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  1. Truth
  2. True Religion / Buddha Truth
  3. Thirst for Truth
  4. Honesty
  5. Honesty / Fidelity
  6. Appreciation of Truth by Meditation
  7. In Wine there is Truth
  8. Seeking Truth
  9. Walk in the Way
10. Sincerity and Devotion
11. The Three Truths
12. Truth Flashed Through The Mind
13. Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism
14. Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment
15. Fidelity Honor Courage
16. True / Real / Genuine
17. Integrity
18. Believe / Faith / Trust
19. Buddha Seeking
20. Seek
21. Trust / To Have Faith
22. Eternal Wheel of Life
23. Wake Up to Reality
24. Science
25. Enlightened Warrior
26. Diamond
27. Avatar
28. Bushido / The Way of the Samurai
29. Korean CKD Virtues
30. Personal Integrity
31. Pillars of Marriage


China zhēn xiàng
Japan shin sou
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Beyond "truth" in Chinese, this can also be used to say "the actual facts" or "genuine" depending on context.

This also means "truth" in Japanese, just not as commonly used.

See Also...  Honesty


Japan shinjitsu / sana
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Means "truth", "actual" or "reality" in Japanese. The second character is modified or no longer used in Chinese vocabulary - so this is Japanese only.

True Religion / Buddha Truth

The way of the truth
China shí dào
Japan jitsu dou
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This Buddhist title means, "The true way", "The true religion", "The way of the truth", or "The absolute Buddha-truth".

Thirst for Truth

China kě fǎ
Japan katsuhō
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This means to thirst for the truth, or for the Buddha-way. This is the internal need to seek the way of the truth in Buddhism.


China zhèng zhí
Japan shoujiki
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Honesty is being truthful and sincere. It is important because it builds trust. When people are honest, they can be relied on not to lie, cheat or steal. Being honest means that you accept yourself as you are. When you are open and trustworthy, others can believe in you.

This is one of the 8 key concepts of Tang Soo Do.

Note: This entry is cross-listed as "integrity" because it also fits that definition.

Japanese jikiPlease note that the second Kanji sometimes has an alternate form in Japanese. Let us know if you want the alternate form shown to the right.

See Also...   Trust | Integrity


China shí
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This character means real, true, honest, or solid. It is one of several ways to express the idea of truth.

Note: In some context, this can carry extended meanings of reality, actuality, really, sincerity, or substance.

See Also...  Trust | Justice


China chéng
Japan makoto
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This character means truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.

As a single-character wall scroll, this suggests that you believe "honesty is the best policy", as your personal philosophy.

This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also...  Sincerity | Sincere

Honesty / Fidelity

China xìn
Japan shin
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This is another character that expresses the idea of honesty. It can also mean truth, faith, believe in, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.

Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although "makoto" is probably more common/popular.

Note: In some context, this character can mean letter; news or envoy. However, alone, it will generally be read with the honesty-meaning.

See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also...  Loyalty Trustworthiness Trustworthy

Appreciation of Truth by Meditation

China xīn yìn
Japan shin nin
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This is a Buddhist concept that simply stated is "appreciation of truth by meditation".

It's a deep subject, but my understanding is that you can find truth through meditation, and once you've found truth, you can learn to appreciate it more through further meditation. This title is not commonly used outside of the Buddhist community (your Asian friends may or may not understand it). The literal translation would be something like "the mind seal", I've seen this term translated this way from Japanese Buddhist poetry. But apparently, the seal that is stamped deep in your mind is the truth. You just have to meditate to find it.

Soothill defines it this way: Mental impression, intuitive certainty; the mind is the Buddha-mind in all, which can seal or assure the truth; the term indicates the intuitive method of the Chan (Zen) school, which was independent of the spoken or written word.

Reference:Soothill-Hodous Dictionary of Chinese Buddhism

See Also...  Zen

In Wine there is Truth

China jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
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This is a nice Asian proverb if you know a vintner or wine seller - or wine lover - although the actual meaning might not be exactly what you think or hope.

The literal meaning is that someone drinking wine is more likely to let the truth slip out. It can also be translated as, "People speak their true feelings after drinking alcohol".

It's long-believed in many parts of Asia that one can not consciously hold up a facade of lies when getting drunk, and therefore the truth will come out with a few drinks.

I've had the experience where a Korean man would not trust me until I got drunk with him (I was trying to gain access to the black market in North Korea which is tough to do as an untrusted outsider) - so I think this idea is still well-practiced in many Asian countries.

后 VS 後

Please note that there are two common ways to write the second character of this phrase. The way it's written will be left up to the mood of the calligrapher, unless you let us know that you have a certain preference.

See Also...  Honesty

Seeking Truth

China qiú dào
Japan gu dou
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This means seeking for truth, or to seek (practice for, strive for) enlightenment.

This is used mostly in Buddhist context, so some non-Buddhists may not recognize it.

Walk in the Way

The Way of Buddha Truth
China xíng dào
Japan yukimichi
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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.

Sincerity and Devotion

China zhì chéng
Japan shisei
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This is the idea that you enter into something with the utmost sincerity and fidelity. Ideas such as devotion, honesty, and "one's true heart" are also contained in this word.

This is a universal word as the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are all identical.

The Three Truths

China sān dì
Japan san dai / san tai
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This is a Buddhist term that means "threefold truth" or "three dogmas".

The three truths are:
1. All things are void (卽空).
2. All things are temporary (卽假).
3. All things are in the middle state between these two (卽中).

Truth Flashed Through The Mind

China cān wù
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This is a Chan / Zen Buddhism concept that means "to understand (mystery) from meditation", or "to see truth flash through the mind".

This is a pretty deep idea, therefore, your own study and contemplation may be required before you can fully appreciate it.

Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism

Japan ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyou na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba houshi to omoiyari no seishin
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The Buddha ordered that all should know this triple truth...
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

This is the English translation most commonly used for this Japanese Buddhist phrase. You might have seen this on a coffee cup or tee-shirt.

Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment

China bù bǐ bù zhī dào yī bǐ xià yì tiào
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This Chinese proverb literally means: [If one not does] not make comparisons, [one will] not know [the truth] when [one] compares, [one will be] greatly surprised.

This goes to the idea that if you do not know bad times, you cannot know what good times are.
You can not know light without experiencing darkness.

Another way to translate this would be: If you wish to be enlightened, you need to make comparisons and analyze every aspect (of a situation, issue or problem).

Fidelity Honor Courage

China xìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
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This is a word list that was requested by a customer. Word lists are not that common in Chinese, but we've put this one on the best order/context to make it as natural as possible.

We used the "honor" that leans toward the definition of "dignity" since that seemed like the best match for the other two words.

Please note: These are three two-character words. You should choose the single-column format when you get to the options when you order this selection. The two-column option would split one word or it would be arranged with four characters on one side and two on the other.

True / Real / Genuine

China zhēn
Japan shin / makoto
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This is a simple way to express the idea that something is real, true, truth or genuine.

Occasionally, this character is used to refer to a Buddhist sect that originated in the 13th century.

This character is commonly used as a compound with other characters to create ideas like "true love".

There are two ways to write this character, shown here is the most common way in China, however, a slight stroke variation is used in Korean Hanja. If you want that version, just let us know when you place your order.

See Also...  Honesty


China zhèng zhí
Japan shoujiki
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Integrity is living by your highest values. It is being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right thing, and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.

Japanese jikiPlease note that the second Kanji sometimes has an alternate form in Japanese. Let us know if you want the alternate form shown to the right.

Note: This entry is cross-listed as "honesty" because it also fits that definition.

Beyond Integrity, this word also means "upright" and "honest" in Chinese. Means "integrity", "honesty" or "frankness" in Japanese.

See Also...  Honor | Honesty | Trust

Believe / Faith / Trust

(single character)
China xìn
Japan shin
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This single character is often part of other words with similar meanings. Alone, this character can mean to believe, truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and confidence in Chinese, old Korean Hanja and Japanese Kanji.

It is one of the five basic tenets of Confucius.

In Chinese, it sometimes has the secondary meaning of a letter (as in the mail) depending on context, but it will not be read that way when seen on a wall scroll.

See Also...  Faith | Trust | Confucius

Buddha Seeking

China qín qiú
Japan gongu
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This is a complex word. In the simplest terms, it means inquiring the Buddha way. To put it another way, it is seeking something in the right way, at the right time, and diligently seeking only truth or the good.


China xún qiú
Japan jingu
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This means to seek or to look for something. Occasionally used in Buddhist context for seeking something (enlightenment, knowledge, truth, meaning, etc).

This word is rarely used in Japanese, and almost exclusively in Buddhist context (most Japanese will not recognize it as a Japanese word).

Trust / To Have Faith

China xìn lài
Japan shinrai
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Trust is having faith in someone or something. It is a positive attitude about life. You are confident that the right thing will happen without trying to control it or make it happen. Even when difficult things happen, trust helps us to find the gift or lesson in it.

This word can also be translated as confidence, reliance, or dependence; thus it can also mean "to rely on" or "to depend on".

頼There is a slight deviation in the Japanese Kanji form of the second character. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people.

See Also...  Confidence | Honor

Eternal Wheel of Life

China fǎ lún
Japan hourin / horin
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This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja title, "The Eternal Wheel of Life", in Buddhism.

Also known as the wheel of the law, or Buddha-truth which is able to crush all evil and all opposition. It is likened to Indra's wheel which rolls on from man to man, place to place, age to age.

Colloquially used in some sects to mean preaching or spreading Buddha-truth.

Wake Up to Reality

China xǐng wù
Japan shō go
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This Chinese word means, "to wake up to reality", "to come to oneself", "to realize", "to see the truth", or "to reflect and become aware". This is often used in the context of Buddhism.

In Japanese, this has the same meaning, but is more often used as a given name, Seigo.


The rules of life, the universe, and everything.
Japan kotowari
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At essence, this word means science. But it's a very ambiguous and open term. This character speaks to the reason that all things exist, and how things work from the microscopic to the cosmic level.

There are many translations for this word, including: inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); principle; the underlying principles of the cosmos; way of things; ruling principle; fundamental law; intrinsicality; universal basis; essential element.

If you are a scientist, or just searching for, "the answer to life, the universe, and everything", this could be the character for you.

Enlightened Warrior

China jué xǐng wǔ shì
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This is not a commonly-used title in Chinese, but sometimes used in Martial arts and military context to refer to a warrior who seems to always be fully aware, enlightened, knowledgeable, noble, and just.

The first two characters are a word that means: to awaken; to come to realize; awakened to the truth; the truth dawns upon one; scales fall from the eyes; to become aware.

The last two characters mean warrior, but can also refer to a samurai, soldier, or fighter.


China jīn gāng
Japan kon gou
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This is a common way to call diamonds in Chinese and Japanese. Traditionally, there were not that many diamonds that made their way to Asia, so this word does not have the deep cultural significance that it does in the west (thanks mostly to De Beers marketing). Therefore this word was kind of borrowed from other uses.

This title can also refer to vajra (a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond that originally refers to an indestructible substance); hard metal; pupa of certain insects; Vajrapani, Buddha's warrior attendant; King Kong; adamantine; Buddhist symbol of the indestructible truth.


China huà shēn
Japan keshin
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This is a way to say avatar in Chinese characters, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

This is the original Buddhist idea of avatar (not the movie). This word can also mean: incarnation; reincarnation; embodiment; personification; impersonation.

This is the Chinese word used for the original Sanskrit, nirmāṇakāya. Alternates for nirmāṇakāya include 應身, 應化身, or 變化身. In the context of Buddhism, this is a Buddha's metamorphosic body, which has power to assume any shape to propagate the Truth. This title, 化身, is used for the appearance of a Buddha's many forms.

Bushido / The Way of the Samurai

China wǔ shì dào
Japan bu shi do
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This is the title for, "The Code of the Samurai".

Sometimes called "The Seven Virtues of the Samurai", "The Bushido Code", or "The Samurai Code of Chivalry".

This would be read in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja as "The Way of the Warrior", "The Warrior's Way", or "The Warrior's Code".

It's a set of virtues that the Samurai of Japan and ancient warriors of China and Korea had to live and die by. However, while known throughout Asia, this title is mostly used in Japan, and thought of as being of Japanese origin.

The seven commonly-accepted tenets or virtues of Bushido are: Benevolence 仁, Courage 勇, Honesty 誠, Honour 名誉, Loyalty 忠実, Respect 礼(禮), and Rectitude 義. These tenets were part of an oral history for generations, thus, you will see variations in the list Bushido tenets depending on who you talk to.

See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here

See Also...  Samurai | Warrior

Korean CKD Virtues

China qiān xùn zhèng zhí wēn róu rěn nài kè jǐ bù qū
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These are the virtues used by Choi Kwang Do Martial Arts.

1. Humility (Humble / Modesty)謙遜겸손gyeom son
2. Honesty (Integrity)正直정직jeong jig
3. Gentleness溫柔온유on yu
4. Perseverance (To Endure)忍耐인내in nae
5. Self-Control (Self-Restraint)克己극기geug gi
6. Unbreakable Spirit (Unyielding / Unbending)不屈불굴bur gur

The characters shown here are the ancient Korean Hanja form of writing. If you wish for a Korean Hangul form of these tenets, we can arrange that with our Master Calligrapher Xing An-Ping (click on the Hangul next to the South Korean flag above to order this in Hangul).

Personal Integrity

China zhì cāo
Japan shi sou
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This is personal integrity - basically, holding yourself to a higher standard of honesty and reliability. These two characters also contain the ideas of constancy, principles, and faithfulness.

Note: In Japanese, this just means "principle".

Pillars of Marriage

Respect / Loyalty / Honesty
China zūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
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These are the pillars of marriage (at least they are for some - if you have a different set of pillars and want them on a wall scroll, just post a custom phrase request on our forum).

This is actually a "word list", consisting of "Respect/Loyalty/Honesty". Word lists are not as common in Chinese as they are in English, but leaving that concern behind, this has a good meaning.

If you want to customize it more, add an inscription with your wedding date or names (just a small extra fee for translation).

Note: Because these are three separate words, the calligrapher may be inclined to leave a small space between each two-character word. Let us know if you have any preference when you place your order.

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4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
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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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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

Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
shin sou
shin so
zhēn xiàng
zhen xiang
chen hsiang
zhen1 xiang4
shinjitsu / sanan/a
True Religion / Buddha Truth实道
jitsu dou
jitsu do
shí dào
shi dao
shih tao
shi2 dao4
Thirst for Truth渴法
katsuhōkě fǎ
ke fa
k`o fa
ke3 fa3
ko fa
zhèng zhí
zheng zhi
cheng chih
zheng4 zhi2
Honesty / Fidelity
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation心印
shin nin
xīn yìn
xin yin
hsin yin
xin1 yin4
In Wine there is Truth酒后吐真言
酒后吐真言 / 酒後吐真言
n/ajiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
jiu hou tu zhen yan
chiu hou t`u chen yen
jiu3 hou4 tu3 zhen1 yan2
chiu hou tu chen yen
Seeking Truth求道
gu dou
gu do
qiú dào
qiu dao
ch`iu tao
qiu2 dao4
chiu tao
Walk in the Way行道
yukimichixíng dào
xing dao
hsing tao
xing2 dao4
Sincerity and Devotion至诚
shiseizhì chéng
zhi cheng
chih ch`eng
zhi4 cheng2
chih cheng
The Three Truths三谛
san dai / san tai
sandai / santai
sān dì
san di
san ti
san1 di4
Truth Flashed Through The Mind参悟
n/acān wù
can wu
ts`an wu
can1 wu4
tsan wu
Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism人間性を再生するのは寛容な心親切な言葉奉仕と思いやりの精神
ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyou na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba houshi to omoiyari no seishin
ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyo na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba hoshi to omoiyari no seishin
Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment不比不知道一比吓一跳
n/abù bǐ bù zhī dào yī bǐ xià yì tiào
bu bi bu zhi dao yi bi xia yi tiao
pu pi pu chih tao i pi hsia i t`iao
bu4 bi3 bu4 zhi1 dao4 yi1 bi3 xia4 yi4 tiao4
pu pi pu chih tao i pi hsia i tiao
Fidelity Honor Courage信义尊严勇气
n/axìn yì zūn yán yǒng qì
xin yi zun yan yong qi
hsin i tsun yen yung ch`i
xin4 yi4 zun1 yan2 yong3 qi4
hsin i tsun yen yung chi
True / Real / Genuine
真 or 眞
shin / makotozhēn
zhèng zhí
zheng zhi
cheng chih
zheng4 zhi2
Believe / Faith / Trust
Buddha Seeking勤求
gonguqín qiú
qin qiu
ch`in ch`iu
qin2 qiu2
chin chiu
jinguxún qiú
xun qiu
hsün ch`iu
xun2 qiu2
hsün chiu
Trust / To Have Faith信赖
shinraixìn lài
xin lai
hsin lai
xin4 lai4
Eternal Wheel of Life法轮
hourin / horin
horin / horin
fǎ lún
fa lun
fa3 lun2
Wake Up to Reality省悟
shō go
xǐng wù
xing wu
hsing wu
xing3 wu4
Enlightened Warrior觉醒武士
n/ajué xǐng wǔ shì
jue xing wu shi
chüeh hsing wu shih
jue2 xing3 wu3 shi4
kon gou
kon go
jīn gāng
jin gang
chin kang
jin1 gang1
keshinhuà shēn
hua shen
hua4 shen1
Bushido / The Way of the Samurai武士道
bu shi do
wǔ shì dào
wu shi dao
wu shih tao
wu3 shi4 dao4
Korean CKD Virtues谦逊正直温柔忍耐克己不屈
n/aqiān xùn zhèng zhí wēn róu rěn nài kè jǐ bù qū
qian xun zheng zhi wen rou ren nai ke ji bu qu
ch`ien hsün cheng chih wen jou jen nai k`o chi pu ch`ü
qian1 xun4 zheng4 zhi2 wen1 rou2 ren3 nai4 ke4 ji3 bu4 qu1
chien hsün cheng chih wen jou jen nai ko chi pu chü
Personal Integrity志操
志操 / 誌操
shi sou
shi so
zhì cāo
zhi cao
chih ts`ao
zhi4 cao1
chih tsao
Pillars of Marriage尊重忠诚诚实
n/azūn zhòng zhōng chéng chéng shí
zun zhong zhong cheng cheng shi
tsun chung chung ch`eng ch`eng shih
zun1 zhong4 zhong1 cheng2 cheng2 shi2
tsun chung chung cheng cheng shih

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