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Mandala / Alter

China tán
Japan dan
Mandala / Alter Vertical Wall Scroll

壇 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for mandala or altar.

This can also mean platform, podium, rostrum, or "objects of worship grouped together."

In Japanese, this can be the given name Mayumi.

Change

China gǎi biàn
Japan kaihen
Change Vertical Wall Scroll

改變 can mean to change, become different, or transform.

This can refer to the changing world or a person who changes their attitude or something about themselves.


変Note: An alternate version of the second character is used in Japanese. This is actually an old alternate Chinese form which is seldom seen in China anymore. If you want this version, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the "Select and Customize" button.

Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 1)

Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 1) Vertical Wall Scroll

A customer asked me to split these Wing Chun maxims into two parts, so he could order a couplet. It thought this was a good idea, so it's been added here.

Chinese text of part 1:
1 有手黐手,無手問手
2 來留區送, 甩手直沖
3 怕打終歸打, 貪打終被打
4 粘連迫攻, 絕不放鬆
5 來力瀉力, 借力出擊

A couplet is a set of two wall scrolls that start and finish one phrase or idea. Often, couplets are hung with the first wall scroll on the right side, and the second on the left side of a doorway or entrance. The order in Chinese is right-to-left, so that's why the first wall scroll goes on the right as you face the door.

Of course, couplets can also be hung together on a wall. Often they can be hung to flank an alter, or table with incense, or even flanking a larger central wall scroll. See an example here from the home of Confucius

Be sure to order both part 1 and 2 together. One without the other is like Eve without Adam.

Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also

China shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also Vertical Wall Scroll

Many things have opposite properties. The water you drink can also drown you. Pork may nourish you and keep you alive but under-cook it and it could kill you. Potassium nitrate is often used as a fertilizer to grow the food that sustains us but it's also been used as an explosive to topple buildings and destroy us.

This concept is easily associated with "yin yang" where an element has two opposite properties that are as different as night and day.

This proverb's meaning can be summed up this way: "Anything that can lead you to success may also contain great risks."

This phrase is known in literary circles by Korean people (scholars or literature). It is therefore also a valid proverb in Korean Hanja, though most Koreans would not be able to make sense of it.

Please note that there is an unwritten rule when the same character appears twice in the same phrase, the calligrapher will alter the appearance so that no two characters are exactly alike in the same piece. This calligraphy has two repeating characters that will be written differently than they appear here.

Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened,
Listen to One Side and be in the Dark

China jiān tīng zé míng, piān tīng zé àn
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Vertical Wall Scroll

This is an ancient Chinese proverb about getting all the information from all sides so that you truly understand a situation.

A man named Wei Zheng lived between 580-643 AD. He was a noble and wise historian and minister in the court of the early Tang Dynasty.

Wei Zheng

Wei Zheng

The emperor once asked him, "What should an emperor do to understand the real-world situation and what makes an emperor out-of-touch with reality?"

Wei Zheng replied, "Listen to both sides and you will be enlightened; listen to only one side and you will be left in the dark."

Then Wei Zheng went on to site examples of leaders in history that were victorious after heeding both sides of the story, and other leaders that met their doom because they believed one-sided stories which often came from flattering lips.

Please note that there is an unwritten rule when the same character appears twice in the same phrase, the calligrapher will alter the appearance so that no two characters are exactly alike in the same piece. This calligraphy has two repeating characters that will be written differently than they appear here.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


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Mandarin dòng / dong4
Taiwan tung
Japanese dou / do / どう
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese (of something) to move; to set in movement; to displace; to touch; to make use of; to stir (emotions); to alter; abbr. for 動詞|动词[dong4 ci2], verb
Japanese motion; change; confusion; (female given name) Yurugi
Move, stir, motion, mutable; movement arises from the nature of wind which is the cause of motion.

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Mandarin gǎi / gai3
Taiwan kai
Japanese kai / かい
Chinese to change; to alter; to transform; to correct
Japanese (suffix noun) revision; (surname, given name) Kai
To change, correct; renew

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Mandarin/ yi2
Taiwan i
Japanese wataru / わたる    utsuri / うつり
Chinese to move; to shift; to change; to alter; to remove
Japanese (male given name) Wataru; (place-name) Utsuri
To transplant, transpose, transmit, convey, remove; to move


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Mandarin biàn / bian4
Taiwan pien
Japanese hen / へん
Chinese to change; to become different; to transform; to vary; rebellion
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (noun or adjectival noun) (1) strange; odd; peculiar; weird; curious; queer; eccentric; funny; suspicious; fishy; (2) unexpected; (3) change; (4) incident; disturbance; disaster; accident; (prefix noun) (5) (music) flat
To change, alter, transmute, transform.

修改

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Mandarin xiū gǎi / xiu1 gai3
Taiwan hsiu kai
Japanese shuukai / shukai / しゅうかい
Chinese to amend; to alter; to modify
Japanese (noun/participle) personal reformation

刪改


删改

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Mandarin shān gǎi / shan1 gai3
Taiwan shan kai
Chinese to edit; to modify; to alter (written material)

塗改


涂改

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Mandarin tú gǎi / tu2 gai3
Taiwan t`u kai / tu kai
Chinese to alter (text); to change by painting over; to correct (with correction fluid)

改む

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Japanese aratamu / あらたむ Japanese (transitive verb) (abbreviation) (See 改める・1) to change; to alter; to revise; to replace

改動


改动

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Mandarin gǎi dòng / gai3 dong4
Taiwan kai tung
Chinese to alter; to modify; to revise

改換


改换

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Mandarin gǎi huàn / gai3 huan4
Taiwan kai huan
Chinese to change (something); to alter (something); to change over (to something else)

改變


改变

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Mandarin gǎi biàn / gai3 bian4
Taiwan kai pien
Chinese to change; to alter; to transform

更動


更动

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Mandarin gēng dòng / geng1 dong4
Taiwan keng tung
Chinese to change; to replace; to alter

更改

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Mandarin gēng gǎi / geng1 gai3
Taiwan keng kai
Japanese koukai / kokai / こうかい
Chinese to alter
Japanese (noun/participle) renewal; extension; revision

異動


异动

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Mandarin yì dòng / yi4 dong4
Taiwan i tung
Japanese idou / ido / いどう
Chinese to shift; to alter; unusual change; abnormal move
Japanese (noun/participle) change (personnel); transfer; reshuffle

竄改


窜改

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Mandarin cuàn gǎi / cuan4 gai3
Taiwan ts`uan kai / tsuan kai
Chinese to alter; to modify; to change; to tamper

翻る

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Japanese hirugaeru / ひるがえる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to flutter (in the wind); to wave; to flap; to fly; (2) to turn over; to flip over; (3) to suddenly change (attitude, opinion, etc.); to suddenly switch; to alter; to flip

變更


变更

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Mandarin biàn gēng / bian4 geng1
Taiwan pien keng
Chinese to change; to alter; to modify

變聲

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Mandarin biàn shēng / bian4 sheng1
Taiwan pien sheng
Chinese voice change (at puberty); to alter one's voice (deliberately); to sound different (when angry etc)

變造


变造

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Mandarin biàn zào / bian4 zao4
Taiwan pien tsao
Chinese to alter; to modify; to mutilate (of documents)

飜る

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Japanese hirugaeru / ひるがえる Japanese (v5r,vi) (1) to flutter (in the wind); to wave; to flap; to fly; (2) to turn over; to flip over; (3) to suddenly change (attitude, opinion, etc.); to suddenly switch; to alter; to flip

供する

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Japanese kyousuru / kyosuru / きょうする Japanese (vs-s,vt) (1) to offer; to present; to submit; to supply; (2) to serve (food and drink); (3) to offer (to the gods); to set up (before an alter)

内供奉

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Mandarin nèi gòng fèng / nei4 gong4 feng4
Taiwan nei kung feng
Japanese naigubu / ないぐぶ
Japanese (See 内道場) inner offerer (any of the 10 high-ranking monks serving at the inner offering hall)
(内供) A title for the monk who served at the alter in the imperial palace, instituted in A. D. 756; also called 供奉.

動かす

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Japanese ugokasu / うごかす Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to move; to shift; to stir; to budge; to change position; (2) to inspire; to rouse; to move (e.g. feeling); to influence; (3) to change; to alter; to deny; (4) to operate; to set in motion; to get going; (5) to mobilize (e.g. troops); to mobilise; to deploy; (6) to manage (e.g. funds)

変える

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Japanese kaeru / かえる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to change; to alter; to transform; to convert; to turn; to vary; (2) to reform; to revise; to amend

変じる

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Japanese henjiru / へんじる Japanese (v1,vi) to change into; to be transformed; to be transfigured; to transform; to alter; to convert

変ずる

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Japanese henzuru / へんずる Japanese (vz,vi) to change into; to be transformed; to be transfigured; to transform; to alter; to convert

改める

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Japanese aratameru / あらためる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to change; to alter; to revise; to replace; (2) to reform; to correct; to mend; to improve; (3) to examine; to check; to inspect; (4) to do properly; to do formally

転じる

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Japanese tenjiru / てんじる Japanese (v1,vi) to turn; to shift; to alter; to distract

転ずる

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Japanese tenzuru / てんずる Japanese (vz,vi) to turn; to shift; to alter; to distract

違える

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Japanese chigaeru / ちがえる    tagaeru / たがえる Japanese (transitive verb) (1) to change; to alter; (2) to mistake; to make a mistake; (3) (See たがえる・1,たがえる・2) to fail to keep (e.g. one's promise); (4) to dislocate (e.g. one's neck); (transitive verb) (1) to change; to alter; (2) to run counter to; to go against; to break (one's word); (3) to make a mistake (in); to err

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Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Vertical Wall Scroll
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Vertical Wall Scroll
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Vertical Wall Scroll
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Vertical Wall Scroll


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Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Vertical Portrait
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Horizontal Wall Scroll
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, / Listen to One Side and be in the Dark Vertical Portrait
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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
Mandala
Alter

dantán / tan2 / tant`an / tan
Change改變 / 改変
改变
kaihengǎi biàn / gai3 bian4 / gai bian / gaibiankai pien / kaipien
Wing Chun Fist Maxims (Part 1)有手黐手無手問手來留區送甩手直沖怕打終歸打貪打終被打粘連迫攻絕不放鬆來力瀉力借力出擊
有手黐手无手问手来留区送甩手直冲怕打终归打贪打终被打粘连迫攻绝不放松来力泻力借力出击
Not Only Can Water Float A Boat, It Can Sink It Also水能載舟亦能覆舟
水能载舟亦能覆舟
shuǐ néng zài zhōu yì néng fù zhōu
shui3 neng2 zai4 zhou1 yi4 neng2 fu4 zhou1
shui neng zai zhou yi neng fu zhou
shui neng tsai chou i neng fu chou
Listen to Both Sides and be Enlightened, Listen to One Side and be in the Dark兼聽則明偏聽則暗
兼听则明偏听则暗
jiān tīng zé míng, piān tīng zé àn
jian1 ting1 ze2 ming2, pian1 ting1 ze2 an4
jian ting ze ming, pian ting ze an
chien t`ing tse ming, p`ien t`ing tse an
chien ting tse ming, pien ting tse an
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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