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 mei / me

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plum; plum flower; Japanese apricot (Prunus mume)
(out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) Japanese apricot (Prunus mume); Chinese plum; (2) lowest (of a three-tier ranking system); (1) Japanese apricot (Prunus mume); Chinese plum; (2) lowest (of a three-tier ranking system); (surname) Mei
The plum.

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flower; blossom; CL:朵[duo3],支[zhi1],束[shu4],把[ba3],盆[pen2],簇[cu4]; fancy pattern; florid; to spend (money, time); (coll.) lecherous; lustful
(1) flower; blossom; bloom; petal; (2) cherry blossom; (3) beauty; (4) blooming (esp. of cherry blossoms); (5) ikebana; (6) (abbreviation) Japanese playing cards; (7) (the) best; (female given name) Ririka
華 puṣpa, a flower, flowers; especially the lotus, and celestial flowers. 花座 The lotus throne on which buddhas and bodhisattvas sit.

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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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variant of 堇[jin3]; violet
(kana only) violet (any flower of genus Viola, esp. the Fuji dawn, Viola mandshurica); (surname, female given name) Sumire

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magnificent; splendid; flowery
(1) flashiness; showiness; brilliance; splendor; (2) bloom; flowers; (female given name) Ririka
kusuma; puṣpa; padma; a flower, blossom; flowery; especially the lotus; also 花, which also means pleasure, vice; to spend, waste, profligate. 華 also means splendour, glory, ornate; to decorate; China.


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Red Flower
red flower; (personal name) Tanga


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méi guī
    mei2 gui1
mei kuei
 mai kai

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Rose Flower
rugosa rose (shrub) (Rosa rugosa); rose flower; CL:朵[duo3],棵[ke1]
a sparkling red gem



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bái lián
    bai2 lian2
pai lien

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White Lotus
white lotus (flower); White Lotus society; same as 白蓮教|白莲教
(1) white lotus; (2) purity; pure heart; (given name) Byakuren
(白蓮華); 分陀利 puṇḍarīka, the white lotus.



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chán zōng
    chan2 zong1
ch`an tsung
    chan tsung

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Zen Buddhism
Zen Buddhism
The Chan, meditative or intuitional, sect usually said to have been established in China by Bodhidharma, v. 達, the twenty-eighth patriarch, who brought the tradition of the Buddha-mind from India. Cf. 楞 13 Laṅkāvatāra sūtra. This sect, believing in direct enlightenment, disregarded ritual and sūtras and depended upon the inner light and personal influence for the propagation of its tenets, founding itself on the esoteric tradition supposed to have been imparted to Kāśyapa by the Buddha, who indicated his meaning by plucking a flower without further explanation. Kāśyapa smiled in apprehension and is supposed to have passed on this mystic method to the patriarchs. The successor of Bodhidharma was 慧可 Huike, and he was succeeded by 僧璨 Sengcan; 道信 Daoxin; 弘忍 Hongren; 慧能 Huineng, and 神秀 Shenxiu, the sect dividing under the two latter into the southern and northern schools: the southern school became prominent, producing 南嶽 Nanyue and 靑原 Qingyuan, the former succeeded by 馬祖 Mazu, the latter by 石頭 Shitou. From Mazu's school arose the five later schools, v. 禪門.



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jīng huá
    jing1 hua2
ching hua
 seika / seka

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Seika / Quintessence
best feature; most important part of an object; quintessence; essence; soul
essence; quintessence; flower; glory; (f,p) Seika



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huā kāi
    hua1 kai1
hua k`ai
    hua kai

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Flower Open / Blooming Flower
(surname) Hanakai
flower opens



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kāi huā
    kai1 hua1
k`ai hua
    kai hua

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Opening / Blooming Flowers
to bloom; to blossom; to flower; (fig.) to burst; to split open; (fig.) to burst with joy; (fig.) to spring up everywhere; to flourish
(n,vs,vi) (1) flowering; blooming; blossoming; coming into bloom; (n,vs,vi) (2) flowering (of a civilization, talent, etc.); blossoming; blooming; bearing fruit (of efforts); (female given name) Haruka


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flower arrangement



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guān shì yīn
    guan1 shi4 yin1
kuan shih yin

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Guan Shi Yin: Protector Of Life
Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Goddess of Mercy (Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara)
(out-dated kanji) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion
Regarder of the world's sounds, or cries, the so-called Goddess of Mercy; also known as 觀音; 觀世音善薩; 觀自在 (觀世自在); 觀尹; 光世音 (the last being the older form). Avalokiteśvara, v. 阿 8. Originally represented as a male, the images are now generally those of a female figure. The meaning of the term is in doubt; it is intp. as above, but the term 觀自在 (觀世自在) accords with the idea of Sovereign Regarder and is not associated with sounds or cries. Guanyin is one of the triad of Amida, is represented on his left, and is also represented as crowned with Amida; but there are as many as thirty-three different forms of Guanyin, sometimes with a bird, a vase, a willow wand, a pearl, a 'thousand' eyes and hands, etc., and, when as bestower of children, carrying a child. The island of Putuo (Potala) is the chief centre of Guanyin worship, where she is the protector of all in distress, especially of those who go to sea. There are many sūtras, etc., devoted to the cult, but its provenance and the date of its introduction to China are still in doubt. Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sūtra is devoted to Guanyin, and is the principal scripture of the cult; its date is uncertain. Guanyin is sometimes confounded with Amitābha and Maitreya. She is said to be the daughter of king Śubhavyūha 妙莊王, who had her killed by 'stifling because the sword of the executioner broke without hurting her. Her spirit went to hell; but hell changed into paradise. Yama sent her back to life to save his hell, when she was miraculously transported on a Lotus flower to the island of Poo-too'. Eitel.



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fēng xìn zǐ
    feng1 xin4 zi3
feng hsin tzu

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hyacinth (flower)
(ateji / phonetic) (kana only) hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis); (female given name) Fujiko



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niān huá wéi xiào
    nian1 hua2 wei2 xiao4
nien hua wei hsiao
 nengemishou / nengemisho

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Holding Flowers with Subtle Smile
(yoji) heart-to-heart communication; thought transference; holding a flower and subtly smiling
the holding of a flower and the subtle smile


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 mujounokaze / mujonokaze

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Mujo no Kaze / Wind of Impermanence
(exp,n) (idiom) wind of impermanence (that ends people lives, like the wind scattering a flower's petals)


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gòng huā
    gong4 hua1
kung hua
 kuuge / kuge
    kyouka / kyoka
flower offering
offering of flowers (at shrine, grave, etc.); floral tribute


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hǎi táng
    hai3 tang2
hai t`ang
    hai tang
 kaidou / kaido
Chinese flowering crab apple (Malus spectabilis)
(1) flowering crab apple (Malus halliana); (2) Kaido crab apple (Malus micromalus); (3) Chinese flowering apple (Malus spectabilis); (4) Siberian crab apple (Malus baccata); (5) aronia (flower); (surname) Kaidou


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pén huā
    pen2 hua1
p`en hua
    pen hua
potted flower
(See お盆・1) Obon flower; flower placed on a shelf to welcome the spirits during Obon; (place-name) Bonbana



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zhǐ huā
    zhi3 hua1
chih hua
paper flower
(1) paper flowers; (2) (archaism) paper flowers for a funeral; (3) paper handed out as a means of congratulations in a red light district (as a promise of a future money donation)


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huā huì
    hua1 hui4
hua hui
flowers and plants
(1) flowering plant; flower; (2) ornamental plant


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huā pǔ
    hua1 pu3
hua p`u
    hua pu
flowerbed; parterre
(See 花畑,花園) flower garden; (surname) Hanazono



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huā tán
    hua1 tan2
hua t`an
    hua tan
decorative mass planting of flowers and shrubs, often bounded by a low masonry border, and often part of a streetscape
flower bed; (place-name) Kadan


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huā chuáng
    hua1 chuang2
hua ch`uang
    hua chuang
 kashou / kasho
flower bed
(flower's) receptacle


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huā tuō
    hua1 tuo1
hua t`o
    hua to
receptacle (base of flower)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) torus (of a flower); receptacle


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huā zhù
    hua1 zhu4
hua chu
 kachuu / kachu
style (female organ of flower)
(flower's) style


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huā gěng
    hua1 geng3
hua keng
 kakou / kako
stem of flower
(noun - becomes adjective with の) flower stalk; peduncle


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huā píng
    hua1 ping2
hua p`ing
    hua ping
    kebyou / kebyo
    kahei / kahe
flower vase; (fig.) female employee considered to be just a pretty face (attractive but not very competent)
(Buddhist term) vase used to hold flower offerings (often made of gilded copper); (flower) vase


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huā lěi
    hua1 lei3
hua lei
bud; flower bud
flower bud



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lián huā
    lian2 hua1
lien hua
lotus flower (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn, among others); water-lily
(1) (kana only) lotus flower; (2) (abbreviation) (kana only) Chinese milk vetch (Astragalus sinicus); (3) (abbreviation) china spoon; (4) lotus-shaped pedestal for a gravestone; (female given name) Renfa
lotus flower


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yě huā
    ye3 hua1
yeh hua
wildflower; woman of easy virtue
(1) wild flower; (2) (のばな only) (See 紙花・2) paper flowers (esp. as decoration at a funeral); (female given name) Yaka


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xiāng huā
    xiang1 hua1
hsiang hua
fragrant flower; fig. beneficial (of artworks etc)
flowers and incense (given as a Buddhist offering); (female given name) Koharu
incense and flowers

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(Cantonese) to topple; to collapse; to coax; flower bud

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flower; earlobe; fig. item on both sides; classifier for flowers, clouds etc

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handle or shaft (of an axe etc); (of a flower, leaf or fruit) stem; something that affords an advantage to an opponent; classifier for knives or blades
hilt (of a sword); haft (of a dagger); handle; handgrip; (personal name) Fukumasu
A handle; authority, power.

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calyx of flower

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basin; flower pot; unit of volume equal to 12 斗[dou3] and 8 升[sheng1], approx 128 liters; CL:個|个[ge4]
(1) tray; (2) family; household; (3) (abbreviation) (See 盂蘭盆) Obon; Bon Festival; Lantern Festival; Festival of the Dead; (4) (slang) gambler's den; (personal name) Suezawa
Bowl, basin, tub.

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bamboo flower; flowering bamboo

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used in 芯子[xin4 zi5]; Taiwan pr. [xin1]
(1) wick; marrow; staple (for stapler); (pencil) lead; stuffing; pith; (2) (See 心・しん・3) core; heart; centre; center; (3) (See 蕊・しべ・1) pistil (of a flower); (4) (See 蕊・しべ・2) stamen; (female given name) Shin

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 hou / ho
bud; flower calyx; luxuriant; profuse
bract (leaf); (given name) Hou
to wrap

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(1) (flower) bud; (2) promising young person; budding beauty; (surname, female given name) Tsubomi

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 sei / se
leek flower; lush; luxuriant
(given name) Sei

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calyx of a flower
{bot} calyx; (surname) Hanabusa

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corolla of flower

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(flower) bud

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stamen; pistil
(1) pistil (of a flower); (2) stamen; (personal name) Tsuguhiko

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(1) (flower) bud; (2) promising young person; budding beauty; (surname, female given name) Tsubomi

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luxuriant growth of flower

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variant of 蕊[rui3]
(1) pistil (of a flower); (2) stamen

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variant of 花[hua1]; flower; blossom; also pr. [wei3]

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(of woman's hair) beautiful; flower garland worn as an ornament
(kana only) wig; hairpiece; toupee; (female given name) Katsura
A head-dress, coiffure; a chaplet, wreath, etc.; idem 末利.


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(1) one flower; single flower; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) success; prosperity; (female given name) Himika



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yī huā
    yi1 hua1
i hua
(surname) Hitohana
one flower



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yī lián
    yi1 lian2
i lien
(given name) Ichiren
The Lotus-flower of the Pure-land of Amitābha, idem 蓮臺.



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yī lún
    yi1 lun2
i lun
first round or stage (of a match, election, talks, planned policy etc)
(1) one flower; (2) one wheel; (3) (archaism) full moon


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qī sēng
    qi1 seng1
ch`i seng
    chi seng
A monastery is supposed to possess the following seven monks: 咒願師 invoker; 導師 leader; 唄師 intoner, or leader of the chanting; 散花師 flower-scatterer; 梵音師 master of sacred words, or Sanskrit; 錫杖師 shaker of the rings on the metal staff, or crozier; 堂達 distributor of missals, etc. Another division is 講師 expounder; 讀師 reader; 咒願師; 三禮師 director of the three ceremonies; 唄師; 散花師; and 堂達.


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xià pǐn
    xia4 pin3
hsia p`in
    hsia pin
(noun or adjectival noun) vulgar; indecent; coarse; crude; (place-name) Shimoshina
The three lowest of the nine classes born in the Amitābha Pure Land, v. 無量壽經. These three lowest grades are (1) 下品上生 The highest of the three lowest classes who enter the Pure Land of Amitābha, i.e. those who have committed all sins except dishonouring the sūtras. If at the end of life the sinner clasps hands and says "Namo Amitābha", such a one will be born in His precious lake. (2) 下品中生 The middle class consists of those who have broken all the commandments, even stolen from monks and abused the law. If at death such a one hears of the great power of Amitābha, and assents with but a thought, he will be received into paradise. (3) 下品下生 The lowest class, because of their sins, should have fallen into the lowest gati, but by invoking the name of Amitābha, they can escape countless ages of reincarnation and suffering and on dying will behold a lotus flower like the sun, and, by the response of a single thought, will enter the Pure Land of Amitābha.


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 chuurin / churin
(can be adjective with の) medium-sized (of a flower, esp. a chrysanthemum)



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jǐng huā
    jing3 hua1
ching hua
The flower of the water, i. e. that drawn from the well in the last watch of the night, at which time the water is supposed not to produce animal life.


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 bukka; butsuka; butsubana
    ぶっか; ぶつか; ぶつばな
flowers or flower arrangements for a butsudan (household Buddhist altar)


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pseudanthium; flower head



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yōu tán
    you1 tan2
yu t`an
    yu tan
(優曇鉢) The udumbara tree; supposed to produce fruit without flowers; once in 3,000 years it is said to flower, hence is a symbol of the rare appearance of a Buddha. The Ficus glomerata. Also 優曇婆羅; 烏曇跋羅; 鄔曇婆羅.


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(1) scoring hand in hanafuda with one 20 point flower card and six 1 point flower cards; (2) something (or someone) that stands out above the rest; (given name) Mitsukazu


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(1) first flower of the season or year; first flowering on a plant; (2) (はつはな only) first menstruation; (3) (はつはな only) woman who has just reached adulthood; (female given name) Hana


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shí zōng
    shi2 zong1
shih tsung
The ten schools of Chinese Buddhism: I. The (1) 律宗 Vinaya-discipline, or 南山|; (2) 倶舍 Kośa, Abhidharma, or Reality (Sarvāstivādin) 有宗; (3) 成實宗 Satyasiddhi sect founded on this śāstra by Harivarman; (4) 三論宗 Mādhyamika or 性空宗; (5) 法華宗 Lotus, "Law-flower" or Tiantai 天台宗; (6) 華嚴Huayan or法性 or賢首宗; ( 7) 法相宗 Dharmalakṣana or 慈恩宗 founded on the唯識論 (8) 心宗 Ch'an or Zen, mind-only or intuitive, v. 禪宗 ; (9) 眞言宗 (Jap. Shingon) or esoteric 密宗 ; (10) 蓮宗 Amitābha-lotus or Pure Land (Jap. Jōdo) 淨士宗. The 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 9th are found in Japan rather than in China, where they have ceased to be of importance. II. The Hua-yen has also ten divisions into ten schools of thought: (1) 我法倶有 the reality of self (or soul) and things, e.g. mind and matter; (2) 法有我無 the reality of things but not of soul; (3) 法無去來 things have neither creation nor destruction; (4) 現通假實 present things are both apparent and real; (5) 俗妄眞實 common or phenomenal ideas are wrong, fundamental reality is the only truth; (6) things are merely names; (7) all things are unreal 空; (8) the bhūtatathatā is not unreal; (9) phenomena and their perception are to be got rid of; (10) the perfect, all-inclusive, and complete teaching of the One Vehicle. III. There are two old Japanese divisions: 大乘律宗, 倶舎宗 , 成實 宗 , 法和宗 , 三論宗 , 天台宗 , 華嚴宗 , 眞言宗 , 小乘律宗 , and 淨土宗 ; the second list adds 禪宗 and omits 大乘律宗. They are the Ritsu, Kusha, Jōjitsu, Hossō, Sanron, Tendai, Kegon, Shingon, (Hīnayāna) Ritsu, and Jōdo; the addition being Zen.


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shí xīn
    shi2 xin1
shih hsin
The ten kinds of heart or mind; there are three groups. One is from the 止觀 4, minds ignorant and dark; affected by evil companions; not following the good; doing evil in thought, word, deed; spreading evil abroad; unceasingly wicked; secret sin; open crime; utterly shameless; denying cause and effect (retribution)―all such must remain in the flow 流 of reincarnation. The second group (from the same book) is the 逆流 the mind striving against the stream of perpetual reincarnation; it shows itself in devout faith, shame (for sin), fear (of wrong-doing), repentance and confession, reform, bodhi (i.e. the bodhisattva mind), doing good, maintaining the right law, thinking on all the Buddhas, meditation on the void (or, the unreality of sin). The third is the 眞言 group from the 大日經疏 3; the "seed" heart (i.e. the original good desire), the sprout (under Buddhist religious influence), the bud, leaf, flower, fruit, its serviceableness; the child-heart, the discriminating heart, the heart of settled judgment (or resolve).


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yìn kě
    yin4 ke3
yin k`o
    yin ko
(noun, transitive verb) (1) {Buddh} dharma transmission (formal confirmation of a student's awakening by his master); (noun, transitive verb) (2) (issuing a) certificate of proficiency (in flower arrangement, etc.)
Assuredly can, i. e. recognition of ability, or suitability.



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hé lǒng
    he2 long3
ho lung
to close (flower, eyes, suitcase etc); to bring together; (insect or bird when not flying) to fold (its wings)


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 meihana / mehana
celebrated flower; beautiful woman; (surname) Meihana


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jun nà
    jun1 na4
chün na
kuṇḍa, a flower, perhaps jasmine, oleander, or Boswellia thurifera.


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hán huā
    han2 hua1
han hua
closed flower



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hán huā
    han2 hua1
han hua
In the closed lotus flower, i.e. those who await the opening of the flower for rebirth in Paradise.


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(v5k,vi) (1) to bloom; to flower; to blossom; to open; (v5k,vi) (2) (archaism) to rise up (of breaking waves)


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táng huā
    tang2 hua1
t`ang hua
    tang hua
hothouse flower (i.e. flower grown in a greenhouse)


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sì guǒ
    si4 guo3
ssu kuo
The four phala, i. e. fruitions, or rewards — srota-āpanna-phala, sakradāgāmi-phala, anāgāmiphala, arhat-phala, i. e. four grades of saintship; see 須陀洹; 斯陀含, 阿那含, and 阿離漢. The four titles are also applied to four grades of śramaṇas— yellow and blue flower śramaṇas, lotus śramaṇas, meek śramaṇas, and ultra-meek śramaṇas.


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national flower



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guó huā
    guo2 hua1
kuo hua
national flower (emblem, e.g. peony 牡丹[mu3 dan1] in China)
See: 国花



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tiān huā
    tian1 hua1
t`ien hua
    tien hua
(Buddhist term) flowers that bloom in the heavens; paper flowers scattered before the Buddha's image; snow; (female given name) Yuki
Deva, or divine, flowers, stated in the Lotus Sutra as of four kinds, mandāras, mahāmandāras, mañjūṣakas, and mahāmañjūṣakas, the first two white, the last two red.


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qí pā
    qi2 pa1
ch`i p`a
    chi pa
exotic flower; (fig.) marvel; prodigy; (slang) weirdo; outlandish


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 youka / yoka
enchantingly beautiful flower; bewitching beauty



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miào huā
    miao4 hua1
miao hua
(female given name) Mika
exquisite flower



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dù luó
    du4 luo2
tu lo
floss; panicle of a flower or plant


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 himedai; himedai
    ひめだい; ヒメダイ
(kana only) lavender jobfish (Pristipomoides sieboldii); flower jobfish



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pó shī
    po2 shi1
p`o shih
    po shih
(婆師迦) vārṣika, the flower that blooms in the rains, the aloe, agallochum; also 婆利師 (婆利師迦) q.v.; 婆利史迦羅; 婆使迦; 婆師波利 varṣākāla, varṣipālī.



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bǎo huā
    bao3 hua1
pao hua



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xún huā
    xun2 hua1
hsün hua
flower-viewing; to visit a prostitute


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(1) small flower; floret; (2) (See 偽花) pseudanthium; (female given name) Tsubomi


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{Buddh} eternally flowering flower (usu. made of metal)



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tíng yuán
    ting2 yuan2
t`ing yüan
    ting yüan
 teien / teen
flower garden
garden; park


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blossom which fails to produce fruit; non-fruit-bearing flower; (1) non-fruit-bearing flower; (2) something that is flashy with no content



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xīn huā
    xin1 hua1
hsin hua
(female given name) Mihana
Heart-flower, the heart in its original innocence resembling a fower.



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bēi huá
    bei1 hua2
pei hua
compassionate flower


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niǎn huā
    nian3 hua1
nien hua
to hold up a flower



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niān huá
    nian1 hua2
nien hua
holds up a flower


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 souka / soka
(literary) flower arrangement


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flower fastened in the hair


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screw flower


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chā huā
    cha1 hua1
ch`a hua
    cha hua
flower arranging; ikebana


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mó lì
    mo2 li4
mo li
(female given name) Mari
mallikā, a fragrant flower variously described as jasmine, aloes, musk, etc. Name of the wife of king Prasenajit, also called 摩利室羅 Mālyaśrī .

Entries with 2nd row of characters: The 2nd row is Simplified Chinese.


This page contains 100 results for "Flower" in Chinese and/or Japanese.

Information about this dictionary:

Apparently, we were the first ones who were crazy enough to think that western people might want a combined Chinese, Japanese, and Buddhist dictionary.

A lot of westerners can't tell the difference between Chinese and Japanese - and there is a reason for that. Chinese characters and even whole words were borrowed by Japan from the Chinese language in the 5th century. Much of the time, if a word or character is used in both languages, it will have the same or a similar meaning. However, this is not always true. Language evolves, and meanings independently change in each language.

Example: The Chinese character 湯 for soup (hot water) has come to mean bath (hot water) in Japanese. They have the same root meaning of "hot water", but a 湯屋 sign on a bathhouse in Japan would lead a Chinese person to think it was a "soup house" or a place to get a bowl of soup. See this: Japanese Bath House

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Chinese Buddhist terms come from Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms by William Edward Soothill and Lewis Hodous. This is commonly referred to as "Soothill's'". It was first published in 1937 (and is now off copyright so we can use it here). Some of these definitions may be misleading, incomplete, or dated, but 95% of it is good information. Every professor who teaches Buddhism or Eastern Religion has a copy of this on their bookshelf. We incorporated these 16,850 entries into our dictionary database ourselves (it was lot of work).

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