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The Name Seeking Truth in Chinese / Japanese...

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1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Japan ai wa kan youdeari ai wa shinsetsudesu mata hito o netamimasen ai wa jiman sezu kouman ni narimasen reigi ni hansuru koto o sezu jibun no rieki o motomezu okorazu hito no shita aku o omowazu fusei o yorokobazu ni shinri o yorokobimasu subete o gaman shi s
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Wall Scroll

This is 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 (just the first sentence of verse 8).

In the familiar NIV, this would read:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails...

The Japanese text is from the 新改訳聖書 (Shinkaiyaku) or New Japanese Bible. Popular among most Protestant denominations in modern Japan.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Buddha Seeking

China qín qiú
Japan gongu
Buddha Seeking Wall Scroll

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.

Seek

China xún qiú
Japan jingu
Seek Wall Scroll

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).

Seeking Truth

China qiú dào
Japan gu dou
Seeking Truth Wall Scroll

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.

Thirst for Truth

China kě fǎ
Japan katsuhō
Thirst for Truth Wall Scroll

This means to thirst for the truth, or for the Buddha-way. This is the internal need to seek the way of the truth in Buddhism.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

求道

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Mandarin qiú dào / qiu2 dao4
Taiwan ch`iu tao / chiu tao
Japanese motomichi もとみち
Japanese seeking for truth; (personal name) Motomichi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Seeking Truth

菩薩


菩萨

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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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Bodhisattva

道交

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Mandarin dào jiāo / dao4 jiao1
Taiwan tao chiao
Japanese michitsugai みちつがい
Japanese (place-name) Michitsugai
Mutual interaction between the individual seeking the truth and the Buddha who responds to his aspirations; mutual intercourse through religion.

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 愛は寛容であり愛は親切ですまた人をねたみません愛は自慢せず高慢になりません礼儀に反することをせず自分の利益を求めず怒らず人のした悪を思わず不正を喜ばずに真理を喜びますすべてをがまんしすべてを信じすべてを期待しすべてを耐え忍びます愛は決して絶えることがありませんai wa kan youdeari ai wa shinsetsudesu mata hito o netamimasen ai wa jiman sezu kouman ni narimasen reigi ni hansuru koto o sezu jibun no rieki o motomezu okorazu hito no shita aku o omowazu fusei o yorokobazu ni shinri o yorokobimasu subete o gaman shi s
ai wa kan yodeari ai wa shinsetsudesu mata hito o netamimasen ai wa jiman sezu koman ni narimasen reigi ni hansuru koto o sezu jibun no rieki o motomezu okorazu hito no shita aku o omowazu fusei o yorokobazu ni shinri o yorokobimasu subete o gaman shi s
aiwakanyodeariaiwashinsetsudesumatahitoonetamimasenaiwajimansezukomanninarimasenreiginihansurukotoosezujibunnoriekiomotomezuokorazuhitonoshitaakuoomowazufuseioyorokobazunishinrioyorokobimasusubeteogamanshis
Buddha Seeking 勤求gonguqín qiú / qin2 qiu2 / qin qiu / qinqiu ch`in ch`iu / chinchiu / chin chiu
Seek 尋求
寻求
jinguxún qiú / xun2 qiu2 / xun qiu / xunqiu hsün ch`iu / hsünchiu / hsün chiu
Seeking Truth 求道gu dou / gudou / gu do / gudoqiú dào / qiu2 dao4 / qiu dao / qiudao ch`iu tao / chiutao / chiu tao
Thirst for Truth 渴法katsuhōkě fǎ / ke3 fa3 / ke fa / kefa k`o fa / kofa / ko fa
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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