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| 1. Tranquility Yields Transcendence
2. True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence
3. Overcome / Surpass / Rise Above
| 5. Beyond / Exceed / Surpass|
7. When Three People Gather,...
寧靜致遠 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.
According to Soothill 眞空妙有 means:
The true void is the mysteriously existing; truly void, or immaterial, yet transcendentally existing.
This is the state of being absolutely nonexistent after removing all errant worldly influences. This is achieved when all forms of existence is seen for their real nature.
This is a complex Buddhist concept. Feel free to add to the conversation about this concept here: Asian Forum: Shinku Myou
In Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja, this means overcome, surpass, transcendence, excel, to exceed, go beyond, to rise above, or to transcend.
超 is "super" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji. It can also mean: to exceed; to overtake; to surpass; to transcend; to pass; to cross; to jump over. It can also be a suffix like ultra- hyper- super-
From Sanskrit, this can be the Buddhist "vikrama," meaning to leap over; surpass; exempt from; to save.
逾 means: to exceed; to go beyond; to transcend; to cross over; to jump over.
You'll see this character used in Buddhism (same meaning).
Technically, this single character is a Japanese word but seldom-used as a single Kanji in modern Japanese.
This literally means, "when three people meet, wisdom is exchanged."
Some will suggest this means when three people come together, their wisdom is multiplied.
That wisdom part can also be translated as wit, sagacity, intelligence, or Buddhist Prajna (insight leading to enlightenment).
In the middle of this proverb is "monju," suggesting "transcendent wisdom." This is where the multiplication of wisdom idea comes from.
Note: This is very similar to the Chinese proverb, "When 3 people meet, one becomes a teacher."
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Tranquility Yields Transcendence||寧靜致遠|
|níng jìng zhì yuǎn
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ning jing zhi yuan
|ning ching chih yüan
|True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence||眞空妙有||shin kuu myou u|
shin ku myo u
|zhēn kōng miào yǒu
zhen1 kong1 miao4 you3
zhen kong miao you
|chen k`ung miao yu
chen kung miao yu
|超越||chou etsu / chouetsu / cho etsu / choetsu||chāo yuè / chao1 yue4 / chao yue / chaoyue||ch`ao yüeh / chaoyüeh / chao yüeh|
|Super||超||chou / cho||chāo / chao1 / chao||ch`ao / chao|
|逾||yu||yú / yu2 / yu||yü|
|Excellence||卓越||taku etsu / takuetsu||zhuó yuè / zhuo2 yue4 / zhuo yue / zhuoyue||cho yüeh / choyüeh|
|When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied||三人寄れば文殊の知恵||san nin yore ba monju no chie |
|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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The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
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.
Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.
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