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Characters Pronunciation
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red; pellet; powder; cinnabar
red earth (i.e. containing cinnabar or minium); vermilion; (given name) Makoto
Red, cinnabar color; a remedy, drug, elixir.

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excellent; auspicious; to praise; to commend
(personal name) Yomisuru
Good, excellent, praiseworthy, to commend.

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highest; greatest; too (much); very; extremely
(n-pref,n) (1) fat; fatty; (prefix noun) (2) grand; magnificent; excellent; (personal name) Yutaka
very, great.

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Clever / Superb / Wonderful
clever; wonderful
(noun or adjectival noun) (1) strange; weird; odd; curious; (noun or adjectival noun) (2) wonder; mystery; miracle; excellence; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) cleverness; adroitness; knack; skill; (surname) Myō
su, sat, mañju, sūkṣma. Wonderful, beautiful, mystic, supernatural, profound, subtle, mysterious. su means good, excellent, surpassing, beautiful, fine, easy. sat means existing, real, good. mañju means beautiful, lovely, charming. Intp. in Chinese as 不可思議 beyond thought or discussion; 絕待 special, outstanding; 無比 incomparable; 精微深遠 subtle and profound.

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Moral and Virtuous
virtue; goodness; morality; ethics; kindness; favor; character; kind
Virtue, moral excellence, moral power, power; also translates guṇa; translit. ta.

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Idea / Thought / Meaning
idea; meaning; thought; to think; wish; desire; intention; to expect; to anticipate
(1) feelings; thoughts; (2) meaning; (personal name) Kokoro
Manas, the sixth of the ṣaḍāyatanas or six means of perception, i.e. sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and mind. Manas means "mind (in its widest sense as applied to all the mental powers), intellect, intelligence, understanding, perception, sense, conscience, will". M.W. It is "the intellectual function of consciousness", Keith. In Chinese it connotes thought, idea, intention, meaning, will; but in Buddhist terminology its distinctive meaning is mind, or the faculty of thought.

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hero; outstanding; excellent; (literary) flower; blossom
(1) (abbreviation) (See 英吉利・イギリス・1,英国) United Kingdom; Britain; (2) (abbreviation) (See 英語) English (language); (personal name) Yungu

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Wise and Virtuous
worthy or virtuous person; honorific used for a person of the same or a younger generation
(noun or adjectival noun) (archaism) intelligence; genius; scholarship; virtue; (male given name) Masaru
Wise and virtuous, sage, second rank to a 聖 saint; good, excellent in character, virtuous.

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 suppon; betsu(ok); suppon
    すっぽん; べつ(ok); スッポン
variant of 鱉|鳖[bie1]
(1) (kana only) Chinese soft-shelled turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis); soft-shelled turtle (Trionychidae); (2) (すっぽん only) trap door located on the walkway in a kabuki theatre; (3) (すっぽん only) bilge pump (used on traditional Japanese ships); (surname) Kame
A turtle, tortoise.


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sān hún
    san1 hun2
san hun

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Three Souls
three immortal souls in Daoism, representing spirit and intellect


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shàng děng
    shang4 deng3
shang teng
 joutou / joto

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Highest Quality / Top Notch
highest quality; top-notch
(adj-no,adj-na,n) (1) superior; first-class; excellent; top quality; (interjection) (2) (that's) just fine!; bring it on!; (surname) Uera


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kè lè
    ke4 le4
k`o le
    ko le

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Keller or Köhler (name); Horst Köhler (1943-), German economist and CDU politician, head of the IMF 2000-2004, president of Germany 2004-2010


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zhuó yuè
    zhuo2 yue4
cho yüeh

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outstanding; surpassing; distinguished; splendid
(n,vs,vi) preeminence; excellence; superiority; transcendence


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bù shī
    bu4 shi1
pu shih

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Dana: Almsgiving and Generosity
Dana (Buddhist practice of giving)
(n,vs,vi) (1) {Buddh} alms-giving; charity; (n,vs,vi) (2) {Buddh} offerings (usu. money) to a priest (for reading sutras, etc.); (surname) Fuho
dāna 檀那; the sixth pāramitā, almsgiving, i. e. of goods, or the doctrine, with resultant benefits now and also hereafter in the forms of reincarnation, as neglect or refusal will produce the opposite consequences. The 二種布施 two kinds of dāna are the pure, or unsullied charity, which looks for no reward here but only hereafter; and the sullied almsgiving whose object is personal benefit. The three kinds of dāna are goods, the doctrine, and courage, or fearlessness. The four kinds are pens to write the sutras, ink, the sutras themselves, and preaching. The five kinds are giving to those who have come from a distance, those who are going to a distance, the sick, the hungry, those wise in the doctrine. The seven kinds are giving to visitors, travellers, the sick, their nurses, monasteries, endowments for the sustenance of monks or nuns, and clothing and food according to season. The eight kinds are giving to those who come for aid, giving for fear (of evil), return for kindness received, anticipating gifts in return, continuing the parental example of giving, giving in hope of rebirth in a particular heaven, in hope of an honoured name, for the adornment of the heart and life. 倶舍論 18.


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sī wén
    si1 wen2
ssu wen

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refined; educate; cultured; intellectual; polite; gentle
this academic subject or field of study; Confucian studies


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zhì néng
    zhi4 neng2
chih neng
 chinou / chino

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Intelligence / Intellect
intelligent; able; smart (phone, system, bomb etc)
intelligence; intellect; brains


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dèng líng
    deng4 ling2
teng ling

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zhī shi
    zhi1 shi5
chih shih

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Perception of Knowledge
knowledge; CL:門|门[men2]; intellectual
knowledge; information; (surname) Tomoshiki
(1) To know and perceive, perception, knowledge. (2) A friend, an intimate. (3) The false ideas produced in the mind by common, or unenlightened knowledge; one of the 五識 in 起信論.



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jī lǚ
    ji1 lu:3
chi lü

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Traveler / To Live Abroad
(literary) to stay long in a place far from home; (literary) person who lives in an alien land
travel; traveler; traveller


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xíng lǚ
    xing2 lu:3
hsing lü
 kouryo / koryo
traveler; wanderer; vagabond; rolling stone
(noun/participle) (1) traveling; travelling; (noun/participle) (2) traveler; traveller



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zhí duō
    zhi2 duo1
chih to

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Thinking Heart
(質多耶); 質帝 citta (cittam), the heart considered as the seat of intellect; the thinking, reflecting mind.


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ā méng
    a1 meng2
a meng

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Amun, deity in Egyptian mythology, also spelled Amon, Amoun, Amen, and rarely Imen



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xuě lái
    xue3 lai2
hsüeh lai

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Shelley; abbr. for 珀西·比希·雪萊|珀西·比希·雪莱[Po4 xi1 · Bi3 xi1 · Xue3 lai2]


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repellent force; resiliency; elasticity


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mirabelle plum (Prunus domestica ssp. syriaca); (female given name) Mirabel; Mirabelle; (place-name) Mirabel (Canada)



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wéi duō lì yà
    wei2 duo1 li4 ya4
wei to li ya

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Victoria (name); Victoria, capital of the Seychelles


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 juurii / juri

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jewelry; jewellery



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sài shé ěr qún dǎo
    sai4 she2 er3 qun2 dao3
sai she erh ch`ün tao
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the Seychelles

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ball; pellet; pill
(n,n-suf) (1) fishball; meatball; (n,n-suf) (2) (See 丸薬) pill; (surname) Wani
a pill

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beautiful; fine; good
(noun or adjectival noun) beautiful; good; excellent; (female given name) Yoshimi

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 reishun / reshun
(dialectal pronunciation of 俊[jun4]); cool; neat
(obscure) excellence; genius; (given name) Reishun

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variant of 俊[jun4]
(obscure) excellence; genius

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 yuu / yu
excellent; superior
(1) (on a 優, 良, 可 scale) Excellent (grade); A; (2) superiority; excellence; (adjectival noun) (3) gentle; graceful; elegant; (adjectival noun) (4) (archaism) skillful; (given name) Yutaka
Abundant, excessive; exceptional, extra; at ease; an actor; chiefly translit. u sounds, cf. 鬱, 憂, 烏, etc.

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yen (Japanese currency); Japanese variant of 圓|圆
(1) circle; (n,n-pref) (2) entirety; whole; full; complete; (3) (slang) money; dough; moola; (4) enclosure inside a castle's walls; (5) (ksb:) soft-shelled turtle; (suffix) (6) suffix for ship names; suffix for names of people (esp. infants); suffix for names of swords, armour, musical instruments, etc.; suffix for names of dogs, horses, etc.; (1) yen; Japanese monetary unit; (2) circle; (female given name) Meguru

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excellent; happy; well-being

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(personal name) Kan

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 kyaku(p); kaku
    きゃく(P); かく
customer; visitor; guest
(1) guest; visitor; (2) customer; client; shopper; spectator; audience; tourist; sightseer; passenger; (counter) (3) counter for containers used to entertain guests; (surname) Kiyaku
A guest, visitor, traveller, outsider, merchant.

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towering; prominent; very; extremely; (dialect) marvelous; excellent

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variant of 雕[diao1], to engrave
(1) carving; engraving; (2) chiselled features; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) carving; engraving; (surname) Hori

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 shiyou / shiyo
to think; to consider
(given name) Shiyou
cint- 指底. Think, thought; turn the attention to; intp. by 心所法 mental action or contents, mentality, intellection.

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bead; pearl; CL:粒[li4],顆|颗[ke1]
(1) ball; sphere; globe; orb; (2) bead (of sweat, dew, etc.); drop; droplet; (3) ball (in sports); (4) pile (of noodles, etc.); (5) bullet; (6) bulb (i.e. a light bulb); (7) lens (of glasses, etc.); (8) bead (of an abacus); (9) (slang) (abbreviation) ball (i.e. a testicle); (10) gem; jewel (esp. spherical; sometimes used figuratively); pearl; (11) female entertainer (e.g. a geisha); (12) (derogatory term) person (when commenting on their nature); character; (13) item, funds or person used as part of a plot; (n,n-suf) (14) egg; (suffix noun) (15) coin; (16) precious; beautiful; excellent; (female given name) Megumi
mani. A pearl; a bead; synonym for buddha-truth.

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 yuu / yu
excellence; luster of gems
(personal name) Yu-
Lustre of gems; a beautiful stone; excellences, virtues; translit. yu, yoyo.

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excellent; precious; rare; fine; (used in given names)

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 shuu / shu
(bound form) refined; elegant; graceful; beautiful; (bound form) superior; excellent; (loanword) show; (literary) to grow; to bloom; (of grain crops) to produce ears
(on a scale measuring quality, results, etc.; higher than 優) preeminence; supremacy; distinction; excellence; (given name) Minoru

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 hoshii / hoshi
food for a journey; cakes
dried boiled rice used mainly as provisions of samurai troops and travelers (travellers); (place-name, surname) Hoshii

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 sohou / soho
Perilla frutescens (Chinese basil or wild red basil); place name; to revive; used as phonetic in transliteration
(1) condensed milk; (n,n-suf,n-pref) (2) (abbreviation) Soviet Union; (personal name) Sohou
Refreshing thyme; revive, cheer; Suzhou; translit. su, so, sa, s. Most frequently it translit. the Sanskait su, which means good, well excellent, very. Cf. 須, 修.

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spiral shell; snail; conch
(kana only) small spiral-shelled snail; (1) (kana only) whelk (esp. Neptunea and Buccinum spp.); (2) small spiral-shelled snail (esp. a pond snail); (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) small spiral-shelled snail (esp. a pond snail); (surname) Horagai
A conch, snail, spiral, screw.

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 bai; bai
    ばい; バイ
cowrie; shellfish; currency (archaic)
(1) (kana only) Japanese babylon (species of shelled mollusk, Babylonia japonica); Japanese ivory shell; (2) (abbreviation) (See 貝独楽) spinning top (traditionally made from a Japanese babylon shell); (female given name) Sheru
śaṅkha a shell, cowry, conch; valuables, riches; a large trumpet sounded to call the assembly together.

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road (CL:條|条[tiao2]); journey; route; line (bus etc); sort; kind
(suffix) (1) route; road; (suffix) (2) distance travelled in a day; (suffix) (3) (See 七十路) one's ... (age, e.g. 40s, 60s); (surname) Rou
A road, way.

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to escape; leisurely; outstanding
(adverb) (archaism) most; (ateji / phonetic) (prefix) (kana only) very; excellent; (given name) Hayaru
To get away from; retire, be at ease, indulgence, excess.

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 yuu / yu
male; staminate; grand; imposing; powerful; mighty; person or state having great power and influence
(1) male; man; (2) excellence; greatness; best (of); great person; leading figure; (personal name) Yūji

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variant of 俊[jun4]
(obscure) excellence; genius; (given name) Shun

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graupel; snow pellet; soft hail
(1) (kana only) (See 雹) hail (esp. hailballs under 5 mm); graupel; (2) (kana only) {food} dicing; small cubes; (3) (abbreviation) (kana only) (See 霰餅) roasted mochi pieces (usu. flavoured with soy sauce, etc.); (place-name) Arare

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(music); excellent; harmonious
(given name) Takashi

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freshwater soft-shelled turtle


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i p
    i p
i p
 ai pii; aipii(sk) / ai pi; aipi(sk)
    アイ・ピー; アイピー(sk)
intellectual property (in China, esp. since 2015, often used as an entertainment industry term for a creative work used as the basis of a new product, such as a manga adapted as a tv series, or the image of a cartoon character appearing on merchandise)
(1) {comp} (See インターネットプロトコル) Internet Protocol; IP; (2) (See 知的財産) intellectual property


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(1) (kana only) whelk (esp. Neptunea and Buccinum spp.); (2) small spiral-shelled snail (esp. a pond snail)


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shàng jiā
    shang4 jia1
shang chia
excellent; outstanding; great


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 joudama; joutama / jodama; jotama
    じょうだま; じょうたま
(1) fine jewel; (2) article of excellent quality; (3) (colloquialism) beautiful woman; beauty; stunner; (surname) Uetama


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 jousaku / josaku
excellent plan; best policy



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shàng mǎ
    shang4 ma3
shang ma
 jouba / joba
to get on a horse; to mount
excellent horse; (surname) Jōba


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(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) war renunciation; anti-war; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) {sumo} bout cancelled due to absence of one of the wrestlers


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(adv,adj-na) (1) (kana only) very; considerably; easily; readily; fairly; quite; highly; rather; (adverb) (2) (kana only) by no means (with negative verb); not readily; (3) middle; half-way point; (can be adjective with の) (4) (kana only) excellent; wonderful; very good


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zhōng zhōng
    zhong1 zhong1
chung chung
middling; average; impartial; (Hong Kong) secondary school that uses Chinese as the medium of instruction ("CMI school")
(adv,adj-na) (1) (kana only) very; considerably; easily; readily; fairly; quite; highly; rather; (adverb) (2) (kana only) by no means (with negative verb); not readily; (3) middle; half-way point; (can be adjective with の) (4) (kana only) excellent; wonderful; very good
middling of the middling


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(See 乱髪) disheveled hair; dishevelled hair; unkempt hair


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èr rù
    er4 ru4
erh ju
(place-name) Futairi
The two ways of entering the truth:— 理入 by conviction intellectually, 行入 by (proving it in) practice.


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èr jiào
    er4 jiao4
erh chiao
Dual division of the Buddha's teaching. There are various definitions: (1) Tiantai has (a) 顯教 exoteric or public teaching to the visible audience, and (b) 密教 at the same time esoteric teaching to an audience invisible to the other assembly. (2) The 眞言 Shingon School by "exoteric" means all the Buddha's preaching, save that of the 大日經 which it counts esoteric. (3) (a) 漸教 and (b) 頓教 graduated and immediate teaching, terms with various uses, e.g. salvation by works Hīnayāna, and by faith, Mahāyāna, etc.; they are applied to the Buddha's method, to the receptivity of hearers and to the teaching itself. (4) Tiantai has (a) 界内教 and (b) 界外教 teachings relating to the 三界 or realms of mortality and teachings relating to immortal realms. (5) (a) 半字教 and (b) 滿字教 Terms used in the Nirvāṇa sūtra, meaning incomplete word, or letter, teaching and complete word teaching, i.e. partial and complete, likened to Hīnayāna and Mahāyāna. (6) (a) 捃收教 and (b) 扶律談常教 of the Nirvāṇa sūtra, (a) completing those who failed to hear the Lotus; (b) "supporting the law, while discoursing on immortality," i.e. that the keeping of the law is also necessary to salvation. (7) Tiantai's division of (a) 偏教 and (b) 圓教 the partial teaching of the 藏, 通, and schools as contrasted with the perfect teaching of the 圓 school. (8) Tiantai's division of (a) 構教 and (6) 實教 temporary and permanent, similar to the last two. (9) (a) 世間教 The ordinary teaching of a moral life here; (b) 出世間教 the teaching of Buddha-truth of other-worldly happiness in escape from mortality. (10) (a) 了義教 the Mahāyāna perfect or complete teaching, and (b) 不了義教 Hīnayāna incompleteness. (11) The Huayan division of (a) 屈曲教 indirect or uneven teaching as in the Lotus and Nirvāṇa sūtras, and (b) 平道教 direct or levelled up teaching as in the Huayan sūtra. (12) The Huayan division of (a) 化教 all the Buddha's teaching for conversion and general instruction, and (b) 制教 his rules and commandments for the control and development of his order.


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èr měi
    er4 mei3
erh mei
(female given name) Fumi
Two excellent things, i.e. meditation and wisdom.



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yà chēn
    ya4 chen1
ya ch`en
    ya chen
Aachen, city in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany; Aix-la-Chapelle


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human intellect; knowledge


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human intellect; knowledge; (place-name) Hitoji


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(irregular kanji usage) (adv,adj-na) (1) (kana only) very; considerably; easily; readily; fairly; quite; highly; rather; (adverb) (2) (kana only) by no means (with negative verb); not readily; (3) middle; half-way point; (can be adjective with の) (4) (kana only) excellent; wonderful; very good


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yī suǒ
    yi1 suo3
i so
Aesop (trad. 620-560 BC), Greek slave and storyteller, supposed author of Aesop's fables


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 juunin / junin
(1) dweller; inhabitant; resident; (2) (colloquialism) user (of a website); (given name) Yoshihito


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(adjective) (1) (kana only) good; excellent; fine; nice; pleasant; agreeable; (2) sufficient (can be used to turn down an offer); ready; prepared; (3) profitable (e.g. deal, business offer, etc.); beneficial; (4) OK


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 kajuu / kaju
excellent poem


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choice article; item of excellent quality; masterpiece



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jiā niàng
    jia1 niang4
chia niang
excellent wine


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large and excellent; (given name) Toshihide


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 shunei / shune
excellence; genius; (given name) Toshifusa


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excellent wisdom; (male given name) Toshiyoshi


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excellence; genius; (given name) Shun'itsu


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xìn jiě
    xin4 jie3
hsin chieh
Faith and interpretation, i.e. to believe and understand or explain the doctrine; the dull or unintellectual believe, the intelligent interpret; also, faith rids of heresy, interpretation of ignorance.


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jù jiā
    ju4 jia1
chü chia
excellent; wonderful


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(adjective) (1) great; excellent; admirable; remarkable; distinguished; important; celebrated; famous; eminent; (2) (kana only) awful; terrible


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excellent deeds



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piān mén
    pian1 men2
p`ien men
    pien men
side door; doing things by the side door (i.e. dishonestly)
A side door, one through which offenders are expelled.



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yōu shèng
    you1 sheng4
yu sheng
 yuushou / yusho
(of a contestant) winning; superior; excellent
(n,vs,vi) (1) overall victory; championship; winning the title; (n,vs,vi) (2) (colloquialism) (being in) heaven; bliss; perfect contentment


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 yuuhin / yuhin
excellent goods; excellent piece of work



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yōu xiù
    you1 xiu4
yu hsiu
 yuushuu / yushu
outstanding; excellent
(noun or adjectival noun) superior; excellent; brilliant; outstanding



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yōu děng
    you1 deng3
yu teng
 yuutou / yuto
first-rate; of the highest order; high-class; excellent; superior
(noun or adjectival noun) (ant: 劣等) (academic) excellence; superiority; honors (e.g. graduating with); cum laude



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yōu liáng
    you1 liang2
yu liang
 yuuryou / yuryo
fine; good; first-rate
(adj-na,adj-no,n) superior; excellent; fine; (female given name) Yura



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yōu zhì
    you1 zhi4
yu chih
excellent quality


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 yuuchou / yucho
(noun or adjectival noun) (archaism) superior; excellent; outstanding


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saint; person well-balanced morally and intellectually; (given name) Masahito



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quán yōu
    quan2 you1
ch`üan yu
    chüan yu
 zenyuu / zenyu
overall excellence
straight A's



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liǎng qīng
    liang3 qing1
liang ch`ing
    liang ching
to square accounts (between borrower and lender or between buyer and seller)



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bā wàn
    ba1 wan4
pa wan
(surname) Hachiman
An abbreviation for 八萬四 (八萬四千) The number of atoms in the human body is supposed to be 84,000. Hence the term is used for a number of things, often in the general sense of a great number. It is also the age apex of life in each human world. There are the 84,000 stūpas erected by Aśoka, each to accommodate one of the 84.000 relics of the Buddha's body; also the 84,000 forms of illumination shed by Amitābha; the 84,000 excellent physical signs of a Buddha; the 84,000 mortal distresses, i.e. 84,000 煩惱 or 塵勞; also the cure found in the 84,000 methods, i.e. 法藏, 法蘊, 法門, or教門.



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bā shì
    ba1 shi4
pa shih
 hasshiki; hachishiki
    はっしき; はちしき
{Buddh} eight consciousnesses (one for each of the five senses, consciousness of the mind, self-consciousness and store consciousness)
The eight parijñāna, or kinds of cognition, perception, or consciousness. They are the five senses of cakṣur-vijñāna, śrotra-v., ghrāna-v., jihvā-v., and kāya-v., i.e. seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touch. The sixth is mano-vijñāna, the mental sense, or intellect, v. 末那. It is defined as 意 mentality, apprehension, or by some as will. The seventh is styled kliṣṭa-mano-vijñāna 末那識 discriminated from the last as 思量 pondering, calculating; it is the discriminating and constructive sense, more than the intellectually perceptive; as infected by the ālaya-vijñāna., or receiving "seeds" from it, it is considered as the cause of all egoism and individualizing, i.e. of men and things, therefore of all illusion arising from assuming the seeming as the real. The eighth is the ālaya-vijñāna, 阿頼耶識 which is the storehouse, or basis from which come all "seeds"of consciousness. The seventh is also defined as the ādāna 阿陀那識 or "laying hold of" or "holding on to" consciousness.

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