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  1. Serenity
  2. Serenity / Tranquility
  3. Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity
  4. Inner Peace / Silence / Serenity
  5. A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding
  6. Life of Serenity
  7. Calm / Cool-Headed
  8. Inner Peace
  9. Keep Calm, Be Not Impatient
10. Peacefulness / Tranquility...
11. Peace and Tranquility
12. Open and Calm Mind
13. Calm / Cool
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
22. Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm...
23. Reach Peace and Calm by Meditation


Serenity

China jìng
Japan shizu / sei
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This character is often translated as "serenity". It can also be used to express the ideas of still, calm, quiet, not moving or tranquility.

Note: This is also listed on our website as "Inner Peace" since it also fits that definition.


See Also...  Peace

Serenity / Tranquility

China píng jìng
Japan heisei
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This is one of several ways to express as "serenity" or "tranquility" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

It can also be translated as calm, serenity, tranquil, undisturbed or serene.


See Also...  Peace

Serenity / Tranquility

Japanese
Japan seion
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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.


See Also...  Peace

Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity

China níng jìng
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This word expresses the idea of tranquility and serenity in Chinese.


See Also...  Peace | Inner Peace | Harmony | Calm

Inner Peace / Silence / Serenity

China jìng
Japan shizu
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This is the simplest way to convey the meaning of inner peace.

Looking for Inner Peace? Who isn't?

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.


静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

A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding

China dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
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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.

Life of Serenity

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Japan yuu yuu kan kan
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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".

Calm / Cool-Headed

China lěng jìng
Japan rei sei
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These characters mean calm and cool-headed.

Other translations: calmness, composure, coolness, serenity, tranquility.

This is a good wall scroll for someone that wants to remind themselves to stay calm and level-headed.


See Also...  Sober Calm

Inner Peace

China nèi xīn píng jìng
Japan naishin heizyou
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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".


See Also...   Simplicity | Peace

Keep Calm, Be Not Impatient

China shǎo ān wú zào
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This is a short Chinese phrase that means keep calm, don't get excited, and don't be impatient or hot-tempered.

Peacefulness / Tranquility
Perfectly Quiet

China jìng mì
Japan seihitsu
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The first and second character both mean quiet. Together, they reinforce the meanings almost creating a word that means "double quiet" or "perfect quiet".

A good wall scroll for a library, reading room, or other quiet place.


See Also...  Peace | Harmony

Peace and Tranquility

Korean and Japanese
Japan taihei
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This means peace and/or tranquility in Japanese and Korean (also understood, but not as common in Chinese).

Open and Calm Mind

Japan kyoshintankai
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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.

Calm / Cool

China zhèn jìng
Japan chin sei
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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".

Keep Calm in Face of Adversity

Japan shitsuitaizen
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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".

Calm and Collected

China chén zhuó
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These two characters mean calm and collected, or simply not nervous.

Calm / Tranquility

China ān
Japan an
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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".

Safe and Sound

China píng ān
Japan heian
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This word means "safe and sound" in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Can also be translated as well-being, peace, tranquility, quietness, and calmness.

Note: There is also a longer four-character version in our calligraphy database.


See Also...  Tranquility | Peace

Stability / Calm and Orderly / Equilibrium

China ān dìng
Japan an tei
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This word means: quiet; settled; maintain; calm and orderly; stability; equilibrium.

Tranquility Yields Transcendence

China níng jìng zhì yuǎn
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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.

Stillness / Quiet / Calm

China jì jìng
Japan sekisei / jakujou
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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.

Peace and Tranquility

China tài píng
Japan tai hei
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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.

Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm
Free From Worry

China ān níng
Japan an nei
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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".

Reach Peace and Calm by Meditation

China ān chán
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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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

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Gold
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See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Serenity
shizu / seijìng
jing
ching
jing4
Serenity / Tranquility平静
平靜
heiseipíng jìng
ping jing
p`ing ching
ping2 jing4
pingjing
pingching
ping ching
Serenity / Tranquility (Japanese only)静穏
靜穏
seionn/a
Tranquil / Tranquility / Serenity宁静
寧靜
n/aníng jìng
ning jing
ning ching
ning2 jing4
ningjing
Inner Peace / Silence / Serenity
shizujìng
jing
ching
jing4
A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding淡泊以明志宁静而致远
淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠
n/adàn 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
悠悠閑閑
yuu yuu kan kan
yuuyuukankan
yu yu kan kan
n/a
Calm / Cool-Headed冷静
冷靜
rei sei
reisei
lěng jìng
leng jing
leng ching
leng3 jing4
lengjing
Inner Peace内心平静
內心平靜
naishin heizyou
naishinheizyou
naishin heizyo
nèi xīn píng jìng
nei xin ping jing
nei hsin p`ing ching
nei4 xin1 ping2 jing4
neixinpingjing
neihsinpingching
nei hsin ping ching
Keep Calm, Be Not Impatient少安毋躁
少安毋躁
n/ashǎo ān wú zào
shao an wu zao
shao an wu tsao
shao3 an1 wu2 zao4
shaoanwuzao
Peacefulness / Tranquility / Perfectly Quiet静谧
靜謐
seihitsujìng mì
jing mi
ching mi
jing4 mi4
jingmi
Peace and Tranquility泰平
泰平
taihein/a
Open and Calm Mind虚心坦懐
虛心坦懐
kyoshintankain/a
Calm / Cool镇静
鎮靜
chin sei
chinsei
zhèn jìng
zhen jing
chen ching
zhen4 jing4
zhenjing
Keep Calm in Face of Adversity失意泰然
失意泰然
shitsuitaizenn/a
Calm and Collected沉着
沉著
n/achén zhuó
chen zhuo
ch`en cho
chen2 zhuo2
chenzhuo
chencho
chen cho
Calm / Tranquility
anān
an
an1
Safe and Sound平安
平安
heianpíng ān
ping an
p`ing an
ping2 an1
pingan
pingan
ping an
Stability / Calm and Orderly / Equilibrium安定
安定
an tei
antei
ān dìng
an ding
an ting
an1 ding4
anding
Tranquility Yields Transcendence宁静致远
寧靜致遠
n/aníng jìng zhì yuǎn
ning jing zhi yuan
ning ching chih yüan
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ningjingzhiyuan
Stillness / Quiet / Calm寂静
寂靜
sekisei / jakujou
sekisei / jakujo
jì jìng
ji jing
chi ching
ji4 jing4
jijing
Peace and Tranquility太平
太平
tai hei
taihei
tài píng
tai ping
t`ai p`ing
tai4 ping2
taiping
taiping
tai ping
Peaceful / Tranquil / Calm / Free From Worry安宁
安寧
an nei
annei
ān níng
an ning
an1 ning2
anning
Reach Peace and Calm by Meditation安禅
安禪
n/aān chán
an chan
an ch`an
an1 chan2
anchan
anchan
an chan

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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