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Sacred Fire

China shèng huǒ
Japan seika
Sacred Fire

聖火 is a Chinese, Japanese and Korean term that applies to the sacred fire of the ancient Greek Olympic torch or games.

This could also apply to other sacred or holy fires, as it can be a somewhat generic term.

Holy Land

China shèng dì
Japan seichi
Holy Land

This can be titled or translated a lot of different ways: sacred ground, the Holy Land, Holy city, sacred place, Holy ground, or shrine. I have actually seen all of these English translations used when coming from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

The Saint

China shèng
Japan sei
The Saint

聖 is the simple, single-character religious form of "saint" in Chinese (also holds same meaning in Japanese and Korean, though rarely used alone like this).

This can also mean: holy, sage, master, or priest.
Note: 聖 is often used in compound words (words of more than one character) to create further meanings. In compounds, it can mean holy, sacred or divine.

聖 is also used as the first word for Spanish and English place names such as "San Diego" and "St. Louis" in Chinese (not Japanese).

In Buddhist context, this can represent ārya or sādhu. And mean a sage; wise and good; upright, or correct in all his character; sacred, holy, or saintly.

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Mandarin shèng / sheng4
Taiwan sheng
Japanese maria まりあ
 mari まり
 makoto まこと
 hijiri ひじり
 tooru とおる
 chika ちか
 takeshi たけし
 takara たから
 takashi たかし
 sofii / sofi そふぃー
 seitoku / setoku せいとく
 seiji / seji せいじ
 seika / seka せいか
 sei / se せい
 sumizou / sumizo すみぞう
 sumiko すみこ
 sumie すみえ
 satoru さとる
 satomi さとみ
 satoshi さとし
 satoi さとい
 sato さと
 komina こみな
 kouki / koki こうき
 kirara きらら
 kiyora きよら
 kiyomi きよみ
 kiyonori きよのり
 kiyotsugu きよつぐ
 kiyoshi きよし
 kiyo きよ
 kyoji きょじ
 ibu いぶ
 akira あきら
Chinese holy; sacred; saint; sage
Japanese (1) highly virtuous monk; (2) (honorific or respectful language) monk; (3) Buddhist solitary; (4) Buddhist missionary; (5) saint (i.e. a virtuous person); (6) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) emperor; (7) master; expert; (n,n-pref) (1) Saint; St.; S.; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) sacred; holy; pure; (female given name) Mina; (female given name) Maria; (female given name) Mari; (female given name) Makoto; (surname, female given name) Hijiri; (personal name) Tooru; (female given name) Chika; (personal name) Takeshi; (female given name) Takara; (given name) Takashi; (female given name) Sofi-; (surname) Seitoku; (personal name) Seiji; (female given name) Seika; (surname, female given name) Sei; (personal name) Sumizou; (personal name) Sumiko; (personal name) Sumie; (given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satom
ārya; sādhu; a sage; wise and good; upright, or correct in all his character; sacred, holy, saintly.
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Mandarin lián / lian2
Taiwan lien
Japanese ren れん
 hachisu はちす
 hasu はす
Chinese lotus
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) (kana only) sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera); Indian lotus; lotus; (2) rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); (kana only) sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera); Indian lotus; lotus; (surname, female given name) Ren; (place-name, surname) Hachisu; (surname, female given name) Hasu
puṇḍarīka, the lotus, especially the white lotus, Numphoea alba; padma, especially the Nelumbium speciosum; utpala, the Nymphoea coerulea, the blue lotus; kumuda, Nymphoea esculenta, white lotus, or N. rubra, red lotus; nīlotpala, N. cyanea, a blue lotus. The first four are called white, red, blue, and yellow lotuses; but the white lotus is generally meant unless otherwise specified.
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Mandarin shèng dì / sheng4 di4
Taiwan sheng ti
Japanese seichi / sechi せいち
Chinese holy land (of a religion); sacred place; shrine; holy city (such as Jerusalem, Mecca etc); center of historic interest
Japanese sacred place; holy ground; the Holy Land; (place-name) Seichi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin shèng huǒ / sheng4 huo3
Taiwan sheng huo
Japanese seika / seka せいか
Chinese sacred fire; Olympic flame
Japanese (1) sacred fire (torch); (2) Olympic flame; (given name) Seika
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Mandarin shèng zhí / sheng4 zhi2
Taiwan sheng chih
Japanese seishoku / seshoku せいしょく
Chinese priesomethingood
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) sacred profession; holy orders; vocation; ministry
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Japanese toutoi / totoi とうとい
 tattoi たっとい
Japanese (adjective) precious; valuable; priceless; noble; exalted; sacred
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Mandarin lǎo zi / lao3 zi
Taiwan lao tzu
Japanese roushi / roshi ろうし
 oigo おいご
 oiko おいこ
Chinese father; daddy; "I, your father" (in anger, or out of contempt); I (used arrogantly or jocularly); Laozi or Lao-tze (c. 500 BC), Chinese philosopher, the founder of Taoism; the sacred book of Daoism, 道德經|道德经 by Laozi
Japanese Laozi; Lao Tzu; Lao Tse; (personal name) Roushi; (surname) Oigo; (surname) Oiko
Laozi, or Laocius, the accepted founder of the Daoists. The theory that his soul went to India and was reborn as the Buddha is found in the 齊書 History of the Qi dynasty 顧歡傳.
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Mandarin pú tí shù / pu2 ti2 shu4
Taiwan p`u t`i shu / pu ti shu
Japanese bodaiju ぼだいじゅ
Chinese pipal tree (Ficus religiosa); bo fig tree; Bodhi tree (sacred to Buddhism and Hinduism)
Japanese (1) lime tree; linden (Tilia); (2) bo tree; peepul (Ficus religiosa); (given name) Bodaiju
bodhidruma, bodhitaru, bodhivṛkṣa; the wisdom-tree, i.e. that under which Śākyamuni attained his enlightenment, and became Buddha. The Ficus religiosa is the pippala, or aśvattha, wrongly identified by Faxian as the palm-tree; it is described as an evergreen, to have been 400 feet high, been cut down several times, but in the Tang dynasty still to be 40 or 50 feet high. A branch of it is said to have been sent by Aśoka to Ceylon, from which sprang the celebrated Bo-tree still flourishing there; bodhi-tree


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Mandarin yī yán jiǔ dǐng / yi1 yan2 jiu3 ding3
Taiwan i yen chiu ting
Chinese one word worth nine sacred tripods (idiom); words of enormous weight

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Mandarin wàn / wan4
Taiwan wan
Japanese manji まんじ
Chinese swastika, a sacred and auspicious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism
Japanese swastika (esp. a counterclockwise swastika as a Buddhist symbol); fylfot; gammadion; (given name) Manji
sauvastika, 塞縛悉底迦; also styled 室利靺瑳 śrīvatsa, lucky sign, Viṣṇu's breast-curl or mark, tr. by 海雲 sea-cloud, or cirrhus. Used as a fancy form of 萬 or 萬; and is also written in a form said to resemble a curl. It is the 4th of the auspicious signs in the footprint of Buddha, and is a mystic diagram of great antiquity. To be distinguished from 卐svastika, the crampons of which turn to the right; ten thousand

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Mandarin wàn / wan4
Taiwan wan
Japanese man
Chinese swastika, a sacred and auspicious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, later adopted by Nazi Germany
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Mandarin/ ta3
Taiwan t`a / ta
Japanese tousaki / tosaki とうさき
 tou / to とう
Chinese pagoda; tower; minaret; stupa (abbr. loanword from Sanskrit tapo); CL:座[zuo4]
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) tower; steeple; spire; (2) (abbreviation) stupa; pagoda; dagoba; (surname) Tousaki; (surname, given name) Tou
stūpa; tope; a tumulus, or mound, for the bones, or remains of the dead, or for other sacred relics, especially of the Buddha, whether relics of the body or the mind, e.g. bones or scriptures. As the body is supposed to consist of 84,000 atoms, Aśoka is said to have built 84,000 stūpas to preserve relics of Śākyamuni. Pagodas, dagobas, or towers with an odd number of stories are used in China for the purpose of controlling the geomantic influences of a neighbourbood. Also 塔婆; 兜婆; 偸婆; 藪斗波; 窣堵波; 率都婆; 素覩波; 私鍮簸, etc. The stūpas erected over relics of the Buddha vary from the four at his birthplace, the scene of his enlightenment, of his first sermon, and of his death, to the 84,000 accredited to Aśoka.

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Mandarin fàn / fan4
Taiwan fan
Japanese bon ぼん
 soyogi そよぎ
Chinese abbr. for 梵教[Fan4 jiao4] Brahmanism; abbr. for Sanskrit 梵語|梵语[Fan4 yu3] or 梵文[Fan4 wen2]; abbr. for 梵蒂岡|梵蒂冈[Fan4 di4 gang1], the Vatican
Japanese (1) Brahman; Brahma; ultimate reality of the universe (in Hinduism); (2) Brahma; Hindu creator god; (3) (abbreviation) Sanskrit; (given name) Bon; (surname) Soyogi
Brahman (from roots bṛh, vṛh, connected with bṛṃh, "religious devotion," "prayer," "a sacred text," or mantra, "the mystic syllable om"; "sacred learning," "the religious life," "the Supreme Being regarded as impersonal," "the Absolute," "the priestly or sacerdotal class," etc. M.W. Translit.

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Mandarin shén / shen2
Taiwan shen
Japanese tachibana たちばな
 sagaki さがき
 sakaki さかき
 kashiwa かしわ
Chinese sakaki tree (Japanese kokuji)
Japanese (1) sakaki (species of evergreen sacred to Shinto, Cleyera japonica); (2) evergreen (esp. one planted or used at a shrine); (personal name) Tachibana; (place-name) Sagaki; (surname, female given name) Sakaki; (surname) Kashiwa

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Mandarin jīng / jing1
Taiwan ching
Japanese tsune つね
 tate たて
 kyou / kyo きょう
Chinese classics; sacred book; scripture; to pass through; to undergo; to bear; to endure; warp (textile); longitude; menstruation; channel (TCM); abbr. for economics 經濟|经济[jing1 ji4]; surname Jing
Japanese (female given name) Tsune; (surname) Tate; (surname) Kyou
A warp, that which runs lengthwise; to pass through or by, past; to manage, regulate; laws, canons, classics. Skt. sūtras; threads, threaded together, classical works. Also called 契經 and 經本. The sūtras in the Tripiṭaka are the sermons attributed to the Buddha; the other two divisions are 律 the Vinaya, and 論 the śāstras, or Abhidharma; cf. 三藏. Every sūtra begins with the words 如是我聞 'Thus did I hear', indicating that it contains the words of Śākyamuni; scripture

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Mandarin ǒu / ou3
Taiwan ou
Japanese hasu はす
Chinese root of lotus
Japanese (kana only) sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera); Indian lotus; lotus
The water-lily root, arrowroot.

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Japanese on おん
Japanese (Okinawa) sacred site; sacred grove; (female given name) On

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Japanese hasu ハス
Japanese (kana only) three-lips (freshwater fish of the minnow family, Opsariichthys uncirostris); (kana only) sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera); Indian lotus; lotus; (personal name) Has; Hass

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Mandarin zhōng yuè / zhong1 yue4
Taiwan chung yüeh
Japanese nakatake なかたけ
Chinese Mt Song 嵩山 in Henan, one of the Five Sacred Mountains 五嶽|五岳[Wu3 yue4]
Japanese (surname) Nakatake

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Mandarin qī sēng / qi1 seng1
Taiwan ch`i seng / chi seng
Japanese shichisō
A monastery is supposed to possess the following seven monks: 咒願師 invoker; 導師 leader; 唄師 intoner, or leader of the chanting; 散花師 flower-scatterer; 梵音師 master of sacred words, or Sanskrit; 錫杖師 shaker of the rings on the metal staff, or crozier; 堂達 distributor of missals, etc. Another division is 講師 expounder; 讀師 reader; 咒願師; 三禮師 director of the three ceremonies; 唄師; 散花師; and 堂達.

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Mandarin qī shèng / qi1 sheng4
Taiwan ch`i sheng / chi sheng
Japanese nanase ななせ
Japanese (female given name) Nanase
v.七賢, 七聖, 七聖財, saptadhana. The seven sacred graces variously defined, e.g. 信 faith, 戒 observation of the commandments, 聞hearing instruction, 慙 shame (for self), 愧 shame (for others); 捨 renunciation; and慧 wisdom; seven stages of holiness

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Mandarin sān yuán / san1 yuan2
Taiwan san yüan
Japanese sanen
The three nidānas or links with the Buddha resulting from calling upon him, a term of the Pure Land sect: (a) 親緣 that he hears those who call his name, sees their worship, knows their hearts and is one with them; (b) 近緣 that he shows himself to those who desire to see him; (c) 增上緣 that at every invocation aeons of sin are blotted out, and he and his sacred host receive such a disciple at death; three kinds of causes (or conditions)

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Mandarin wǔ shān / wu3 shan1
Taiwan wu shan
Japanese goyama ごやま
 gozan ござん
Japanese (obscure) five most important temples of a region; (surname) Goyama; (given name) Gozan
Five mountains and monasteries: (1) in India, sacred because of their connection with the Buddha: 鞞婆羅跋怒 Vaibhāra-vana; 薩多般那求呵 Saptaparṇaguhā; 因陀羅勢羅求呵 Indraśailaguhā; 薩簸恕魂直迦鉢婆羅 Sarpiṣ kuṇḍikā-prāgbhāra; 耆闍崛 Gṛdhrakūṭa; (2) in China, established during the Five Dynasties and the Southern Sung dynasty, on the analogy of those in India; three at Hangzhou at 徑山 Jingshan, 北山 Beishan, and 南山 Nanshan and two at Ningbo at 阿育王山 King Aśoka Shan and 太白山 Taiboshan. Later the Yuan dynasty established one at 全陵 Chin Ling, the 天界大龍翔隻慶寺 which became chief of these under the Ming dynasty; five mountain [monasteries]

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Mandarin wǔ yuè / wu3 yue4
Taiwan wu yüeh
Chinese Five Sacred Mountains of the Daoists, namely: Mt Tai 泰山[Tai4 Shan1] in Shandong, Mt Hua 華山|华山[Hua4 Shan1] in Shaanxi, Mt Heng 衡山[Heng2 Shan1] in Hunan, Mt Heng 恆山|恒山[Heng2 Shan1] in Shanxi, Mt Song 嵩山[Song1 Shan1] in Henan

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Japanese busseki ぶっせき
Japanese place sacred to Buddhism

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Mandarin nán yuè / nan2 yue4
Taiwan nan yüeh
Japanese nangaku なんがく
Chinese Nanyue district of Hengyang city 衡陽市|衡阳市[Heng2 yang2 shi4], Hunan; Mt Heng 衡山 in Hunan, one of the Five Sacred Mountains 五嶽|五岳[Wu3 yue4]
Japanese (personal name) Nangaku
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Mandarin fèi tuó / fei4 tuo2
Taiwan fei t`o / fei to
Japanese reeda ヴェーダ
 beeda ベーダ
Chinese Vedas (Hindu sacred writings or legends)
Japanese (kana only) Veda (san:)
Veda, v. 韋; (Skt. Veda)

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Mandarin dà kōng / da4 kong1
Taiwan ta k`ung / ta kung
Japanese hirotaka ひろたか
 haruka はるか
 daiku だいく
 daia だいあ
 taku たく
 taisei / taise たいせい
 taikuu / taiku たいくう
 sukai すかい
 kanata かなた
 oozora おおぞら
 oosora おおそら
 ao あお
Japanese heavens; firmament; sky; (personal name) Hirotaka; (female given name) Haruka; (surname) Daiku; (female given name) Daia; (personal name) Taku; (male given name) Taisei; (given name) Taikuu; (female given name) Sora; (female given name) Sukai; (female given name) Kanata; (surname, female given name) Oozora; (surname) Oosora; (female given name) Ao
The great void, or the Mahāyāna parinirvāṇa, as being more complete and final than the nirvāṇa of Hīnayāna. It is used in the Shingon sect for the great immaterial or spiritual wisdom, with its esoteric symbols; its weapons, such as the vajra; its samādhis; its sacred circles, or maṇḍalas, etc. It is used also for space, in which there is neither east, west, north, nor south; great emptiness

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Mandarin tiān zhí / tian1 zhi2
Taiwan t`ien chih / tien chih
Japanese tenshoku てんしょく
Chinese vocation; duty; mission in life
Japanese (1) vocation; lifework; calling; (2) sacred task (esp. the emperor's rule over the nation); (3) prostitute of the second-highest class (Edo period)


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Japanese ibe いべ
 ibi いび
Japanese most hallowed grounds (of a sacred site in Okinawa)

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Sacred Fire 聖火
seikashèng huǒ
sheng4 huo3
sheng huo
Holy Land 聖地
seichishèng dì / sheng4 di4 / sheng di / shengdi sheng ti / shengti
The Saint
seishèng / sheng4 / sheng
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