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Holy Man / Saint

shèng rén
Holy Man / Saint Scroll

聖人 can mean saint, sage, or holy man.

Note: There is more than one way to express this idea. This one really matches "Holy man" because the second character means "human" or "person" (therefore, this could equally mean "Holy woman").

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 81

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 81 Scroll

This is the Mawangdui version of Daodejing chapter 81.

It can be translated this way:
Credible words are not eloquent;
Eloquent words are not credible.

The wise are not erudite;
The erudite are not wise.

The adept are not all-around;
The all-around are not adept.
The sages do not accumulate things.
Yet the more they have done for others,
The more they have gained themselves;
The more they have given to others,
The more they have gotten themselves.

Thus, the way of tian (heaven) is to benefit without harming;
The way of sages is to do without contending.
Another translation:
Sincere words are not showy;
showy words are not sincere.
Those who know are not "widely learned";
those "widely learned" do not know.
The good do not have a lot;
Those with a lot are not good.
The Sage accumulates nothing.
Having used what he had for others,
he has even more.
Having given what he had to others,
what he has is even greater.
Therefore, the Way of Heaven is to benefit and not cause any harm,
The Way of Man is to act on behalf of others and not to compete with them.
And a third translation:
True words aren't charming,
charming words aren't true.
Good people aren't contentious,
contentious people aren't good.
People who know aren't learned,
learned people don't know.
Wise souls don't hoard;
the more they do for others the more they have,
the more they give the richer they are.
The Way of heaven provides without destroying.
Doing without outdoing
is the Way of the wise.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Holy Man
seijinshèng rén
sheng4 ren2
sheng ren
sheng jen
Tao Te Ching - Chapter 81
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.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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shèng rén / sheng4 ren2
sheng jen
 seijin / sejin / せいじん
Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 81 Scroll
saint; sage; refers to Confucius 孔子[Kong3 zi3]; the current reigning Emperor
(1) (Christian) saint; (2) (orig. meaning) wise and virtuous person (esp. in Confucianism); great religious teacher; sage; (3) (See 清酒) refined sake; (male given name) Masato
is the opposite of the 凡人 common, or unenlightened man; saint



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dà shèng rén / da4 sheng4 ren2
ta sheng jen
 dai shōnin
a great sage



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kǒng shèng rén / kong3 sheng4 ren2
k`ung sheng jen / kung sheng jen
the Sage Confucius



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shā shèng rén / sha1 sheng4 ren2
sha sheng jen
 satsu shōjin
killing an arhat


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 shouninbashi / shoninbashi / しょうにんばし (place-name) Shouninbashi


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fēi shèng rén / fei1 sheng4 ren2
fei sheng jen
not a saint



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yī qiè shèng rén / yi1 qie4 sheng4 ren2
i ch`ieh sheng jen / i chieh sheng jen
 issai shōnin
all adepts



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sān shèng shèng rén / san1 sheng4 sheng4 ren2
san sheng sheng jen
 sanjō shōnin
sages of the three vehicles



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èr shèng shèng rén / er4 sheng4 sheng4 ren2
erh sheng sheng jen
 nijō shōnin
sages of the two vehicles



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chū shì shèng rén / chu1 shi4 sheng4 ren2
ch`u shih sheng jen / chu shih sheng jen
 shusse shōnin
transmundane saints


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 shugoseijin / shugosejin / しゅごせいじん patron saint



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yǒu xué shèng rén / you3 xue2 sheng4 ren2
yu hsüeh sheng jen
 ugaku shōnin
sages still in the stage of discipline


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 yanagitashikato / やなぎたしかと (person) Yanagita Shikato



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wú xué shèng rén / wu2 xue2 sheng4 ren2
wu hsüeh sheng jen
 mugaku shōnin
post-learning arhats


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 seijinkunshi / sejinkunshi / せいじんくんし (yoji) person of lofty virtue; man of noble character; perfect person; saint


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 seijinkenja / sejinkenja / せいじんけんじゃ (yoji) person of lofty virtue and great wisdom


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 hagiwaramasato / はぎわらまさと (person) Hagiwara Masato (1971.8-)


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 hogonoseijin / hogonosejin / ほごのせいじん patron saint


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 shoseijinnoshukujitsu / shosejinnoshukujitsu / しょせいじんのしゅくじつ (See 万聖節) All Saints Day


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 nihonnijuurokuseijin / nihonnijurokusejin / にほんにじゅうろくせいじん Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan; group of Japanese and foreign Catholics who were crucified in 1597 at Nagasaki

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Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Chapter 81 Scroll
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