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  1. Taoist / Daoist

  2. Three Souls

  3. Eight Immortals

  4. The Way of Five Pecks of Rice

  5. Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

  6. Walk in the Way

  7. Wu Wei / Without Action

  8. Daoism / Taoism

  9. Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan


Taoist / Daoist

China dào shì
Japan dou shi
Taoist / Daoist Vertical Wall Scroll

道士 is a Japanese Kanji, Korean Hanja, and Chinese title that means Daoist or Taoist. This can refer to a Taoist priest, or a person of high morals. This can also be applied to Buddhists and to Śākyamuni (especially in Japanese). It suggest a person (or soldier) who follows the way or the right path. Thus a person who follows a path of virtue.

Three Souls

China sān hún
Japan san tamashi
Three Souls Vertical Wall Scroll

三魂 is a Daoist / Taoist term, "three immortal souls."

Eight Immortals

China bā xiān
Japan hassen
Eight Immortals Vertical Wall Scroll

八仙 is the Chinese title for the Eight Immortals of Daoist / Taoist mythology. In Japanese, this can be the given name Hassen.

The Way of Five Pecks of Rice

China wǔ dǒu mǐ dào
Japan gotobeidou
The Way of Five Pecks of Rice Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese Kanji title means, "Way of the Five Pecks of Rice."

五斗米道 is a Taoist/Daoist movement which later became known as, "The Way of the Celestial Masters."

Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

China dào cháng
Japan dou jou
Dojo / Martial Arts Studio Vertical Wall Scroll

道場 is the Japanese term for a room or hall in which martial arts are taught. 道場 is often spelled "dojo" which has become a word in the English lexicon. However, the true Romaji is "doujou" or "dōjō."

Please note: The Chinese definition of these characters is quite different. In Chinese, this is a place where Buddhist or Taoist mass is held. It could also be the place where spiritual or psychic events are performed.

Walk in the Way

The Way of Buddha Truth
China xíng dào
Japan yukimichi
Walk in the Way Vertical Wall Scroll

In Taoist and Buddhist context, this means to "Walk in the Way." In Buddhism, that further means to follow the Buddha truth. In some Buddhist sects, this can mean to make a procession around a statue of the Buddha (always with the right shoulder towards the Buddha).

Outside of that context, this can mean route (when going somewhere), the way to get somewhere, etc.

In Japanese, this can be the surname or given name Yukimichi.

Wu Wei / Without Action

Daoist / Taoist Tenet
China wú wéi
Japan mui
Wu Wei / Without Action Vertical Wall Scroll

Wu Wei is a Daoist (Taoist) tenet, that speaks to the idea of letting nature take its course.

Some will say it's about knowing when to take action and when not to. In reality, it's more about not going against the flow. What is going to happen is controlled by the Dao (Tao), for which one who follows the Dao will not resist or struggle against.

There is a lot more to this concept but chances are, if you are looking for this entry, you already know the expanded concept.

Warning: Outside of Daoist context, this means idleness or inactivity (especially in Japanese where very few know this as a Daoist concept).

Daoism / Taoism

Literally: The Way or Road
China dào
Japan michi / -do
Daoism / Taoism Vertical Wall Scroll

道 is the character "dao" which is sometimes written as "tao" but pronounced like "dow" in Mandarin.

道 is the base of what is known as "Taoism." If you translate this literally, it can mean "the way" or "the path."

Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things, and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)

The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named
Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.

More about Taoism / Daoism here.

Note that this is pronounced "dou" and sometimes "michi" when written alone in Japanese but pronounced "do" in word compounds such as Karate-do and Bushido. It's also "do" in Korean.

Alternate translations and meanings: road, way, path; truth, principle province.

Important Japanese note: In Japanese, this will generally be read with the road, way, or path meaning. Taoism is not as popular or well-known in Japan, so that Daoist/Taoist philosophy is not the first thing a Japanese person will think of then they read this character.


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Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan

China tài jí quán
Japan tai kyoku ken
Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan Vertical Wall Scroll

太極拳 is the famous Taoist meditation and martial art exercise. The direct translation of these characters would be something like "grand ultimate fist" but that does not quite hit the mark for what this title really means.

An early-morning walk through any city in China near a park or open area will yield a view of Chinese people practicing this ancient technique.

The typical scene is an old man of no less than 80 years on this earth, with a wispy white beard and perhaps a sword in one hand. He makes slow moves that are impossibly smooth. He is steady-footed, and always in balance. For him, time is meaningless and proper form and technique is far more important than speed.

For the younger generation, faster moves may look impressive and seem smooth to the casual observer. But far more discipline and mental strength is needed to create perfectly smooth moves in virtual slow motion.

Note: There are two ways to Romanize these Chinese characters as seen in the title above. The pronunciation and actual characters are the same in Chinese. If you really used English sounds/words to pronounce this, it would be something like "tie jee chew-on" (just make the "chew-on" as one flowing syllable).

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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
Taoist
Daoist
道士dou shi / doushi / do shi / doshidào shì / dao4 shi4 / dao shi / daoshitao shih / taoshih
Three Souls三魂san tamashi
santamashi
sān hún / san1 hun2 / san hun / sanhun
Eight Immortals八仙hassen / hasenbā xiān / ba1 xian1 / ba xian / baxianpa hsien / pahsien
The Way of Five Pecks of Rice五斗米道gotobeidou / gotobeidowǔ dǒu mǐ dào
wu3 dou3 mi3 dao4
wu dou mi dao
wudoumidao
wu tou mi tao
wutoumitao
Dojo
Martial Arts Studio
道場
道场
dou jou / doujou / do jo / dojodào cháng
dao4 chang2
dao chang
daochang
tao ch`ang
taochang
tao chang
Walk in the Way行道yukimichixíng dào / xing2 dao4 / xing dao / xingdaohsing tao / hsingtao
Wu Wei
Without Action
無為
无为
muiwú wéi / wu2 wei2 / wu wei / wuwei
Daoism
Taoism
michi / -dodào / dao4 / daotao
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Ji Quan
太極拳
太极拳
tai kyoku ken
taikyokuken
tài jí quán
tai4 ji2 quan2
tai ji quan
taijiquan
t`ai chi ch`üan
taichichüan
tai chi chüan
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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