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2. Serenity / Tranquility
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4. Inner Peace / Silence / Serenity
5. A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding
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8. Inner Peace
9. Keep Calm, Be Not Impatient
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11. Peace and Tranquility
12. Open and Calm Mind
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14. Keep Calm in Face of Adversity
15. Calm and Collected
16. Calm / Tranquility
17. Safe and Sound
18. Stability / Calm and Orderly / Equilibrium
19. Tranquility Yields Transcendence
20. Stillness / Quiet / Calm
21. Peace and Tranquility
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23. Reach Peace and Calm by Meditation
This 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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This is the simplest way to convey the meaning of inner peace.
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Literally this word means still, calm, serene, quietm silent, or stillness.
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.
See Also... Peace
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.
This means, "life of serenity" in Japanese.
However, it can also have these meanings depending on how it's read: "composed and unhurried", "easygoing and leisurely", "in indolence", or "life of idleness".
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".
This is a short Chinese phrase that means keep calm, don't get excited, and don't be impatient or hot-tempered.
This means peace and/or tranquility in Japanese and Korean (also understood, but not as common in Chinese).
This is a Japanese proverb that means, "with an open and calm mind", "with no preconceived notions", or "without reservations". In some context it can mean frank or candid.
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".
This is a very old Japanese proverb. It suggests, "keeping calm and collected at times of disappoinment", 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.
This character 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.
This character 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 word means: quiet; settled; maintain; calm and orderly; stability; equilibrium.
This 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.
This 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.
This 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.
This 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. This is an excellent wall scroll for your relaxation or meditation room.
This is also a Buddhist-related term that encompasses the idea of entering into dhyana meditation.
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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
|Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|shizu / sei||jìng|
|Serenity / Tranquility||平静|
|Serenity / Tranquility (Japanese only)||静穏|
|Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity||宁静|
|Inner Peace / Silence / Serenity||静|
|A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding||淡泊以明志宁静而致远|
|n/a||dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn|
dan bo yi ming zhi, ning jing er zhi yuan
tan po i ming chih, ning ching erh chih yüan
|dan4 bo2 yi3 ming2 zhi4, ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3|
|Life of Serenity||悠悠閑閑|
|yuu yuu kan kan|
yu yu kan kan
|Calm / Cool-Headed||冷静|
|nèi xīn píng jìng|
nei xin ping jing
nei hsin p`ing ching
|nei4 xin1 ping2 jing4|
nei hsin ping ching
|Keep Calm, Be Not Impatient||少安毋躁|
|n/a||shǎo ān wú zào|
shao an wu zao
shao an wu tsao
|shao3 an1 wu2 zao4|
|Peacefulness / Tranquility / Perfectly Quiet||静谧|
|Peace and Tranquility||泰平|
|Open and Calm Mind||虚心坦懐|
|Calm / Cool||镇静|
|Keep Calm in Face of Adversity||失意泰然|
|Calm and Collected||沉着|
|Calm / Tranquility||安|
|Safe and Sound||平安|
|Stability / Calm and Orderly / Equilibrium||安定|
|Tranquility Yields Transcendence||宁静致远|
|n/a||níng jìng zhì yuǎn|
ning jing zhi yuan
ning ching chih yüan
|ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3|
|Stillness / Quiet / Calm||寂静|
|sekisei / jakujou|
sekisei / jakujo
|Peace and Tranquility||太平|
|Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm / Free From Worry||安宁|
|Reach Peace and Calm by Meditation||安禅|
If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "serenity" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.
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