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This Chinese proverb means "principles of life" or "The personal obligations and rules that you live by."
For instance, if you were a vegetarian, the act of not eating meat fits into this category.
This could also be translated as "Way of living."
捨生取義 is a Chinese proverb that comes from the philosopher Mencius.
It can be translated a few different ways:
To give up life for righteousness.
To choose honor over life
Better to sacrifice one's life than one's principles.
貞烈 is the Japanese Kanji for, "Extreme Faithfulness."
The first Kanji means "firm adherence to one's principles," chastity (of a woman), chaste, etc.
The second Kanji means ardent, intense, fierce, stern, upright, to give one's life for a noble cause, exploits, achievements, virtuous, and in some contexts, heroic.
Now you get the idea why this refers to someone who is extremely faithful (to a cause, themselves, their religious beliefs, or their philosophy.
At essence, this word means science. But it's a very ambiguous and open term. 理 speaks to the reason that all things exist, and how things work from the microscopic to the cosmic level.
There are many translations for this word, including: inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); principle; the underlying principles of the cosmos; way of things; ruling principle; fundamental law; intrinsicality; universal basis; essential element.
If you are a scientist, or just searching for, "the answer to life, the universe, and everything," this could be the character for you.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your principles of life search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| shě shēng qǔ yì / she3 sheng1 qu3 yi4
she sheng ch`ü i / she sheng chü i
| to give up life for righteousness (idiom, from Mencius); to choose honor over life; would rather sacrifice one's life than one's principles
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| sì fǎ / si4 fa3
| There are several groups of four dharma: (1) 教法 the teaching of the Buddha); 理法 its principles, or meaning; 行法 its practice; 果法 its fruits or rewards. (2) Another group relates to bodhisattvas, their never losing the bodhi-mind, or the wisdom attained, or perseverance in progress, or the monastic forest life (āraṇyaka). (3) Also 信解行證 faith, discernment, performance, and assurance. (4) The Pure-land 'True' sect of Japan has a division: 教法, i. e. the 大無量壽經; 行法 the practice of the seventeenth of Amitābha's vows; 信法 faith in the eighteenth; and 證法 proof of the eleventh. The most important work of Shinran, the founder of the sect, is these four, i. e. 教行信證. (5) A 'Lotus ' division of 四法 is the answer to a question of Puxian (Samantabhadra) how the Lotus is to be possessed after the Buddha's demise, i. e. by thought (or protection) of the Buddhas; the cultivation of virtue; entry into correct dhyāna; and having a mind to save all creatures; four dharmas
| jiè wài shì jiào / jie4 wai4 shi4 jiao4
chieh wai shih chiao
kaige (no) jikyō
| Tiantai's term for the 別教, which concerned itself with the practice of the bodhisattva life, a life not limited to three regions of reincarnation, but which had not attained to its fundamental principles; teaching that deals with phenomena matters beyond the [three] realms
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Principles of Life||生活信條|
|shēng huó xìn tiáo
sheng1 huo2 xin4 tiao2
sheng huo xin tiao
|sheng huo hsin t`iao
sheng huo hsin tiao
|Better to sacrifice your life than your principles||捨生取義|
|shě shēng qǔ yì
she3 sheng1 qu3 yi4
she sheng qu yi
|she sheng ch`ü i
she sheng chü i
|Extreme Faithfulness||貞烈||tei retsu / teiretsu|
|Science||理||kotowari||lǐ / li3 / li|
|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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