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| 1. Pleasure
2. There is no pleasure without pain
3. Happiness / Contentment
4. Eat Drink and Be Merry
5. Joyfulness / Happiness
6. Enjoy Life
| 7. Happy|
8. Happiness / Joyful / Joy
9. 8. Right Concentration / Perfect Concentration
10. Ten perfect Mahayana rules
12. Through the Ups and Downs of Life
滿足 / 満足 is the kind of happiness that involves being satisfied and content.
This can also suggest the actions of "to satisfy," "to meet the needs of."
Other single-word definitions include: satisfaction; contentment; sufficient; enough; adequate; full; complete.
Joyfulness is an inner sense of peace and happiness. You appreciate the gifts each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops. Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling very sad.
This word can also mean pleasure, enjoyment, delight, cheerful, or merry. In some ways, this is the essence that makes someone to be perceived as a charming person.
See Also: Happiness
人生を楽しみにしている is one way to write "enjoy life" in Japanese.
The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death) human lifetime, living.
を (o) connecting particle.
楽しみ (tanoshimi) enjoyment; pleasure; anticipation; looking forward to.
に (ni) connecting particle.
し (shi) to do; to cause; to become; to make (into).
て (te) connecting particle.
いる (iru) indicates continuing action or resulting state.
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
欣 is the type of happiness that you feel on the inside. It is the feeling of being released and delighted as well as being in a state of contentment. 欣 is a more internal happiness that perhaps only shows by the smile on your face. It can also be translated as "to take pleasure in" or "to rejoice."
Note: This character is often used in compound words - especially in Korean Hanja.
As Japanese Kanji, this is so rare, that most Japanese people are not aware of its existence.
See Also: Happiness
喜 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy."
This character can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in." Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in a certain context).
If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness," which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.
There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).
正定 is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Concentration, along with Right Effort and Right Mindfulness constitute the path to Concentration or Perfect Thought.
Right Concentration has to do with leaving behind sensuality, unwholesome states, as well as pleasure and pain. 正定 is a complex idea but once you have achieved the shedding of worldly sensation, you can truly concentrate and find a higher level of awareness.
Another definition: Concentration of mind that finds its highpoint in the four absorptions.
This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.
十法 is the title of the ten perfect or perfecting Mahāyāna rules.
The order of rules are as follows:
1. right belief.
2. right conduct.
3. right spirit.
4. joy of the bodhi mind.
5. joy in the dharma.
6. joy in meditation.
7. pursuing the correct dharma.
8. obedience to, or accordance with dharma.
9. departing from pride, desire, etc.
10. comprehending the inner teaching of Buddha and taking no pleasure attaining such knowledge or noting the ignorance of others.
This title is only used in the context of Buddhism. Japanese and Chinese people who are not familiar with Buddhism will not recognize this title.
Discipline: There are a few different ways to define this word in English. This Asian word conveys the idea of extreme self-control and perhaps self-sacrifice, and obedience. This matches what I was taught as the meaning of "discipline" when I was in the Marine Corps. There is also an additional idea of maintaining order or being orderly in your tasks.
This idea would also fit an athlete training for the Olympics who gives up many pleasures to stay focused on their training.
This Chinese proverb talks of "shared delights and common hardships."
This can be translated and understood a few different ways, including:
To share life's joys and sorrows.
For better or for worse.
Through joys and sorrows of life.
Through all life ups and downs.
To go through thick and thin.
To stick together through thick and thin.
To share joys and sorrows of life.
To share pleasures and pains.
To partake in each other's joys and sorrows.
To take "for better or for worse."
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Pleasure||愉||yu||yú / yu2 / yu||yü|
|There is no pleasure without pain||苦は楽の種||ku wa raku no tane|
|鼓腹||ko fuku / kofuku|
|滿足 / 満足|
|man zoku / manzoku||mǎn zú / man3 zu2 / man zu / manzu||man tsu / mantsu|
|Eat Drink and Be Merry||吃喝玩樂|
|chī hē wán lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4
chi he wan le
|ch`ih ho wan le
chih ho wan le
|kai raku / kairaku||kuài lè / kuai4 le4 / kuai le / kuaile||k`uai le / kuaile / kuai le|
|Enjoy Life||人生を楽しみにしている||jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru|
|Happy||欣||kin||xīn / xin1 / xin||hsin|
|喜||ki / yorokobi||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|8. Right Concentration
|正定||sei jou / seijou / sei jo / seijo||zhèng dìng
|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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