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  1. Adolf

  2. Daoism / Taoism

  3. Art of Healing

  4. Dawn

  5. Dōgen

  6. Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

  7. Doug

  8. The Dao of Filial Piety

  9. Four Noble Truths: Path Leading Away From Suffering

10. Judo

11. Martial Arts / Budo

12. The Middle Way

13. The Old Way / Old School

14. Seeking Truth

15. Shinto

16. Taidō

17. The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity

18. Tao / Dao of the Heart / Soul

19. Daoism / Taoism

20. Taoist / Daoist

21. True Religion / Buddha Truth

22. Walk in the Way

23. The Way of Tea

24. Adell

25. Adolfo

26. Adolph

27. Adolphe

28. Aikido

29. Andorra

30. Budokan

31. Bushido / The Way of the Samurai

32. Dalton

33. Dojo Kun

34. Hapkido

35. Iaido

36. Jeet Kune Do

37. Old Karate / Tang Hand Way / Tang Soo Do

38. Karate-Do

39. Kobudo

40. Kodokan

41. Kyuki-Do

42. Midori

43. Mushindo

44. The Noble Eightfold Path

45. Randall

46. Randolph

47. Rodolfo

48. Rudolf

49. Shidokan

50. Taekwondo

51. Wado-Kai

52. Wado-Ryu

53. The Way of the Wave

54. The Way of the Dragon

55. Ethics / Ethical / Morality

56. Kendo / The Way of the Sword

57. Zendo / The Zen Way

58. Better to be Happy than Rich

59. Douglas

60. Douglass

61. Heaven Blesses the Diligent

62. Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light

63. The Nature of Martial Arts

64. No Apologies

65. Rudolph

66. Tai Chi Chuan Dao...

67. The Way of Five Pecks of Rice

68. Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis

69. Ch'ang Hon Taekwondo

70. Danketsu Karate-Do

71. Spirit of Taekwondo

72. Wado-Ryu Karate

73. Goju Ryu Karate-Do

74. Isshin Ryu Karate Do

75. Shidokan Karate-Do

76. Shorin-Ryu Shidokan

77. Shotokan Karate-Do

78. Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do

79. Wado-Kai Aikido

80. Four Noble Truths

81. Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

82. A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step

83. Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

84. Kodokan Aikido

85. Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment

86. Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

87. The Foundation of Good Conduct

88. Shotokan Aikido

89. Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do

90. Five Codes of Tang Soo Do

91. Tom Clan Generational Poem

92. Daodejing / Tao Te Ching Chapter 81

93. Shaolin Generational Poem

94. Heart Sutra


Adolf

China ā dào fū
Adolf Vertical Wall Scroll

阿道夫 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Adolf

Daoism / Taoism

Literally: The Way or Road
China dào
Japan michi / -do
Daoism / Taoism Vertical Wall Scroll

道 is the character "dao" which is sometimes written as "tao" but pronounced like "dow" in Mandarin.

道 is the base of what is known as "Taoism." If you translate this literally, it can mean "the way" or "the path."

Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things, and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)

The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named
Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.

More about Taoism / Daoism here.

Note that this is pronounced "dou" and sometimes "michi" when written alone in Japanese but pronounced "do" in word compounds such as Karate-do and Bushido. It's also "do" in Korean.

Alternate translations and meanings: road, way, path; truth, principle province.

Important Japanese note: In Japanese, this will generally be read with the road, way, or path meaning. Taoism is not as popular or well-known in Japan, so that Daoist/Taoist philosophy is not the first thing a Japanese person will think of then they read this character.


See our Taoism Page

Art of Healing

China yī dào
Japan idou
Art of Healing Vertical Wall Scroll

醫道 means art of healing or medical skill.

This can also refer to a Korean TV show, Hur Jun about an ancient doctor. The Chinese-subtitled version of the show is also quite popular in China.

While this is a common title in Chinese and Korean, it's not used as often in Japanese where someone might read it as "medical course" or "the way of medicine".

Dawn

China dào ēn
Dawn Vertical Wall Scroll

道恩 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Dawn

Dōgen

China dào yuán
Japan dou gen
Dōgen Vertical Wall Scroll

Usually, when people are looking for "Dogen," they are referring to the Japanese Zen monk by this name.

He lived from 1200-1253. This Dogen name or title literally means "The Way Origin" or "Beginning of the Path." It is understood to mean "beginning of right doctrine or faith" in the context of his name and work to establish the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan.

To accomplish that task, this humble monk traveled from Japan and across China to find the more original or pure forms of Buddhism.

Dojo / Martial Arts Studio

China dào cháng
Japan dou jou
Dojo / Martial Arts Studio Vertical Wall Scroll

道場 is the Japanese term for a room or hall in which martial arts are taught. 道場 is often spelled "dojo" which has become a word in the English lexicon. However, the true Romaji is "doujou" or "dōjō."

Please note: The Chinese definition of these characters is quite different. In Chinese, this is a place where Buddhist or Taoist mass is held. It could also be the place where spiritual or psychic events are performed.

Doug

China dào gē
Doug Vertical Wall Scroll

道格 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Doug.

The Dao of Filial Piety

China xiào dào
Japan kou dou
The Dao of Filial Piety Vertical Wall Scroll

These two characters most clearly express the Confucian philosophy of filial piety. Confucius taught that all should be respectful and obedient to their parents. Included in this idea is honoring your ancestors.

The second character is "dao/tao" or "the way" as in Taoism. You can say this title is "The Tao of Filial Piety" or "The Way of Filial Piety."


See Also:  Confucius

Four Noble Truths: Path Leading Away From Suffering

Magga
China dào dì
Japan doutai
Four Noble Truths: Path Leading Away From Suffering Vertical Wall Scroll

Once you have dealt with your desires, and left all desire and attachment behind, only then are on you the path away from suffering (and on your way to enlightenment). 道諦 is also called the path to liberation in some English texts on Buddhism.


This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Chinese, Japanese and Korean people.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Judo

China róu dào
Japan judo
Judo Vertical Wall Scroll

柔道 is the martial art invented in Japan and known as "Judo" around the world.

Translated directly, it means "Gentle Way" or "Flexible Way"

More about Judo

Martial Arts / Budo

Way of the Warrior
China wǔ dào
Japan bu dou
Martial Arts / Budo Vertical Wall Scroll

武道 is the very common Japanese way to say "Martial Arts."

武道 is used mostly in Japanese dojos but is also understood in Chinese and Korean.

Some will use this title to mean chivalry (the conduct of a knight) or military art. The way this word is understood would depend on the context in which it is used.

The first character means "force" or "warlike" or "essence of a warrior."

The second character means "method," "path," and "the way." It is the same character used to describe/mean the philosophy of Taoism / Daoism.

Some will also translate this as, "The Way of the Warrior," especially in the context of Korean martial arts.

The Middle Way

China zhōng dào
Japan chuu dou
The Middle Way Vertical Wall Scroll

In the most basic translation, this means road through the middle, or middle road.

The expanded meaning can be moderation, golden mean.

But if you are looking for this title, you are probably seeking the Buddhist definition, which is more complex.

中道 is the middle way or middle path of Buddhism. 中道 has various interpretations. In general, it denotes the mean between two extremes and has special reference to the mean between realism and nihilism, or eternal substantial existence and annihilation.

The Buddha teaches that one should not take things to extremes. Don't be extremely evil, and engage in debauchery and murder. But do not spend every waking out trying to be a perfect saint. Instead, take the middle path, try to help others, show loving kindness wherever you can, try not to do harm. If you do inadvertently harm another being, make amends if you can, and move on. Realize you are not perfect, but in time, a path of moderation lead toward proper living and enlightenment.

The Old Way / Old School

Japan kodou
The Old Way / Old School Vertical Wall Scroll

古道 is the Japanese word meaning "The Old Way." The first character literally means old or ancient. The second character means "the way" and is the same character as used in Taoism / Daoism (Taoism literally means "the way").

This second character can also be translated as "method," as in a way of doing things.

古道 is sometimes Romanized as "kodo" though officially, the Romaji should be "Kodou."

My Japanese-English dictionary further translates this word as old road, ancient methods, ancient moral teachings, the way of learning.

Note that this would be understood differently in Chinese. Most Chinese people would just read this as, "The old road" without the other meanings derived in Japanese.

Seeking Truth

China qiú dào
Japan gu dou
Seeking Truth Vertical Wall Scroll

求道 means seeking for truth, or to seek (practice for, strive for) enlightenment.

求道 is used mostly in a Buddhist context, so some non-Buddhists may not recognize it.

Shinto

China shén dào
Japan shin tou / shin dou
Shinto Vertical Wall Scroll

神道 is how to write Shinto, a Japanese national religion.

The meaning is "Way of the Gods."

This term also has meaning for Chinese Buddhists where it means the spirit world of devas, asuras, and pretas. It can also be understood as doctrines concerning the soul.

Taidō

Japan tai dou
Taidō Vertical Wall Scroll

Taidō (The Way of the Body) is a style of Karate practiced in Japan and popular around the world.

Taidō or 躰道 traces a lineage from Genseiryū (玄制流) which came from Shuri-te (首里手), one of the original martial arts schools of ancient Okinawa.

The first character 躰 is a variant of the original Chinese character 體. In modern Japan, they tend to use 体, a more simple form of the character. 体 is also the modern Simplified Chinese form of 體.
The 躰 character is correct for this 躰道 martial arts title. But it can be confusing with so many variants out there, not to mention other homophonic Japanese words that also romanize as Taidō or Taidou.

To have a bit more fun with this 躰 character, it has a 身 radical on the left, which sets it apart. The meaning doubles up on the "body" as 身 (shin) is a character that also means body in Japanese and Chinese. On the right is 本 which often means root, stem, origin, source, or fundamental (but can also mean "book" in some contexts). This has deviated from the original 體 which was 骨 (bone) + 豊 (vessel). Hence, body was your "bone vessel" in ancient Asia.

The meaning of 躰, as well as 體 and 体, is usually translated as body. When related to the physical body, it can also refer to the torso, trunk, build, physique, or constitution of a person. As an extension of this, it can also refer to someone's health (good body = good health).
However, depending on context, it can encompass other meanings such as: form; style; system; to experience; aspect; corpus, corporeal; the substance, the essentials.

The second character, 道, is recognized and well-known as the "Way" and is the same "do" as in Karate-do or Aikido.

The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity

China rén dào
Japan jindou
The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity Vertical Wall Scroll

人道 is literally the "The Way of Being Human," or "The Human Way." It can also be translated as "humanity."

人道 has a secondary meaning of "sidewalk" as in "the way for people to walk" (in Japanese and Korean only). But as calligraphy artwork, nobody will read it with that translation.

Please note that there are two ways to Romanized Dao or Tao as in Daoism = Taoism. It's the same word in Chinese.

Tao / Dao of the Heart / Soul

China xīn dào
Tao / Dao of the Heart / Soul Vertical Wall Scroll

心道 means "The Way of the Heart" or "The Way of the Soul." The first character means "heart" but can also mean soul, spirit, mind, or your essence. In this case, it is most accurately translated with the heart or soul meaning.

The second character is Dao as in Daoism. Please note, this is the same thing as Tao as in Taoism (just Romanized differently - it's always been the same in Chinese for about 2300 years.

Daoism / Taoism

China dào jiào
Japan doukyou
Daoism / Taoism Vertical Wall Scroll

道教 is the title often used in both Chinese and Japanese to describe the beliefs or religion of Taoism / Daoism. The first character is simply "dao" and the second character can be translated as "teachings," "faith" or "doctrine."

Taoist / Daoist

China dào shì
Japan dou shi
Taoist / Daoist Vertical Wall Scroll

道士 is a Japanese Kanji, Korean Hanja, and Chinese title that means Daoist or Taoist. This can refer to a Taoist priest, or a person of high morals. This can also be applied to Buddhists and to Śākyamuni (especially in Japanese). It suggest a person (or soldier) who follows the way or the right path. Thus a person who follows a path of virtue.

True Religion / Buddha Truth

The way of the truth
China shí dào
Japan jitsu dou
True Religion / Buddha Truth Vertical Wall Scroll

This Buddhist title means, "The true way," "The true religion," "The way of the truth," or "The absolute Buddha-truth."

Walk in the Way

The Way of Buddha Truth
China xíng dào
Japan yukimichi
Walk in the Way Vertical Wall Scroll

In Taoist and Buddhist context, this means to "Walk in the Way." In Buddhism, that further means to follow the Buddha truth. In some Buddhist sects, this can mean to make a procession around a statue of the Buddha (always with the right shoulder towards the Buddha).

Outside of that context, this can mean route (when going somewhere), the way to get somewhere, etc.

In Japanese, this can be the surname or given name Yukimichi.

The Way of Tea

China chá dào
Japan cha dou
The Way of Tea Vertical Wall Scroll

茶道 means The Way of Tea (literally, "tea way") in Chinese and Japanese.

This may refer to a tea ceremony or a general lifestyle of tea preparing and drinking.

In Japanese, this can be pronounced sadō or chadō (seems that sadō refers more often to a tea ceremony, and chadō when it's the Way of Tea).

茶道 is also used in Buddhist context with the same meaning of the Way of Tea.

Adell

China yǎ dào ěr
Adell Vertical Wall Scroll

雅道爾 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Adell.

Adolfo

China ē dào fú
Adolfo Vertical Wall Scroll

阿道弗 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Adolfo

Adolph

China ā dào fū
Adolph Vertical Wall Scroll

阿道夫 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Adolph.

Adolphe

China ā dào fū
Adolphe Vertical Wall Scroll

阿道夫 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Adolphe.

Aikido

China hé qì dào
Japan ai ki dou
Aikido Vertical Wall Scroll

合気道 is the modern Japanese way to write Aikido.

Aikido is often referred to as the defensive martial art.

While Aikido was born in Japan, it has become a somewhat famous form of defensive tactics taught to soldiers and Marines, as well as some law enforcement officers in the West.

Looking at the characters, the first means "union" or "harmony."
The second character means "universal energy" or "spirit."
The third means "way" or "method."


Please note that while the original 合氣道 characters can be pronounced in Chinese, this word is not well-known in China and is not considered part of the Chinese lexicon.

Note: It is somewhat accepted that this is the origin of Hapkido in Korea. And other than a modern simplification to the middle Kanji of this 3-Kanji word, it is written the same in Korean Hanja.


See Also:  Martial Arts | Hapkido

Andorra

China ān dào ěr
Andorra Vertical Wall Scroll

安道爾 is the Chinese name for the country of Andorra


See Also:  Europe

Budokan

Japan budoukan
Budokan Vertical Wall Scroll

Budokan literally means "martial arts stadium."

However, the title Budokan is often used to refer to a certain style of karate. This style originated in Malaysia and has spread throughout the world.

Bushido / The Way of the Samurai

China wǔ shì dào
Japan bu shi do
Bushido / The Way of the Samurai Vertical Wall Scroll

武士道 is the title for, "The Code of the Samurai."

Sometimes called "The Seven Virtues of the Samurai," "The Bushido Code," or "The Samurai Code of Chivalry."

This would be read in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja as "The Way of the Warrior," "The Warrior's Way," or "The Warrior's Code."

It's a set of virtues that the Samurai of Japan and ancient warriors of China and Korea had to live and die by. However, while known throughout Asia, this title is mostly used in Japan, and thought of as being of Japanese origin.

The seven commonly-accepted tenets or virtues of Bushido are: Benevolence 仁, Courage 勇, Honesty 誠, Honour 名誉, Loyalty 忠実, Respect 礼(禮), and Rectitude 義. These tenets were part of an oral history for generations, thus, you will see variations in the list Bushido tenets depending on who you talk to.


See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Samurai | Warrior

Dalton

China dào ěr dùn
Dalton Vertical Wall Scroll

道爾頓 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Dalton.

Dojo Kun

Japan dou jou kun
Dojo Kun Vertical Wall Scroll

道場訓 is the Japanese term for the rules or doctrine of the dojo.

道場訓 is often a list of roles and expectations posted near the front entrance of a dojo.

Hapkido

Korean Martial Art of re-directing force
China hé qì dào
Japan ai ki do
Hapkido Vertical Wall Scroll

Hapkido is a mostly-defensive martial art of Korea. It has some connection to Aikido of Japan. In fact, they are written with the same characters in both languages. However, it should be noted that the Korean Hanja characters shown here are the traditional Chinese form - but in modern Japan, the middle character was slightly simplified.
Note: You can consider this to be the older Japanese written form of Aikido. Titles on older books and signs about Aikido use this form.

The connection between Japanese Aikido and Korean Hapkido is a bit muddled in history. 合氣道 is probably due to the relationship between the two countries - especially during WWII when many Koreans became virtual slaves for the Japanese (many Koreans are still bitter about that, so many things were disassociated from having any Japanese origin).

Looking at the characters, the first means "union" or "harmony."
The second character means "universal energy" or "spirit."
The third means "way" or "method."
One way to translate this into English is "Harmonizing Energy Method." This makes since, as Hapkido has more to do with redirecting energy, rather that fighting with strength against strength.

More Hapkido info

More notes:
1. Sometimes Hapkido is Romanized as "hap ki do," "hapki-do" "hab gi do" or "hapgido."

2. Korean Hanja characters are actually Chinese characters that usually hold the same meaning in both languages. There was a time when these characters were the standard and only written form of Korean. The development of modern Korean Hangul characters is a somewhat recent event in the greater scope of history. There was a time when Chinese characters were the written form of many languages in places known in modern times as North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and a significant portion of Malaysia. Even today, more people in the world can read Chinese characters than can read English.

3. While these Korean Hanja characters can be pronounced in Chinese, this word is not well-known in China and is not considered part of the Chinese lexicon.

Iaido

Japan iaidou
Iaido Vertical Wall Scroll

居合道 is the Japanese Kanji title for the martial art of Iaidō, which emphasizes the smooth and elegant draw of the sword from its scabbard.

These same characters are used in Chinese and old Korean but not with the same meaning as read in Japanese. Therefore, this should be considered a "Japanese only" title.

Jeet Kune Do

China jié quán dào
HK jeet kune do
Japan sekken dou
Jeet Kune Do Vertical Wall Scroll

In Cantonese, this is Jeet Kune Do. Often it is explained as the "Way of the Intercepting Fist." 截拳道 is a martial art style founded by Bruce Lee.

The first character means to cut-off or sever.
The second character is fist.
The last character means way or method.


See Also:  Bruce Lee

Old Karate / Tang Hand Way / Tang Soo Do

China táng shǒu dào
Japan kara te do
Old Karate / Tang Hand Way / Tang Soo Do Vertical Wall Scroll

唐手道 is the alternate title for Karate-do. This title uses a character which represents the Tang Dynasty of China. Thus, this is often translated as the "Tang Hand Way" or incorrectly, "Tang Fist Way." I have also seen some call it "China Hand Way."

There is not a lot of information on this title but some believe that a simplified form of Kung Fu that started in China, and ended up very popular in Japan used this title initially. It was later changed in Japan to a different Karate title which means "Empty Hand" (as in, without weapons).

In Korean, this title represents a certain style of martial arts. From Korean, this is often romanized as "Tang Soo Do," "Tangsudo," "Dang Su Do," or "Dangsudo." The last two romanizations on that list are the official Korean government romanization, though martial arts schools tend to use other non-standard versions.

Karate-Do

China kōng shǒu dào
Japan kara te dou
Karate-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

Credit is given that karate started in China but migrated and became refined, and vastly popular in Japan. The literal meaning of these characters is "empty hand method" or "empty hand way." Karate is a martial art that uses no blades of weapons other than the "natural weapons" that God gave to humans (fists and feet). The last character somehow became optional but the meaning of that character is "method" or "the way" as in Taoism / Daoism.

Kobudo

China gǔ wǔ dào
Japan ku bu dou
Kobudo Vertical Wall Scroll

古武道 is the title for Kubudo, which can be defined as Okinawan weapons fighting.

The literal translation would be something like "Old Martial Way." The last two characters are often translated as "martial arts" so "Old Martial Arts" is another possible translation.

Please note that even though these are Chinese characters, and can be pronounced in Chinese, this is a Japanese only title. It is not often used nor understood in Chinese. So please consider this to only be appropriate for a Japanese audience.

Kodokan

Japan kou dou kan
Kodokan Vertical Wall Scroll

This title refers to a certain kind or school of Judo martial arts.

Here's how the characters break down in meaning for this one:
1. Mutual Assistance or Association. Can also refer to a lecture, speech, or explaining something (as in teaching).
2. Way / Path (the Tao/Dao as in Taoism/Daoism)
3. Schoolroom / Building / Establishment / Mansion / Small Castle / Hall (of learning)

Altogether, you get something like, "The Path of Mutual Learning Hall."

More about Kodokan from the Institute of Kodokan.

Kodokan

Japan kou dou kan
Kodokan Vertical Wall Scroll

光道館 is Kodokan. 光道館 is the title of an Aikido dojo, studio, or hall.

Be careful in selecting the correct Kodokan, as there are two different titles that romanize as Kodokan.

Here's how the characters break down in meaning for this one:
1. Light / Bright
2. Way / Path (the Tao/Dao as in Taoism/Daoism)
3. Schoolroom / Building / Establishment / Mansion / Hall (of learning)

Altogether, you get something like, "The Path of Light Establishment."

Kyuki-Do

Korean Martial Art
China jī qì dào
Kyuki-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

擊氣道 is the title of the Kyuki-Do form of Korean martial arts.

In Korean Hangul, it's 격기도.

While "Kyuki-Do" is the most common romanized form of this title, the official Korean romanization is actually "Gyeog Gi Do" or "Gyeoggi-Do.">

The first character means to hit, strike, attack, rout, or break.
The second means "life energy" or "atmosphere."
The last means "the way" or "method."

FYI: The last two characters are the same as the last two in the titles Hapkido and Aikido.

I have included Mandarin Chinese pronunciation above, however, this term would only be known by Chinese people familiar with this style of martial arts. Consider this to be a Korean-only title.

Midori

China mì dào lì
Midori Vertical Wall Scroll

密道麗 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Midori.

Please note: Midori is usually a Japanese name, so this is probably not the title you want.

Mushindo

Japan mu shin dou
Mushindo Vertical Wall Scroll

無心道 is the base title for Mushindo (without mind way). 無心道 is often coupled with a trailing word to make titles like Mushindo-Kai or Mushido-Kempo.

If you are looking for this title, you probably know more than I can tell you about this martial arts style.

The Noble Eightfold Path

Ashtangika Marga / Astangika-Marga / Atthangika Magga
China bā zhèng dào
Japan ha sshou dou
The Noble Eightfold Path Vertical Wall Scroll

八正道 is a complex set of steps that Buddhists much take to cleanse karma, achieve enlightenment, eventually cease the cycle of rebirth and live in a state of Nirvana.


If the idea of 8 separate wall scrolls plus this title is too much for you, we can custom-arrange all eight of these concepts on a single wall scroll. Just post your request on our Asian calligraphy forum, and we can discuss options.

Note: This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Randall

China lán dào ěr
Randall Vertical Wall Scroll

蘭道爾 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Randall

Randolph

China lún dào fū
Randolph Vertical Wall Scroll

倫道夫 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Randolph.

Rodolfo

China lǔ dào fū
Rodolfo Vertical Wall Scroll

魯道夫 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Rodolfo

Rudolf

China lǔ dào fū
Rudolf Vertical Wall Scroll

魯道夫 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Rudolf.

Shidokan

Japan shi dou kan
Shidokan Vertical Wall Scroll

志道館 is the Japanese title Shidōkan (sometimes pronounced Kokorozashi-do-kan).

志道館 is often associated with Shorin-ryu Shidokan (小林流志道館). Do not confuse this title with the newer 士道館 which is also romanized as Shidōkan.

Shidokan (Karate)

Japan shi dou kan
Shidokan (Karate) Vertical Wall Scroll

士道館 is the Japanese title for Shidōkan, a style of full-contact karate.

士道館 is a newer karate style, founded in 1980 by Yoshiji Soeno.

Taekwondo

China tái quán dào
Japan te kon do
Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll

跆拳道 is one of the most widespread types of martial arts in the world as well as being an Olympic sport. Taekwondo was born in Korea with influences of Chinese and Japanese styles, combined with traditional Korean combat skills. Some will define it as the "Korean art of empty-handed self-defense."

In the simplest translation, the first character means "kick," the second character can mean either "fist" or "punching" the third means "way" or "method." Altogether, you could say this is "Kick Punch Method." When heard or read in various Asian languages, all will automatically think of this famous Korean martial art. It is written the same in Japanese Kanji, Chinese, and Korean Hanja characters - so the appearance of the characters are rather universal. However, you should note that there is another way to write this in modern Korean Hangul characters which looks like the image to the right. Taekwondo Hangul Characters

We suggest the original Korean Hanja (Chinese characters) for a wall scroll but if you really need the Hangul version, you must use master calligrapher Xing An-Ping: Order Taekwondo in Korean Hangul

Note: Taekwondo is sometimes Romanized as Tae-Kwondo, Tae Kwon Do, Taekwon-do, Taegwondo, Tae Gweon Do, Tai Kwon Do, Taikwondo, Taekwando, Tae Kwan Do and in Chinese Taiquandao, Tai Quan Dao, Taichuando, or Tai Chuan Tao.

Wado-Kai

Japan wa dou kai
Wado-Kai Vertical Wall Scroll

Wado-Kai is used as a title for styles of Karate and Aikido.

Breaking down the characters into the proper Japanese Romaji, you have "wa dou kai" or "wa dō kai." The meaning is roughly-translated as "Harmony Way Club" or "Peace Method Association." The first Kanji should probably be read as harmony, rather than peace in this case.


See Also:  Wado-Ryu

Wado-Ryu

Style of Karate or Jujitsu
Japan wa dou ryuu
Wado-Ryu Vertical Wall Scroll

Wado-Ryu is a style of Karate or Jujutsu (Jujitsu).
Note: Many will argue as to whether this is a style of Karate or Jujutsu.

While some find Wado-Ryu similar to Shotokan Karate, enough differences exist in perspective and technique that it stands by itself.

Breaking down the characters into the proper Japanese Romaji, you have "wa dou ryuu" or "wa dō ryū." The meaning is roughly-translated as "Harmony Way Style" or "Peace Method Style." The first Kanji should probably be read as harmony, rather than peace in this case.


See Also:  Wado-Kai

The Way of the Wave

The Tao of the Waves
China làng zhī dào
The Way of the Wave Vertical Wall Scroll

浪之道 is a great title for a surfer whose lifestyle is entwined with the surf and waves.
This can be translated a few different ways:
The Way of the Wave
The Dao of the Wave
The Tao of the Waves
Note: Dao and Tao are the same character, just sometimes romanized differently.

The Way of the Dragon

China lóng zhī dào
The Way of the Dragon Vertical Wall Scroll

龍之道 is how the way of the dragon is written in Chinese.

龍之道 is not the same as the Chinese movie that was titled in English as "The Way of the Dragon". 龍之道 is rather, the literal meaning, of the dragon's way. The first character is dragon, the second is a possessive article, and the third character means way or path.

Ethics / Ethical / Morality

China dào dé
Japan dou toku
Ethics / Ethical / Morality Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean word can also be defined as "moral principles," morality, ethics, ethical, morals, or virtue.

The first character is the same that is associated with Daoism / Taoism. 道德 is also used to express morality, virtue, or simply morals.


徳There is a slight deviation in the Japanese Kanji form. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people.


See Also:  Chastity | Prudence

Kendo / The Way of the Sword

China jiàn dào
Japan kendou
Kendo / The Way of the Sword Vertical Wall Scroll

Often associated with Kenjutsu, this word means "The way of the sword" in Japanese (and Korean with alternate form of the first character).
剱道 / 劍道 is also the term used for swordsmanship and even fencing in Japanese and Korean, depending on context.

Note: These same characters are also used separately in Chinese but this exact combination yields a common title in Japanese only (perhaps someone who is really into swords would use this in China).

Note: There is more than one way to write the "sword" character (shown above is the Japanese version - if you want the Korean version, please let me know when you place your order).


See Also:  Sword | Katana

Zendo / The Zen Way

China chán dào
Japan zen dou
Zendo / The Zen Way Vertical Wall Scroll

This title is used in certain contexts but is not widely-known by the general population of China or Japan.

From Japanese, you will see this title romanized as "zendo," which is the brand name of a board game, and also a title used by some martial arts studios and karate dojos. Oddly, many translate this as "zen fist" although there is no "fist" in the title. If you literally translated this title, it would be "meditation way" or "meditation method."

In Chinese, this would be "chan dao" with the same literal meaning as the Japanese title. It's used in China by just a handful of martial arts styles/studios.

You should only order this title if you really understand the meaning, and it has some personal connection to you (such as practicing a martial art style that uses this title, or if you love the board game Zendo). Many who see your wall scroll will not be familiar with this title, and you'll have some explaining to do.


禪The first character can also be written in a more complex traditional way as shown to the right. Let us know in the special instructions for your calligraphy project if you want this style.

禅If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, the first character will automatically be written with an extra dot on top. This is the variant form of the original Chinese character which is commonly used in modern Japan Kanji. See sample to the right.

Better to be Happy than Rich

China ān pín lè dào
Better to be Happy than Rich Vertical Wall Scroll

Even if you are poor, you should still feel satisfied in your life...

...Satisfaction, happiness, and the meaning of your life come from within yourself and not from money or riches of the world.

In Chinese, there are a lot of four-character proverbs which express some very old philosophies.
Though there are only four characters on this scroll, in Chinese the meanings often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should not set your expectations too high for the amount to money or riches you wish to have. One who sets their expectations too high is almost always disappointed. Instead, you should cherish what you have, and seek to improve yourself from within, and not measure your personal worth by the size of your bank account.


See Also:  A Sly Rabbit Will Have Three Openings to Its Den

Douglas

China dào gē lā sī
Douglas Vertical Wall Scroll

道格拉斯 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Douglas

Douglass

China dào gé lā sī
Douglass Vertical Wall Scroll

道格拉斯 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Douglass.

Heaven Blesses the Diligent

China tiān dào chóu qín
Heaven Blesses the Diligent Vertical Wall Scroll

This can be interpreted a few different ways:
God blesses those who work hard.
It is the way of Heaven to smile on the diligent.
God will reward those that are worthy.
Heaven blesses those who are diligent.

Whichever translation you like, a scroll like this on your wall may serve as a reminder to work hard because your diligence will pay off both in this life and the next.


Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.

Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light

China yī dào shén guāng
Japan ichidou no shinkou
Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light Vertical Wall Scroll

一道神光 is a Buddhist term that means, "inner light," or "intuitive wisdom."

This actually reads, "[the] one path/way [of] spiritual light." It implies that your spirit knows the way, and will light the path for you.

The Nature of Martial Arts

China zì rán wǔ dào
Japan shi zen bu do
The Nature of Martial Arts Vertical Wall Scroll

The first two characters create a word that means nature, natural, or spontaneous. The last two characters are often translated as martial arts.

NOT APPROPRIATE FOR
CUSTOM CALLIGRAPHY

No Apologies

China méi yǒu dào qiàn
No Apologies Vertical Wall Scroll

沒有道歉 means "no apologies" or "without apologies" in Chinese.

This phrase is not appropriate for custom calligraphy, and is here for educational purposes only.

Rudolph

China lǔ dào ěr fū
Rudolph Vertical Wall Scroll

魯道爾夫 is a common transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the name Rudolph.

Tai Chi Chuan Dao
Tai Ji Quan Dao

China tài jí quán dào
Tai Chi Chuan Dao / Tai Ji Quan Dao Vertical Wall Scroll

太極拳道 is the common Tai Chi Chuan title with "Dao" (the Way) added to the end.

If you're not sure, I suggest the shorter titles such as "Tai Chi Chuan," or just "Tai Chi."

The Way of Five Pecks of Rice

China wǔ dǒu mǐ dào
Japan gotobeidou
The Way of Five Pecks of Rice Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese and Japanese Kanji title means, "Way of the Five Pecks of Rice."

五斗米道 is a Taoist/Daoist movement which later became known as, "The Way of the Celestial Masters."

Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis

China dào tiān dì jiàng fǎ
Japan dou ten chi shou hou
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis Vertical Wall Scroll

The first chapter of Sun Tzu's Art of War lists five key points to analyzing your situation.

It reads like a 5-part military proverb. Sun Tzu says that to sharpen your skills, you must plan. To plan well, you must know your situation. Therefore, you must consider and discuss the following:

1. Philosophy and Politics: Make sure your way or your policy is agreeable among all of your troops (and the citizens of your kingdom as well). For when your soldiers believe in you and your way, they will follow you to their deaths without hesitation, and will not question your orders.

2. Heaven/Sky: Consider climate / weather. This can also mean to consider whether God is smiling on you. In the modern military, this could be waiting for clear skies so that you can have air support for an amphibious landing.

3. Ground/Earth: Consider the terrain in which the battle will take place. This includes analyzing defensible positions, exit routes, and using varying elevation to your advantage. When you plan an ambush, you must know your terrain, and the best location from which to stage that ambush. This knowledge will also help you avoid being ambushed, as you will know where the likely places in which to expect an ambush from your enemy.

4. Leadership: This applies to you as the general, and also to your lieutenants. A leader should be smart and be able to develop good strategies. Leaders should keep their word, and if they break a promise, they should punish themselves as harshly as they would punish subordinates. Leaders should be benevolent to their troops, with almost a fatherly love for them. Leaders must have the ability to make brave and fast decisions. Leaders must have steadfast principles.

5. [Military] Methods: This can also mean laws, rules, principles, model, or system. You must have an efficient organization in place to manage both your troops and supplies. In the modern military, this would be a combination of how your unit is organized, and your SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).


Notes: This is a simplistic translation and explanation. Much more is suggested in the actual text of the Art of War (Bing Fa). It would take a lot of study to master all of these aspects. In fact, these five characters can be compared to the modern military acronyms such as BAMCIS or SMEAC.

CJK notes: I have included the Japanese and Korean pronunciations but in Chinese, Korean and Japanese, this does not make a typical phrase (with subject, verb, and object) it is a list that only someone familiar with Sun Tzu's writings would understand.

Ch'ang Hon Taekwondo

Ch'ang Hon Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll

蒼軒跆拳道 is the title "Chang Hon Taekwon-Do" written in old Korean Hanja.

This literally means, "Pale Blue Kick Fist/Punch Way."

The rather awkward official romanization is "cang heon tae gweon do."


Occasionally, you will see the first Hanja character written as 苍 instead of 蒼. It's just a different way to write the same character. If you want 苍 instead of 蒼, just let me know.

Danketsu Karate-Do

Japan dan ketsu kara te dou
Danketsu Karate-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

団結空手道 is the title for Danketsu Karate-Do, a dojo located in Stroudsburg, PA.

団結 (danketsu) means union, unity, or combination.

空手道 (karate-do) means "empty hand way".


If you need you martial arts school/dojo/academy added to my database, just give me the info (actual Chinese/Japanese text if you have it).

Spirit of Taekwondo

China tái quán dào jīng shen
Japan te kon do sei shin
Spirit of Taekwondo Vertical Wall Scroll

This title means, "Taekwondo Spirit" or "The Spirit of Taekwondo." 跆拳道精神 is the title of General Choi's calligraphy often referred to as "The Tenets of Taekwon-do."

Wado-Ryu Karate

Japan wa dou ryuu kara te
Wado-Ryu Karate Vertical Wall Scroll

和道流空手 is the Japanese martial arts title, "Wado-Ryu Karate."


See Also:  Wado-Kai

Goju Ryu Karate-Do

Japan gou juu ryuu kara te dou
Goju Ryu Karate-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the title of the Goju-Ryu Karate-Do school of martial arts.

Isshin Ryu Karate Do

Japan i sshin ryuu kara te dou
Isshin Ryu Karate Do Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the full title for Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do.

The literal meaning is "one heart method empty hand way."

There are also other ways you can translate this, but if you are looking for this title, you already know that.

This would make a great wall scroll for your dojo or private studio, if you study this form of Japanese (technically from Okinawa) Karate.

Because this is a specifically-Japanese title, I strongly recommend that you select our Japanese Master Calligrapher to create this artwork for you.

Shidokan Karate-Do

Japan shi dou kan kara te dou
Shidokan Karate-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the full Japanese title for Shidōkan Karate-Do, a style of full-contact karate.

This is a newer karate style, founded in 1980 by Yoshiji Soeno.

Shorin-Ryu Shidokan

Japan sho rin ryu shi dou kan
Shorin-Ryu Shidokan Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the Japanese title Shorin-ryu Shidōkan.

Shotokan Karate-Do

China sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
Japan shou tou kan kara te dou
Shotokan Karate-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

These Japanese Kanji make up the title for Shotokan Karate.

This should be considered a Japanese-only title. It does make sense and is pronounceable in Chinese and Korean but only as a title for a building (perhaps a martial arts hall) surrounded by pine trees - followed by the characters for "The empty hand method" (kong shou dao / Karate-do). Also, the first two characters were simplified in both Japanese and Chinese. The third character was simplified in Chinese but not Japanese.

Upon request, we can offer the fully traditional Chinese version but be sure you know what you are asking for.

Note: This would be understood in Chinese and Korean Hanja by a person from those cultures who is familiar with martial arts and various schools of Japanese karate.

Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do

Japan ue chi ryuu kara te dou
Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the title of the Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do school of Okinawan martial arts. Uechi actually means "higher stages of practice" in a Buddhist context.

Wado-Kai Aikido

Japan wa dou kai ai ki do
Wado-Kai Aikido Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the title for Wado-Kai Aikido.


See Also:  Wado-Ryu

Four Noble Truths (Full List)

China kǔ dì jí dì miè dì dào dì
Japan kutai jittai mettai doutai
Four Noble Truths (Full List) Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the list of tenets of the Four Noble Truths as taught in virtually all sects of Buddhism. They are suffering (dukkha), desire (samudaya), release from desire (nirodha), and the path leading away from suffering (magga).

Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

Japanese Genbu Karate Club
China rì běn kōng shǒu dào xuán wǔ huì
Japan ni ppon kara te dou gen bu kai
Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the title for Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai.
A Japanese karate association of the Genbu school.

Note that while this title does make perfect sense in Chinese, it is really a Japanese title. In fact, the first word is "Japanese/Japan."


If you'd like your martial arts school, dojo or club added to our calligraphy database for easy ordering of a custom calligraphy wall scroll, just post your request on our Custom Asian Calligraphy Request Forum.

A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step

senri no michi mo ippo kara
Japan sen ri no michi mo i-ppo ka ra
A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the Japanese version of an ancient Chinese proverb that means, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Some will also translate this as a 1000 mile road starts with one brick (a small amount).

In this case, the real measurement is an ancient Chinese "li" or 里, which is romanized as "ri" in Japanese. It's about half a kilometer, so three 里 would be a western mile. A journey of 333 miles begins with a single step, just doesn't sound as natural.


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

Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do

China mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
Japan shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the title for Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do.
A school of Karate.

Note that while this title can be pronounced in Chinese, it only makes complete sense in Japanese.

Kodokan Aikido

Japan kou dou kan ai ki dou
Kodokan Aikido Vertical Wall Scroll

This is Kodokan Aikido.

Be sure this is the right Kodokan for your school, as there are two different titles that romanize as Kodokan in Japanese.

Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment

China bù bǐ bù zhī dào yī bǐ xià yì tiào
Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally means: [If one not does] not make comparisons, [one will] not know [the truth] when [one] compares, [one will be] greatly surprised.

This goes to the idea that if you do not know bad times, you cannot know what good times are.
...And...
You can not know light without experiencing darkness.

Another way to translate this would be: If you wish to be enlightened, you need to make comparisons and analyze every aspect (of a situation, issue or problem).

Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield

Japan doujou de naki senjou de warau
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield Vertical Wall Scroll

道場で泣き戦場で笑う is a Japanese phrase that means, "Cry in the dojo, laugh on the battlefield."

You'll see this phrase in a lot of dojos as a kind of philosophical joke.


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


See Also:  The More We Sweat in Training the Less We Bleed in Battle

The Foundation of Good Conduct

Quote from Confucius
China zhì yú dào jù yú dé yī yú rén yóu yú yì
The Foundation of Good Conduct Vertical Wall Scroll

This proverb from the Analects of Confucius translates as:

Resolve yourself in the Dao/Tao/Way.
Rely on Virtue.
Reside in benevolence.
Revel in the arts.

According to Confucius, these are the tenets of good and proper conduct.


This was written over 2500 years ago. The composition is in ancient Chinese grammar and phrasing. A modern Chinese person would need a background in Chinese literature to understand this without the aid of a reference.

Shotokan Aikido

China sōng tāo guǎn hé qì dào
Japan shou tou kan ai ki dou
Shotokan Aikido Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the title for Shotokan Aikido in Japanese.

Note: Chinese and Korean pronunciations of these characters are included above, however, this title would only be understood in Chinese or Korean by someone who practices or is familiar with Shotokan Aikido. Please consider this title to be "Japanese only."


See Also:  Martial Arts | Hapkido

Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do

China tái quán dào jīng shén lǐ yì lián chǐ rěn nài kè jǐ bǎi zhé bù qū
Taekwondo Tenets / Spirit of Taekwon-do Vertical Wall Scroll

Taekwondo TenetsThis is General Choi's writing that is often called "The Tenets of Taekwon-do." The actual title would be translated as, "Taekwondo Spirit" or "The Spirit of Taekwondo." It was originally written in Korean Hanja (Chinese characters used in Korea for about 1600 years).

General Choi's original calligraphy is shown to the right. Your custom calligraphy will be unique, and not an exact match, as each calligrapher has their own style.

In modern times, the common form of written Korean is Hangul (a phonetic character set). The table below shows the text in Hangul and Hanja along with a pronunciation guide and a brief English translation:

Traditional Korean HanjaModern Korean HangulPronunciationEnglish
跆拳道精神태권도정신tae gweon do jeong sinTaekwondo Spirit
禮儀예의ye yiCourtesy / Etiquette / Propriety / Decorum / Formality
廉耻염치yeom ciIntegrity / Sense of Honor
忍耐인내in naePatience / Perseverance / Endurance
克己극기geug giSelf-Control / Self-Denial / Self-Abnegation
百折不屈백절불굴baeg jeor bur gurIndomitable Spirit (Undaunted even after repeated attacks from the opponent)
Note that the pronunciation is the official version now used in South Korea. However, it is different than what you may be used to. For instance, "Taekwon-do" is "tae gweon do." This new romanization is supposed to be closer to actual Korean pronunciation.

Five Codes of Tang Soo Do

China guó jiā zhōng chéng fù mǔ xiào dào péng yǒu yǒu xìn shā shēng yǒu zé lín zhàn wú tuì
Five Codes of Tang Soo Do Vertical Wall Scroll

These are the five codes of Tang Soo Do.

I suggest you have this arranged in five columns when you get to the options page for your custom calligraphy wall scroll.

Here are my translations of each of the five codes:
國家忠誠 Be loyal to your country.
父母孝道 In regards to parents, behave in a filial way.
朋友有信 Be faithful in friendship.
殺生有擇 When fighting for life and death, make noble choices.
臨戰無退 No retreat in battle.

Note: "Tang Soo Do" is a romanization of 唐手道. It's 당수도 in Korean Hangul. It can also be romanized as "Tangsudo" or "Dangsudo."

Tom Clan Generational Poem

China ěr chāng yǒu yán sì jié kāi wén yì guāng zōng chuán shì zé yuǎn jìn běn lì dào lóng jī shàn jiā guó zhòng xué yè guǎng chéng fāng
Tom Clan Generational Poem Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the Tom Clan Generational Poem. If you are interested in this poem, you probably already know the meaning, so for now we'll forgo including a translation.

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching Chapter 81

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching Chapter 81 Vertical Wall 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.

Shaolin Generational Poem

China sōng shān shào lín sì cáo dòng zhèng zōng chuán xù qī shí zì bèi jué fú huì zhì zǐ jiào běn yuán kě wù zhōu hóng pǔ guǎng zōng dào qìng tóng xuán zǔ qīng jìng zhēn rú hǎi zhàn jì chún zhēn sù dé xíng yǒng yán héng miào tǐ cháng jiān gù xīn lǎng zhào yōu shēn xìng míng jiàn chóng zuò zhōng zhēng shàn xǐ xiáng jǐn zhì yuán jì dù xuě tíng wéi dǎo shī yǐn rǔ guī xuàn lù
Shaolin Generational Poem Vertical Wall Scroll

This is a poem, including title, that celebrates the tactics and virtues of the Shaolin Kung Fu Monks for future generations.

Heart Sutra

Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the short version of the Heart Sutra as translated by Xuanzang. It is often cited as the best-known and most popular of all Buddhist scriptures.


Notes: There are too many characters for this to be done by the economy calligrapher. You must choose a Master Calligrapher.

With this many characters, and the fact that one tiny mistake wipes out hours of work, keep in mind that writing the Heart Sutra is usually a full day of work for a calligrapher. This work and personal energy should be cherished and respected. In other words, the calligrapher is not charging enough money for the value that you are getting here.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin dào / dao4
Taiwan tao
Japanese dou / do / どう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese road; path; CL:條|条[tiao2],股[gu3]; principle; truth; morality; reason; skill; method; Dao (of Daoism); to say; to speak; to talk; classifier for long thin things (rivers, cracks etc), barriers (walls, doors etc), questions (in an exam etc), commands, courses in a meal, steps in a process; (old) administrative division (similar to province in Tang times)
Japanese (1) (abbreviation) road; (2) way; (3) Buddhist teachings; (4) Taoism; (5) modern administrative region of Japan (Hokkaido); (6) historical administrative region of Japan (Tokaido, Tosando, etc.); (7) province (Tang-era administrative region of China); (8) province (modern administrative region of Korea); (personal name) Wataru; (given name) Motoi; (personal name) Michihiro; (surname) Michizaki; (surname, female given name) Michi; (given name) Makoto; (female given name) Fumi; (given name) Naoshi; (surname) Douzaki; (surname) Dou; (female given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (female given name) Tao; (personal name) Susumu; (given name) Osamu
mārga. A way, road; the right path; principle, Truth, Reason, Logos, Cosmic energy; to lead; to say. The way of transmigration by which one arrives at a good or bad existence; any of the six gati, or paths of destiny. The way of bodhi, or enlightenment leading to nirvāṇa through spiritual stages. Essential nirvāṇa, in which absolute freedom reigns. For the eightfold noble path v. 八聖.; The two Ways: (1) (a) 無礙 or 無間 The open or unhindered way, or the way of removing all obstacles or intervention, i. e. all delusion; (b) 解脫 the way of release, by realization of truth. (2) (a) 難行 The hard way of "works", i. e. by the six pāramitā and the disciplines. (b) 易行 the easy way salvation, by the invocation of Amitābha. (3) (a) 有漏 The way of reincarnation or mortality; (b) 無漏 the enlightened way of escape from the miseries of transmigration. (4) (a) 教 The way of instruction; (b) 證 the way of realization. (5) The two lower excretory organs.

中道

see styles
Mandarin zhōng dào / zhong1 dao4
Taiwan chung tao
Japanese nakamichi / なかみち    chuudou / chudo / ちゅうどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese road through the middle; middle road; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) middle of the road; moderation; golden mean; (2) the middle (of what one is doing); half-way; (3) {Buddh} middle way; middle path; (place-name, surname) Nakamichi; (place-name, surname) Nakadou; (surname) Chuudou
The 'mean' has various interpretations. In general it denotes the mean between two extremes, and has special reference to the mean between realism and nihilism, or eternal substantial existence and annihilation; this 'mean' is found in a third principle between the two, suggesting the idea of a realm of mind or spirit beyond the terminology of 有 or 無, substance or nothing, or, that which has form, and is therefore measurable and ponderable, and its opposite of total non-existence. See 中論. The following four Schools define the term according to their several scriptures: the 法相 School describes it as the 唯識, v. 唯識中; the 三論 School as the 八不 eight negations, v. 三論; the Tiantai as 實相 the true reality; and the Huayan as the 法界 dharmadhātu. Four forms of the Mean are given by the 三論玄義.

人道

see styles
Mandarin rén dào / ren2 dao4
Taiwan jen tao
Japanese jindou(p);nindou / jindo(p);nindo / じんどう(P);にんどう
Chinese human sympathy; humanitarianism; humane; the "human way", one of the stages in the cycle of reincarnation (Buddhism); sexual intercourse
Japanese (1) humanity; (2) sidewalk; footpath; (3) (にんどう only) {Buddh} (See 六道) human realm
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

剣道

see styles
Japanese kendou / kendo / けんどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese kendo; swordmanship; fencing; way of the sword; (surname) Kendou

古道

see styles
Mandarin gǔ dào / gu3 dao4
Taiwan ku tao
Japanese kodou;furumichi / kodo;furumichi / こどう;ふるみち
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese ancient road; precepts of the antiquity
Japanese (1) old road; ancient road; (2) (こどう only) ancient methods; ancient moral teachings; the way of learning; (place-name, surname) Furumichi; (given name) Kodou

孝道

see styles
Mandarin xiào dao / xiao4 dao5
Taiwan hsiao tao
Japanese koudou / kodo / こうどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese filial piety (Confucian virtue); to be a good son or daughter
Japanese filial piety; (given name) Takamichi; (given name) Koudou; (given name) Kouji

實道


实道

see styles
Mandarin shí dào / shi2 dao4
Taiwan shih tao
Japanese jitsudō
The true way, the true religion, absolute Buddha-truth.

柔道

see styles
Mandarin róu dào / rou2 dao4
Taiwan jou tao
Japanese juudou / judo / じゅうどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese judo
Japanese judo

武道

see styles
Japanese budou / budo / ぶどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese martial arts; military arts; Bushido; (surname, given name) Budou; (surname) Butou; (given name) Takemichi

求道

see styles
Mandarin qiú dào / qiu2 dao4
Taiwan ch`iu tao / chiu tao
Japanese kyuudou;gudou / kyudo;gudo / きゅうどう;ぐどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese seeking for truth; (personal name) Motomichi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

神道

see styles
Mandarin shén dào / shen2 dao4
Taiwan shen tao
Japanese shintou(p);shindou / shinto(p);shindo / しんとう(P);しんどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Shinto (Japanese religion)
Japanese Shinto; Shintoism; (surname) Jindou; (surname) Shindou; (surname) Shishidou
The spirit world of devas, asuras, and pretas. Psychology, or the doctrines concerning the soul. The teaching of Buddha. Shinto, the Way of the Gods, a Japanese national religion; the spiritual path

禅道

see styles
Japanese zendou / zendo / ぜんどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) Zen ascetic practices; Zen meditation; (2) Zen teachings; Zen

茶道

see styles
Mandarin chá dào / cha2 dao4
Taiwan ch`a tao / cha tao
Japanese sadou(p);chadou(ok)(p) / sado(p);chado(ok)(p) / さどう(P);ちゃどう(ok)(P)
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Japanese tea ceremony; sado
Japanese tea ceremony; Way of Tea; (place-name) Chadou
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

行道

see styles
Mandarin xíng dào / xing2 dao4
Taiwan hsing tao
Japanese yukimichi / ゆきみち
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese route (when going somewhere); way (to get somewhere); (surname, given name) Yukimichi
To walk in the way, follow the Buddha-truth; to make procession round an image, especially of the Buddha, with the right shoulder towards it; to follow the path

道元

see styles
Mandarin dào yuán / dao4 yuan2
Taiwan tao yüan
Japanese michimoto / みちもと    dougen / dogen / どうげん
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (surname) Michimoto; (person) Dogen (Zen monk) (1200-1253)
The beginning of right doctrine, i.e. faith; the origin of the way

道場


道场

see styles
Mandarin dào chǎng / dao4 chang3
Taiwan tao ch`ang / tao chang
Japanese doujou / dojo / どうじょう
Chinese Taoist or Buddhist rite; abbr. for 菩提場|菩提场[Pu2 ti2 dao4 chang3]
Japanese (1) dojo (hall used for martial arts training); (2) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 菩提道場) manda (place of Buddhist practice or meditation, esp. the place under the bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment); (surname) Michiba; (place-name, surname) Douba; (place-name, surname) Doujou; (surname) Touba
Truth-plot. bodhimaṇḍala, circle, or place of enlightenment. The place where Buddha attained enlightenment. A place, or method, for attaining to Buddha-truth. An object of or place for religious offerings. A place for teaching, learning, or practising religion; site of enlightenment

道士

see styles
Mandarin dào shì / dao4 shi4
Taiwan tao shih
Japanese doushi / doshi / どうし
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Daoist priest
Japanese a person of high morals; a Taoist; (personal name) Michishi
A Taoist (hermit), also applied to Buddhists, and to Śākyamuni; Daoists

道德

see styles
Mandarin dào dé / dao4 de2
Taiwan tao te
Japanese dōtoku
Chinese virtue; morality; ethics; CL:種|种[zhong3]
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

道教

see styles
Mandarin dào jiào / dao4 jiao4
Taiwan tao chiao
Japanese doukyou / dokyo / どうきょう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Taoism; Daoism (Chinese system of beliefs)
Japanese Taoism; Daoism; (personal name) Michinori; (personal name) Michitaka; (personal name) Doukyou
Taoism. The teaching of the right way, i.e. of Buddhism; Daoism

道諦


道谛

see styles
Mandarin dào dì / dao4 di4
Taiwan tao ti
Japanese doutai / dotai / どうたい
Japanese {Buddh} (See 四諦) truth of the way to the cessation of suffering
mārga, the dogma of the path leading to the extinction of passion, the fourth of the four axioms, i.e. the eightfold noble path, v. 八聖; truth of the Way

醫道


医道

see styles
Mandarin yī dào / yi1 dao4
Taiwan i tao
Japanese idō
Chinese art of healing; medical skill; Hur Jun (TV series)
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

八正道

see styles
Mandarin bā zhèng dào / ba1 zheng4 dao4
Taiwan pa cheng tao
Japanese hasshōdō / はっしょうどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese the Eight-fold Noble Way (Buddhism)
Japanese (Buddhist term) noble eightfold path
(八正分) Āryamārga. The eight right or correct ways, the "eightfold noble path" for the arhat to nirvāṇa; also styled 八船, 八正門, 八由行, 八游行, 八聖支, 八行, 八直行, 八直. The eight are: (1) 正見Samyag-dṛṣṭi, correct views in regard to the Four Axioms, and freedom from the common delusion. (2) 正思 Samyak-saṁkalpa, correct thought and purpose. (3) 正語 Samyag-vāc, correct speech, avoidance of false and idle talk. (4) 正業 Samyak-karmānta, correct deed, or conduct, getting rid of all improper action so as to dwell in purity. (5) 正命 Smnyag-ājīva, correct livelihood or occupation, avoiding the five immoral occupations. (6) 正精進 Samyag-vyāyāma, correct zeal, or energy in uninterrupted progress in the way of nirvāṇa. (7) 正念 Samyak-smṛti, correct remembrance, or memory, which retains the true and excludes the false. (8) 正定 Samyak-samadhi, correct meditation, absorption, or abstraction. The 正 means of course Buddhist orthodoxy, anything contrary to this being 邪 or heterodox, and wrong.

古武道

see styles
Japanese kobudou / kobudo / こぶどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese ancient Japanese martial arts

合気道

see styles
Japanese aikidou / aikido / あいきどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (martial arts term) aikido

合氣道


合气道

see styles
Mandarin hé qì dào / he2 qi4 dao4
Taiwan ho ch`i tao / ho chi tao
Japanese aikidou / aikido / あいきどう
Chinese aikido (Japanese martial art); hapkido (Korean martial art)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (martial arts term) aikido

唐手道

see styles
Mandarin táng shǒu dào / tang2 shou3 dao4
Taiwan t`ang shou tao / tang shou tao
Chinese Tang soo do (Korean martial art)

安道爾


安道尔

see styles
Mandarin ān dào ěr / an1 dao4 er3
Taiwan an tao erh
Chinese Andorra

居合道

see styles
Japanese iaidou / iaido / いあいどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese iaido (art of drawing the Japanese sword)

截拳道

see styles
Mandarin jié quán dào / jie2 quan2 dao4
Taiwan chieh ch`üan tao / chieh chüan tao
Japanese jiikundoo / jikundoo / ジークンドー
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Jeet Kun Do or Way of the Intercepting Fist, a fusion of Eastern and Western martial arts led by Bruce Lee 李小龍|李小龙[Li3 Xiao3 long2]
Japanese {MA} Jeet Kune Do; Way of the Intercepting Fist (martial art founded by Bruce Lee)

武士道

see styles
Mandarin wǔ shì dào / wu3 shi4 dao4
Taiwan wu shih tao
Japanese bushidou / bushido / ぶしどう
Heart Sutra Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese bushidō or way of the warrior, samurai code of chivalry
Japanese Bushido; samurai code of chivalry

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Adolf阿道夫ā dào fū
a1 dao4 fu1
a dao fu
adaofu
a tao fu
ataofu
Daoism
Taoism
michi / -dodào / dao4 / daotao
Art of Healing醫道
医道
idou / idoyī dào / yi1 dao4 / yi dao / yidaoi tao / itao
Dawn道恩dào ēn / dao4 en1 / dao en / daoentao en / taoen
Dōgen道元dou gen / dougen / do gen / dogendào yuán / dao4 yuan2 / dao yuan / daoyuantao yüan / taoyüan
Dojo
Martial Arts Studio
道場
道场
dou jou / doujou / do jo / dojodào cháng
dao4 chang2
dao chang
daochang
tao ch`ang
taochang
tao chang
Doug道格dào gē / dao4 ge1 / dao ge / daogetao ko / taoko
The Dao of Filial Piety孝道kou dou / koudou / ko do / kodoxiào dào / xiao4 dao4 / xiao dao / xiaodaohsiao tao / hsiaotao
Four Noble Truths: Path Leading Away From Suffering道諦
道谛
doutai / dotaidào dì / dao4 di4 / dao di / daoditao ti / taoti
Judo柔道judoróu dào / rou2 dao4 / rou dao / roudaojou tao / joutao
Martial Arts
Budo
武道bu dou / budou / bu do / budowǔ dào / wu3 dao4 / wu dao / wudaowu tao / wutao
The Middle Way中道chuu dou / chuudou / chu do / chudozhōng dào
zhong1 dao4
zhong dao
zhongdao
chung tao
chungtao
The Old Way
Old School
古道kodou / kodo
Seeking Truth求道gu dou / gudou / gu do / gudoqiú dào / qiu2 dao4 / qiu dao / qiudaoch`iu tao / chiutao / chiu tao
Shinto神道shin tou / shin dou
shintou / shindou
shin to / shin do
shinto/shindo
shén dào / shen2 dao4 / shen dao / shendaoshen tao / shentao
Taidō躰道tai dou / taidou / tai do / taido
The Tao or Dao of Being Human
Humanity
人道jindou / jindorén dào / ren2 dao4 / ren dao / rendaojen tao / jentao
Tao
Dao of the Heart
Soul
心道xīn dào / xin1 dao4 / xin dao / xindaohsin tao / hsintao
Daoism
Taoism
道教doukyou / dokyodào jiào / dao4 jiao4 / dao jiao / daojiaotao chiao / taochiao
Taoist
Daoist
道士dou shi / doushi / do shi / doshidào shì / dao4 shi4 / dao shi / daoshitao shih / taoshih
True Religion
Buddha Truth
實道
实道
jitsu dou / jitsudou / jitsu do / jitsudoshí dào / shi2 dao4 / shi dao / shidaoshih tao / shihtao
Walk in the Way行道yukimichixíng dào / xing2 dao4 / xing dao / xingdaohsing tao / hsingtao
The Way of Tea茶道cha dou / chadou / cha do / chadochá dào / cha2 dao4 / cha dao / chadaoch`a tao / chatao / cha tao
Adell雅道爾
雅道尔
yǎ dào ěr
ya3 dao4 er3
ya dao er
yadaoer
ya tao erh
yataoerh
Adolfo阿道弗ē dào fú
e1 dao4 fu2
e dao fu
edaofu
o tao fu
otaofu
Adolph阿道夫ā dào fū
a1 dao4 fu1
a dao fu
adaofu
a tao fu
ataofu
Adolphe阿道夫ā dào fū
a1 dao4 fu1
a dao fu
adaofu
a tao fu
ataofu
Aikido合氣道
合気道
ai ki dou / aikidou / ai ki do / aikidohé qì dào
he2 qi4 dao4
he qi dao
heqidao
ho ch`i tao
hochitao
ho chi tao
Andorra安道爾
安道尔
ān dào ěr
an1 dao4 er3
an dao er
andaoer
an tao erh
antaoerh
Budokan武道館budoukan / budokan
Bushido
The Way of the Samurai
武士道bu shi do / bushidowǔ shì dào
wu3 shi4 dao4
wu shi dao
wushidao
wu shih tao
wushihtao
Dalton道爾頓
道尔顿
dào ěr dùn
dao4 er3 dun4
dao er dun
daoerdun
tao erh tun
taoerhtun
Dojo Kun道場訓
道場训
dou jou kun
doujoukun
do jo kun
dojokun
Hapkido合氣道
合气道
ai ki do / aikidohé qì dào
he2 qi4 dao4
he qi dao
heqidao
ho ch`i tao
hochitao
ho chi tao
Iaido居合道iaidou / iaido
Jeet Kune Do截拳道sekken dou / sekkendou / seken do / sekendojié quán dào
jie2 quan2 dao4
jie quan dao
jiequandao
chieh ch`üan tao
chiehchüantao
chieh chüan tao
Old Karate
Tang Hand Way
Tang Soo Do
唐手道kara te do / karatedotáng shǒu dào
tang2 shou3 dao4
tang shou dao
tangshoudao
t`ang shou tao
tangshoutao
tang shou tao
Karate-Do空手道kara te dou
karatedou
kara te do
karatedo
kōng shǒu dào
kong1 shou3 dao4
kong shou dao
kongshoudao
k`ung shou tao
kungshoutao
kung shou tao
Kobudo古武道ku bu dou / kubudou / ku bu do / kubudogǔ wǔ dào
gu3 wu3 dao4
gu wu dao
guwudao
ku wu tao
kuwutao
Kodokan講道館
讲道馆
kou dou kan
koudoukan
ko do kan
kodokan
Kodokan光道館
讲道馆
kou dou kan
koudoukan
ko do kan
kodokan
Kyuki-Do擊氣道
击气道
jī qì dào
ji1 qi4 dao4
ji qi dao
jiqidao
chi ch`i tao
chichitao
chi chi tao
Midori密道麗
密道丽
mì dào lì
mi4 dao4 li4
mi dao li
midaoli
mi tao li
mitaoli
Mushindo無心道
无心道
mu shin dou
mushindou
mu shin do
mushindo
The Noble Eightfold Path八正道ha sshou dou
hasshoudou
ha sho do
hashodo
bā zhèng dào
ba1 zheng4 dao4
ba zheng dao
bazhengdao
pa cheng tao
pachengtao
Randall蘭道爾
兰道尔
lán dào ěr
lan2 dao4 er3
lan dao er
landaoer
lan tao erh
lantaoerh
Randolph倫道夫
伦道夫
lún dào fū
lun2 dao4 fu1
lun dao fu
lundaofu
lun tao fu
luntaofu
Rodolfo魯道夫
鲁道夫
lǔ dào fū
lu3 dao4 fu1
lu dao fu
ludaofu
lu tao fu
lutaofu
Rudolf魯道夫
鲁道夫
lǔ dào fū
lu3 dao4 fu1
lu dao fu
ludaofu
lu tao fu
lutaofu
Shidokan志道館shi dou kan
shidoukan
shi do kan
shidokan
Shidokan (Karate)士道館shi dou kan
shidoukan
shi do kan
shidokan
Taekwondo跆拳道te kon do / tekondotái quán dào
tai2 quan2 dao4
tai quan dao
taiquandao
t`ai ch`üan tao
taichüantao
tai chüan tao
Wado-Kai和道會
和道会
wa dou kai / wadoukai / wa do kai / wadokai
Wado-Ryu和道流wa dou ryuu
wadouryuu
wa do ryu
wadoryu
The Way of the Wave浪之道làng zhī dào
lang4 zhi1 dao4
lang zhi dao
langzhidao
lang chih tao
langchihtao
The Way of the Dragon龍之道
龙之道
lóng zhī dào
long2 zhi1 dao4
long zhi dao
longzhidao
lung chih tao
lungchihtao
Ethics
Ethical
Morality
道德
道德 / 道徳
dou toku / doutoku / do toku / dotokudào dé / dao4 de2 / dao de / daodetao te / taote
Kendo
The Way of the Sword
剱道 / 劍道
剣道
kendou / kendojiàn dào / jian4 dao4 / jian dao / jiandaochien tao / chientao
Zendo
The Zen Way
禅道 / 禪道
禅道
zen dou / zendou / zen do / zendochán dào / chan2 dao4 / chan dao / chandaoch`an tao / chantao / chan tao
Better to be Happy than Rich安貧樂道
安贫乐道
ān pín lè dào
an1 pin2 le4 dao4
an pin le dao
anpinledao
an p`in le tao
anpinletao
an pin le tao
Douglas道格拉斯dào gē lā sī
dao4 ge1 la1 si1
dao ge la si
daogelasi
tao ko la ssu
taokolassu
Douglass道格拉斯dào gé lā sī
dao4 ge2 la1 si1
dao ge la si
daogelasi
tao ko la ssu
taokolassu
Heaven Blesses the Diligent天道酬勤tiān dào chóu qín
tian1 dao4 chou2 qin2
tian dao chou qin
tiandaochouqin
t`ien tao ch`ou ch`in
tientaochouchin
tien tao chou chin
Intuitive Wisdom
Inner Light
一道神光ichidou no shinkou
ichidounoshinkou
ichido no shinko
ichidonoshinko
yī dào shén guāng
yi1 dao4 shen2 guang1
yi dao shen guang
yidaoshenguang
i tao shen kuang
itaoshenkuang
The Nature of Martial Arts自然武道shi zen bu do
shizenbudo
zì rán wǔ dào
zi4 ran2 wu3 dao4
zi ran wu dao
ziranwudao
tzu jan wu tao
tzujanwutao
No Apologies沒有道歉
没有道歉
méi yǒu dào qiàn
mei2 you3 dao4 qian4
mei you dao qian
meiyoudaoqian
mei yu tao ch`ien
meiyutaochien
mei yu tao chien
Rudolph魯道爾夫
鲁道尔夫
lǔ dào ěr fū
lu3 dao4 er3 fu1
lu dao er fu
ludaoerfu
lu tao erh fu
lutaoerhfu
Tai Chi Chuan Dao
Tai Ji Quan Dao
太極拳道
太极拳道
tài jí quán dào
tai4 ji2 quan2 dao4
tai ji quan dao
taijiquandao
t`ai chi ch`üan tao
taichichüantao
tai chi chüan tao
The Way of Five Pecks of Rice五斗米道gotobeidou / gotobeidowǔ dǒu mǐ dào
wu3 dou3 mi3 dao4
wu dou mi dao
wudoumidao
wu tou mi tao
wutoumitao
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis道天地將法
道天地将法
dou ten chi shou hou
doutenchishouhou
do ten chi sho ho
dotenchishoho
dào tiān dì jiàng fǎ
dao4 tian1 di4 jiang4 fa3
dao tian di jiang fa
daotiandijiangfa
tao t`ien ti chiang fa
taotientichiangfa
tao tien ti chiang fa
Ch'ang Hon Taekwondo蒼軒跆拳道
苍轩跆拳道
Danketsu Karate-Do団結空手道dan ketsu kara te dou
danketsukaratedou
dan ketsu kara te do
danketsukaratedo
Spirit of Taekwondo跆拳道精神te kon do sei shin
tekondoseishin
tái quán dào jīng shen
tai2 quan2 dao4 jing1 shen2
tai quan dao jing shen
taiquandaojingshen
t`ai ch`üan tao ching shen
taichüantaochingshen
tai chüan tao ching shen
Wado-Ryu Karate和道流空手wa dou ryuu kara te
wadouryuukarate
wa do ryu kara te
wadoryukarate
Goju Ryu Karate-Do剛柔流空手道
刚柔流空手道
gou juu ryuu kara te dou
goujuuryuukaratedou
go ju ryu kara te do
gojuryukaratedo
Isshin Ryu Karate Do一心流空手道i sshin ryuu kara te dou
isshinryuukaratedou
i shin ryu kara te do
ishinryukaratedo
Shidokan Karate-Do士道館空手道shi dou kan kara te dou
shidoukankaratedou
shi do kan kara te do
shidokankaratedo
Shorin-Ryu Shidokan小林流志道館sho rin ryu shi dou kan
shorinryushidoukan
sho rin ryu shi do kan
shorinryushidokan
Shotokan Karate-Do鬆濤館空手道
松涛館空手道
shou tou kan kara te dou
shoutoukankaratedou
sho to kan kara te do
shotokankaratedo
sōng tāo guǎn kōng shǒu dào
song1 tao1 guan3 kong1 shou3 dao4
song tao guan kong shou dao
songtaoguankongshoudao
sung t`ao kuan k`ung shou tao
sungtaokuankungshoutao
sung tao kuan kung shou tao
Uechi-Ryu Karate-Do上地流空手道ue chi ryuu kara te dou
uechiryuukaratedou
ue chi ryu kara te do
uechiryukaratedo
Wado-Kai Aikido和道會合気道
和道会合気道
wa dou kai ai ki do
wadoukaiaikido
wa do kai ai ki do
wadokaiaikido
Four Noble Truths (Full List)苦諦集諦滅諦道諦
苦谛集谛灭谛道谛
kutai jittai mettai doutai
kutaijittaimettaidoutai
kutai jittai mettai dotai
kutaijittaimettaidotai
kǔ dì jí dì miè dì dào dì
ku3 di4 ji2 di4 mie4 di4 dao4 di4
ku di ji di mie di dao di
kudijidimiedidaodi
k`u ti chi ti mieh ti tao ti
kutichitimiehtitaoti
ku ti chi ti mieh ti tao ti
Nippon Karate-Do Genbu-Kai日本空手道玄武會
日本空手道玄武会
ni ppon kara te dou gen bu kai
nipponkaratedougenbukai
ni pon kara te do gen bu kai
niponkaratedogenbukai
rì běn kōng shǒu dào xuán wǔ huì
ri4 ben3 kong1 shou3 dao4 xuan2 wu3 hui4
ri ben kong shou dao xuan wu hui
jih pen k`ung shou tao hsüan wu hui
jih pen kung shou tao hsüan wu hui
A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step千里の道も一歩からsen ri no michi mo i-ppo ka ra
senrinomichimoi-ppokara
sen ri no michi mo i-po ka ra
senrinomichimoi-pokara
Shito-Ryu Ki-Me-Kan Karate-Do糸東流氣目館空手道
糸东流気目馆空手道
shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-dou
shito-ryu ki-me-kan karate-do
shito-ryuki-me-kankarate-do
mì dōng liú qì mù guǎn kōng shǒu dào
mi4 dong1 liu2 qi4 mu4 guan3 kong1 shou3 dao4
mi dong liu qi mu guan kong shou dao
mi tung liu ch`i mu kuan k`ung shou tao
mi tung liu chi mu kuan kung shou tao
Kodokan Aikido光道館合気道 / 光道館合氣道
光道馆合气道
kou dou kan ai ki dou
koudoukanaikidou
ko do kan ai ki do
kodokanaikido
Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment不比不知道一比嚇一跳
不比不知道一比吓一跳
bù bǐ bù zhī dào yī bǐ xià yì tiào
bu4 bi3 bu4 zhi1 dao4 yi1 bi3 xia4 yi4 tiao4
bu bi bu zhi dao yi bi xia yi tiao
pu pi pu chih tao i pi hsia i t`iao
pu pi pu chih tao i pi hsia i tiao
Cry in the dojo - Laugh on the battlefield道場で泣き戦場で笑うdoujou de naki senjou de warau
dojo de naki senjo de warau
dojodenakisenjodewarau
The Foundation of Good Conduct誌于道據于德依于仁遊于藝
志于道据于德依于仁游于艺
zhì yú dào jù yú dé yī yú rén yóu yú yì
zhi4 yu2 dao4 ju4 yu2 de2 yi1 yu2 ren2 you2 yu2 yi4
zhi yu dao ju yu de yi yu ren you yu yi
chih yü tao chü yü te i yü jen yu yü i
Shotokan Aikido鬆濤館合氣道 (Old Japanese/Chinese)
松涛館合気道 (Modern Japanese)
shou tou kan ai ki dou
shoutoukanaikidou
sho to kan ai ki do
shotokanaikido
sōng tāo guǎn hé qì dào
song1 tao1 guan3 he2 qi4 dao4
song tao guan he qi dao
songtaoguanheqidao
sung t`ao kuan ho ch`i tao
sungtaokuanhochitao
sung tao kuan ho chi tao
Taekwondo Tenets
Spirit of Taekwon-do
跆拳道精神禮義廉耻忍耐克己百折不屈
跆拳道精神礼义廉耻忍耐克己百折不屈
tái quán dào jīng shén lǐ yì lián chǐ rěn nài kè jǐ bǎi zhé bù qū
tai2 quan2 dao4 jing1 shen2 li3 yi4 lian2 chi3 ren3 nai4 ke4 ji3 bai3 zhe2 bu4 qu1
tai quan dao jing shen li yi lian chi ren nai ke ji bai zhe bu qu
t`ai ch`üan tao ching shen li i lien ch`ih jen nai k`o chi pai che pu ch`ü
tai chüan tao ching shen li i lien chih jen nai ko chi pai che pu chü
Five Codes of Tang Soo Do國家忠誠父母孝道朋友有信殺生有擇臨戰無退
国家忠诚父母孝道朋友有信杀生有择临战无退
guó jiā zhōng chéng fù mǔ xiào dào péng yǒu yǒu xìn shā shēng yǒu zé lín zhàn wú tuì
guo2 jia1 zhong1 cheng2 fu4 mu3 xiao4 dao4 peng2 you3 you3 xin4 sha1 sheng1 you3 ze2 lin2 zhan4 wu2 tui4
guo jia zhong cheng fu mu xiao dao peng you you xin sha sheng you ze lin zhan wu tui
kuo chia chung ch`eng fu mu hsiao tao p`eng yu yu hsin sha sheng yu tse lin chan wu t`ui
kuo chia chung cheng fu mu hsiao tao peng yu yu hsin sha sheng yu tse lin chan wu tui
Tom Clan Generational Poem爾昌友延嗣捷開文裔光宗傳世澤遠晉本立道隆積善家國重學業廣成芳
尔昌友延嗣捷开文裔光宗传世泽远晋本立道隆积善家国重学业广成芳
ěr chāng yǒu yán sì jié kāi wén yì guāng zōng chuán shì zé yuǎn jìn běn lì dào lóng jī shàn jiā guó zhòng xué yè guǎng chéng fāng
er3 chang1 you3 yan2 si4 jie2 kai1 wen2 yi4 guang1 zong1 chuan2 shi4 ze2 yuan3 jin4 ben3 li4 dao4 long2 ji1 shan4 jia1 guo2 zhong4 xue2 ye4 guang3 cheng2 fang1
er chang you yan si jie kai wen yi guang zong chuan shi ze yuan jin ben li dao long ji shan jia guo zhong xue ye guang cheng fang
erh ch`ang yu yen ssu chieh k`ai wen i kuang tsung ch`uan shih tse yüan chin pen li tao lung chi shan chia kuo chung hsüeh yeh kuang ch`eng fang
erh chang yu yen ssu chieh kai wen i kuang tsung chuan shih tse yüan chin pen li tao lung chi shan chia kuo chung hsüeh yeh kuang cheng fang
Daodejing
Tao Te Ching Chapter 81
信言不美美言不信知者不博博者不知善者不多多者不善聖人無積既以為人己癒有既以予人矣已癒多故天之道利而不害聖人之道為而不爭
信言不美美言不信知者不博博者不知善者不多多者不善圣人无积既以为人己愈有既以予人矣已愈多故天之道利而不害圣人之道为而不争
Shaolin Generational Poem嵩山少林寺曹洞正宗傳續七十字輩訣福慧智子覺了本圓可悟周洪普廣宗道慶同玄祖清靜真如海湛寂淳貞素德行永延恆妙體常堅固心朗照幽深性明鑒崇祚忠正善禧祥謹志原濟度雪庭為導師引汝歸鉉路
嵩山少林寺曹洞正宗传续七十字辈诀福慧智子觉了本圆可悟周洪普广宗道庆同玄祖清静真如海湛寂淳贞素德行永延恒妙体常坚固心朗照幽深性明鉴崇祚忠正善禧祥谨志原济度雪庭为导师引汝归铉路
sōng shān shào lín sì cáo dòng zhèng zōng chuán xù qī shí zì bèi jué fú huì zhì zǐ jiào běn yuán kě wù zhōu hóng pǔ guǎng zōng dào qìng tóng xuán zǔ qīng jìng zhēn rú hǎi zhàn jì chún zhēn sù dé xíng yǒng yán héng miào tǐ cháng jiān gù xīn lǎng zhào yōu shēn xìng míng jiàn chóng zuò zhōng zhēng shàn xǐ xiáng jǐn zhì yuán jì dù xuě tíng wéi dǎo shī yǐn rǔ guī xuàn lù
song1 shan1 shao4 lin2 si4 cao2 dong4 zheng4 zong1 chuan2 xu4 qi1 shi2 zi4 bei4 jue2 fu2 hui4 zhi4 zi3 jiao4 le5 ben3 yuan2 ke3 wu4 zhou1 hong2 pu3 guang3 zong1 dao4 qing4 tong2 xuan2 zu3 qing1 jing4 zhen1 ru2 hai3 zhan4 ji4 chun2 zhen1 su4 de2 xing2 yong
song shan shao lin si cao dong zheng zong chuan xu qi shi zi bei jue fu hui zhi zi jiao le ben yuan ke wu zhou hong pu guang zong dao qing tong xuan zu qing jing zhen ru hai zhan ji chun zhen su de xing yong
sung shan shao lin ssu ts`ao tung cheng tsung ch`uan hsü ch`i shih tzu pei chüeh fu hui chih tzu chiao le pen yüan k`o wu chou hung p`u kuang tsung tao ch`ing t`ung hsüan tsu ch`ing ching chen ju hai chan chi ch`un chen su te hsing yung
sung shan shao lin ssu tsao tung cheng tsung chuan hsü chi shih tzu pei chüeh fu hui chih tzu chiao le pen yüan ko wu chou hung pu kuang tsung tao ching tung hsüan tsu ching ching chen ju hai chan chi chun chen su te hsing yung
Heart Sutra觀自在菩薩行深般若波羅蜜多時照見五蘊皆空度一切苦厄舍利子色不異空空不異色色即是空空即是色受想行識亦復如是舍利子是諸法空相不生不滅不垢不淨不增不減是故空中無色無受想行識無眼耳鼻舌身意無色聲香味觸法無眼界乃至無意識界無無明亦無無明盡乃至無老死亦無老死盡無苦集滅道無智亦無得以無所得故菩提薩埵依般若波羅蜜多故心無罣礙無罣礙故無有恐怖遠離顛倒夢想究竟涅盤三世諸佛依般若波羅蜜多故得阿耨多羅三藐三菩提故知般若波羅蜜多是大神咒是大明咒是無上咒是無等等咒能除一切苦真實不虛故說般若波羅蜜多咒即說咒曰揭諦揭諦波羅揭諦波羅僧揭諦菩提薩婆訶
观自在菩萨行深般若波罗蜜多时照见五蕴皆空度一切苦厄舍利子色不异空空不异色色即是空空即是色受想行识亦复如是舍利子是诸法空相不生不灭不垢不净不增不减是故空中无色无受想行识无眼耳鼻舌身意无色声香味触法无眼界乃至无意识界无无明亦无无明尽乃至无老死亦无老死尽无苦集滅道无智亦无得以无所得故菩提萨埵依般若波罗蜜多故心无罣碍无罣碍故无有恐怖远离颠倒梦想究竟涅盘三世诸佛依般若波罗蜜多故得阿耨多罗三藐三菩提故知般若波罗蜜多是大神咒是大明咒是无上咒是无等等咒能除一切苦真实不虚故说般若波罗蜜多咒即说咒曰揭谛揭谛波罗揭谛波罗僧揭谛菩提萨婆诃
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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Balance
Be True to Yourself
Believe
Benevolence
Bible
Bull
Bushido Code
Chicken
Commitment
Courageous
Determination
Dragon and Phoenix
Endurance
Endure
Energy
Enso
Family
Fate
Fearless
Fiddle
Fire
Four Noble Truths
Healthy
Heart of a Lion
Heaven Blesses the Diligent
Honesty
Humble
I Love You
Integrity
Light Dark
Lion
Love
Love Always
Loyalty
Never Give Up
Overcome
Passion
Patience
Peace and Harmony
Perserverance
Phoenix and Dragon
Prince
Princess
Prosperity
Protector
Rebel
Resolve
Responsibility
Safety and Well Being of Family
Samurai
Scorpio Zodiac Sign
Shotokan
Soul
Strength
Survive
Tae Kwon Do
Truth
Wave
Will Power
Wing Chun
Wolf

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.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.