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2. Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication
3. Better to sacrifice your life than your principles
5. Drinking the water of a well,...
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7. Honorable Death - No Surrender
8. Phoenix Rise from the Ashes
9. Pure Heart
This means sacrifice in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
There is a suggestion in this word that this regards sacrificing your life.
Note: Depending on context, this can also mean victim or scapegoat in Japanese.
In original and ancient Chinese, this word referred to sacrificial animals. It can still have this meaning in Buddhist context.
This word is used to describe being so devoted to something that you will make sacrifices for that goal/thing/person. You can also translate this word as any of the following:
Give one's life for...
Sacrifice one's life for...
To dedicate oneself to...
Commit ones energy to...
Giving your whole body to...
This can be a dedication to or for someone, but more often is used in reference to a dedication or making sacrifices for your country, public service, or a cause. For instance, an Olympic athlete makes great sacrifices to train in his/her sport for their country and compatriots.
While the form shown to the upper-left is considered an ancient Japanese version, in modern Japan, they use the simplified version of the first Kanji (shown to the right). Click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version.
If you are looking for a more religious meaning of devotion, see Faith.
This 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.
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 proverb suggests that one should always be grateful to those who helped you succeed.
And remember your ancestors and those that came before you whose sacrifices made your present life better.
Some Chinese will separate the intended meaning from this proverb and translate this as "Don't forget the people who once helped you". In Modern China, this idiom is virtually never used to refer to an actual well.
Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used phrase.
This is the title of a deity in Buddhism that exists to help you reach enlightenment.
In Buddhist beliefs, a bodhisattva (bodhisatta) is a being who is dedicated to helping us achieve enlightenment. Bodhisattva literally means enlightenment truth which is bodhi sattva in Sanskrit.
This term is sometimes used to refer to a kindhearted person, one who will sacrifice himself/herself for others, and lacks ego or desire, but is instead devoted to the good and well-being of others.
This ancient Japanese proverb can be translated as "The principle of honorable death and no surrender", or simply "No surrender". If you directly translate this, you get something that means "Doctrine of suicide", or "Ideology of honorable death".
This is a specifically-Japanese proverb that embraces the long history of honorable suicide or self-sacrifice for honor in Japanese culture.
This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes". Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana".
There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).
500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.
This means, "Pure Heart" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
It's used to reflect the ideas of being "pure and innocent".
Depending on the context in which this title is used, it can relay "self-sacrificing devotion" or in some cases, "naivete". This would be in the same way we might refer to a young girl giving her lunch money to a beggar on the street. She has a pure and precious heart, but perhaps is also a bit naive.
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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.
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.
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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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
|Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
犧牲 / 犠牲
|Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication||献身|
|Better to sacrifice your life than your principles||舍生取义|
|n/a||shě shēng qǔ yì|
she sheng qu yi
she sheng ch`ü i
|she3 sheng1 qu3 yi4|
she sheng chü i
|Drinking the water of a well, one should never forget who dug it||吃水不忘掘井人|
|n/a||chī shuǐ bú wàng jué jǐng rén|
chi shui bu wang jue jing ren
ch`ih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
|chi1 shui3 bu2 wang4 jue2 jing3 ren2|
chih shui pu wang chüeh ching jen
|Honorable Death - No Surrender||玉砕主義|
|gyokusai shugi |
|Phoenix Rise from the Ashes||凤凰涅磐|
|n/a||fèng huáng niè pán|
feng huang nie pan
feng huang nieh p`an
|feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2|
feng huang nieh pan
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