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If you have not been a monk, how can you know what it is like to be a vegetarian?

Only by experiencing hardship will allow you to understand the plight of others
China bù dāng hé shang bù zhī zhāi jiè kǔ
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This literally translates as:
[One who has] not been a monk [does not] know the suffering of [being on a] vegetarian diet.

This is a bit like the "walk a mile in another man's shoes" saying. Basically it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself.

Principles of Life

China shēng huó xìn tiáo
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This proberb means "principles of life" or "The personal obligations and rules that you live by". For instance, if you were a vegetarian, the act of not eating meat fits into this category.
This could also be translated as "Way of living".


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
素
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Mandarin sù / su4
Taiwan su
Japanese moto もと
 so
 su
Chinese raw silk; white; plain, unadorned; vegetarian (food); essence; nature; element; constituent; usually; always; ever
Japanese (1) origin; source; (2) base; basis; foundation; root; (3) cause; (4) ingredient; material; (5) original cost (or capital, principal, etc.); (6) (plant) root; (tree) trunk; (7) first section of a waka; (8) handle (chopsticks, brush, etc.); grip; (adj-na,n,adj-no) (1) plain, white silk; (2) (mathematics term) prime; (adj-no,n) (1) plain; unadorned; undecorated; unadulterated; au naturel; (prefix) (2) (derogatory term) (before a noun) mere; poor; (3) (before an adjective) exceedingly; Motoi (given name)
To keep to vegetarian diet; vegetarian.
疏
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Mandarin shū / shu1
Taiwan shu
Japanese sho
Chinese to dredge; to clear away obstruction; thin; sparse; scanty; distant (relation); not close; to neglect; negligent; to present a memorial to the Emperor; commentary; annotation; surname Shu
疎 Open, wide apart; distant, coarse; estrange; lax, careless; to state report; commentary; also used for 蔬 vegetarian food.

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葷
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Mandarin hūn / hun1
Taiwan hun
Japanese kun
Chinese strong-smelling vegetable (garlic etc); non-vegetarian food (meat, fish, spicy food etc)
Strongly smelling vegetables, e.g. onions, garlic, leeks, etc., forbidden to Buddhist vegetarians; any non-vegetarian food.

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蔬
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Mandarin shū / shu1
Taiwan shu
Japanese sho
Chinese vegetables
vegetarian food

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齋
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Mandarin zhāi / zhai1
Taiwan chai
Japanese shi ひとし
Chinese to fast or abstain from meat, wine etc; vegetarian diet; study room; building; to give alms (to a monk)
Japanese Hitoshi (surname)
To reverence: abstinence; to purify as by fasting, or abstaining, e.g. from flesh food; religious or abstinential duties, or times; upavasatha (uposatha), a fast; the ritual period for food, i.e. before noon; a room for meditation, a study, a building, etc., devoted to abstinence, chastity, or the Buddhist religion; mourning (for parents).

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ベジ
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ベジ Japanese beji ベジ
Japanese (abbreviation) (colloquialism) vegetarian

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吃素
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吃素 Mandarin chī sù / chi1 su4
Taiwan ch`ih su / chih su
Chinese to be a vegetarian

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喫素
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喫素 Mandarin chī sù / chi1 su4
Taiwan ch`ih su / chih su
Japanese kitsuso
To eat ordinary, or vegetarian food.

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淸齋
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淸齋
淸斋
Mandarin qīng zhāi / qing1 zhai1
Taiwan ch`ing chai / ching chai
Japanese shōsai
Pure observance of monastic rules for food; to eat purely, i.e. vegetarian food; fasting.

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持素
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持素 Mandarin chí sù / chi2 su4
Taiwan ch`ih su / chih su
Japanese jiso
vegetarian

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打齋
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打齋
打斋
Mandarin dǎ zhāi / da3 zhai1
Taiwan ta chai
Chinese to beg for (vegetarian) food

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精進
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精進
精进
Mandarin jīng jìn / jing1 jin4
Taiwan ching chin
Japanese soujin / sojin そうじん
 souji / soji そうじ
 shoujin / shojin しょうじん
 shouji / shoji しょうじ
Chinese to forge ahead vigorously; to dedicate oneself to progress
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) concentration; diligence; devotion; (2) asceticism; zeal in one's quest for enlightenment; (3) adherence to a vegetarian diet; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (noun/participle) (1) concentration; diligence; devotion; (2) asceticism; zeal in one's quest for enlightenment; (3) adherence to a vegetarian diet; Shoujin (surname)
vīrya, zeal, unchecked progress.
素筵
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素筵 Mandarin sù yán / su4 yan2
Taiwan su yen
Chinese vegetarian feast; food offerings to Buddha

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素食
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素食 Mandarin sù shí / su4 shi2
Taiwan su shih
Japanese soshoku そしょく
 soshi そし
Chinese vegetables; vegetarian food
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) usual diet; (2) vegetarian food; vegetarian diet
素饌 Vegetarian food.

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素齋
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素齋
素斋
Mandarin sù zhāi / su4 zhai1
Taiwan su chai
Chinese vegetarian food

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純素
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純素
纯素
Mandarin chún sù / chun2 su4
Taiwan ch`un su / chun su
Chinese plain; ordinary; vegetarian

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菜色
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菜色 Mandarin cài sè / cai4 se4
Taiwan ts`ai se / tsai se
Chinese dish; lean and hungry look (resulting from vegetarian diet); emaciated look (from malnutrition)

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茹素
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茹素 Mandarin rú sù / ru2 su4
Taiwan ju su
Chinese to eat a vegetarian diet

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葷菜
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葷菜
荤菜
Mandarin hūn cài / hun1 cai4
Taiwan hun ts`ai / hun tsai
Chinese non-vegetarian dish (including meat, fish, garlic, onion etc)

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葷酒
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葷酒
荤酒
Mandarin hūn jiǔ / hun1 jiu3
Taiwan hun chiu
Japanese kunshu くんしゅ
Japanese garlic and wine
Non-vegetarian foods and wine.

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蔬食
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蔬食 Mandarin shū shí / shu1 shi2
Taiwan shu shih
Japanese sojiki
Chinese vegetarian meal; vegetarian diet
vegetarian food

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齋粥
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齋粥
斋粥
Mandarin zhāi zhōu / zhai1 zhou1
Taiwan chai chou
Japanese saishuku
The midday and morning meals, breakfast of rice or millet congee, dinner of vegetarian foods.

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齋食
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齋食
斋食
Mandarin zhāi shí / zhai1 shi2
Taiwan chai shih
Japanese saijiki
The midday meal; not eating after noon; abstinential food, i.e. vegetarian food, excluding vegetables of strong odour, as garlic, or onions.

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開齋
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開齋
开斋
Mandarin kāi zhāi / kai1 zhai1
Taiwan k`ai chai / kai chai
Japanese kaisai
Chinese to stop following a vegetarian diet; to break a fast
To break the fast, breakfast.

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采蔬
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采蔬 Mandarin cǎi shū / cai3 shu1
Taiwan ts`ai shu / tsai shu
Japanese saisho
Vegetarian food.

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采頭
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采頭
采头
Mandarin cǎi tóu / cai3 tou2
Taiwan ts`ai t`ou / tsai tou
Japanese saizu
The monk who has charge of the 采蔬 vegetarian food department.

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佛跳牆
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佛跳牆
佛跳墙
Mandarin fó tiào qiáng / fo2 tiao4 qiang2
Taiwan fo t`iao ch`iang / fo tiao chiang
Chinese lit. Buddha jumps over the wall, name for a Chinese dish that uses many non-vegetarian ingredients

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在理教
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在理教 Mandarin Zài lǐ jiào / Zai4 li3 jiao4
Taiwan Tsai li chiao
Japanese Zairi kyō
The Tsai-li secret society, an offshoot of the White Lily Society, was founded in Shantung at the beginning of the Ch'ing dynasty; the title 'in the li, ' indicating that the society associated itself with all three religions, Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism; its followers set up no images, burnt no incense, neither smoked nor drank, and were vegetarian.

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慈力王
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慈力王 Mandarin Cí lì wáng / Ci2 li4 wang2
Taiwan Tz`u li wang / Tzu li wang
Japanese Jiriki ō
Maitrībala-rāja, king of merciful virtue, or power, a former incarnation of the Buddha when, as all his people had embraced the vegetarian life, and yakṣas had no animal food and were suffering, the king fed five of them with his own blood.

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素食者
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素食者 Mandarin sù shí zhě / su4 shi2 zhe3
Taiwan su shih che
Chinese vegetarian

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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.




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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

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
If you have not been a monk, how can you know what it is like to be a vegetarian?不当和尚不知斋戒苦
不當和尚不知齋戒苦
bù dāng hé shang bù zhī zhāi jiè kǔ
bu dang he shang bu zhi zhai jie ku
pu tang ho shang pu chih chai chieh k`u
bu4 dang1 he2 shang bu4 zhi1 zhai1 jie4 ku3
pu tang ho shang pu chih chai chieh ku
Principles of Life生活信条
生活信條
shēng huó xìn tiáo
sheng huo xin tiao
sheng huo hsin t`iao
sheng1 huo2 xin4 tiao2
shenghuoxintiao
shenghuohsintiao
sheng huo hsin tiao

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "vegetarian" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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