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Zendo / The Zen Way

China chán dào
Japan zen dou
Zendo / The Zen Way

This title is used in certain contexts but is not widely-known by the general population of China or Japan.

From Japanese, you will see this title romanized as "zendo," which is the brand name of a board game, and also a title used by some martial arts studios and karate dojos. Oddly, many translate this as "zen fist" although there is no "fist" in the title. If you literally translated this title, it would be "meditation way" or "meditation method."

In Chinese, this would be "chan dao" with the same literal meaning as the Japanese title. It's used in China by just a handful of martial arts styles/studios.

You should only order this title if you really understand the meaning, and it has some personal connection to you (such as practicing a martial art style that uses this title, or if you love the board game Zendo). Many who see your wall scroll will not be familiar with this title, and you'll have some explaining to do.

禪The first character can also be written in a more complex traditional way as shown to the right. Let us know in the special instructions for your calligraphy project if you want this style.

禅If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, the first character will automatically be written with an extra dot on top. This is the variant form of the original Chinese character which is commonly used in modern Japan Kanji. See sample to the right.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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Japanese zendou / zendo ぜんどう
Japanese (1) Zen ascetic practices; Zen meditation; (2) Zen teachings; Zen
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Mandarin shàn dǎo / shan4 dao3
Taiwan shan tao
Japanese zendou / zendo ぜんどう
Japanese (noun/participle) proper guidance; (given name) Zendou
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin shàn dào / shan4 dao4
Taiwan shan tao
Japanese yoshimichi よしみち
 yoshinori よしのり
 zendou / zendo ぜんどう
Japanese path of virtue; righteousness; (given name) Yoshimichi; (personal name) Yoshinori; (surname) Zendou
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Japanese zendo ぜんど
Japanese whole nation; whole land; whole country

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Japanese zendou / zendo ぜんどう
Japanese all Hokkaido; (given name) Zendou

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Japanese zendou / zendo ぜんどう
Japanese zendo (Zen meditation hall)

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Mandarin zhī kè / zhi1 ke4
Taiwan chih k`o / chih ko
Japanese shika しか
Japanese (Buddhist term) head monk in charge of the administrative section of a zendo (Zen)
The director of guests, i.e. the host; greeter

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Mandarin rú dòng / ru2 dong4
Taiwan ju tung
Japanese zendou / zendo ぜんどう
Chinese to wiggle; to squirm; peristalsis (wave movement of gut wall)
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) vermiculation; peristalsis; crawling like a worm
To wriggle, etc.

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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
The Zen Way
禅道 / 禪道
zen dou / zendou / zen do / zendochán dào / chan2 dao4 / chan dao / chandao ch`an tao / chantao / chan tao
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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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