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Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding

China níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
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Zhuge Liang

诸葛亮 Zhuge Liang

This is five characters from a longer ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

The proverb means, "Your inner peace / tranquility / serenity will help you see or reach far (into the world)".

The last word means "far", but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

Wisdom from Hard Knocks

The school of hard knocks
China ái yī quán dé yī zhāo ái shí quán biàn zhū gě
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This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Receive on blow, [and one] learns a lesson; Receive ten blows, [and one] becomes a great Zhuge [Liang]. You must first understand that a man named Zhuge Liang was one of the great strategists and philosophers in Chinese history. He's known as a man of great wisdom.

Figuratively, this phrase means:
One can learn much from failure or "hard knocks".

A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding

China dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
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This is a kind of complex ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.

This Chinese proverb means "Leading a simple life will yield a clear mind, and having inner peace will help you see far (into the world)".

What I have translated as "simple life" means NOT being materialistic and NOT competing in the rat race.

The last word means "far", but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.

The whole phrase has a theme that suggests if you are NOT an aggressive cut-throat person who fights his way to the top no matter how many people he crushes on the way, and instead seek inner peace, you will have a happier existence and be more likely to understand the meaning of life.


See Also...  Serenity


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Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
孔明
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孔明 Mandarin kǒng míng / kong3 ming2
Taiwan k`ung ming / kung ming
Japanese yoshiaki よしあき
Chinese name of Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮|诸葛亮
Japanese Yoshiaki (given name)

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周瑜
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周瑜 Mandarin zhōu yú / zhou1 yu2
Taiwan chou yü
Japanese shuuyu / shūyu しゅうゆ
Chinese Zhou Yu or Chou Yü (175-210), famous general of the southern Wu kingdom and victor of the battle of Redcliff; in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, absolutely no match for Zhuge Liang
Japanese Shuuyu (personal name)

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蜀相
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蜀相 Mandarin shǔ xiàng / shu3 xiang4
Taiwan shu hsiang
Chinese Prime Minister Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮|诸葛亮 of Shu, memorial poem by Tang poet Du Fu 杜甫, Where to seek the Prime Minister's memorial hall?

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臥龍
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臥龍
卧龙
Mandarin wò lóng / wo4 long2
Taiwan wo lung
Japanese garyou / garyo がりょう
 garyuu / garyu がりゅう
Chinese lit. hidden dragon; fig. emperor in hiding; nickname of Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮|诸葛亮; Wolong giant panda nature reserve 臥龍大熊貓保護區|卧龙大熊猫保护区 in Wenchuan county, northwest Sichuan; Wolong district of Nanyang city 南陽|南阳[Nan2 yang2], Henan
Japanese (1) unrecognized genius; exceptional person hidden among the masses; (2) reclining dragon; Garyuu (given name)

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武侯祠
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武侯祠 Mandarin wǔ hóu cí / wu3 hou2 ci2
Taiwan wu hou tz`u / wu hou tzu
Chinese memorial hall to Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮|诸葛亮 (many of them in different town); refers to tourist attraction in Chengdu 成都

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諸葛亮
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諸葛亮
诸葛亮
Mandarin zhū gě liàng / zhu1 ge3 liang4
Taiwan chu ko liang
Chinese Zhuge Liang (181-234), military leader and prime minister of Shu Han 蜀漢|蜀汉 during the Three Kingdoms period; the main hero of the fictional Romance of Three Kingdoms 三國演義|三国演义, where he is portrayed as a sage and military genius; mastermind

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三顧茅廬
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三顧茅廬
三顾茅庐
Mandarin sān gù máo lú / san1 gu4 mao2 lu2
Taiwan san ku mao lu
Chinese lit. three humble visits to a thatched cottage; cf famous episode in the fictional Romance of Three Kingdoms 三國演義|三国演义 in which Liu Bei 劉備|刘备 recruits Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮|诸葛亮 (the Hidden Dragon 臥龍|卧龙) to his cause by visiting him three times

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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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
Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding宁静而致远
寧靜而致遠
níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
ning jing er zhi yuan
ning ching erh chih yüan
ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
ningjingerzhiyuan
Wisdom from Hard Knocks挨一拳得一招挨十拳变诸葛
挨一拳得一招挨十拳變諸葛
ái yī quán dé yī zhāo ái shí quán biàn zhū gě
ai yi quan de yi zhao ai shi quan bian zhu ge
ai i ch`üan te i chao ai shih ch`üan pien chu ko
ai2 yi1 quan2 de2 yi1 zhao1 ai2 shi2 quan2 bian4 zhu1 ge3
ai i chüan te i chao ai shih chüan pien chu ko
A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding淡泊以明志宁静而致远
淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠
dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn
dan bo yi ming zhi, ning jing er zhi yuan
tan po i ming chih, ning ching erh chih yüan
dan4 bo2 yi3 ming2 zhi4, ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3

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.
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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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