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Self-Respect / Self-Esteem

China zì zūn
Japan jison
Self-Respect / Self-Esteem Wall Scroll

This word means self-respect or self-esteem in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It can also mean "pride in oneself."

Note: Japanese sometimes put the character for heart after these two. However, this two-character word is universal between all three languages (which is often better since more than a third of the world's population can read this version as a native word).


China zì zūn
HK chi juen
Japan jison
Pride Wall Scroll

This word can mean "pride," "self-respect" or "self-esteem." The first character means "oneself" and the second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble, exalted, honorable or simply "pride."

I have also seen this two-character word translated as "amour propre," self-regard, and self-pride.

This word is universal between Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja written languages. It may also be understood in old Vietnamese (they once used Chinese characters as well).

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Mandarin/ fo2
Taiwan fo
Japanese hotoke ほとけ
 butsusaki ぶつさき
Chinese Buddha; Buddhism
Japanese (surname) Hotoke; (surname) Butsusaki
Buddha, from budh to "be aware of", "conceive", "observe", "wake"; also 佛陀; 浮圖; 浮陀; 浮頭; 浮塔; 勃陀; 勃馱; 沒馱; 母馱; 母陀; 部陀; 休屠. Buddha means "completely conscious, enlightened", and came to mean the enlightener. he Chinese translation is 覺 to perceive, aware, awake; and 智 gnosis, knowledge. There is an Eternal Buddha, see e.g. the Lotus Sutra, cap. 16, and multitudes of Buddhas, but the personality of a Supreme Buddha, an Ādi-Buddha, is not defined. Buddha is in and through all things, and some schools are definitely Pan-Buddhist in the pantheistic sense. In the triratna 三寳 commonly known as 三寳佛, while Śākyamuni Buddha is the first "person" of the Trinity, his Law the second, and the Order the third, all three by some are accounted as manifestations of the All-Buddha. As Śākyamuni, the title indicates him as the last of the line of Buddhas who have appeared in this world, Maitreya is to be the next. As such he is the one who has achieved enlightenment, having discovered the essential evil of existence (some say mundane existence, others all existence), and the way of deliverance from the constant round of reincarnations; this way is through the moral life into nirvana, by means of self-abnegation, the monastic life, and meditation. By this method a Buddha, or enlightened one, himself obtains Supreme Enlightenment, or Omniscience, and according to Māhāyanism leads all beings into the same enlightenment. He sees things not as they seem in their phenomenal but in their noumenal aspects, as they really are. The term is also applied to those who understand the chain of causality (twelve nidānas) and have attained enlightenment surpassing that of the arhat. Four types of the Buddha are referred to: (1) 三藏佛the Buddha of the Tripiṭaka who attained enlightenment on the bare ground under the bodhi-tree; (2) 通佛the Buddha on the deva robe under the bodhi-tree of the seven precious things; (3) 別佛the Buddha on the great precious Lotus throne under the Lotus realm bodhi-tree; and (4) 圓佛the Buddha on the throne of Space in the realm of eternal rest and glory where he is Vairocana. The Hīnayāna only admits the existence of one Buddha at a time; Mahāyāna claims the existence of many Buddhas at one and the same time, as many Buddhas as there are Buddha-universes, which are infinite in number.
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Buddhism / Buddha

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Mandarin xìn / xin4
Taiwan hsin
Japanese shin しん
Chinese letter; mail; CL:封[feng1]; to trust; to believe; to profess faith in; truthful; confidence; trust; at will; at random
Japanese (adv,n) (1) honesty; fidelity; (2) trust; reliance; (3) (religious) faith; (counter) (4) counter for received messages; (female given name) Yuki; (female given name) Michi; (female given name) Makoto; (personal name) Noburu; (personal name) Nobutsugu; (surname) Nobutaka; (personal name) Nobuji; (surname) Nobusaki; (personal name) Nobukatsu; (female given name) Nobu; (personal name) Shinji; (surname, female given name) Shin; (female given name) Shino; (female given name) Akira
śraddhā. Faith; to believe; belief; faith regarded as the faculty of the mind which sees, appropriates, and trusts the things of religion; it joyfully trusts in the Buddha, in the pure virtue of the triratna and earthly and transcendental goodness; it is the cause of the pure life, and the solvent of doubt. Two forms are mentioned: (1) adhimukti, intuition, tr. by self-assured enlightenment. (2) śraddhā, faith through hearing or being taught. For the Awakening of Faith, Śraddhotpāda, v. 起信論.
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Believe / Faith / Trust

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Mandarin qiè / qie4
Taiwan ch`ieh / chieh
Japanese warawa わらわ
 mekake めかけ
 sobame そばめ
 onname おんなめ
Chinese concubine; I, your servant (deprecatory self-reference for women)
Japanese (pn,adj-no) (archaism) (humble language) (feminine speech) I; me; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) mistress; kept woman; concubine
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Mistress / Concubine / Servant

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Mandarin shàng / shang4
Taiwan shang
Japanese nao なお
Chinese still; yet; to value; to esteem; surname Shang
Japanese (adv,conj) (kana only) furthermore; still; yet; more; still more; in addition; greater; further; (personal name) Makoto; (given name) Hisashi; (female given name) Hisa; (personal name) Haruji; (personal name) Haru; (given name) Naoshi; (given name) Nao; (s,m) Takashi; (personal name) Shiyou; (personal name) Shouji; (personal name) Shouitsu; (personal name) Shouichi; (surname, given name) Shou; (personal name) Shunji; (personal name) Shun; (personal name) Katsuyasu; (personal name) Katsuya; (personal name) Katsuhito; (personal name) Katsu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin chóng / chong2
Taiwan ch`ung / chung
Japanese mitsuru みつる
 takamu たかむ
 takashi たかし
 taka たか
 sou / so そう
 suu / su すう
 shuu / shu しゅう
Chinese high; sublime; lofty; to esteem; to worship; surname Chong
Japanese (given name) Mitsuru; (given name) Takamu; (male given name) Takashi; (surname) Taka; (personal name) Sou; (surname) Suu; (given name) Shuu
Lofty, eminent, honourable; to reverence, adore; to venerate
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Chong / Sung / Su

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Mandarin yǐng / ying3
Taiwan ying
Japanese kage かげ
Chinese picture; image; film; movie; photograph; reflection; shadow; trace
Japanese (1) shadow; silhouette; figure; shape; (2) reflection; image; (3) ominous sign; (4) light (stars, moon); (5) trace; shadow (of one's former self); (surname) Kage; (personal name) Eiji; (given name) Ei
Shadow, picture, image, reflection, hint; one of the twelve 'colours'.
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Mandarin rěn / ren3
Taiwan jen
Japanese nin にん
 shinobu しのぶ
Chinese to bear; to endure; to tolerate; to restrain oneself
Japanese (archaism) endurance; forbearance; patience; self-restraint; (1) (kana only) squirrel's foot fern (Davallia mariesii); (2) (kana only) Lepisorus thunbergianus (species of fern); (3) color of clothing layers under one's overcoat (light green on blue); (4) (abbreviation) ancient women's hairstyle; (5) (abbreviation) clothing patterned using squirrel's foot fern; (given name) Nin; (surname, female given name) Shinobu; (place-name) Shinobi; (female given name) Shino; (p,s,g) Oshi; (female given name) Azumi
kṣānti, 羼提 (or 羼底); patience, endurance, (a) in adverse circumstances, (b) in the religious state. There are groups of two, three, four, five, six, ten, and fourteen, indicating various forms of patience, equanimity, repression, forbearance, endurance, constancy, or "perseverance of the saints," both in mundane and spiritual things; to endure
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Mandarin kòng // kōng / kong4 // kong1
Taiwan k`ung / kung
Japanese sora そら
 kuu / ku くう
 kara から
 uro うろ
 utsuho うつほ
 utsuse うつせ
 utsuo うつお
Chinese to empty; vacant; unoccupied; space; leisure; free time; empty; air; sky; in vain
Japanese (1) sky; the air; the heavens; (2) weather; (3) far-off place; distant place; (4) state of mind; feeling; (5) (from) memory; (by) heart; (6) falsehood; lie; (prefix noun) (7) somehow; vaguely; (8) fake; (1) empty air; sky; (2) (Buddhist term) shunya (emptiness, the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phemomenon); (3) (abbreviation) air force; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) fruitlessness; meaninglessness; (5) void (one of the five elements); (noun - becomes adjective with の) emptiness; vacuum; blank; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) hollow; cavity; hole; (female given name) Ron; (personal name) Hiroshi; (female given name) Hikari; (female given name) Haruka; (female given name) Noa; (surname) Sorasaki; (female given name) Sora; (female given name) Sukai; (female given name) Shieru; (personal name) Kuukai; (surname, female given name) Kuu; (female given name) Kanata; (female given name) Kasumi; (female given name) Urue; (surname, female given name) Aki; (female given name) Aoi
śūnya, empty, void, hollow, vacant, nonexistent. śūnyatā, 舜若多, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, perhaps spirituality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, the seeming 假 being unreal. The doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality, but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. There are classifications into 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, and 18 categories. The doctrine is that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution. From this doctrine the Yogācārya school developed the idea of the permanent reality, which is Essence of Mind, the unknowable noumenon behind all phenomena, the entity void of ideas and phenomena, neither matter nor mind, but the root of both.

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Mandarin shēn / shen1
Taiwan shen
Japanese mukuro むくろ
Chinese body; life; oneself; personally; one's morality and conduct; the main part of a structure or body; pregnant; classifier for sets of clothes: suit, twinset; Kangxi radical 158
Japanese (dead) body; corpse; (1) body; (2) oneself; (3) one's place; one's position; (4) main part; meat (as opposed to bone, skin, etc.); wood (as opposed to bark); blade (as opposed to its handle); container (as opposed to its lid); (surname) Misaki
kāya; tanu; deha. The body; the self.; Two forms of body; there are numerous pairs, e. g. (1) (a) 分段身 The varied forms of the karmic or ordinary mortal body, or being; (b) 變易身 the transformable, or spiritual body. (2) (a) 生身 The earthly body of the Buddha; (b) 化身 hinirmāṇakāya, which may take any form at will. (3) (a) 生身 his earthly body; (b) 法身 his moral and mental nature—a Hīnayāna definition, but Mahāyāna takes his earthly nirmāṇakāya as the 生身 and his dharmakāya or that and his saṃbhogakāya as 法身. (4) 眞應二身 The dharmakāya and nirmāṇakāya. (5) (a) 實相身 The absolute truth, or light, of the Buddha, i. e. the dharmakāya; (b) 爲物身 the functioning or temporal body. (6) (a) 眞身 the dharmakāya and saṃbhogakāya; (b) 化身 the nirmāṇakāya. (7) (a) 常身 his permanent or eternal body; (b) 無常身 his temporal body. (8) (a) 實身 and 化身 idem 二色身.
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Mandarin guǐ / gui3
Taiwan kuei
Japanese ki
 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 (i.e. in a game of tag); (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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Ghost Demon



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Mandarin xiū yǎng / xiu1 yang3
Taiwan hsiu yang
Japanese shuuyou / shuyo しゅうよう
Chinese accomplishment; training; self-cultivation
Japanese (noun/participle) self-improvement; (mental) training; self-discipline; cultivation
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Mandarin zūn jìng / zun1 jing4
Taiwan tsun ching
Japanese sonkei / sonke そんけい
Chinese to respect; to revere
Japanese (noun/participle) respect; esteem; reverence; honour; honor; (given name) Sonkyou
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Respect / Honor / Esteem


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Japanese kokki こっき
Chinese See: 剋己
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) self denial; self control; (given name) Yoshimi; (given name) Kokki; (surname, given name) Katsumi; (female given name) Katsuki
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Self-Restraint / Self-Control



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Mandarin shě jǐ / she3 ji3
Taiwan she chi
Japanese sutemi すてみ
 suteki すてき
Chinese selfless; self-sacrifice (to help others); self-renunciation; altruism
Japanese (given name) Sutemi; (given name) Suteki
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Self Sacrifice


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Mandarin zhèng niàn / zheng4 nian4
Taiwan cheng nien
Japanese shounen / shonen しょうねん
Chinese correct mindfulness (buddhism)
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) right mindfulness; (2) true faith (in rebirth in the promised land); (place-name) Shounen
samyak-smṛti, right remembrance, the seventh of the 八正道; 'right mindfullness, the looking on the body and the spirit in such a way as to remain ardent, self-possessed and mindful, having overcome both hankering and dejection. ' Keith; correct mindfulness



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Mandarin wǔ shù / wu3 shu4
Taiwan wu shu
Japanese bujutsu ぶじゅつ
Chinese military skill or technique (in former times); all kinds of martial art sports (some claiming spiritual development); self-defense; tradition of choreographed fights from opera and film (recent usage); also called kungfu 功夫; CL:種|种[zhong3]
Japanese (1) (martial arts term) martial arts; military arts; (2) wushu; modern sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts
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Martial Arts / Wu Shu


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Mandarin wǒ màn / wo3 man4
Taiwan wo man
Japanese gaman がまん
Japanese (noun/participle) patience; endurance; perseverance; tolerance; self-control; self-denial; (surname) Gaman
abhimāna, ātma-mada. Egoism exalting self and depreciating others; self-intoxication, pride; identity
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Mandarin quán fǎ / quan2 fa3
Taiwan ch`üan fa / chüan fa
Japanese kenpou / kenpo けんぽう
Chinese boxing; fighting technique
Japanese Chinese art of self-defence (defense)
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Kenpo / Kempo / Quan Fa / Chuan Fa



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Mandarin kōng wú / kong1 wu2
Taiwan k`ung wu / kung wu
Japanese kūmu
Unreality, or immateriality, of things, which is defined as nothing existing of independent or self-contained nature; emptiness
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Mandarin jié zhì / jie2 zhi4
Taiwan chieh chih
Japanese sessei / sesse せっせい
Chinese to control; to restrict; to moderate; to temper; moderation; sobriety; to administer
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) moderation; self-restraint; temperance
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Mandarin chún qíng / chun2 qing2
Taiwan ch`un ch`ing / chun ching
Japanese junjou / junjo じゅんじょう
Chinese pure and innocent; a pure heart
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) pure heart; naivete; self-sacrificing devotion
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Pure Heart



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Mandarin wú wǒ / wu2 wo3
Taiwan wu wo
Japanese muga むが
Chinese anatta (Buddhist concept of "non-self")
Japanese (1) selflessness; self-effacement; self-renunciation; (2) (Buddhist term) anatta; anatman; doctrine that states that humans do not possess souls; (female given name) Muga
anātman; nairātmya; no ego, no soul (of an independent and self-contained character), impersonal, no individual independent existence (of conscious or unconscious beings, anātmaka). The empirical ego is merely an aggregation of various elements, and with their disintegration it ceases to exist; therefore it has nm ultimate reality of its own, but the Nirvāṇa Sūtra asserts the reality of the ego in the transcendental realm. The non-Buddhist definition of ego is that it has permanent individuality 常一之體 and is independent or sovereign 有主宰之用. When applied to men it is 人我, when to things it is 法我. Cf. 常 11; no-self
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Japanese dokuritsu どくりつ
Japanese (adj-na,n,vs) independence (e.g. Independence Day); self-support

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Mandarin jiàn xìng / jian4 xing4
Taiwan chien hsing
Japanese kenshou / kensho けんしょう
Japanese self-awareness; consciousness of one's own character
To behold the Buddha-nature within oneself, a common saying of the Chan (Zen) or Intuitive School; to see the (buddha-)nature
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Kensho - Initial Enlightenment



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Mandarin qiān xū / qian1 xu1
Taiwan ch`ien hsü / chien hsü
Chinese modest; self-effacing; to make modest remarks
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Humble / Modest


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Mandarin zì xìn / zi4 xin4
Taiwan tzu hsin
Japanese jishin じしん
Chinese to have confidence in oneself; self-confidence
Japanese (noun/participle) self-confidence; confidence (in oneself); (surname) Jishin
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Mandarin zì zūn / zi4 zun1
Taiwan tzu tsun
Japanese jison じそん
Chinese self-respect; self-esteem; ego; pride
Japanese self-respect; esteem; self-importance; pride
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Mandarin zì qiáng / zi4 qiang2
Taiwan tzu ch`iang / tzu chiang
Japanese jikyou / jikyo じきょう
Chinese to strive for self-improvement
Japanese (noun/participle) strenuous effort
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Inner Strength / Self-Improvement


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Mandarin zì lǜ / zi4 lu:4
Taiwan tzu lü
Japanese jiritsu じりつ
Chinese self-discipline; self-regulation; autonomy (ethics); autonomic (physiology)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) autonomy (philosophy); (2) self-control
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Self-Discipline / Will-Power


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Mandarin zì lì / zi4 li4
Taiwan tzu li
Japanese jiriki じりき
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) by oneself; self-made; (place-name) Jiriki
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
自尊jisonzì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizun tzu tsun / tzutsun
Pride 自尊jisonzì zūn / zi4 zun1 / zi zun / zizun tzu tsun / tzutsun

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