We have many options to create artwork with Peace characters on a wall scroll or portrait.
If you want to create a cool Peace wall scroll, this is the place. Below you will find a few Asian symbols that express the idea of peace.
3. Inner Peace
10. Eternal Peace
11. Faith Love Peace
17. Peace and Love
18. Peace of Mind
20. Peace of Mind
25. World Peace
27. Great Peace
28. Worldwide Peace
39. Safe and Sound
和 is the simplest form of peace and harmony.
和 can also be translated as the peaceful ideas of gentle, mild, kind, and calm. With a more harmonious context, it can be translated as union, together with, on good terms with, or on friendly terms.
Most people would just translate this character as peace and/or harmony. 和 is a very popular character in Asian cultures - you can even call it the “peace symbol” of Asia. In fact, this peace and harmony character was seen repeatedly during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing (a major theme of the games).
In old Chinese poems and literature, you might see this used as a kind of "and." As in two things summed together. As much as you could say, "the sun and moon," you could say "the sun in harmony with the moon."
平和 is the Japanese and Korean order of these characters used most often to express the idea of peace, tranquility, and harmony.
It's just the reverse order of the Chinese. In this order in Chinese, it means takes the “mild” definition rather than “peace.” In Korean, the combination keeps the same meaning in either order.
The second character also means balance, so there is an element of harmony and balance along with peace.
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.”
靜 is the simplest way to convey the meaning of inner peace and serenity.
靜 is often translated as “serenity.” It can also be used to express the ideas of still, calm, serene, quiet, silent, stillness, not moving, or tranquility.
In the old days, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean people might hang a wall scroll with this character in their reading room to bring about a sense of peace in the room.
While they once used the same character form in Japan, they now use a slightly-simplified version in modern Japan (after WWII). This version is shown to the right, and can be selected for your wall scroll by clicking on that Kanji instead of the button above.
寧靜而致遠 is five characters from a longer ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.
诸葛亮 Zhuge Liang
The proverb means “Your inner peace/tranquility/serenity will help you see or reach far (into the world).”
The last word means “far” but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.
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.
平 is a single character that means balance in Chinese but it's not too direct or too specific about what kind of balance.
Chinese people often like calligraphy art that is a little vague or mysterious. In this way, you can decide what it means to you, and you'll be right.
平 is also part of a word that means peace in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.
Some alternate translations of this single character include: balanced, peaceful, calm, equal, even, level, smooth, or flat.
Note that in Japanese, this just means “level” or “flat” by itself (not the best choice for balance if your audience is Japanese).
禪悅 is a title that refers to the inner bliss and peace you can achieve from meditation.
This term transcends a few religions, including Taoism and Buddhism. It can also be translated as “joy of the mystic trance” or simply “meditative bliss.”
Amazing that such a complex idea can be expressed in just two Chinese characters. Note that the first character is Chan/Zen (Chinese/Japanese), which means “meditation” in both languages.
安居樂業 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja proverb for “living in peace and working happily,” or “to live in peace and be content with one's occupation.”
安康 means just what it says. It's a word that expresses both the idea of being at peace and healthy at the same time.
Note: 安康 is a bonafide word in Chinese and Korean, and the characters will at least make sense in Japanese.
和平博愛 is the Chinese and Japanese way to express “Peace and Love.”
These are two separate words, so the calligrapher will put a slight space between the first two characters, which mean peace, and the last two, which represent universal love. This space is not shown on the sample character images for this phrase.
A special note: Word lists may seem okay in English but feel strange in Chinese and Japanese. We don't offer too many of them but this one is often-requested and feels okay in Chinese and Japanese, though a bit uncommon in Korean.
See Also: Love
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.
太平 means “peace and tranquility” or “peace and security” in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
The literal translation would be “very balanced” or “very peaceful.”
The first character means very, much, too much, or extremely.
The second character means balanced, peaceful, calm, equal, even, level, or smooth.
泰平 means peace and/or tranquility in Japanese and Korean (also understood but not as common in Chinese).
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).
安禪 creates a title that means to reach peace and calm through meditation.
安禪 is an excellent wall scroll for your relaxation or meditation room.
This is also a Buddhist-related term that encompasses the idea of entering into dhyana meditation.
This is also used in Japanese, but in modern times, the second character has changed, so it's 安禅 now. If you want the modern Japanese version, just choose a Japanese calligrapher, and let me know when you place your order.
These Japanese Kanji, 安心立命, can be translated as “religious enlightenment” or “spiritual peace gained through faith.”
Other dictionaries define as “spiritual peace and enlightenment” or “keeping an unperturbed mind through faith.”
My Buddhist dictionary defines it as “spiritual peace and realization of enlightenment.”
In the Zen school, this is about settling one's body and life; attaining complete peace, and establishing one's course of life in accord with the ultimate reality.
啟盛世開太平 means “To bring flourishing peace and security to the world (our current era).”
It's a wish that a new door leading to peace and prosperity could be opened to mankind.
Character and word breakdown:
啟 to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken.
盛世 a flourishing period; period of prosperity; a golden age.
開 to open; to start; to turn on.
太平 peace and security; peace and tranquility; peace; tranquility.
I don't like to do breakdowns like this, as the words altogether create their unique meaning (encompassed in the main title above).
安穩 can mean a steady, stable, sedate, and calm mind.
Other translations include “body and mind at rest,” or “peace and comfort.”
This proverb can be translated as the whole world at peace, peace and prosperity, peaceful and tranquil, peace reigns over the land, times of peace, peace and tranquillity, peaceful world, or from the Greek, times of halcyon.
Sometimes (rarely) written as 天下泰平 (variant 3rd character).
淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠 is a kind of complex ten-character proverb composed by Zhuge Liang about 1800 years ago.
This is a Chinese proverb that means “Leading a simple life will yield a clear mind, and having inner peace will help you see far (into the world).”
What I have translated as “simple life” means NOT being materialistic and NOT competing in the rat race.
The last word means “far” but the deeper meaning is that you will surpass what you can currently see or understand. Perhaps even the idea of opening up vast knowledge and understanding of complex ideas.
The whole phrase has a theme that suggests if you are NOT an aggressive cut-throat person who fights his way to the top no matter how many people he crushes on the way, and instead seek inner peace, you will have a happier existence and be more likely to understand the meaning of life.
See Also: Serenity
平靜 is one of several ways to express “serenity” or “tranquility” in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
It can also be translated as calm, serenity, tranquil, undisturbed, or serene.
靜穏 is a Japanese-specific way to express “serenity” or “tranquility.”
Notes: The second Kanji is not a Chinese character - it was morphed or developed in Japan after Chinese characters were absorbed into the Japanese language during the 5th century.
The first character is slightly-simplified from the original Chinese form but still recognizable.
反戰 means antiwar, as in what a pacifist believes in.
China does plenty of saber-rattling but thankfully doesn't go to war very often, and Japan has embraced a pacifist ideology. Therefore, it's rare to need this word. However, this is the kind of word that war protesters would write on their signs.
There is a modern Japanese version of the second character which has become the standard in Japan after WWII. If you want your calligraphy written in the modern Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Most Japanese and all Chinese people will recognize the form shown in the upper left.
和諧 is a word that means harmonious, harmony, concordant, or balanced in Chinese.
In Korean Hanja, it sometimes means reconciliation or compromise.
家內安全 is the Japanese way of saying “Family First.”
It's a Japanese proverb about the safety and well-being of your family and/or peace and prosperity in the household.
Some Japanese will hang an amulet in their home with these Kanji. The purpose is to keep your family safe from harm.
According to Shinto followers, hanging this in your home is seen as an invocation to God to always keep family members free from harm.
We were looking for a way to say “family first” in Japanese when this proverb came up in the conversation and research. While it doesn't say “family first,” it shows that the safety and well-being of your family is your first or most important priority. So, this proverb is the most natural way to express the idea that you put your family first.
See Also: Peace and Prosperity
非暴力 is fairly self-explanatory.
The first character means “not,” “non-,” or “un-”
The middle and last character together mean “violence,” “use of force,” or simply “violent.”
Together, these three characters would normally be translated as “nonviolence.” A great gift for your favorite peace-lover.
白天不做亏心事夜半敲门不吃惊 literally translates as: [If one does] not do bad things in the daytime, one need not be alarmed at knocks on the door in the middle of the night.
The meaning is something like, “A quiet conscience sleeps in thunder.” Basically, the message is, “don't commit crimes and you won't be jumpy every time the doorbell rings (so don't do anything wrong and your life will have fewer worries and you can sleep at night).”
安息 means to rest, to go to sleep, to rest peacefully, or in repose, in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|和||wa||hé / he2 / he||ho|
|平和||hei wa / heiwa||píng hé / ping2 he2 / ping he / pinghe||p`ing ho / pingho / ping ho|
|nèi xīn píng jìng|
nei4 xin1 ping2 jing4
nei xin ping jing
|nei hsin p`ing ching
nei hsin ping ching
|shizu / sei||jìng / jing4 / jing||ching|
|Achieve Inner Peace; Find Deep Understanding||寧靜而致遠|
|níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn|
ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
ning jing er zhi yuan
|ning ching erh chih yüan
Peace of Mind
|安心||an shin / anshin||ān xīn / an1 xin1 / an xin / anxin||an hsin / anhsin|
|Peaceful Warrior||平和的武士||píng hé de wǔ shì|
ping2 he2 de wu3 shi4
ping he de wu shi
|p`ing ho te wu shih
ping ho te wu shih
|seihitsu||jìng mì / jing4 mi4 / jing mi / jingmi||ching mi / chingmi|
|平||hira||píng / ping2 / ping||p`ing / ping|
|Eternal Peace||永平||eihei||yǒng píng|
|Faith Love Peace||信愛和|
|shin ai wa |
|xìn ài hé|
xin4 ai4 he2
xin ai he
|hsin ai ho
|Inner Bliss and Peace from Meditation||禪悅|
|chán yuè / chan2 yue4 / chan yue / chanyue||ch`an yüeh / chanyüeh / chan yüeh|
|Live in Peace and Contentment||安居樂業|
|an kyo raku gyou|
an kyo raku gyo
|ān jū lè yè|
an1 ju1 le4 ye4
an ju le ye
|an chü le yeh
|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
|neng jen tzu an
|Peace and Good Health||安康||ān kāng / an1 kang1 / an kang / ankang||an k`ang / ankang / an kang|
|Peace and Love||和平博愛|
|hé píng bó ài|
he2 ping2 bo2 ai4
he ping bo ai
|ho p`ing po ai
ho ping po ai
|Peace of Mind||內心的寧靜|
|nèi xīn de níng jìng|
nei4 xin1 de ning2 jing4
nei xin de ning jing
|nei hsin te ning ching
|Peace and Tranquility||太平||tai hei / taihei||tài píng / tai4 ping2 / tai ping / taiping||t`ai p`ing / taiping / tai ping|
|Peace and Tranquility||泰平||taihei|
|Peace of Mind||和平||wa hei / wahei||hé píng / he2 ping2 / he ping / heping||ho p`ing / hoping / ho ping|
|Peace, Love, Happiness||和平博愛幸福|
|hé píng bó ài xìng fú|
he2 ping2 bo2 ai4 xing4 fu2
he ping bo ai xing fu
|ho p`ing po ai hsing fu
ho ping po ai hsing fu
|Peace, Love, Happiness||平和, 愛, 幸福||heiwa ai koufuku|
heiwa ai kofuku
|Reach Peace and Calm Through Meditation||安禪|
|an zen / anzen||ān chán / an1 chan2 / an chan / anchan||an ch`an / anchan / an chan|
|安心立命||an jin ritsu myou|
an jin ritsu myo
|Warrior for Peace||和平武士||hé píng wǔ shì|
he2 ping2 wu3 shi4
he ping wu shi
|ho p`ing wu shih
ho ping wu shih
|World Peace||世界和平||shì jiè hé píng|
shi4 jie4 he2 ping2
shi jie he ping
|shih chieh ho p`ing
shih chieh ho ping
|Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity||啟盛世開太平|
|qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng|
qi3 sheng4 shi4 kai1 tai4 ping2
qi sheng shi kai tai ping
|ch`i sheng shih k`ai t`ai p`ing
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
|Worldwide Peace||四海升平||sì hǎi shēng píng|
si4 hai3 sheng1 ping2
si hai sheng ping
|ssu hai sheng p`ing
ssu hai sheng ping
|Stable - Mind at Peace||安穩|
|an non / annon||ān wěn / an1 wen3 / an wen / anwen|
|The Whole World at Peace||天下太平||tenkataihei |
|tiān xià tài píng|
tian1 xia4 tai4 ping2
tian xia tai ping
|t`ien hsia t`ai p`ing
tien hsia tai ping
|A Life of Serenity Yields Understanding||淡泊以明志寧靜而致遠|
|dàn bó yǐ míng zhì, níng jìng ér zhì yuǎn|
dan4 bo2 yi3 ming2 zhi4, ning2 jing4 er2 zhi4 yuan3
dan bo yi ming zhi, ning jing er zhi yuan
|tan po i ming chih, ning ching erh chih yüan|
反战 / 反戦
|han sen / hansen||fǎn zhàn / fan3 zhan4 / fan zhan / fanzhan||fan chan / fanchan|
|hé xié / he2 xie2 / he xie / hexie||ho hsieh / hohsieh|
|Safety and Well-Being of the Family||家內安全|
|ka nai an zen|
|Non-Violence||非暴力||hibouryoku / hiboryoku||fēi bào lì|
fei1 bao4 li4
fei bao li
|fei pao li
|One Who Does Not Do Bad Things, Worries Not of Knocks at His Door||白天不做虧心事夜半敲門不吃驚|
|bái tiān bú zuò kuī xīn shì yè bàn qiāo mén bù chī jīng|
bai2 tian1 bu2 zuo4 kui1 xin1 shi4 ye4 ban4 qiao1 men2 bu4 chi1 jing1
bai tian bu zuo kui xin shi ye ban qiao men bu chi jing
|pai t`ien pu tso k`uei hsin shih yeh pan ch`iao men pu ch`ih ching
pai tien pu tso kuei hsin shih yeh pan chiao men pu chih ching
|Safe and Sound||平安||heian||píng ān / ping2 an1 / ping an / pingan||p`ing an / pingan / ping an|
|安息||an soku / ansoku||ān xī / an1 xi1 / an xi / anxi||an hsi / anhsi|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.