Buy a Mind Chinese/Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

We have many options to create artwork with the Chinese characters / Asian symbols / Japanese Kanji for Mind on a wall scroll or portrait.

See also: Heart, Spirit and/or Soul.


  1. Beautiful Heart / Beautiful Mind

  2. Beautiful Mind

  3. Mind of the Beginner

  4. Bodhicitta: Enlightened Mind

  5. Body and Mind

  6. Buddha Heart / Mind of Buddha

  7. The Original Mind

  8. Heart / Mind / Spirit

  9. Heijoshin / Presence of Mind

10. Immovable Mind

11. Lingering Mind

12. Listen with Open Mind

13. Be Master of Mind, Not Mastered by Mind

14. Mind Body Spirit

15. Mind Over Matter

16. Mind Your Own Business

17. Mind Like Water

18. Morality of Mind

19. No Mind / Mushin

20. One Heart / One Mind / Heart and Soul

21. One Mind / Unity

22. Open and Calm Mind

23. Open Mind

24. An Open Book Benefits Your Mind

25. Patience Brings Peace of Mind

26. Patience Yields Peace of Mind

27. Peace of Mind

28. Peaceful Heart / Peace of Mind / Calm Mind

29. Presence of Mind

30. Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart

31. Purity of Mind

32. Calm and Open Mind

33. Strong Mind Strong Body

34. Strong Body, Strong Mind

35. Truth Flashed Through The Mind

36. Tsuki no Kokoro / Mind like the Moon

37. A Wise Man Changes His Mind

38. Work Together with One Mind

39. Alert / On Guard / Lingering Mind

40. Zen Heart / Zen Mind

41. The Bodhi Mind

42. Perfectly Sincere Mind

43. The Nature of Enlightenment in One's Mind

44. Merciful Heart / The Light from a Buddha Mind

45. Resolute Mind

46. Seeking Mind

47. Body Mind Spirit

48. Stable - Mind at Peace

49. Beautiful Heart / Beautiful Spirit

50. Good Heart

51. To a Willing Heart, All Things Are Possible

52. Determination

53. Learning is Eternal

54. Exercise

55. Inner Peace

56. Martial Morality / Martial Arts Ethics / Virtue

57. Energy Sword Body in Concert

58. Morality of Deed

59. Spirit

60. You are only as old as you feel


Beautiful Heart / Beautiful Mind

 utsukushii kokoro
Beautiful Heart / Beautiful Mind Scroll

美しい心 means “beautiful heart” or “beautiful mind,” in Japanese.

The word for “heart” also means “mind” and sometimes “soul” in ancient Asia.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Beautiful Mind

 měi lì xīn líng
Beautiful Mind Scroll

美麗心靈 means “Beautiful Mind” in Chinese.

美麗心靈 is also the Chinese title of the 2001 movie of the same name.

Mind of the Beginner

Shoshin

 chū xīn
 sho shin
Mind of the Beginner Scroll

初心 is often translated in Japanese as “beginner's mind” or “beginner's spirit.”

In Chinese, the dictionary definition is “one's original intention.”

The first character means first, initial, primary, junior, beginning, or basic.

The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

初心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo) and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: The state of shoshin is that of a beginners mind. It is a state of awareness that always remains fully conscious, aware, and prepared to see things for the first time. The attitude of shoshin is essential to continued learning.

Bodhicitta: Enlightened Mind

 mào dì zhì duō
 boujiishitta
Bodhicitta: Enlightened Mind Scroll

冒地質多 is a Chinese and Japanese way to write Bodhicitta.

冒地質多 is often translated as “the enlightened mind” or “enlightened heart.”

This title is strictly Buddhist and won't make sense to Chinese or Japanese people who do not have an expansive background in Buddhist terms, concepts, and scripture.

Body and Mind

 shēn xīn
 shin jin
Body and Mind Scroll

身心 means “body and mind” or “mental and physical” in Chinese and Japanese.

In the Buddhist context, body and mind encompass the five elements (skandha) of a sentient being.
The body is the physical material (rūpa) of life. The mind embraces the other four skandhas, which are consciousness, perception, action, and knowledge.

Buddha Heart / Mind of Buddha

 fó xīn
 busshin
Buddha Heart / Mind of Buddha Scroll

佛心 means the Buddha's mind, Buddha-heart, or the spiritually enlightened heart/mind.

The Buddha Heart is detached from good and evil and other such constructs. The Buddha Heart has mercy, compassion, and loving-kindness for all sentient life, the good, the wicked, and all in between.

The heart and mind (心) are the same concepts in the ancient Orient, so you can use heart and mind interchangeably in this context.

The Original Mind

 běn xīn
 hon shin
The Original Mind Scroll

In Zen Buddhism, 本心 means “original mind” or “original heart,” which refers to one's Buddha-nature present from birth.

This can also be translated as true feelings, real intention, one's own heart, one's right mind, one's senses, one's conscience, or fundamental mind.

Note: 心 can mean heart or mind - thought in ancient Asia to be the same organ.

Heart / Mind / Spirit

 xīn
 kokoro
 
Heart / Mind / Spirit Scroll

心 would often be translated as “heart.”

However, because it was believed in Chinese culture for thousands of years that your consciousness and thoughts came from the big red organ in the middle of your chest, it also means “mind” or “spirit” and sometimes even “soul.”

In Korean, beyond heart, mind, and spirit, this character can mean moral, nature, mind, affections, intentions, core, and center. In fact, it is used in Chinese to mean “center” as well but only with another character in front of it. For instance, “medical center” or even “shopping center.” Separately and alone, it will not be read with that “center” meaning unless thought of as “the center of your soul.”

Heijoshin / Presence of Mind

 píng cháng xīn
 hei jou shin
Heijoshin / Presence of Mind Scroll

平常心 is the title Heijoshin, as associated with Kendo and Aikido schools of Japanese martial arts.

平常心 is also a word in Japanese that can be translated as “one's self-possession” or “presence of mind.”

In Chinese and Korean, this means “simplicity heart,” “composure,” “calmness,” or a “sense of orderliness.” In Chinese and Korean, this implies that you enjoy what you have, keep your heart in balance, and have no over-blown ambitions.

Immovable Mind

fudoshin

 fu dou shin
Immovable Mind Scroll

不動心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo) and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet.

Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: An unshakable mind and an immovable spirit is the state of fudoshin. It is courage and stability displayed both mentally and physically. Rather than indicating rigidity and inflexibility, fudoshin describes a condition that is not easily upset by internal thoughts or external forces. It is capable of receiving a strong attack while retaining composure and balance. It receives and yields lightly, grounds to the earth, and reflects aggression back to the source.

Other translations of this title include imperturbability, steadfastness, keeping a cool head in an emergency, or keeping one's calm (during a fight).

The first two Kanji alone mean immobility, firmness, fixed, steadfastness, motionless, and idle.

The last Kanji means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

Together, these three Kanji create a title defined as “immovable mind” within the context of Japanese martial arts. However, in Chinese, it would mean “motionless heart,” and in Korean Hanja, “wafting heart” or “floating heart.”

Lingering Mind

Zanshin

 cán xīn
 zan shin
Lingering Mind Scroll

First off, 殘心 should only be used in the context of Japanese martial arts. In Chinese, it's a rather sad title (like a broken heart). In Chinese, the first character alone means destroyed, spoiled, ruined, injured, cruel, oppressive, savage, incomplete, or disabled. However, in Japanese, it's remainder, leftover, balance, or lingering.
The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence in both languages.

殘心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo) and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: The spirit of zanshin is the state of the remaining or lingering spirit. It is often described as a sustained and heightened state of awareness and mental follow-through. However, true zanshin is a state of focus or concentration before, during, and after the execution of a technique, where a link or connection between uke and nage is preserved. Zanshin is the state of mind that allows us to stay spiritually connected, not only to a single attacker but to multiple attackers and even an entire context; a space, a time, an event.


残In modern Japan (and Simplified Chinese), they use a different version of the first character, as seen to the right. Click on this character to the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version of lingering mind / zanshin.

Listen with Open Mind

 xū jǐ yǐ tīng
Listen with Open Mind Scroll

虛己以聽 is a Chinese proverb that means to listen to the ideas of others with an open mind.

Be Master of Mind, Not Mastered by Mind

 yuàn zuò xīn shī bù shī yú xīn
Be Master of Mind, Not Mastered by Mind Scroll

願作心師不師於心 means, “Be master of mind, rather than mastered by mind,” in Chinese.

This is not an ancient Chinese phrase but rather something we added at the request of a customer.

Mind Body Spirit

 shēn xīn líng
 mi shin rei
Mind Body Spirit Scroll

身心靈 is probably the best way to express the idea of “Body, Mind, and Spirit” in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. We are actually using the word “heart” here because, for thousands of years, the heart was thought to be the place where your thoughts, feelings, and emotions came from. We do something similar in the west when we say “warm-hearted” or “I love you with all of my heart.” In this context, heart = mind in Asian language and culture.

The very literal translation of these three characters is “body, heart & spirit,” which could also be interpreted as “body, mind & soul.”

We have arranged these characters in this order because it simply “feels” like the proper order in the Chinese language. Word lists like this are not so common for calligraphy artwork, so we must be careful to put them in the most natural order. It should be noted that this is not a common title in Asia, nor is it considered an actual phrase (as it lacks a clear subject, verb, and object).


霊In Japanese Kanji, they use an alternate form of the character for soul or spirit. If you want this using the Japanese alternate, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above.

Japanese disclaimer: This is not a natural phrase/list in Japanese. While not totally-natural in Chinese, this word list is best if your audience is Chinese.

Mind Over Matter

 xīn shèng yú wù
Mind Over Matter Scroll

心勝於物 is how to write, “mind over matter” in Chinese.

Mind Over Matter

 busshitsu-sei o chouetsu suru seishin-ryoku
Mind Over Matter Scroll

物質性を超越する精神力 means “mind over matter,” in Japanese.

If you get really technical, you get a translation like, “mental strength transcends materiality.”


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Mind Your Own Business

 bù gān jǐ shì bù zhāng kǒu yī wèn yáo tóu sān bù zhī
Mind Your Own Business Scroll

不干己事不张口一问摇头三不知 literally translates as [About] matters [that] don't concern [you], do not open [your] mouth, [and] when questioned, always shake [your] head “No.”

Figuratively, this means: It is best to remain reticent about other people's affairs and to refuse to make any comment on matters that don't concern you.

Mind Your Own Business

 yokei na osewa
Mind Your Own Business Scroll

余計なお世話 suggests that you do not give unwanted help or advice to someone.

The Japanese characters break down this way:
余計 (yokei) too much, unnecessary, extraneous, abundance, surplus, excess, superfluity.
な (na) connecting article. お世話 (osewa) help, aid, assistance.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Mind Like Water

Mizu No Kokoro

 mizu no kokoro
Mind Like Water Scroll

水の心 is the Japanese Buddhist and martial arts phrase, “Mizu no Kokoro,” which means “mind like water” or “heart of water.”

The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects its surroundings when calm but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.

Morality of Mind

 xīn dé
Morality of Mind Scroll

The idea of 心德 or “morality of mind” goes along with 行德 or “wu de” (martial morality or virtues of the warrior).

Here, the first character is a representation of your heart or mind.
The second character refers to morality or virtue.

This can also be translated as “morality of heart,” “virtue of heart,” or “virtue of the mind.”

Since ancient times in Asia, the idea of your mind (where your soul resides and your thought originates) has been associated with the heart. Just as in western culture, where we say “it comes from the heart” or “heartfelt emotions,” there is a belief that your heart and mind are one and the same (medical science now begs to differ).


See Also:  Morality of Deed | Martial Morality

No Mind / Mushin

 wú xīn
 mu shin
No Mind / Mushin Scroll

In Japanese, 無心 means innocent or without knowledge of good and evil. It literally means “without mind.”

無心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo) and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: “No mind, a mind without ego. A mind like a mirror which reflects and dos not judge.” The original term was “mushin no shin,” meaning “mind of no mind.” It is a state of mind without fear, anger, or anxiety. Mushin is often described by the phrase “Mizu no Kokoro,” which means “mind like water.” The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects its surroundings when calm but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.

This has a good meaning in conjunction with Chan / Zen Buddhism in Japan. However, out of that context, it means mindlessness or absent-mindedness. To non-Buddhists in China, this is associated with doing something without thinking.
In Korean, this usually means indifference.

Use caution and know your audience before ordering this selection.


More info: Wikipedia: Mushin

One Heart / One Mind / Heart and Soul

 yī shì dài
 isshin
One Heart / One Mind / Heart and Soul Scroll

一心 literally reads as “one heart” in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Colloquially or figuratively, it means: wholeheartedly; heart and soul; of one mind; wholeheartedness; one's whole heart; with the whole mind or heart; one mind in heart.
I'm not kidding, all of those came right from the dictionary for this one title. In Buddhism, this can refer to the bhūtatathatā, or the whole of things; the universe as one mind, or a spiritual unity.

In Japanese, this can be the female given name, Hitomi.

One Mind / Unity

 hé hé
 wagou / wago
One Mind / Unity Scroll

和合 means to blend, unite, or be of one mind.

和合 is usually used as a Buddhist term. It can also be defined as harmony, concord, agreement, unity, union, and harmonize/harmonization.

Open and Calm Mind

 kyo shin tan kai
Open and Calm Mind Scroll

虛心坦懐 is a Japanese proverb that means “with an open and calm mind,” “with no preconceived notions,” or “without reservations.”

In some contexts, it can mean frank or candid.

If you want to remind yourself to approach each situation with no preconceptions, this is a good title for you. This can also refer to the ideas of being candid, frank, and straightforward.

 kāi jué
 kaikaku
Open Mind Scroll

開覺 is a Buddhist term meaning “open mind.”

The more full definition as used in Buddhism is, “To arouse, awaken; to allow the original Buddha-nature to open and enlighten the mind.”

An Open Book Benefits Your Mind

 kāi juàn yǒu yì
An Open Book Benefits Your Mind Scroll

There are several ways to translate this ancient proverb. Translated literally and directly, it says, “Open roll has/yields benefit.”

To understand that, you must know a few things...

First, Chinese characters and language have deeper meanings that often are not spoken but are understood - especially with ancient texts like this. Example: It's understood that the “benefit” referred to in this proverb is to the reader's mind. Just the last character expresses that whole idea.

Second, Chinese proverbs are supposed to make you think and leave a bit of mystery to figure out.

Third, for this proverb, it should be noted that roll = book. When this proverb came about (about two thousand years ago), books were rolls of bamboo slips strung together. The first bound books like the ones we use today did not come about until about a thousand years after this proverb when they invented paper in China.

開卷有益 is a great gift for a bookworm who loves to read and increase their knowledge. Or for any friend that is or wants to be well-read.

Some other translations of this phrase:
Opening a book is profitable
The benefits of education.

Patience Brings Peace of Mind

 nintai wa kokoro no heiwa o motarasu
Patience Brings Peace of Mind Scroll

忍耐は心の平和をもたらす means “patience brings peace of mind,” in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Patience Yields Peace of Mind

 néng rěn zì ān
Patience Yields Peace of Mind Scroll

This ancient Chinese proverb can be translated as “Patience brings peace of mind,” “One who has patience finds peace,” and a few other ways.

Peace of Mind

(five-character version)

 nèi xīn de níng jìng
Peace of Mind Scroll

內心的寧靜 is the long way to express the idea of “peace of mind” in Chinese.

The first two characters mean heart or “innermost being.”
The middle character is a connecting modifier.
The last two characters mean peace, tranquility, or serenity.

Some may also translate this as “inner peace,” but I like our other inner-peace options for that idea.

This kind of makes sense in Korean but will have an archaic read - even by those who can understand Korean Hanja.

Peace of Mind

 hé píng
 wa hei
Peace of Mind Scroll

和平 is the Chinese order for these two characters, which means peace but can also be translated as amicability, specifically, or mildness. 和平 is often translated as a simple way to say “peace of mind.” This combination is used in Korean Hanja to mean “peace and harmony.”

Alone, the first character means peace and harmony.
The second character means balance when read by itself.

Note: 和平 are often seen in the opposite order in Japanese with the same meaning (You'll sometimes find them in this order in Japan, so either way is OK).

Peaceful Heart / Peace of Mind / Calm Mind

 ān xīn
 an shin
Peaceful Heart / Peace of Mind / Calm Mind Scroll

安心 can be defined as relief, peace of mind, feeling at ease, to be relieved, to set one's mind at rest, and easiness.

安心 is a nice word that encompasses great meanings within just two characters. Some of the other meanings include pacifying, settling the mind, and peace of mind. It's also the idea of feeling a sense of security, safety, and confidence in your state of well-being.

This can be used by everyone, but some consider it to be a Buddhist concept (You'll find it in your Zen dictionary).

Note: Can be romanized as Anshin or Anjin in Japanese.

Presence of Mind

 tài rán zì ruò
 taizenjijaku
Presence of Mind Scroll

泰然自若 is a Chinese and Japanese proverb/word that means “cool and collected,” “showing no sign of nerves,” “perfectly composed,” “having the presence of mind,” “self-possessed,” “imperturbable,” and/or “calm and self-possessed.”

Presence of Mind

 ochitsuki
Presence of Mind Scroll

落着き is a Japanese word that means calmness, composure, presence of mind, stability, or steadiness.

Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart

 zì zūn xīn
 ji son shin
Prideful Mind / Self-Respecting Heart Scroll

自尊心 is a Japanese and Korean word that means “pride” or “self-respect.”

The first Kanji/Hanja means oneself. The second can mean revered, valuable, precious, noble, or exalted. And the last Kanji/Hanja means heart, mind, and/or spirit.


While these characters make sense and hold the same general meaning in Chinese, this is not a normal Chinese word. This selection should only be used if your audience is Japanese or Korean.


See Also:  Respect | Pride | Self-Reliance | Self-Control | Self-Discipline

Purity of Mind

 xīn chéng jìng
 shin chou jou
Purity of Mind Scroll

心澄淨 is the Buddhist concept of the pure and calm mind. It is believed that once you achieve a meditative state of pure focused thought, the mind becomes clear and calm. Although, others will say this means that achieving a calm mind will allow you to reach pure thought.

From Sanskrit, this is known as citta-prasāda. The concept of citta-prasāda is sometimes defined as “clear heart-mind,” or “the single and definitive aspiration.”

Calm and Open Mind

 xū xīn
 ko shin
Calm and Open Mind Scroll

虛心 is a Buddhist term that speaks of being open-minded and/or having a calm and humble mind or heart.

Strong Mind Strong Body

 qiáng zhuàng de shēn tǐ jiān qiáng de xīn tài
Strong Mind Strong Body Scroll

強壯的身體堅強的心態 is the Chinese phrase for “Strong Mind, Strong Body,” however, the character order is actually “Strong Body, Strong Mind,” as that's the more natural word order in Chinese.

Strong Body, Strong Mind

 tsuyo i karada tsuyo i kokoro
Strong Body, Strong Mind Scroll

強い体強い心 is a way to write “strong mind, strong body” in Japanese.

Each of the two lines starts with 強い (tsuyoi) which means: strong; powerful; mighty; potent; resistant; resilient; durable; tough; stiff; hard; inflexible.

The body is represented with 体 (the ancient version is 體, romanized as karada), which means: body; build; physique; posture; torso; trunk; health.

Mind is represented with 心 (kokoro), which can mean heart, mind, or soul, depending on context.

強い體強い心 is not a common phrase in Japanese, so it's not the most natural title for calligraphy. In English, you might want to write it, “strong mind, strong body” but, “strong mind, strong body,” is more natural in Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Truth Flashed Through The Mind

 cān wù
Truth Flashed Through The Mind Scroll

參悟 is a Chan / Zen Buddhism concept that means “to understand (mystery) from meditation” or “to see truth flash through the mind.”

參悟 is a pretty deep idea; therefore, your study and contemplation may be required before fully appreciating it.

Tsuki no Kokoro / Mind like the Moon

 tsuki no kokoro
Tsuki no Kokoro / Mind like the Moon Scroll

月の心 means “Mind like the Moon” or, more directly translated, “Moon of Mind.”

月の心 is a phrase used in Zen Buddhism and some Japanese martial arts.

A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will)

 kun shi hyou hen su
A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will) Scroll

君子豹変す is a Japanese proverb that suggests that a wise man is willing to change his mind, but a fool will stubbornly never change his.

The first word is 君子 (kunshi), a man of virtue, a person of high rank, a wise man.

The second word is 豹変 (hyouhen), sudden change, complete change.

The last part, す (su), modifies the verb to a more humble form.

The “fool” part is merely implied or understood. So if wise and noble people are willing to change their minds, it automatically says that foolish people are unwilling to change.

Work Together with One Mind

 ichi mi dou shin
Work Together with One Mind Scroll

一味同心 is a Japanese phrase that refers to people working together with one mind.

Alert / On Guard / Lingering Mind

Zanshin

 zan shin
Alert / On Guard / Lingering Mind Scroll

残心 is a Japanese Kanji word meaning: continued alertness; unrelaxed alertness; remaining on one's guard; lingering mind, and being prepared for a counterstrike. This context is used in martial arts, which is probably why you are looking up this word.

In archery and golf, it can be the follow-through.

In the context of love and relationships, it can be lingering affection, attachment, regret, regrets, or reluctance.

Zen Heart / Zen Mind

 chán xīn
 zen shin
Zen Heart / Zen Mind Scroll

禪心 represents an image of your meditation coming from and filling your heart.

The meaning of the first character is “meditation” and the second character is usually defined as “heart” or sometimes “mind.”

There is a two-fold meaning here, as a good meditation session must start with a centered heart or mind. Yet at the same time, meditation serves to cleanse, focus, and center the heart and mind.

The Bodhi Mind

 pú tí xīn
 bo dai shin
The Bodhi Mind Scroll

菩提心 means Bodhi-mind or Bodhi-heart.

This title represents the will to realize supreme enlightenment. The awakening of the Bodhi-mind is of utmost importance in Buddhist training.

Other definitions include the mind for or of bodhi, the awakened, enlightened mind, or having Buddha-nature.

Perfectly Sincere Mind

 zhì chéng xīn
 shi jou shin
Perfectly Sincere Mind Scroll

至誠心 is a Buddhist term that means “perfectly sincere mind” or “sincere and devoted heart.”

The Nature of Enlightenment in One's Mind

 jué xìng
 kakushou
The Nature of Enlightenment in One's Mind Scroll

覺性 represents “The enlightened mind free from all illusion,” “The nature of enlightenment in one's mind,” or “The Buddha-nature.”

To reach this “enlightened nature,” one must form their mind into and utilize their mind as the agent of knowledge, or enlightenment.

Merciful Heart / The Light from a Buddha Mind

 xīn guāng
 shin kou
Merciful Heart / The Light from a Buddha Mind Scroll

心光 can mean the light from a Buddha's mind or “merciful heart.”

This would especially be the light emanating from Amitābha.

Note that the character 心 can mean mind or heart. 光 means light or brightness - but in this context can suggest a glow of mercy or compassion. This can also be a Japanese surname that is romanized as Shinkou or Shinko.

Resolute Mind

 jué dìng xīn
 ketsujou shin
Resolute Mind Scroll

決定心 means the mind of certainty, resolute mind, imperturbable mind, firm determination, firm resolution, or stable commitment.

In the context of Buddhism, this is the deep resolution needed to attain enlightenment.

If you go to a deeper meaning, this is a condition of settling into the thought that occurs in the process of perception subsequent to the “seeking mind” or “尋求心.”

Seeking Mind

 xún qiú xīn
 jingu shin
Seeking Mind Scroll

尋求心 means seeking mind or discursive thought in the context of Buddhism.

The first two characters are a word that means “to seek” or “to look for.” The last character means mind (or heart).

Body Mind Spirit

 mi shin rei
Body Mind Spirit Scroll

身心霊 means “body mind spirit” in Japanese.

This refers to your physical, mental, and spiritual presence.

This can also be translated as “body heart spirit” as 心 can mean mind or heart.


Note that this is a "word list" and not a proper phrase (with a subject, verb, and object) nor a typical title in Japanese. So it's not too commonly seen in Japan. However, the term 身心霊整合性医療 that refers to holistic medicine is gaining popularity.

Stable - Mind at Peace

 ān wěn
 an non
Stable - Mind at Peace Scroll

安穩 can mean a steady, stable, sedate, and calm mind.

Other translations include “body and mind at rest,” or “peace and comfort.”

Beautiful Heart / Beautiful Spirit

 měi lì de xīn líng
Beautiful Heart / Beautiful Spirit Scroll

美麗的心靈 means a beautiful heart, a beautiful mind, or a beautiful spirit in Chinese.

Good Heart

A heart of kindness, benevolence, and virtuous intentions

 shàn xīn
 yoshinaka
Good Heart Scroll

善心 literally reads “Good Heart” but is used to refer to the ideas of kindness, benevolence, philanthropy, virtuous intentions, moral sense, and conscience.

Some will also translate this as the morality of mind (as the character for the heart is often used to mean mind).

In Japanese, this can be the given name Yoshinaka.

To a Willing Heart, All Things Are Possible

Where there is a will, there is a way

 yǒu zhì zhě shì jìng chéng
To a Willing Heart, All Things Are Possible Scroll

有志者事竟成 is an old Chinese proverb that has been translated many different ways into English. As you read the translations below, keep in mind that in Chinese, heart=mind.

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart.
Nothing is impossible to a willing mind.
Nothing is difficult to a willing heart.
Where there is a will, there is a way.
Nothing in the world is impossible if you set your mind to doing it.
A willful man will have his way.
If you wish it, you will do it.
A determined heart can accomplish anything.
All things are possible with a strong mind.


Determination

 jué xīn
 kesshin
Determination Scroll

決心 is a Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word that holds the dictionary definition of determination but literally means determined heart.

The first character means to determine or determined.

The second character means heart, mind, or soul, so you can imagine that this form of determination partially means putting your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).


See Also:  Devotion | Tenacious | Passion | Dedication | Will-Power

Learning is Eternal

 xué wú zhǐ jìng
Learning is Eternal Scroll

This Chinese philosophy tells of how we continue to learn throughout our lives.

This proverb can be translated in a few ways such as “Study has no end,” “Knowledge is infinite,” “No end to learning,” “There's always something new to study,” or “You live and learn.”

The deeper meaning: Even when we finish school we are still students of the world gaining more knowledge from our surroundings with each passing day.


See Also:  An Open Book Benefits Your Mind | Wisdom | Learn From Wisdom

Exercise

(for body or mind)

 duàn liàn
Exercise Scroll

鍛煉/鍛鍊 means to exercise in much the same way we use the word exercise in English.

This can be exercising your body at the gym or exercising your mind in studies. Most of the time, this refers to physical exercise.

This can also be translated as to temper, to toughen, to train, to drill, to forge, or simply discipline.

 nèi xīn píng jìng
 naishin heizyou
Inner Peace Scroll

內心平靜 is a Chinese and Japanese phrase that is a direct translation of the western idea of inner peace.

The first two characters contain the idea of “heart,” “innermost being,” or “deep in the/your inner mind.”

The last two characters mean “tranquil” and “serene.”

I have seen this phrase used as “inner peace” for art prints and even on the side of coffee cups. But I think the translation is too literal. It feels like a direct translation from English rather than a nicely composed Chinese or Japanese phrase. See my other entries for “inner peace.”


See Also:  Serenity | Simplicity | Peace

Martial Morality / Martial Arts Ethics / Virtue

 wǔ dé
 bu to ku
Martial Morality / Martial Arts Ethics / Virtue Scroll

This refers to the virtue, morality, and ethics that any practitioner of martial arts should possess.

This can be used in both Chinese and Japanese in place of English terms such as “soldierly virtue,” “good conduct” (military), “warrior ethics,” and being honorable regarding any fight or competition.

In Japanese, there is a slight variation in the last character, making it 武徳 instead of 武德 in Japan. And yes, just one little horizontal stroke is omitted. If you need the Japanese version, please choose a Japanese calligrapher, or drop me a note so that I make sure you get the characters you intend.


See Also:  Morality of Mind | Morality of Deed

Energy Sword Body in Concert

Spirit, Sword & Body as One

 ki ken tai icchi
Energy Sword Body in Concert Scroll

气剑体一致 often gets translated as “Mind Sword Body,” or “Spirit, Sword, and Body as One.” But I think these translations don't tell you enough about what this is really saying.

In this context, 気, which is the modern Japanese version of 氣, means spiritual and unseen energy or “life energy.” In some cases, 気 can be translated as spirit, feeling, or nature. If defined as the mind, it's more about the invisible or intangible parts of one's mind (or soul).

剣 is the Japanese version of 劍 meaning sword.

体 is the modern Japanese version of 體 meaning body.

The Kanji 一 means one, and in this case, suggests “all in one.” The Kanji 到 means to send, deliver, or convey. But together, 一到 suggests all these things in agreement, union cooperation, or in concert.

Note: Arguments exist as to whether this should be romanized as Kikentaiitchi, Kikentaiicchi, or kikentaiichi. Technically, if you drop the last character, you get 気剣体一 and kikentaiichi (ki ken tai ichi), which is also a valid phrase.

Morality of Deed

 xíng dé
Morality of Deed Scroll

The idea of “morality of deed” goes along with 行德 or “wu de” (martial morality or virtues of the warrior).

Here, the first character is a representation of the actions or deeds that you engage in.
The second character refers to morality or virtue.

This translates better in English in the opposite order, as the Chinese order is literally “deed morality.”


See Also:  Morality of Mind | Martial Morality

 jīng shén
 sei shin
Spirit Scroll

精神 is the kind of spirit you have if you perform well in sports or competitions. It is the idea of having a good attitude and putting your all into something - so much so that others can see or feel your spirit. It is the essence of your being that can only be subjectively described because there are no words that can fully explain what “spirit” really is.

For your information:
My Japanese dictionary further tries to explain this word by comparing it to mind, soul, heart, or intention.
My Chinese dictionary compares these characters to meanings like vigor, vitality, drive, and mentality.
My Korean dictionary defines this as mind, spirit, and soul.


See Also:  Vitality | Heart | Soul

You are only as old as you feel

You're only old if you think you're old

 bú pà rén lǎo zhǐ pà xīn lǎo
You are only as old as you feel Scroll

不怕人老只怕心老 literally translates as: Do not be concerned about being old; be concerned about a mind which is old.

Figuratively, this means: You are not as old as you look, you are only as old as you think you are.




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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
Beautiful Heart
Beautiful Mind
美しい心utsukushii kokoro
utsukushiikokoro
utsukushi kokoro
Beautiful Mind美麗心靈
美丽心灵
měi lì xīn líng
mei3 li4 xin1 ling2
mei li xin ling
meilixinling
mei li hsin ling
meilihsinling
Mind of the Beginner初心sho shin / shoshinchū xīn / chu1 xin1 / chu xin / chuxinch`u hsin / chuhsin / chu hsin
Bodhicitta: Enlightened Mind冒地質多
冒地质多
boujiishitta
bojishitta
mào dì zhì duō
mao4 di4 zhi4 duo1
mao di zhi duo
maodizhiduo
mao ti chih to
maotichihto
Body and Mind身心shin jin / shinjinshēn xīn / shen1 xin1 / shen xin / shenxinshen hsin / shenhsin
Buddha Heart
Mind of Buddha
佛心busshin / bushinfó xīn / fo2 xin1 / fo xin / foxinfo hsin / fohsin
The Original Mind本心hon shin / honshinběn xīn / ben3 xin1 / ben xin / benxinpen hsin / penhsin
Heart
Mind
Spirit
kokoroxīn / xin1 / xinhsin
Heijoshin
Presence of Mind
平常心hei jou shin
heijoushin
hei jo shin
píng cháng xīn
ping2 chang2 xin1
ping chang xin
pingchangxin
p`ing ch`ang hsin
pingchanghsin
ping chang hsin
Immovable Mind不動心fu dou shin
fudoushin
fu do shin
Lingering Mind殘心
残心
zan shin / zanshincán xīn / can2 xin1 / can xin / canxints`an hsin / tsanhsin / tsan hsin
Listen with Open Mind虛己以聽
虚己以听
xū jǐ yǐ tīng
xu1 ji3 yi3 ting1
xu ji yi ting
xujiyiting
hsü chi i t`ing
hsüchiiting
hsü chi i ting
Be Master of Mind, Not Mastered by Mind願作心師不師於心
愿作心师不师于心
yuàn zuò xīn shī bù shī yú xīn
yuan4 zuo4 xin1 shi1 bu4 shi1 yu2 xin1
yuan zuo xin shi bu shi yu xin
yuanzuoxinshibushiyuxin
yüan tso hsin shih pu shih yü hsin
Mind Body Spirit身心靈 / 身心霊
身心灵
mi shin rei
mishinrei
shēn xīn líng
shen1 xin1 ling2
shen xin ling
shenxinling
shen hsin ling
shenhsinling
Mind Over Matter心勝於物
心胜于物
xīn shèng yú wù
xin1 sheng4 yu2 wu4
xin sheng yu wu
xinshengyuwu
hsin sheng yü wu
hsinshengyüwu
Mind Over Matter物質性を超越する精神力busshitsu-sei o chouetsu suru seishin-ryoku
bushitsu-sei o choetsu suru seishin-ryoku
Mind Your Own Business不干己事不張口一問搖頭三不知
不干己事不张口一问摇头三不知
bù gān jǐ shì bù zhāng kǒu yī wèn yáo tóu sān bù zhī
bu4 gan1 ji3 shi4 bu4 zhang1 kou3 yi1 wen4 yao2 tou2 san1 bu4 zhi1
bu gan ji shi bu zhang kou yi wen yao tou san bu zhi
pu kan chi shih pu chang k`ou i wen yao t`ou san pu chih
pu kan chi shih pu chang kou i wen yao tou san pu chih
Mind Your Own Business余計なお世話yokei na osewa
yokeinaosewa
Mind Like Water水の心mizu no kokoro
mizunokokoro
Morality of Mind心德xīn dé / xin1 de2 / xin de / xindehsin te / hsinte
No Mind
Mushin
無心
无心
mu shin / mushinwú xīn / wu2 xin1 / wu xin / wuxinwu hsin / wuhsin
One Heart
One Mind
Heart and Soul
一心isshin / ishinyī shì dài
yi1 shi4 dai4
yi shi dai
yishidai
i shih tai
ishihtai
One Mind
Unity
和合wagou / wago
wago / wago
hé hé / he2 he2 / he he / heheho ho / hoho
Open and Calm Mind虛心坦懐
虚心坦懐
kyo shin tan kai
kyoshintankai
Open Mind開覺
开觉
kaikaku / kaikakukāi jué / kai1 jue2 / kai jue / kaijuek`ai chüeh / kaichüeh / kai chüeh
An Open Book Benefits Your Mind開卷有益
开卷有益
kāi juàn yǒu yì
kai1 juan4 you3 yi4
kai juan you yi
kaijuanyouyi
k`ai chüan yu i
kaichüanyui
kai chüan yu i
Patience Brings Peace of Mind忍耐は心の平和をもたらすnintai wa kokoro no heiwa o motarasu
Patience Yields Peace of Mind能忍自安néng rěn zì ān
neng2 ren3 zi4 an1
neng ren zi an
nengrenzian
neng jen tzu an
nengjentzuan
Peace of Mind內心的寧靜
内心的宁静
nèi xīn de níng jìng
nei4 xin1 de ning2 jing4
nei xin de ning jing
neixindeningjing
nei hsin te ning ching
neihsinteningching
Peace of Mind和平wa hei / waheihé píng / he2 ping2 / he ping / hepingho p`ing / hoping / ho ping
Peaceful Heart
Peace of Mind
Calm Mind
安心an shin / anshinān xīn / an1 xin1 / an xin / anxinan hsin / anhsin
Presence of Mind泰然自若taizenjijakutài rán zì ruò
tai4 ran2 zi4 ruo4
tai ran zi ruo
tairanziruo
t`ai jan tzu jo
taijantzujo
tai jan tzu jo
Presence of Mind落着きochitsuki
Prideful Mind
Self-Respecting Heart
自尊心ji son shin
jisonshin
zì zūn xīn
zi4 zun1 xin1
zi zun xin
zizunxin
tzu tsun hsin
tzutsunhsin
Purity of Mind心澄淨shin chou jou
shinchoujou
shin cho jo
xīn chéng jìng
xin1 cheng2 jing4
xin cheng jing
xinchengjing
hsin ch`eng ching
hsinchengching
hsin cheng ching
Calm and Open Mind虛心
虚心
ko shin / koshinxū xīn / xu1 xin1 / xu xin / xuxinhsü hsin / hsühsin
Strong Mind Strong Body強壯的身體堅強的心態
强壮的身体坚强的心态
qiáng zhuàng de shēn tǐ jiān qiáng de xīn tài
qiang2 zhuang4 de shen1 ti3 jian1 qiang2 de xin1 tai4
qiang zhuang de shen ti jian qiang de xin tai
ch`iang chuang te shen t`i chien ch`iang te hsin t`ai
chiang chuang te shen ti chien chiang te hsin tai
Strong Body, Strong Mind強い體強い心
強い体強い心
tsuyo i karada tsuyo i kokoro
tsuyoikaradatsuyoikokoro
Truth Flashed Through The Mind參悟
参悟
cān wù / can1 wu4 / can wu / canwuts`an wu / tsanwu / tsan wu
Tsuki no Kokoro
Mind like the Moon
月の心tsuki no kokoro
tsukinokokoro
A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will)君子豹変すkun shi hyou hen su
kunshihyouhensu
kun shi hyo hen su
Work Together with One Mind一味同心ichi mi dou shin
ichimidoushin
ichi mi do shin
Alert
On Guard
Lingering Mind
残心zan shin / zanshin
Zen Heart
Zen Mind
禪心
禅心
zen shin / zenshinchán xīn / chan2 xin1 / chan xin / chanxinch`an hsin / chanhsin / chan hsin
The Bodhi Mind菩提心bo dai shin
bodaishin
pú tí xīn
pu2 ti2 xin1
pu ti xin
putixin
p`u t`i hsin
putihsin
pu ti hsin
Perfectly Sincere Mind至誠心
至诚心
shi jou shin
shijoushin
shi jo shin
zhì chéng xīn
zhi4 cheng2 xin1
zhi cheng xin
zhichengxin
chih ch`eng hsin
chihchenghsin
chih cheng hsin
The Nature of Enlightenment in One's Mind覺性
觉性
kakushou / kakushojué xìng / jue2 xing4 / jue xing / juexingchüeh hsing / chüehhsing
Merciful Heart
The Light from a Buddha Mind
心光shin kou / shinkou / shin koxīn guāng
xin1 guang1
xin guang
xinguang
hsin kuang
hsinkuang
Resolute Mind決定心
决定心
ketsujou shin
ketsujoushin
ketsujo shin
jué dìng xīn
jue2 ding4 xin1
jue ding xin
juedingxin
chüeh ting hsin
chüehtinghsin
Seeking Mind尋求心
寻求心
jingu shin / jingushinxún qiú xīn
xun2 qiu2 xin1
xun qiu xin
xunqiuxin
hsün ch`iu hsin
hsünchiuhsin
hsün chiu hsin
Body Mind Spirit身心霊mi shin rei
mishinrei
Stable - Mind at Peace安穩
安稳
an non / annonān wěn / an1 wen3 / an wen / anwen
Beautiful Heart
Beautiful Spirit
美麗的心靈
美丽的心灵
měi lì de xīn líng
mei3 li4 de xin1 ling2
mei li de xin ling
meilidexinling
mei li te hsin ling
meilitehsinling
Good Heart善心yoshinakashàn xīn / shan4 xin1 / shan xin / shanxinshan hsin / shanhsin
To a Willing Heart, All Things Are Possible有志者事竟成 / 有誌者事竟成
有志者事竟成
yǒu zhì zhě shì jìng chéng
you3 zhi4 zhe3 shi4 jing4 cheng2
you zhi zhe shi jing cheng
youzhizheshijingcheng
yu chih che shih ching ch`eng
yuchihcheshihchingcheng
yu chih che shih ching cheng
Determination決心
决心
kesshin / keshinjué xīn / jue2 xin1 / jue xin / juexinchüeh hsin / chüehhsin
Learning is Eternal學無止境
学无止境
xué wú zhǐ jìng
xue2 wu2 zhi3 jing4
xue wu zhi jing
xuewuzhijing
hsüeh wu chih ching
hsüehwuchihching
Exercise鍛煉 / 鍛鍊
锻炼
duàn liàn
duan4 lian4
duan lian
duanlian
tuan lien
tuanlien
Inner Peace內心平靜
内心平静
naishin heizyou
naishinheizyou
naishin heizyo
nèi xīn píng jìng
nei4 xin1 ping2 jing4
nei xin ping jing
neixinpingjing
nei hsin p`ing ching
neihsinpingching
nei hsin ping ching
Martial Morality
Martial Arts Ethics
Virtue
武德bu to ku / butokuwǔ dé / wu3 de2 / wu de / wudewu te / wute
Energy Sword Body in Concert気剣体一致 / 氣劍體一致
气剑体一致
ki ken tai icchi
kikentaiicchi
ki ken tai ichi
Morality of Deed行德xíng dé / xing2 de2 / xing de / xingdehsing te / hsingte
Spirit精神sei shin / seishinjīng shén
jing1 shen2
jing shen
jingshen
ching shen
chingshen
You are only as old as you feel不怕人老隻怕心老
不怕人老只怕心老
bú pà rén lǎo zhǐ pà xīn lǎo
bu2 pa4 ren2 lao3 zhi3 pa4 xin1 lao3
bu pa ren lao zhi pa xin lao
buparenlaozhipaxinlao
pu p`a jen lao chih p`a hsin lao
pupajenlaochihpahsinlao
pu pa jen lao chih pa hsin lao
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.


Dictionary

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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.