment (Taiwan pr. for this sense is [hui3])
Japanese (surname) Kai; (surname) Ai
Meet, assemble, collect, associate, unite; assembly, company; communicate; comprehend, skilled in, can, will; a time, moment; to combine

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Mandarin/ yu4
Japanese masaru まさる
 susumu すすむ
Chinese the more...(the more...); to recover; to heal; better
Japanese (adverb) (archaism) more and more; increasingly; (adverb) (1) (kana only) more and more; all the more; increasingly; (2) (kana only) at last; finally; beyond doubt; (3) (kana only) (at the) last moment; worst possible time; (given name) Masaru; (given name) Susumu
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Mandarin shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Japanese tozaki とざき
 tokimune ときむね
 tokisue ときすえ
 tokizaki ときざき
 tokisaki ときさき
 toki とき
 taimu たいむ
 shin しん
 aki あき
Chinese o'clock; time; when; hour; season; period; surname Shi
Japanese (suffix noun) time for -; time of -; - time; (suitable) time to -; (1) time; hour; moment; (2) occasion; case; (3) chance; opportunity; season; (4) the times; the age; the day; (5) (linguistics terminology) tense; (suffix) (1) hour; o'clock; (suf,adj-no) (2) (specified) time; when ...; during ...; (surname) Tozaki; (personal name) Tokimune; (personal name) Tokisue; (surname) Tokizaki; (surname) Tokisaki; (female given name) Toki; (female given name) Taimu; (personal name) Shin; (female given name) Aki
Time, hour, period; constantly; as kāla, time in general, e.g. year, month, season, period; as samaya, it means kṣaṇa, momentary, passing; translit. ji.

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Mandarin/ qi4
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Japanese migin みぎん
 migiri みぎり
Chinese to build by laying bricks or stones
Japanese (kana only) time; age; chance; moment; occasion

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Mandarin cái / cai2
Taiwan ts`ai / tsai
Japanese hitata ひたた
Chinese a moment ago; just now; (indicating something happening later than expected); (preceded by a clause of condition or reason) not until; (followed by a numerical clause) only
Japanese (adverb) (archaism) just a tiny bit
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin zhí / zhi2
Taiwan chih
Japanese masami まさみ
 noburu のぶる
 naho なほ
 naoru なおる
 naomi なおみ
 naoji なおじ
 naoshi なおし
 naozaki なおざき
 naoki なおき
 choku ちょく
 tadasu ただす
 tadashi ただし
 tada ただ
 sunao すなお
 suna すな
 susumu すすむ
 jiki じき
 atae あたえ
 atai あたい
Chinese straight; to straighten; fair and reasonable; frank; straightforward; (indicates continuing motion or action); vertical; vertical downward stroke in Chinese characters; surname Zhi; Zhi (c. 2000 BC), fifth of the legendary Flame Emperors 炎帝[Yan2 di4] descended from Shennong 神農|神农[Shen2 nong2] Farmer God
Japanese (prefix) (kana only) earnestly; immediately; exactly; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) price; cost; (2) value; worth; merit; (adjectival noun) (1) (archaism) straight; (2) ordinary; common; (3) doing nothing; (adj-na,adv,n) (1) direct; in person; frankness; honesty; simplicity; cheerfulness; correctness; being straight; (2) night duty; shift (e.g. in a factory); (adj-na,n,adv) (archaism) straight; direct; (adj-na,adv,n) (1) soon; in a moment; before long; shortly; (2) nearby; close; (adj-no,n) (3) direct; (4) spot transaction; cash transaction; (n-pref,adj-no,n) direct; Atai (post-Taika hereditary title often given to regional administrators); (surname) Masami; (personal name) Noburu; (female given name) Naho; (given name) Naoru; (female given name) Naomi; (personal name) Naoji; (surname, female given name) Naoshi; (surname) Naozaki; (surname, given name) Naoki; (surname, female given name) Nao; (surname, given name) Choku; (given name) Tadasu; (surname, given name) Tadashi; (given name) Tada; (surname, female given name) Sunao; (surname) Suna; (given name) Susumu; (surname) Jiki; (surname) Atae; (surname) Atai
Straight, upright, direct; to arrange.

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Mandarin shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Japanese tsuguhide つぐひで
 shiki しき
 satoru さとる
 sato さと
Chinese to record; to write a footnote; to know; knowledge; Taiwan pr. [shi4]
Japanese (1) acquaintanceship; (2) (Buddhist term) vijnana; consciousness; (3) written by...; (personal name) Tsuguhide; (female given name) Shiki; (given name) Satoru; (female given name) Sato
vijñāna, "the art of distinguishing, or perceiving, or recognizing, discerning, understanding, comprehending, distinction, intelligence, knowledge, science, learning . . . wisdom." M.W. parijñāna, "perception, thorough knowledge," etc. M.W. It is intp. by 心 the mind, mental discernment, perception, in contrast with the object discerned; also by 了別 understanding and discrimination. There are classifications of 一識 that all things are the one mind, or are metaphysical; 二識 q. v. discriminating the ālaya-vijñāna or primal undivided condition from the mano-vijñāna or that of discrimination; 三識 in the Laṅkāvatāra Sutra, fundamental, manifested and discriminate; 五識 q.v. in the 起信論, i.e. 業, 轉, 現, 知, and 相續識; 六識 the perceptions and discernings of the six organs of sense; also of 8, 9, 10, and 11 識. The most important is the eight of the 起信論, i.e. the perceptions of the six organs of sense, eye, ear, nose, tongue, body (or touch), and mind, together with manas, intp. as 意識 the consciousness of the previous moment, on which the other six depend; the eighth is the ālaya-vijñāna, v. 阿賴耶, in which is contained the seed or stock of all phenomena and which 無沒 loses none, or nothing, is indestructible; a substitute for the seventh is ādāna 'receiving' of the 唯識, which is intp. as 無解 undiscriminated, or indefinite perception; there is a difference of view between the 相 and the 性 schools in regard to the seventh and eight 識; and the latter school add a ninth called the amala, or pure vijñāna, i.e. the non-phenomenal 眞如識. The esoterics add that all phenomena are mental and all things are the one mind, hence the one mind is 無量識 unlimited mind or knowledge, every kind of knowledge, or omniscience. vijñāna is one of the twelve nidānas.; Ālaya-vijñāna and mano-vijñāna; i. e. 阿梨耶 | and 分別事 |; v. 識; to know

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Mandarin/ yu2
Chinese a moment; little while; surname Yu

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Mandarin tóu / tou2
Taiwan t`ou / tou
Japanese tsumuri つむり
 akira あきら
Chinese suffix for nouns; head; hair style; the top; end; beginning or end; a stub; remnant; chief; boss; side; aspect; first; leading; classifier for pigs or livestock; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (kana only) (derogatory term) head; dome; bean; nob; noggin; (counter) counter for large animals (e.g. head of cattle); (suffix) (1) top of ..; head of ..; (2) the moment that ..; (archaism) (kana only) shape of one's head; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) head; (1) head; (2) hair (on one's head); (3) leader; chief; boss; captain; (4) top; tip; (5) beginning; start; (6) top structural component of a kanji; (1) head; (2) hair (on one's head); (3) mind; brains; intellect; (4) leader; chief; boss; captain; (5) top; tip; (6) beginning; start; (7) head; person; (personal name) Tsumuri; (given name) Akira
The head; chief, first.

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Mandarin/ xu1
Taiwan hsü
Japanese motomu もとむ
 mochi もち
 matsu まつ
 suzu すず
 suzaki すざき
 susaki すさき
 shu しゅ
Chinese must; to have to; to wait
Japanese (given name) Motomu; (personal name) Mochi; (personal name) Matsu; (personal name) Suzu; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (personal name) Su; (personal name) Shu
To expect, wait for, wait on; necessary, must; moment, small, translit. for su; cf. 蘇; to wait

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Mandarin/ ji4
Taiwan chi
Japanese kiwa きわ
Chinese border; edge; boundary; interval; between; inter-; to meet; time; occasion; to meet with (circumstances)
Japanese (n-adv,n) on the occasion of; circumstances; juncture; (n,n-suf) (1) edge; brink; verge; side; (2) time; moment of; (surname) Kiwa
A border, region, juncture, limit; between; to join on; then, since, now; time

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Japanese nakaima なかいま
Japanese (archaism) the present (esp. as a privileged moment in eternity); (surname) Nakaima

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Mandarin qiě màn / qie3 man4
Taiwan ch`ieh man / chieh man
Chinese to wait a moment; do not go too soon

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Mandarin sān yùn / san1 yun4
Taiwan san yün
Japanese san'un
The three kinds of skandhas, aggregations, or combinations, into which all life may be expressed according to the 化地 or Mahīśāsakāh school: 一念蘊 combination for a moment, momentary existence; 一期蘊 combination for a period, e.g. a single human lifetime; 窮生死蘊 the total existence of all beings; three kinds of aggregates

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Mandarin yī dù / yi1 du4
Taiwan i tu
Japanese ittaku いったく
Chinese for a time; at one time; one time; once
Japanese (adverbial noun) (1) once; one time; on one occasion; (2) temporarily; for a moment; (adverbial noun) (1) once; one time; on one occasion; (2) one degree; one tone; one musical interval; (surname) Ittaku

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Mandarin yī niàn / yi1 nian4
Taiwan i nien
Japanese kazune かずね
 itsune いつね
 ichinen いちねん
Japanese (1) determined purpose; (2) (Buddhist term) an incredibly short span of time (i.e. the time occupied by a single thought); (3) (Buddhist term) a single repetition of a prayer (esp. in Jodo-shu); (personal name) Kazune; (personal name) Itsune; (given name) Ichinen
A kṣaṇa, or thought; a concentration of mind; a moment; the time of a thought, of which there are varying measurements from 60 kṣaṇa upwards; the Fan-yi-ming-yi makes it one kṣaṇa. A reading. A repetition (especially of Amitābha's name). The Pure-land sect identify the thought of Buddha with Amitābha's vow, hence it is an assurance of salvation; thought-moment

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Japanese ikkoku いっこく
Japanese (adj-na,n-adv,n-t) (1) minute; moment; an instant; (2) stubborn; hot-headed

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Mandarin yī huì / yi1 hui4
Taiwan i hui
Japanese ichi e
Chinese a moment; a while; in a moment; also pr. [yi1 hui3]
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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
A Moment of Time
is as Precious as Gold
From this Moment Forward 今からimakara
From this Moment Forward
From this Day Forward
cóng cǐ yǐ hòu
cong2 ci3 yi3 hou4
cong ci yi hou
ts`ung tz`u i hou
tsung tzu i hou
Live In The Moment
Live In The Now
gen sei / genseixiàn shì / xian4 shi4 / xian shi / xianshi hsien shih / hsienshih
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