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Temperance

China jié zhì
Japan sessei
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In short, temperance is knowing when to say "when."

Temperance is the practice of moderation and restraint (in fact, this Asian word is often translated as moderation or restraint).

It was one of the five tenets held to be vital to society in Hellenic culture. It is also one of the Four Cardinal Virtues considered central to Christian behavior by the Catholic Church.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Seven Heavenly Virtues

China xìn yǎng xī wàng cí shàn jiān rěn zhèng yì shèn zhòng jié zhì
Japan shinkou kibou jizen kennin seigi shinchou sessei
Seven Heavenly Virtues Vertical Wall Scroll

This is a list in Chinese and Japanese Kanji of an interpretation of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

1. Faith is belief in God, and the right virtues.
2. Hope is taking a positive future view that good will prevail.
3. Charity is concern for, and active helping of, others.
4. Fortitude is never giving up.
5. Justice is being fair and equitable with others.
6. Prudence is care of and moderation with money.
7. Temperance is moderation of needed things and abstinence from things which are not needed.

The full list is here. This is a word list, not a common phrase. While all Chinese and Japanese people will recognize the words in the list, they may not understand what the list is about (unless they are familiar with the Seven Heavenly Virtues).


Don't get this as a tattoo or anything like that without first consulting a native translator in the target language. These are fine for a wall scroll but a long discussion is needed before you commit to this for a lifetime inking commitment.

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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

自己抑制

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Japanese jikoyokusei / jikoyokuse / じこよくせい
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Japanese (noun/participle) (yoji) self-restraint; self-control; self-repression; abstinence; self-inhibition; autogenic inhibition; autogenous suppression


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Mandarin zhāi / zhai1
Taiwan chai
Japanese hitoshi / ひとし    toki / とき    sai / さい    itsuki / いつき
Chinese to fast or abstain from meat, wine etc; vegetarian diet; study room; building; to give alms (to a monk)
Japanese (surname) Hitoshi; (personal name) Toki; (surname) Sai; (surname, given name) Itsuki
To reverence: abstinence; to purify as by fasting, or abstaining, e.g. from flesh food; religious or abstinential duties, or times; upavasatha (uposatha), a fast; the ritual period for food, i.e. before noon; a room for meditation, a study, a building, etc., devoted to abstinence, chastity, or the Buddhist religion; mourning (for parents).

勒戒

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Mandarin lè jiè / le4 jie4
Taiwan le chieh
Chinese to force sb to give up (a drug); to enforce abstinence; to break drug dependence

外乞

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Mandarin wài qǐ / wai4 qi3
Taiwan wai ch`i / wai chi
Japanese gekotsu
The mendicant monk who seeks self-control by external means, e. g. abstinence from food, as contrasted with the 内乞 who seeks it by spiritual methods; externally disciplined

小斎

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Japanese shousai / shosai / しょうさい Japanese abstinence (in Catholicism); (given name) Shousai; (given name) Shoukansai; (place-name, surname) Kosai

忌み

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Japanese imi / いみ Japanese (1) mourning; abstinence; (2) taboo; (3) religious purification; (prefix noun) (4) pure; holy

戒絕


戒绝

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Mandarin jiè jué / jie4 jue2
Taiwan chieh chüeh
Chinese abstinence; to give up (a bad habit)

斎み

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Japanese imi / いみ Japanese (1) mourning; abstinence; (2) taboo; (3) religious purification; (prefix noun) (4) pure; holy

断酒

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Japanese danshu / だんしゅ Japanese (noun/participle) (See 禁酒・1) abstinence from alcohol

潔斎

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Japanese kessai / けっさい Japanese (noun/participle) religious abstinence; purification

物忌

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Japanese monoimi / ものいみ    monoimai / ものいまい    bukki / ぶっき Japanese (noun/participle) fasting; abstinence; confinement to one's house on an unlucky day

禁慾


禁欲

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Mandarin jìn yù / jin4 yu4
Taiwan chin yü
Japanese kinyoku / きんよく
Chinese to suppress desire; self-restraint; asceticism
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) abstinence; self-control; celibacy; abnegation

禁欲

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Japanese kinyoku / きんよく Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) abstinence; self-control; celibacy; abnegation

禁酒

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Mandarin jìn jiǔ / jin4 jiu3
Taiwan chin chiu
Japanese kinshu / きんしゅ
Chinese prohibition; ban on alcohol; dry law
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) abstinence from alcohol; temperance; (2) prohibition of drinking

節慾

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Japanese setsuyoku / せつよく Japanese (noun/participle) control one's desires; abstinence

節欲

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Japanese setsuyoku / せつよく Japanese (noun/participle) control one's desires; abstinence

開戒


开戒

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Mandarin kāi jiè / kai1 jie4
Taiwan k`ai chieh / kai chieh
Chinese to end abstinence; to resume (drinking) after a break; to break (a taboo)

飮酒

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Mandarin yǐn jiǔ / yin3 jiu3
Taiwan yin chiu
To drink wine, or alcoholic liquor, forbidden by the fifth of the five commandments; 10, 35, and 36 reasons for abstinence from it are given.

齋堂


斋堂

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Mandarin zhāi táng / zhai1 tang2
Taiwan chai t`ang / chai tang
Japanese saidō
Chinese dining hall in a Buddhist temple
Abstinence hall, i.e. monastic dining-hall.

齋持

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Mandarin zhāi chí / zhai1 chi2
Taiwan chai ch`ih / chai chih
To observe the law of abstinence, i.e. food at the regulation times.

齋月


斋月

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Mandarin zhāi yuè / zhai1 yue4
Taiwan chai yüeh
Japanese itsuki / いつき
Chinese Ramadan (Islam)
Japanese (female given name) Itsuki
The three special months of abstinence and care, the first, fifth, and ninth months.

オナ禁

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Japanese onakin / オナきん Japanese (slang) (See オナニー) (self-imposed) masturbation ban; masturbation abstinence

九齋日


九斋日

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Mandarin jiǔ zhāi rì / jiu3 zhai1 ri4
Taiwan chiu chai jih
Japanese ku sainichi
the nine kinds of days of abstinence on which no food is eaten after twelve o'clock: noon and the commands are observed. They are: Every day of the first month, of the fifth month, of the ninth month, and the following six days of each month, 8th, 14th, 15th, 23rd, 29th, and 30th. On these days Indra and the four deva-kings investigate the conduct of men; nine days of abstinence

塩断ち

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Japanese shiodachi / しおだち Japanese (noun/participle) abstinence from salt (for vow or spiritual reasons)

法齋日


法斋日

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Mandarin fǎ zhāi rì / fa3 zhai1 ri4
Taiwan fa chai jih
Japanese hō sainichi
The day of abstinence observed at the end of each half month, also the six abstinence days, in all making the eight days for keeping the eight commandments.

物忌み

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Japanese monoimi / ものいみ Japanese (noun/participle) fasting; abstinence; confinement to one's house on an unlucky day

物断ち

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Japanese monodachi / ものだち Japanese abstinence

精進日

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Japanese shoujinbi / shojinbi / しょうじんび Japanese day of abstinence

三長齋月


三长斋月

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Mandarin sān cháng zhāi yuè / san1 chang2 zhai1 yue4
Taiwan san ch`ang chai yüeh / san chang chai yüeh
Japanese san chō saigatsu
(三長月) The three whole months of abstinence, the first, fifth, and ninth months, when no food should be taken after noon. The four deva-kings are on tours of inspection during these months.

優波婆娑


优波婆娑

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Mandarin yōu bō pó suō / you1 bo1 po2 suo1
Taiwan yu po p`o so / yu po po so
Japanese uhabasha
upavāsa, to dwell in, or by; fasting, abstinence; to keep eight of the ten prohibitions; (Skt. upavāsa)

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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
Temperance節制
节制
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhichieh chih / chiehchih
Seven Heavenly Virtues信仰希望慈善堅忍正義慎重節制
信仰希望慈善坚忍正义慎重节制
shinkou kibou jizen kennin seigi shinchou sessei
shinko kibo jizen kennin seigi shincho sesei
shinkokibojizenkenninseigishinchosesei
xìn yǎng xī wàng cí shàn jiān rěn zhèng yì shèn zhòng jié zhì
xin4 yang3 xi1 wang4 ci2 shan4 jian1 ren3 zheng4 yi4 shen4 zhong4 jie2 zhi4
xin yang xi wang ci shan jian ren zheng yi shen zhong jie zhi
hsin yang hsi wang tz`u shan chien jen cheng i shen chung chieh chih
hsin yang hsi wang tzu shan chien jen cheng i shen chung chieh chih
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