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  1. Seven Heavenly Virtues
  2. Chastity
  3. Prudence
  4. Moderation
  5. Temperance
  6. Faith
  7. Perseverance / Fortitude
  8. Justice / Righteousness
  9. Hope
10. Charity


Seven Heavenly Virtues

China xìn yǎng xī wàng cí shàn jiān rěn zhèng yì shèn zhòng jié zhì
Japan shinkou kibou jizen kennin seigi shinchou sessei
Seven Heavenly Virtues Wall Scroll

信仰希望慈善堅忍正義慎重節制 is a list in Chinese and Japanese Kanji of an interpretation of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

1. Faith is belief in God, and the right virtues.
2. Hope is taking a positive future view that good will prevail.
3. Charity is concern for, and active helping of, others.
4. Fortitude is never giving up.
5. Justice is being fair and equitable with others.
6. Prudence is care of and moderation with money.
7. Temperance is moderation of needed things and abstinence from things which are not needed.

The full list is here. 信仰希望慈善堅忍正義慎重節制 is a word list, not a common phrase. While all Chinese and Japanese people will recognize the words in the list, they may not understand what the list is about (unless they are familiar with the Seven Heavenly Virtues).


Don't get this as a tattoo or anything like that without first consulting a native translator in the target language. These are fine for a wall scroll but a long discussion is needed before you commit to this for a lifetime inking commitment.

Chastity

China zhēn jié
Japan teiketsu / teketsu
Chastity Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese word is often used in variations of the Seven Heavenly Virtues to represent chastity.

Prudence

China shèn zhòng
Japan shin chou
Prudence Wall Scroll

Can also mean "cautious" or "careful."

慎重 is considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


慎慎 Note: Depending on your choice of Chinese or Japanese calligraphers, the first Kanji will vary slightly. It is technically the same character. Japanese tend to leave a space between the upper and lower portions of this particular Kanji. See sample images to the right.


See Also:  Moderation | Modesty | Chastity

Moderation

China jié zhì
Japan sessei
Moderation Wall Scroll

Moderation is creating a healthy balance in your life between work and play, rest and exercise. You don't overdo or get swept away by the things you like. You use your self-discipline to take charge of your life and your time.

This word can also be translated as sobriety, self-restraint, or temperance.

節制 is often used as part of the Seven Heavenly Virtues to represent sobriety and/or temperance.


See Also:  Prudence | Ethics | Humble | Humility

Temperance

China jié zhì
Japan sessei
Temperance Wall Scroll

In short, temperance is knowing when to say "when."

Temperance is the practice of moderation and restraint (in fact, this Asian word is often translated as moderation or restraint).

It was one of the five tenets held to be vital to society in Hellenic culture. It is also one of the Four Cardinal Virtues considered central to Christian behavior by the Catholic Church.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Faith

China xìn niàn
Japan shinnen
Faith Wall Scroll

These characters express the idea of "having a belief," or "trusting in the unseen."

This word could also be translated as beliefs or convictions.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


See Also:  Devotion | Dedication | Trust

Perseverance / Fortitude

China jiǎn rěn
Japan ken nin
Perseverance / Fortitude Wall Scroll

The first character means "strong," "solid," "firm," "unyielding" or "resolute."
The second character means "to beat," "to endure," or "to tolerate."
Together they speak of the strength from within yourself. Some may also translate this as "long-suffering" in a more Biblical sense.

堅忍 is a common term in Chinese and Korean Hanja but a little less commonly used in modern Japanese Kanji. For that reason, this selection is best if your audience is Chinese or Korean.


忍忍 Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the second Kanji a little differently. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect the form where the little horizontal stroke crosses the vertical stroke. See differences in the images to the right. Technically, they are both the same character, and will be read the same in either language.

Justice / Righteousness

China zhèng yì
Japan sei gi
Justice / Righteousness Wall Scroll

Practicing justice and righteousness is being fair. It is solving problems so everyone wins. You don't prejudge. You see people as individuals. You don't accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.


Note: This is also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Hope

China xī wàng
Japan ki bou
Hope Wall Scroll

Besides "to hope" this also means "to wish for" or "to desire." It can also mean expectation or aspiration depending on context.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


See Also:  Faith | Desire

Charity

China cí shàn
Japan jizen
Charity Wall Scroll

There are a few different words used to express charity in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja but this is the most common. Some of the other words describe acts such as "giving alms" etc.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

If you need a different meaning, just post your request on our Asian calligraphy forum.

Note: Sometimes this is translated as benevolence or benevolent.


See Also:  Benevolence | Altruism




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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
Seven Heavenly Virtues 信仰希望慈善堅忍正義慎重節制
信仰希望慈善坚忍正义慎重节制
shinkou kibou jizen kennin seigi shinchou sessei
shinko kibo jizen kennin seigi shincho sesei
shinkokibojizenkenninseigishinchosesei
xìn yǎng xī wàng cí shàn jiān rěn zhèng yì shèn zhòng jié zhì
xin4 yang3 xi1 wang4 ci2 shan4 jian1 ren3 zheng4 yi4 shen4 zhong4 jie2 zhi4
xin yang xi wang ci shan jian ren zheng yi shen zhong jie zhi
hsin yang hsi wang tz`u shan chien jen cheng i shen chung chieh chih
hsin yang hsi wang tzu shan chien jen cheng i shen chung chieh chih
Chastity 貞潔
贞洁
teiketsu / teketsuzhēn jié / zhen1 jie2 / zhen jie / zhenjie chen chieh / chenchieh
Prudence 慎重shin chou / shinchou / shin cho / shinchoshèn zhòng
shen4 zhong4
shen zhong
shenzhong
shen chung
shenchung
Moderation 節制
节制
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhi chieh chih / chiehchih
Temperance 節制
节制
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhi chieh chih / chiehchih
Faith 信念shinnenxìn niàn / xin4 nian4 / xin nian / xinnian hsin nien / hsinnien
Perseverance
Fortitude
堅忍
坚忍
ken nin / kenninjiǎn rěn / jian3 ren3 / jian ren / jianren chien jen / chienjen
Justice
Righteousness
正義
正义
sei gi / seigizhèng yì / zheng4 yi4 / zheng yi / zhengyi cheng i / chengi
Hope 希望ki bou / kibou / ki bo / kiboxī wàng / xi1 wang4 / xi wang / xiwang hsi wang / hsiwang
Charity 慈善jizencí shàn / ci2 shan4 / ci shan / cishan tz`u shan / tzushan / tzu shan
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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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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