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靜穏 is a Japanese-specific way to express "serenity" or "tranquility."
Notes: The second Kanji is not a Chinese character - it was morphed or developed in Japan after Chinese characters were absorbed into the Japanese language during the 5th century.
The first character is slightly-simplified from the original Chinese form but still recognizable.
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靜 is the simplest way to convey the meaning of inner peace and serenity.
靜 is often translated as "serenity." It can also be used to express the ideas of still, calm, serene, quiet, silent, stillness, not moving or tranquility.
In the old days, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean people might hang a wall scroll with this character in their reading room to bring about a sense of peace in the room.
While they once used the same character form in Japan, they now use a slightly-simplified version in modern Japan (after WWII). This version is shown to the right, and can be selected for your wall scroll by clicking on that Kanji instead of the button above.
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This is a kind of complex ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.
This Chinese proverb means "Leading a simple life will yield a clear mind, and having inner peace will help you see far (into the world)."
What I have translated as "simple life" means NOT being materialistic and NOT competing in the rat race.
The last word means "far" but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.
The whole phrase has a theme that suggests if you are NOT an aggressive cut-throat person who fights his way to the top no matter how many people he crushes on the way, and instead seek inner peace, you will have a happier existence and be more likely to understand the meaning of life.
失意泰然 is a very old Japanese proverb. It suggests, "keeping calm and collected at times of disappointment," or "maintaining a serene state of mind when faced with adversity."
It's hard to relate individual character meanings into the overall meaning unless you also understand Japanese grammar. The word order is very different than English. That being said, here's the character meaning breakdown:
失 To miss, lose or fail.
意 Feelings, thoughts, meaning.
泰 Safe, peaceful.
然 Like that, in that way, however, although.
Using these definitions in English, we might say, "Although you may fail or lose, have a feeling of peace and calm."
These two characters mean calm and collected, or simply not nervous.
These two characters represent the idea of being calm or cool in Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.
My Korean dictionary further defines this as quiet, calm, tranquility, pacification.
From my Japanese dictionary: calm, quiet, tranquility, appeasement, pacification.
Note: This term is also used in Korean Hanja but there is a slight deviation in the way they write the second character in Korean. Still, a Korean person who can read Hanja, will be able to read this word. We can write it in the Korean form if you wish (just let us know when you place your order). In Korean, this is the word you might use to tell someone to "calm down" or "take it easy."
安 is used in a lot of compound words in the CJK world. Alone, this character has a broad span of possible meanings. These meanings include relaxed, quiet, rested, contented, calm, still, to pacify, peaceful, at peace, soothing or soothed.
安 and even the pronunciation was borrowed from Chinese and absorbed into both Japanese Kanji and Korean Hanja. In all these languages, this character is pronounced like "an."
This Chinese and Japanese phrase is a direct translation for the western idea of inner peace.
The first two characters contain the idea of "heart," "innermost being," or "deep in the/your inner mind."
The last two characters mean "tranquil" and "serene."
I have seen this phrase used as "inner peace" for art prints and even on the side of coffee cups. But I think the translation is too literal. It feels like a direct translation from English rather than a nicely composed Chinese or Japanese phrase. See my other entries for "inner peace."
太平 means "peace and tranquility" or "peace and security" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The literal translation would be "very balanced" or "very peaceful."
The first character means very, much, too much, or extremely.
The second character means balanced, peaceful, calm, equal, even, level, or smooth.
泰平 means peace and/or tranquility in Japanese and Korean (also understood but not as common in Chinese).
This can be defined as relief, peace of mind, feeling at ease, to be relieved, set one's mind at rest, easiness.
安心 is a nice word that encompasses great meanings within just two characters. Some of the other meanings include to pacify, to settle the mind, peace of mind, and it's also the idea of feeling a sense of security, safety, and confidence in your state of well-being.
This can be used by everyone, but some consider it to be a Buddhist concept (You'll find it in your Zen dictionary).
安寧 is a nice word that means peaceful, tranquil, calm, composed, "free from worry," "public peace," tranquility, good health, well-being, or welfare in Chinese and Korean.
Note: The definition in Japanese is not so broad but still means peaceful or "public peace."
These two Chinese characters create a title that means to reach peace and calm through meditation.
安禪 is an excellent wall scroll for your relaxation or meditation room.
安禪 is also a Buddhist-related term that encompasses the idea of entering into dhyana meditation.
寂 means silent, solitary, quiet, calm, still, rest, or tranquil.
This also has a strong Buddhist association where it can mean "entering into Nirvana." In that context, this is sometimes used to refer to the passing of a Buddhist monk (he is silent, as he has entered Nirvana). For the living, this is about tranquility (especially of mind).
Some will also use this to mean "elegant simplicity."
From Sanskrit, this can represent praśama, vivikta, śānti, or nibbāna (nirvāṇa).
安定 means: quiet; settled; maintain; calm and orderly; stability; equilibrium.
寂靜 is the Chinese and old Japanese word for calmness, stillness, and tranquility.
In Buddhist context, this can refer to the calmness of the heart, enlightenment, or the state of being calm and quiet - free from temptation and distress. Basically a state of earthly nirvāṇa.
Note: The second character is written just slightly differently in modern Japanese (静 instead of 靜). Expect a slight variation if you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher. The version shown here is considered the ancient Japanese and original Chinese form.
寧靜致遠 is an ancient Chinese idiom which means "tranquility yields transcendence."
This suggests pursuing a quiet life of profound study.
The first two characters mean tranquility. The last two characters mean "go far" which suggests achieving much in your life or expanding beyond normal limits. The direct translation would read something like, "[With] tranquility [in your life, you'll] go far."
Compare this to the English idiom: Still waters run deep.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|shizu / sei||jìng / jing4 / jing||ching|
|A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding||淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠|
|dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn|
dan4 bo2 yi3 ming2 zhi4, ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
dan bo yi ming zhi, ning jing er zhi yuan
|tan po i ming chih, ning ching erh chih yüan|
|Life of Serenity||悠悠閑閑||yuu yuu kan kan|
yu yu kan kan
|Keep Calm in Face of Adversity||失意泰然||shitsuitaizen|
|Calm and Collected||沉著|
|chin sei / chinsei||zhèn jìng|
|rei sei / reisei||lěng jìng|
|安||an||ān / an1 / an|
|nèi xīn píng jìng|
nei4 xin1 ping2 jing4
nei xin ping jing
|nei hsin p`ing ching
nei hsin ping ching
|Keep Calm, Be Not Impatient||少安毋躁||shǎo ān wú zào|
shao3 an1 wu2 zao4
shao an wu zao
|shao an wu tsao
|Open and Calm Mind||虛心坦懐|
|Peace and Tranquility||太平||tai hei / taihei||tài píng / tai4 ping2 / tai ping / taiping||t`ai p`ing / taiping / tai ping|
|Peace and Tranquility||泰平||taihei|
Peace of Mind
|安心||an shin / anshin||ān xīn / an1 xin1 / an xin / anxin||an hsin / anhsin|
Free From Worry
|an nei / annei||ān níng / an1 ning2 / an ning / anning|
|seihitsu||jìng mì / jing4 mi4 / jing mi / jingmi||ching mi / chingmi|
|Reach Peace and Calm by Meditation||安禪|
|ān chán / an1 chan2 / an chan / anchan||an ch`an / anchan / an chan|
|Safe and Sound||平安||heian||píng ān / ping2 an1 / ping an / pingan||p`ing an / pingan / ping an|
|寂||jaku||jì / ji4 / ji||chi|
Calm and Orderly
|安定||an tei / antei||ān dìng / an1 ding4 / an ding / anding||an ting / anting|
|sekisei / jakujou|
sekisei / jakujo
|jì jìng / ji4 jing4 / ji jing / jijing||chi ching / chiching|
|Tranquility Yields Transcendence||寧靜致遠|
|níng jìng zhì yuǎn|
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ning jing zhi yuan
|ning ching chih yüan
|Open and Calm Mind||虚心坦懐||kyo shin tan kai|
|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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