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  1. Ritsu

  2. Discipline

  3. Self-Discipline / Will-Power

  4. Golden Rule

  5. Philippines

  6. Beware of the Lawyers


Japan ritsu
Ritsu Vertical Wall Scroll

While this character literally means law, regulation or rules, it's also a surname Lü in Chinese and name Ritsu in Japanese.

In more ancient times (and for some people still), this can refer to East Asian criminal code, or vinaya (rules for the monastic community). For Japanese Buddhists, this can be the Ritsu school.

In some context, this can refer to certain musical scales used in Asia.


China jì lǜ
Discipline Vertical Wall Scroll

Discipline: There are a few different ways to define this word in English. This Asian word conveys the idea of extreme self-control and perhaps self-sacrifice, and obedience. This matches what I was taught as the meaning of "discipline" when I was in the Marine Corps. There is also an additional idea of maintaining order or being orderly in your tasks.

This idea would also fit an athlete training for the Olympics who gives up many pleasures to stay focused on their training.

See Also:  Self-Control | Will-Power


China guī
Japan kiritsu
Discipline Vertical Wall Scroll

This Japanese word for discipline relays the ideas of keeping order, observance (of rules, laws, regulations).

規律 is also a word in Chinese and old Korean Hanja where it suggests that you are one who follows a certain law of behavior, or have a regular and dependable pattern of behavior, personal regime or rhythm.

See Also:  Self-Control | Will-Power

Self-Discipline / Will-Power

China zì lǜ
Japan jiritsu
Self-Discipline / Will-Power Vertical Wall Scroll

Self-discipline means self-control. It is doing what you really want to do, rather than being tossed around by your feelings like a leaf in the wind. You act instead of react. You get things done in an orderly and efficient way. With self-discipline, you take charge of yourself.

Not sure if this one works for a Japanese audience.

See Also:  Discipline | Self-Control

Golden Rule

Japan ougonritsu
Golden Rule Vertical Wall Scroll

黄金律 is, "The Golden Rule" in Japanese.

It's understood to mean, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."


China fēi lǜ bīn
Philippines Vertical Wall Scroll

菲律賓 is the Chinese name for the country of the Philippines

See Also:  Asia

Beware of the Lawyers

China xiǎo xīn lǜ shī
Beware of the Lawyers Vertical Wall Scroll

提防律師 is kind of a joke. The first two characters mean "guard yourself against (an attack)" or simply "beware." The last two characters can be translated as lawyer, attorney, or solicitor. Separately, those characters mean law/regulation/control and master/expert/teacher. Here, you can see the attorney meaning is pretty clear in the individual characters.

Please note, this is Chinese only (it won't make sense in Japanese, and the last two characters are sometimes translated together as "Buddhist Priest" in Japanese).

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin/ lu:4
Japanese ritsu / りつ
Beware of the Lawyers Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese law; surname Lü
Japanese (1) law (esp. ancient East Asian criminal code); regulation; (2) {Buddh} vinaya (rules for the monastic community); (3) (abbreviation) (See 律宗) Ritsu (school of Buddhism); (4) (abbreviation) (See 律詩) lushi (style of Chinese poem); (5) (also りち) (musical) pitch; (6) (See 十二律,呂・2) six odd-numbered notes of the ancient chromatic scale; (7) (abbreviation) (See 律旋) Japanese seven-tone gagaku scale, similar to Dorian mode (corresponding to: re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do); (n,n-suf,ctr) (8) (in traditional Eastern music) step (corresponding to a Western semitone); (personal name) Ritsuji; (female given name) Ritsu; (female given name) Rizumu; (given name) Hiroshi; (given name) Nori; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (male given name) Takashi; (personal name) Osamu
vinaya, from vi-ni, to 1ead, train: discipline: v. 毘奈耶; other names are Prātimokṣa, śīla, and upalakṣa. The discipline, or monastic rules; one of the three divisions of the Canon, or Tripiṭaka, and said to have been compiled by Upāli.



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Mandarin jì lǜ / ji4 lu:4
Taiwan chi lü
Japanese kiritsu / きりつ
Chinese discipline
Japanese (1) order; observance; discipline; (2) rules; law; regulations


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Mandarin zì lǜ / zi4 lu:4
Taiwan tzu lü
Japanese jiritsu / じりつ
Beware of the Lawyers Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese self-discipline; self-regulation; autonomy (ethics); autonomic (physiology)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) (See 他律) autonomy (philosophy); (2) self-control



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Mandarin guī lǜ / gui1 lu:4
Taiwan kuei lü
Japanese kiritsu / きりつ
Chinese rule (e.g. of science); law of behavior; regular pattern; rhythm; discipline
Japanese (1) order; observance; discipline; (2) rules; law; regulations



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Mandarin fēi lǜ bīn / fei1 lu:4 bin1
Taiwan fei lü pin
Chinese the Philippines


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Japanese ougonritsu / ogonritsu / おうごんりつ
Beware of the Lawyers Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (See 金科玉条) The Golden Rule ("do unto others as you would have them do unto you")


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Mandarin yī lǜ / yi1 lu:4
Taiwan i lü
Japanese ichiritsu / いちりつ
Chinese same; uniformly; all; without exception
Japanese (adj-no,adj-na,n-adv,n) uniform; even; across-the-board; equal


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Mandarin qī lǜ / qi1 lu:4
Taiwan ch`i lü / chi lü
Chinese abbr. for 七言詩|七言诗, verse form consisting of 8 lines of 7 syllables, with rhyme on alternate lines


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Mandarin bù lǜ / bu4 lv4
Taiwan pu lü
Japanese furitsu / ふりつ
Japanese (personal name) Furitsu


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Mandarin wǔ lǜ / wu3 lv4
Taiwan wu lü
Japanese goritsu
The doctrines of the 五部 q. v; vinaya of the five schools


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Japanese taritsu / たりつ Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (See 自律・1) heteronomy; subjection; subordination


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Mandarin yǐ lǜ / yi3 lu:4
Taiwan i lü
Chinese Eluid (son of Achim)


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Mandarin xíng lǜ / xing2 lu:4
Taiwan hsing lü
Japanese keiritsu / keritsu / けいりつ
Chinese criminal law
Japanese criminal law


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Japanese genritsu / げんりつ Japanese strict law


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Japanese roretsu / ろれつ Japanese articulation


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Mandarin dìng lǜ / ding4 lu:4
Taiwan ting lü
Japanese teiritsu / teritsu / ていりつ
Chinese scientific law
Japanese fixed law; (personal name) Yasunori


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Mandarin ní lǜ / ni2 lv4
Taiwan ni lü
Japanese niritsu
precepts for bhikṣuṇīs



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Mandarin guǎng lǜ / guang3 lv4
Taiwan kuang lü
Japanese kōritsu
complete vinaya


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Mandarin lǜ chéng / lv4 cheng2
Taiwan lü ch`eng / lü cheng
Japanese ritsujō
The Vinaya-vehicle, the teaching which emphasizes the discipline; precepts vehicle


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Japanese ritsuryou;ritsurei / ritsuryo;ritsure / りつりょう;りつれい Japanese (See 律・1,令・りょう) criminal, administrative and civil codes (forming the basis of ancient East Asian law; orig. Chinese); legal codes of the Nara and Heian eras based on Chinese models



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Mandarin lǜ yí / lv4 yi2
Taiwan lü i
Japanese richigi / りちぎ
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) honesty; faithfulness; conscientiousness; integrity
Rules and ceremonies, an intuitive apprehension of which, both written and unwritten, enables the individual to act properly under all circumstances; to restrain



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Mandarin lǜ dòng / lu:4 dong4
Taiwan lü tung
Japanese ritsudou / ritsudo / りつどう
Chinese rhythm; to move rhythmically
Japanese (noun/participle) rhythm



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Mandarin lǜ lǚ / lu:4 lu:3
Taiwan lü lü
Japanese ritsuryo / りつりょ
Chinese tuning; temperament
Japanese standard tones; Chinese system of musical sounds


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Mandarin lǜ zōng / lv4 zong1
Taiwan lü tsung
Japanese risshuu / risshu / りっしゅう
Japanese Ritsu (school of Buddhism)
The Vinaya school, emphasizing the monastic discipline, founded in China by 道宣 Daoxuan of the Tang dynasty.


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Mandarin lǜ sì / lv4 si4
Taiwan lü ssu
Japanese ritsuji
vinaya temple



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Mandarin lǜ shī / lu:4 shi1
Taiwan lü shih
Japanese risshi / りっし
Chinese lawyer
Japanese Buddhist priest; (female given name) Ritsushi; (given name) Risshi
Master and teacher of the rules of the discipline; preceptor



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Mandarin lǜ chàn / lv4 chan4
Taiwan lü ch`an / lü chan
Japanese ritsusan
Repentance and penance according to the rules; precepts-governed repentance


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Japanese ritsubun / りつぶん Japanese legal provisions; verse; (personal name) Norifumi


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Japanese rissen / りっせん Japanese (See 呂旋) Japanese seven-tone gagaku scale (corresponding to: re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, do, i.e. the Dorian mode)



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Mandarin lǜ tiáo / lu:4 tiao2
Taiwan lü t`iao / lü tiao
Chinese a law

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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
Ritsuritsulǜ / lu:4 / lu:
jì lǜ / ji4 lv4 / ji lv / jilvchi lü / chilü
kiritsuguī / gui1 lu:4 / gui lu: / guilu:kuei lü / kueilü
自律jiritsuzì lǜ / zi4 lv4 / zi lv / zilvtzu lü / tzulü
Golden Rule黄金律ougonritsu / ogonritsu
fēi lǜ bīn
fei1 lv4 bin1
fei lv bin
fei lü pin
Beware of the Lawyers提防律師
xiǎo xīn lǜ shī
xiao3 xin1 lv4 shi1
xiao xin lv shi
hsiao hsin lü shih
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