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China xún qiú
Japan jingu

尋求 means to seek or to look for something. Occasionally used in a Buddhist context for seeking something (enlightenment, knowledge, truth, meaning, etc).

尋求 is rarely used in Japanese, and almost exclusively in a Buddhist context (most Japanese will not recognize it as a Japanese word).

Seek / Quest

China tàn qiú
Japan tankyuu
Seek / Quest

This means: to seek; to pursue; to investigate; quest; pursuit.

This is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Buddha Seeking

China qín qiú
Japan gongu
Buddha Seeking

勤求 is a complex word. In the simplest terms, it means inquiring the Buddha way. To put it another way, it is seeking something in the right way, at the right time, and diligently seeking only truth or the good.

Seeking Truth

China qiú dào
Japan gu dou
Seeking Truth

This means seeking for truth, or to seek (practice for, strive for) enlightenment.

This is used mostly in a Buddhist context, so some non-Buddhists may not recognize it.

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Mandarin niú / niu2
Taiwan niu
Japanese niu にう
 giyuu / giyu ぎゆう
 gyuutetsu / gyutetsu ぎゅうてつ
 gyuu / gyu ぎゅう
 ushimatsu うしまつ
 ushibori うしぼり
 ushihori うしほり
 ushihama うしはま
 ushi うし
Chinese ox; cow; bull; CL:條|条[tiao2],頭|头[tou2]; (slang) awesome; surname Niu
Japanese (1) cattle (Bos taurus); cow; ox; oxen; (2) beef; (3) (astron) Chinese "Ox" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (1) cattle (Bos taurus); cow; ox; oxen; (2) beef; (surname) Niu; (surname) Giyuu; (given name) Gyuutetsu; (surname) Gyuu; (personal name) Ushimatsu; (personal name) Ushibori; (personal name) Ushihori; (surname) Ushi
go, gaus; ox, bull, bullock, etc. A term applied to the Buddha Gautama as in 牛王 king of bulls, possibly because of the derivation of his name; the phrase 騎牛來牛 (or 騎牛覔牛) to ride an ox, to seek an ox, means to use the Buddha to find the Buddha.
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Mandarin guǐ / gui3
Taiwan kuei
Japanese miniwa みにわ
 kisaragi きさらぎ
 oniyanagi おにやなぎ
 onikatsu おにかつ
 oni おに
Chinese ghost; demon; terrible; damnable; clever; sly; crafty; sinister plot; (suffix for sb with a certain vice or addiction etc); one of the 28 constellations
Japanese (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) spirit of a deceased person; (3) (astron) Chinese "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) spirit of a deceased person; (3) ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.); (4) it (in a game of tag, hide-and-seek, etc.); (prefix) (5) (slang) very; extremely; super-; (surname) Miniwa; (surname) Kisaragi; (surname) Oniyanagi; (personal name) Onikatsu; (surname) Oni
preta 薜荔多, departed, dead; a disembodied spirit, dead person, ghost; a demon, evil being; especially a 餓鬼 hungry ghost. They are of many kinds. The Fan-i ming i classifies them as poor, medium, and rich; each again thrice subdivided: (1) (a) with mouths like burning torches; (b) throats no bigger than needles; (c) vile breath, disgusting to themselves; (2) (a) needle-haired, self-piercing; (b) hair sharp and stinking; (c) having great wens on whose pus they must feed. (3) (a) living on the remains of sacrifices; (b) on leavings in general; (c) powerful ones, yakṣas, rākṣasas, piśācas, etc. All belong to the realm of Yama, whence they are sent everywhere, consequently are ubiquitous in every house, lane, market, mound, stream, tree, etc.
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Mandarin cān chán / can1 chan2
Taiwan ts`an ch`an / tsan chan
Japanese noshi wo ri
Chinese to practice Chan Buddhist meditation; to practice Zen meditation; to sit in meditation
To inquire, discuss, seek religious instruction; to thoroughly penetrate with meditative insight
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Zen Understanding



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Mandarin xún qiú / xun2 qiu2
Taiwan hsün ch`iu / hsün chiu
Japanese jingu
Chinese to seek; to look for
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin qín qiú / qin2 qiu2
Taiwan ch`in ch`iu / chin chiu
Japanese gongu ごんぐ
Japanese inquiring the Buddha way
To seek diligently (after the good); to strive for
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Mandarin tàn qiú / tan4 qiu2
Taiwan t`an ch`iu / tan chiu
Japanese tankyuu / tankyu たんきゅう
Chinese to seek; to pursue; to investigate
Japanese (noun/participle) search; quest; pursuit
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Mandarin pú sà / pu2 sa4
Taiwan p`u sa / pu sa
Japanese mizoro みぞろ
Chinese Bodhisattva (Buddhism)
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) (Buddhist term) bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (3) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (n,n-suf) (1) (Buddhist term) bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (3) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (surname) Mizoro
bodhisattva, cf. 菩提薩埵. While the idea is not foreign to Hīnayāna, its extension of meaning is one of the chief marks of Mahāyāna. 'The Bodhisattva is indeed the characteristic feature of the Mahāyāna.' Keith. According to Mahāyāna the Hinayanists, i.e. the śrāvaka and pratyekabuddha, seek their own salvation, while the bodhisattva's aim is the salvation of others and of all. The earlier intp. of bodhisattva was 大道心衆生 all beings with mind for the truth; later it became 大覺有情 conscious beings of or for the great intelligence, or enlightenment. It is also intp. in terms of leadership, heroism, etc. In general it is a Mahayanist seeking Buddhahood, but seeking it altruistically; whether monk or layman, he seeks enlightenment to enlighten others, and he will sacrifice himself to save others; he is devoid of egoism and devoted to helping others. All conscious beings having the Buddha-nature are natural bodhisattvas, but require to undergo development. The mahāsattva is sufficiently advanced to become a Buddha and enter nirvāṇa, but according to his vow he remains in the realm of incarnation to save all conscious beings. A monk should enter on the arduous course of discipline which leads to Bodhisattvahood and Buddhahood.
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Mandarin xún / xun2
Taiwan hsün
Japanese hiroshi ひろし
 hiro ひろ
 jin じん
Chinese to search; to look for; to seek
Japanese fathom; (male given name) Hiroshi; (surname, female given name) Hiro; (female given name) Jin
To seek; investigate; to continue; usually; a fathom, 8 Chinese feet; to investigate

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Mandarin gàn / gan4
Taiwan kan
Japanese motomu もとむ
 hoshi ほし
 kan かん
 ikue いくえ
Chinese to concern; to interfere; shield; stem
Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (n,n-pref) drying; dried; (male given name) Motomu; (surname) Hoshi; (surname) Kan; (personal name) Ikue
A shield; a stem, or pole; to offend; to concern; to seek; dry

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Mandarin/ tu2
Taiwan t`u / tu
Japanese zu
Chinese diagram; picture; drawing; chart; map; CL:張|张[zhang1]; to plan; to scheme; to attempt; to pursue; to seek
Japanese (surname) Zu
A plan, map; seal; to plan, scheme, calculate; a map

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Mandarin liàng // jìng / liang4 // jing4
Taiwan liang // ching
Chinese distant; to seek; old variant of 亮[liang4]; bright; strong; powerful

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Mandarin qiú / qiu2
Taiwan ch`iu / chiu
Japanese motome もとめ
 motomu もとむ
 motomi もとみ
 tsutomu つとむ
Chinese to seek; to look for; to request; to demand; to beseech
Japanese (surname, female given name) Motome; (given name) Motomu; (female given name) Motomi; (male given name) Tsutomu
To seek, beseech, pray.; v. Seven Strokes; to seek

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Mandarin tóu / tou2
Taiwan t`ou / tou
Japanese tou / to とう
Chinese to cast; to send; to throw oneself (into the river etc); to seek refuge; to place oneself into the hands of
Japanese (1) (baseb) pitching ability; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for pitches
To cast, throw into, surrender, tender.

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Mandarin chàn / chan4
Taiwan ch`an / chan
Japanese sen
Chinese feel remorse; regret; repent
kṣamayati, "to ask pardon"; to seek forgiveness, patience or indulgence, kṣamā meaning patience, forbearance, tr. as 悔過 repentance, or regret or error; also as confession. It especially refers to the regular confessional service for monks and for nuns.

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Mandarin zhǎo / zhao3
Taiwan chao
Chinese to try to find; to look for; to call on sb; to find; to seek; to return; to give change

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Mandarin móu / mou2
Taiwan mou
Japanese mu
Chinese barley; to moo; to seek or obtain; old variant of 侔[mou2]; old variant of 眸[mou2]; see 牟平[Mu4 ping2]; surname Mou
Japanese (surname) Mu
To low (as an ox); overpass; barley; a grain vessel; weevil; eye-pupil; translit. mu, ma.

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Mandarin/ mi4
Taiwan mi
Japanese motomu もとむ
Chinese to seek; to find
Japanese (given name) Motomu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin fǎng / fang3
Taiwan fang
Japanese hou / ho ほう
Chinese to visit; to call on; to seek; to inquire; to investigate
Japanese (surname) Hou
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin móu / mou2
Taiwan mou
Japanese matsuda まつだ
 houda / hoda ほうだ
 houshima / hoshima ほうしま
 suenobu すえのぶ
 suetsumu すえつむ
 sueda すえだ
 sueta すえた
Chinese to plan; to seek; scheme
Japanese plan; strategy; (personal name) Matsuda; (personal name) Houda; (personal name) Houshima; (personal name) Suenobu; (personal name) Suetsumu; (personal name) Sueda; (personal name) Sueta
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Mandarin zhuī / zhui1
Taiwan chui
Japanese sako さこ
 oisaki おいさき
Chinese to chase after; to seek; to do one's utmost to seek or procure something; to recall; to sculpt; to carve; musical instrument (old)
Japanese (surname) Sako; (surname) Oisaki
To pursue, follow after; to follow the dead with thoughts and services; to chase

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Mandarin yāo / yao1
Taiwan yao
Chinese to invite; to request; to intercept; to solicit; to seek

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Mandarin shàng jiāo / shang4 jiao1
Taiwan shang chiao
Chinese to hand over to; to give to higher authority; to seek connections in high places

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Mandarin shàng fǎng / shang4 fang3
Taiwan shang fang
Chinese to seek an audience with higher-ups (esp. government officials) to petition for something

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Mandarin sān mì / san1 mi4
Taiwan san mi
Japanese sanmitsu さんみつ
Japanese (Buddhist term) three mysteries (Buddha's body, speech and mind)
The three mystic things: the body, mouth (i.e. voice), and mind of the Tathāgata, which are universal, all things being this mystic body, all sound this mystic voice, and all thought this mystic mind. All creatures in body, voice, and mind are only individualized parts of the Tathāgata, but illusion hides their Tathāgata nature from them. The esoterics seek to realize their Tathāgata nature by physical signs and postures, by voicing of 眞言 dhāraṇī and by meditations, so that 入我我入 He may enter me and I Him, which is the perfection of siddhi 悉地; v. 大日經疏 1. 菩提心論; three mysteries

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Mandarin xià huà / xia4 hua4
Taiwan hsia hua
Japanese geke
(下化衆生) Below, to transform all beings, one of the great vows of a bodhisattva. 上求菩提 above, to seek bodhi. Also 下濟衆生; transform those below

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Mandarin èr liú / er4 liu2
Taiwan erh liu
Japanese niryuu / niryu にりゅう
Chinese second-rate; second-tier
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) second-rate; inferior
The two ways in the current of transmigration: 順流 to flow with it in continual re-incarnation; 逆流 resist it and seek a way of escape by getting rid of life's delusions, as in the case of the saints; two currents

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Japanese aogu あおぐ
Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to look up (at); (2) to look up (to); to respect; to revere; (3) to ask for; to seek; (4) to turn to someone; to depend on; (5) to gulp down; to quaff; to take (e.g. poison)

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Mandarin qǐ qiú / qi3 qiu2
Taiwan ch`i ch`iu / chi chiu
Chinese to seek for; to hope to gain; desirous

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Japanese ukagau うかがう
Japanese (transitive verb) (1) (humble language) to ask; to inquire; to hear; to be told; (2) to implore (a god for an oracle); to seek direction (from your superior); (v5u,vi) (3) (humble language) to visit; (4) to speak to (a large crowd at a theatre, etc.)

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Mandarin cān wèn / can1 wen4
Taiwan ts`an wen / tsan wen
Japanese sanmon
To seek instruction— generally as a class; to seek instruction

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Seek 尋求
jinguxún qiú / xun2 qiu2 / xun qiu / xunqiu hsün ch`iu / hsünchiu / hsün chiu
探求tankyuu / tankyutàn qiú / tan4 qiu2 / tan qiu / tanqiu t`an ch`iu / tanchiu / tan chiu
Buddha Seeking 勤求gonguqín qiú / qin2 qiu2 / qin qiu / qinqiu ch`in ch`iu / chinchiu / chin chiu
Seeking Truth 求道gu dou / gudou / gu do / gudoqiú dào / qiu2 dao4 / qiu dao / qiudao ch`iu tao / chiutao / chiu tao
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