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  1. Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity
  2. Peace of Mind
  3. Jeanine
  4. A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding
  5. Death Before Dishonor
  6. Benin
  7. Death Before Surrender
  8. Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding
  9. Jeannine
10. Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm...
11. Tranquility Yields Transcendence


Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity

China níng jìng
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This word expresses the idea of tranquility and serenity in Chinese.


See Also...  Peace | Inner Peace | Harmony | Calm

Peace of Mind

(five character version)
China nèi xīn de níng jìng
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This is the longer way to express the idea of "peace of mind" in Chinese.

The first two characters mean heart or "innermost being".
The middle character is a connecting modifier.
The last two characters mean peace, tranquility, or serenity.

Some may also translate this as "inner peace", but I like our other inner-peace options for that idea.

This kind of makes sense in Korean, but will have an archaic read - even by those who can understand Korean Hanja.

Jeanine

China jié níng
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This is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Jeanine

A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding

China dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
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This is a kind of complex ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

This Chinese proverb means "Leading a simple life will yield a clear mind, and having inner peace will help you see far (into the world)".

What I have translated as "simple life" means NOT being materialistic and NOT competing in the rat race.

The last word means "far", but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

The whole phrase has a theme that suggests if you are NOT an aggressive cut-throat person who fights his way to the top no matter how many people he crushes on the way, and instead seek inner peace, you will have a happier existence and be more likely to understand the meaning of life.


See Also...  Serenity

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
China níng wéi yù suì
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This is the short version of a longer Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery". The characters shown above just say the "rather be a broken piece of jade" part (the second half is implied - everyone in China knows this idiom).

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

This is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor", the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees".

Death Before Dishonor

Better to be broken jade than unbroken pottery
China níng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
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This is the long version of a Chinese proverb which means, "rather be shattered piece of jade than an unbroken piece of pottery".

A little more explanation:
Death is implied with the "broken" meaning. Jade is one of the most precious materials in Chinese history, and in this case is compared with one's honor and self-worth. Pottery is just something you eat off of, it has no deep value, just as a person who has lost their honor, or had none to begin with.
Thus, this means, "better to die with honor than to live in shame" or words to that effect.

This is often translated in English as "Death Before Dishonor", the famous military slogan.

I would also compare this to the English proverb, "Better to die on your feet than live on your knees".


This is an idiom. It therefore doesn't directly say exactly what it means. If you think about the English idiom, "The grass is always greener", it does not directly say "jealousy" or "envy" but everyone knows that it is implied.

Benin

China bèi níng
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This is the Chinese name for the country of Benin


See Also...  Africa

Death Before Surrender

Rather die than compromise
China níng sǐ bù qū
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This is often translated as "Death Before Dishonor". The more literal translation is more like, "Better to die than compromise". The last two characters mean "not to bend" or "not to bow down". Some might even say that it means "not to surrender". Thus, you could say this proverb means, "Better to die than live on my knees" or simply "no surrender" (with the real idea being that you would rather die than surrender).

Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding

China níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
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Zhuge Liang

诸葛亮 Zhuge Liang

This is five characters from a longer ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

The proverb means, "Your inner peace / tranquility / serenity will help you see or reach far (into the world)".

The last word means "far", but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

Jeannine

China jié níng
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This is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Jeannine

Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm
Free From Worry

China ān níng
Japan an nei
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This is a nice word that means peaceful, tranquil, calm, composed, "free from worry", "public peace", tranquility, good health, well-being, or welfare in Chinese and Korean.

Note: The definition in Japanese is not so broad, but still means peaceful or "public peace".

Tranquility Yields Transcendence

China níng jìng zhì yuǎn
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This is an ancient Chinese idiom which means "tranquility yields transcendence".

This suggests pursuing a quiet life of profound study.

The first two characters mean tranquility. The last two characters mean "go far" which suggests achieving much in your life or expanding beyond normal limits. The direct translation would read something like, "[With] tranquility [in your life, you'll] go far".

Compare this to the English idiom: Still waters run deep.


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There are many Chinese characters that can romanize as ning2. Below are dictionary results where the characters match this romanization.

Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
寧
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Mandarin nìng // níng / ning4 // ning2
Taiwan ning
Japanese mushiro むしろ
Chinese would rather; to prefer; how (emphatic); Taiwan pr. [ning2]; peaceful; to pacify; to visit (one's parents etc); abbr. for Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region 寧夏回族自治區|宁夏回族自治区[Ning2 xia4 Hui2 zu2 Zi4 zhi4 qu1]; abbr. for Nanjing 南京[Nan2 jing1]; surname Ning
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (adverb) (kana only) rather; better; instead; Yasushi (given name)
Repose; settle; better than; rather; how?

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寗
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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese old variant of 甯|宁[ning2]

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嚀
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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese enjoin

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儜
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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese weak; wearied; in distress

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凝
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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Japanese shikori しこり
 kori こり
Chinese to congeal; to concentrate attention; to stare
Japanese (1) muscle stiffness (esp. in shoulders); (2) (med) (kana only) lump (in tissue, esp. breast); swelling; hardening; lesion; (3) (kana only) lingering discomfort; uneasiness; bad aftertaste; unpleasant feeling; muscle stiffness (esp. in shoulders); Tomoda (personal name)
To congeal, consolidate, form.
檸
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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese lemon

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擰
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Mandarin nìng // nǐng // níng / ning4 // ning3 // ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese stubborn; mistake; to twist; to pinch; wring

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獰
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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese fierce-looking

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甯
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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese variant of 寧|宁[ning2]

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聹
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Mandarin níng / ning2
Taiwan ning
Chinese see 耵聹|耵聍, earwax; cerumen

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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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Light
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Neil
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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
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity宁静
寧靜
n/aníng jìng
ning jing
ning ching
ning2 jing4
ningjing
Peace of Mind内心的宁静
內心的寧靜
n/anèi xīn de níng jìng
nei xin de ning jing
nei hsin te ning ching
nei4 xin1 de ning2 jing4
neixindeningjing
Jeanine杰宁
杰寧
n/ajié níng
jie ning
chieh ning
jie2 ning2
jiening
A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding淡泊以明志宁静而致远
淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠
n/adàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
dan bo yi ming zhi, ning jing er zhi yuan
tan po i ming chih, ning ching erh chih yüan
dan4 bo2 yi3 ming2 zhi4, ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
Death Before Dishonor宁为玉碎
寧為玉碎
n/aníng wéi yù suì
ning wei yu sui
ning wei yü sui
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4
ningweiyusui
Death Before Dishonor宁为玉碎不为瓦全
寧為玉碎不為瓦全
n/aníng wéi yù suì bú wéi wǎ quán
ning wei yu sui bu wei wa quan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa ch`üan
ning2 wei2 yu4 sui4 bu2 wei2 wa3 quan2
ningweiyusuibuweiwaquan
ning wei yü sui pu wei wa chüan
Benin贝宁
貝寧
n/abèi níng
bei ning
pei ning
bei4 ning2
beining
Death Before Surrender宁死不屈
寧死不屈
n/aníng sǐ bù qū
ning si bu qu
ning ssu pu ch`ü
ning2 si3 bu4 qu1
ningsibuqu
ningssupuchü
ning ssu pu chü
Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding宁静而致远
寧靜而致遠
n/aníng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
ning jing er zhi yuan
ning ching erh chih yüan
ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
ningjingerzhiyuan
Jeannine杰宁
杰寧
n/ajié níng
jie ning
chieh ning
jie2 ning2
jiening
Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm / Free From Worry安宁
安寧
an nei
annei
ān níng
an ning
an1 ning2
anning
Tranquility Yields Transcendence宁静致远
寧靜致遠
n/aníng jìng zhì yuǎn
ning jing zhi yuan
ning ching chih yüan
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ningjingzhiyuan

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "ning2" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

Some people may refer to this entry as Ning2 Kanji, Ning2 Characters, Ning2 in Mandarin Chinese, Ning2 Characters, Ning2 in Chinese Writing, Ning2 in Japanese Writing, Ning2 in Asian Writing, Ning2 Ideograms, Chinese Ning2 symbols, Ning2 Hieroglyphics, Ning2 Glyphs, Ning2 in Chinese Letters, Ning2 Hanzi, Ning2 in Japanese Kanji, Ning2 Pictograms, Ning2 in the Chinese Written-Language, or Ning2 in the Japanese Written-Language.

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