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Fragrant / Good Smell

China xiāng
Japan ka / kou
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香 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja that means: fragrant; sweet smelling; aromatic; savory; appetizing; perfume; incense; aroma; fragrance; scent; good smell.

Fragrance or incense is known to be one of the Buddha's messengers to stimulate faith and devotion.

Idea / Thought / Meaning

Japan kokoro
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意 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for idea, intention, meaning, thought, wish, desire, intention, feelings, thoughts.

In Buddhism, this is the last of the six means of perception (the others are sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and this one represents mind). It does not literally mean "mind", but rather something more like mental powers, intellect, intelligence, faculty of thought, or understanding in the Buddhist context.

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Mandarin/ yi4
Taiwan i
Japanese i / い
Idea / Thought / Meaning Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese idea; meaning; thought; to think; wish; desire; intention; to expect; to anticipate; Italy; Italian; abbr. for 意大利[Yi4 da4 li4]
Japanese (1) feelings; thoughts; (2) meaning; (personal name) Kokoro
Manas, the sixth of the ṣaḍāyatanas or six means of perception, i.e. sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and mind. Manas means "mind (in its widest sense as applied to all the mental powers), intellect, intelligence, understanding, perception, sense, conscience, will". M.W. It is "the intellectual function of consciousness", Keith. In Chinese it connotes thought, idea, intention, meaning, will; but in Buddhist terminology its distinctive meaning is mind, or the faculty of thought; mentation

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Mandarin/ qi4
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Japanese ki / き
Chinese gas; air; smell; weather; to make angry; to annoy; to get angry; vital energy; qi
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) spirit; mind; heart; (2) nature; disposition; (3) motivation; intention; (4) mood; feelings; (5) ambience; atmosphere; mood

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Mandarin xiāng / xiang1
Taiwan hsiang
Japanese kou;kori(ok) / ko;kori(ok) / こう;こり(ok)    kyou / kyo / きょう    ka / か
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Chinese fragrant; sweet smelling; aromatic; savory or appetizing; (to eat) with relish; (of sleep) sound; perfume or spice; joss or incense stick; CL:根[gen1]
Japanese (See 御香) incense; (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 香車) lance; (esp. 〜の香) (See 花の香) smell (esp. a good smell); fragrance; scent; aroma; perfume; (female given name) Yuka; (female given name) Koron; (place-name) Kouyatsu; (surname) Kouzaki; (given name) Koukei; (female given name) Kou; (personal name) Kyouji; (female given name) Kyou; (female given name) Kaori (Kawori); (personal name) Kamura; (female given name) Kahoru; (female given name) Kanata; (personal name) Kasumi; (m,f) Kaoru; (surname, female given name) Kaori; (female given name) Kaaya; (surname) Ka
(竹; 象) Incense made in coils and burnt to measure the time; also 香盤; 香印.; gandha. Fragrance; incense; the sense of smell, i.e. one of the ṣaḍāyātana, six senses. Incense is one of the 使 Buddha's messengers to stimulate faith and devotion.

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Japanese nioi / におい Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) odour; odor; scent; smell; stench; (2) aura; whiff; smacks of ...; sense; flavour; flavor; (m,f) Kaoru

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Mandarin wèi / wei4
Taiwan wei
Japanese mi / み    aji / あじ
Chinese taste; smell; classifier for drugs (in TCM)
Japanese (1) (sense of) taste; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for food, drink, medicine, etc.; (1) flavor; flavour; taste; (2) charm; style; (3) experience; (adjectival noun) (4) (See 味な) smart; clever; witty; strange
rasa. Taste, flavour; the sense of taste. One of the six sensations; flavor

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Mandarin xiù / xiu4
Taiwan hsiu
Japanese kyū
Chinese to smell; to sniff; to nose
smelling; smelling

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Mandarin qiàng // qiāng / qiang4 // qiang1
Taiwan ch`iang / chiang
Chinese to irritate the nose; to choke (of smoke, smell etc); pungent; (coll.) (Tw) to shout at sb; to scold; to speak out against sb; to choke (because of swallowing the wrong way)

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Mandarin pèn // pēn / pen4 // pen1
Taiwan p`en / pen
Chinese (of a smell) strong; peak season (of a crop); (classifier for the ordinal number of a crop, in the context of multiple harvests); to puff; to spout; to spray; to spurt

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Mandarin chén / chen2
Taiwan ch`en / chen
Japanese chiri / ちり    jin / じん
Chinese dust; dirt; earth
Japanese dust; dirt; (1) {Buddh} defilement; impurity; affliction; (2) object (perceived with the mind or the senses); (numeric) (3) one billionth
guṇa, in Sanskrit inter alia means 'a secondary element', 'a quality', 'an attribute of the five elements', e.g. 'ether has śabda or sound for its guṇa and the ear for its organ'. In Chinese it means 'dust, small particles; molecules, atoms, exhalations'. It may be intp. as an atom, or matter, which is considered as defilement; or as an active, conditioned principle in nature, minute, subtle, and generally speaking defiling to pure mind; worldly, earthly, the world. The six guṇas or sensation-data are those of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and thought; object

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Mandarin nóng / nong2
Taiwan nung
Japanese nou;ko / no;ko / のう;こ
Chinese concentrated; dense; strong (smell etc)
Japanese (prefix) (1) (See 濃グレー・のうグレー) dark (color); (2) (のう only) concentrated; thick; (surname) Nouzaki; (female given name) Nou; (given name) Atsushi

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Mandarin wén / wen2
Taiwan wen
Japanese mineyuki / みねゆき    minehiro / みねひろ    fukue / ふくえ    tsurukiki / つるきき    kiku / きく    kikizaki / ききざき
Chinese to hear; news; well-known; famous; reputation; fame; to smell; to sniff at; surname Wen
Japanese (personal name) Mineyuki; (personal name) Minehiro; (personal name) Fukue; (surname) Tsurukiki; (surname) Kiku; (surname) Kikizaki
To hear; to make known to; to smell.

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Mandarin xīng / xing1
Taiwan hsing
Japanese namagusa / なまぐさ
Chinese fishy (smell)
Japanese (1) something that smells of fish or blood; (2) meat and fish; (3) (abbreviation) degenerate monk; corrupt priest

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Mandarin sào // sāo / sao4 // sao1
Taiwan sao
Japanese sō
Chinese shame; bashfulness; to shame; to humiliate; smell of urine
Rancid, rank; shame; translit. su, in臊陀 intp. as śuka, parrot; more correctly 叔迦.

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Mandarin xiù // chòu / xiu4 // chou4
Taiwan hsiu // ch`ou / hsiu // chou
Japanese shuu / shu / しゅう
Chinese sense of smell; smell bad; stench; smelly; to smell (bad); repulsive; loathsome; terrible; bad; severely; ruthlessly; dud (ammunition)
Japanese (suffix) (1) (See カビ臭) -smell; stinking of; (2) smacking of; hinting of
Stink, stinking; smell.

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Mandarin/ ru2
Taiwan ju
Chinese to eat; (extended meaning) to endure; putrid smell; vegetables; roots (inextricably attached to the plant); surname Ru

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Mandarin xūn / xun1
Taiwan hsün
Japanese kun / くん
Chinese Japanese variant of 薰
Japanese (1) pleasant smell; aroma; fragrance; scent; (2) pleasant-smelling vegetation; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Tadasu; (personal name) Tadashi; (female given name) Sumire; (given name) Shigeru; (personal name) Kunji; (surname) Kun; (m,f) Kaoru (Kaworu); (female given name) Kaori (Kawori); (female given name) Kahoru; (surname, female given name) Kaoru; (female given name) Kaori; (given name) Isao

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Mandarin sāo / sao1
Taiwan sao
Japanese sō
Chinese trouble; disturbance; rumpus; flirty; coquettish; abbr. for 離騷|离骚[Li2 Sao1]; literary writings; smell of urine; foul smell; male (animal) (dialect)
Trouble, sad; poetic, learned; translit. su, s.

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Mandarin/ bi2
Taiwan pi
Japanese hana / はな
Chinese nose
Japanese nose; (surname) Hana
ghrāṇa. The nose; one of the five 根 indryas; the organ of smell; one of the six vijñānas (六識) or perceptions, the sense of smell; translit. vai, vi.


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Mandarin chuàn wèi / chuan4 wei4
Taiwan ch`uan wei / chuan wei
Chinese to become tainted with the smell of something else; to pick up an odor



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Mandarin jiǔ shí / jiu3 shi2
Taiwan chiu shih
Japanese kumi / くみ
Japanese (female given name) Kumi
The kinds of cognition or consciousness (vijñāna); those of sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, mind, mānas (or阿陁那識 ādāna), i.e. mental perception; 阿賴耶 ālāya, bodhi-consciousness, and 阿摩羅識 amala, purified or Buddha-consciousness. There is considerable difference as to the meaning of the last three; ninth consciousness


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Mandarin wǔ wéi / wu3 wei2
Taiwan wu wei
Japanese goyui
(五唯量) pañcatanmātrāṇi, the five subtle or rudimentary elements out of which rise the five sensations of sound, touch, form, taste, and smell. They are the fourth of the 二十五諦.


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Mandarin wǔ jìng / wu3 jing4
Taiwan wu ching
Japanese gokyō
The objects of the five senses, corresponding to the senses of form, sound, smell, taste, and touch; five external objects


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Mandarin wǔ miào / wu3 miao4
Taiwan wu miao
Japanese gomyō
The five wonders, i. e. of purified or transcendental sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch in the Pure-land; five marvels



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Mandarin wǔ shí / wu3 shi2
Taiwan wu shih
Japanese goshiki
The five parijñānas, perceptions or cognitions; ordinarily those arising from the five senses, i. e. of form-and-color, sound, smell, taste, and touch. The 起信論 Awakening of Faith has a different set of five steps in the history of cognition; (1) 業識 initial functioning of mind under the influence of the original 無明 unenlightenment or state of ignorance; (2) 轉識 the act of turning towards the apparent object for its observation; (3) 現識 observation of the object as it appears; (4) 知識 the deductions derived from its appearance; (5) 相續識 the consequent feelings of like or dislike, pleasure or pain, from which arise the delusions and incarnations; five consciousnesses


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Mandarin jiàn tuó / jian4 tuo2
Taiwan chien t`o / chien to
Japanese kenda
健杜; 健達 gandha, smell, scent; a tree producing incense; the first and last also mean (as do 乾陀 and 乾馱) kaṣāya, a colour composed of red and yellow, the monk's robe, but the sounds agree better with kanthā, the patch-robe. Also used for skandha, v. 塞建陀, the five constituents; also for gandharvas, v. 乾闥婆.


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Mandarin liù rù / liu4 ru4
Taiwan liu ju
Japanese rokunyuu / rokunyu / ろくにゅう
Japanese {Buddh} six sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind)
ṣaḍāyatana; 六阿耶怛那 (or 六阿也怛那) the six entrances, or locations, both the organ and the sensation — eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind; sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and perception. The six form one of the twelve nidanas, see 十二因緣. The 六根 are the six organs, the 六境 the six objects, and the 六塵 or guṇas, the six inherent qualities. The later term is 六處 q. v.; The "six entries" ṣaḍāyatana, which form one of the links in the chain of causaton, v. 十二因緣 the preceding link being觸contact, and the succeeding link 識 perception. The six are the qualities and effects of the six organs of sense producing sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and thought (or mental presentations). v. also 二入; six bases of the senses



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Mandarin liù jiàn / liu4 jian4
Taiwan liu chien
Japanese rokken
六箭 The six swords (or arrows), i. e. the six senses, v. 六塵, which are defined as the qualities of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and mind.



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Mandarin liù chén / liu4 chen2
Taiwan liu ch`en / liu chen
Japanese rokujin
The six guṇas, qualities produced by the objects and organs of sense, i. e. sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and idea; the organs are the 六根, 六入, 六處, and the perceptions or discernments the 六識; cf. 六境. Dust 塵 is dirt, and these six qualities are therefore the cause of all impurity. Yet 六塵說法 the Buddha made use of them to preach his law.


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Mandarin liù jìng / liu4 jing4
Taiwan liu ching
Japanese rokkyou / rokkyo / ろっきょう
Japanese {Buddh} six objective fields of the senses (shape and colour, sound, scent, flavour, physical feeling, and mental presentation)
The six fields of the senses, i. e. the objective fields of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and idea (or thought); rūpa, form and color, is the field of vision; sound, of hearing; scent, of smelling; the five flavors, of tasting; physical feeling, of touch; and mental presentation, of discernment; cf. 六入; 六處 and next; six objects


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Japanese gekishuu / gekishu / げきしゅう Japanese strong odor; strong odour; smell

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