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Appreciation of Truth by Meditation

China xīn yìn
Japan shin nin
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation Vertical Wall Scroll

心印 is a Buddhist concept that simply stated is "appreciation of truth by meditation."

It's a deep subject, but my understanding is that you can find truth through meditation, and once you've found the truth, you can learn to appreciate it more through further meditation. This title is not commonly used outside of the Buddhist community (your Asian friends may or may not understand it). The literal translation would be something like "the mind seal," I've seen this term translated this way from Japanese Buddhist poetry. But apparently, the seal that is stamped deep in your mind is the truth. You just have to meditate to find it.

Soothill defines it this way: Mental impression, intuitive certainty; the mind is the Buddha-mind in all, which can seal or assure the truth; the term indicates the intuitive method of the Chan (Zen) school, which was independent of the spoken or written word.


Reference: Soothill-Hodous Dictionary of Chinese Buddhism


See Also:  Zen

Appreciation and Love for Your Parents

China shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the last line of a famous poem. It is perceived as a tribute or ode to your parent's or mother from a child or children that have left home.

The poem was written by Meng Jiao during the Tang Dynasty (about 1200 years ago). The Chinese title is "You Zi Yin" which means "The Traveler's Recite."

The last line as shown here speaks of the generous and warm spring sun light which gives the grass far beyond what the little grass can could ever give back (except perhaps by showing its lovely green leaves and flourishing). The metaphor is that the sun is your mother or parents, and you are the grass. Your parents raise you and give you all the love and care you need to prepare you for the world. A debt which you can never repay, nor is repayment expected.

The first part of the poem (not written in the characters to the left) suggests that the thread in a loving mother's hands is the shirt of her traveling offspring. Vigorously sewing while wishing them to come back sooner than they left.
...This part is really hard to translate into English that makes any sense but maybe you get the idea. We are talking about a poem that is so old that many Chinese people would have trouble reading it (as if it was the King James Version of Chinese).

No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own

Japan ko wo motte shiru oya no on
No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Only after you have a baby, you would appreciate your parents (feel the way they do, etc).

This is a bit like the "walk a mile in another man's shoes" saying. Basically, it's about you cannot fully understand the plight of others until you experience it yourself. It also shows appreciation for the plight of parents.

This Japanese proverb can also be translated a few more ways:

No man knows what he owes to his parents till he comes to have children of his own.

One knows not what one owes to one's parents till one comes to have children of one's own.

Only after you have a baby, you will appreciate your parents or feel the way they do.

Only after becoming a parent yourself do you realize how much you owe [how indebted you are] to your own parents.


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

You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime

You must know hardship to appreciate happiness
China bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.

There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain "light" if you did not have "darkness" to compare it to?

Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

物の哀れ

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Japanese mononoaware / もののあわれ    mononoahare / もののあはれ
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (exp,n) (kana only) mono no aware; appreciation of the fleeting nature of beauty; pathos of things; strong aesthetic sense

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Mandarin en / en5
Taiwan en
Chinese interjection indicating approval, appreciation or agreement

了知

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Mandarin liǎo zhī / liao3 zhi1
Taiwan liao chih
Japanese ryōchi / りょうち
Japanese (noun/participle) knowing; understanding; appreciation
Parijñā, thorough knowledge; to fully realize

会得

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Japanese etoku / えとく Japanese (noun/participle) understanding; comprehension; grasp; perception; appreciation; mastery (of an art or skill)

円高

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Japanese endaka / えんだか Japanese (noun/participle) appreciation of the yen; strong yen; strengthening of the yen; high-valued yen; exchange in favor of the yen (favour)

労い

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Japanese negirai / ねぎらい Japanese appreciation; thanks; gratitude

咀嚼

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Mandarin jǔ jué / ju3 jue2
Taiwan chü chüeh
Japanese soshaku / そしゃく
Chinese to chew; to think over
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) chewing; mastication; (2) digestion (e.g. of words); assimilation; comprehension; appreciation

垂青

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Mandarin chuí qīng / chui2 qing1
Taiwan ch`ui ch`ing / chui ching
Chinese to show appreciation for sb; to look upon sb with favor

審美


审美

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Mandarin shěn měi / shen3 mei3
Taiwan shen mei
Japanese shinbi / しんび
Chinese esomethingetics; appreciating the arts; taste
Japanese aesthetic appreciation; (personal name) Shinbi

寸志

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Japanese sunshi / すんし Japanese small present; small token of appreciation; with compliments (e.g. written on small gift)

意思

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Mandarin yì sī / yi4 si1
Taiwan i ssu
Japanese ishi / いし
Chinese idea; opinion; meaning; wish; desire; interest; fun; token of appreciation, affection etc; CL:個|个[ge4]; to give as a small token; to do something as a gesture of goodwill etc
Japanese intention; wish; purpose; mind (to do)
mindfulness

感佩

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Mandarin gǎn pèi / gan3 pei4
Taiwan kan p`ei / kan pei
Japanese kanpai / かんぱい
Chinese to admire with gratitude
Japanese (noun/participle) deep gratitude; heartfelt appreciation; not forgetting to express one's gratitude

慰勞


慰劳

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Mandarin wèi láo / wei4 lao2
Taiwan wei lao
Chinese to show appreciation (by kind words, small gifts etc); to comfort

深謝

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Japanese shinsha / しんしゃ Japanese (noun/participle) deep appreciation or gratitude; sincere apology

犒い

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Japanese negirai / ねぎらい Japanese appreciation; thanks; gratitude

玩味

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Mandarin wán wèi / wan2 wei4
Taiwan wan wei
Japanese ganmi / がんみ
Chinese to ruminate; to ponder subtleties
Japanese (noun/participle) relish; appreciation

理解

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Mandarin lǐ jiě / li3 jie3
Taiwan li chieh
Japanese rikai / りかい
Chinese to comprehend; to understand; comprehension; understanding
Japanese (noun/participle) understanding; comprehension; appreciation; sympathy
to comprehend

称美

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Japanese shoubi / shobi / しょうび Japanese (noun/participle) admiration; praise; prizing; appreciation; (personal name) Shoubi

耐看

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Mandarin nài kàn / nai4 kan4
Taiwan nai k`an / nai kan
Chinese able to withstand careful appreciation; well worth a second look

薄志

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Japanese hakushi / はくし Japanese weak-willed; a small token of appreciation

観賞

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Japanese kanshou / kansho / かんしょう Japanese (noun/participle) admiration; appreciation; enjoyment; viewing (for pleasure)

詩眼

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Japanese shigan / しがん Japanese poetic appreciation; poetic taste

賞味

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Japanese shoumi / shomi / しょうみ Japanese (noun/participle) relish; gusto; appreciation

賞玩

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Japanese shougan / shogan / しょうがん Japanese (noun/participle) appreciation; admiration; enjoyment

賞美

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Japanese shoubi / shobi / しょうび Japanese (noun/participle) admiration; praise; prizing; appreciation; (personal name) Shoubi

賞翫

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Japanese shougan / shogan / しょうがん Japanese (noun/participle) appreciation; admiration; enjoyment

賞識


赏识

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Mandarin shǎng shí / shang3 shi2
Taiwan shang shih
Chinese to appreciate; to recognize the worth of something; appreciation

鑑賞


鉴赏

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Mandarin jiàn shǎng / jian4 shang3
Taiwan chien shang
Japanese kanshou / kansho / かんしょう
Chinese to appreciate
Japanese (noun/participle) appreciation (of art, music, poetry, etc.)

騰貴

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Japanese touki / toki / とうき Japanese (noun/participle) rise (in price or value); appreciation; advance

不知輕重


不知轻重

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Mandarin bù zhī qīng zhòng / bu4 zhi1 qing1 zhong4
Taiwan pu chih ch`ing chung / pu chih ching chung
Chinese lit. not knowing what's important (idiom); no appreciation of the gravity of things; naive; doesn't know who's who; no sense of priorities

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You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime Vertical Wall Scroll


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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
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation心印shin nin / shinninxīn yìn / xin1 yin4 / xin yin / xinyinhsin yin / hsinyin
Appreciation and Love for Your Parents誰言寸草心報得三春暉
谁言寸草心报得三春晖
shuí yán cùn cǎo xīn bào dé sān chūn huī
shui2 yan2 cun4 cao3 xin1 bao4 de2 san1 chun1 hui1
shui yan cun cao xin bao de san chun hui
shui yen ts`un ts`ao hsin pao te san ch`un hui
shui yen tsun tsao hsin pao te san chun hui
No man knows what he owes to his parents until he comes to have children of his own子を持って知る親の恩ko wo motte shiru oya no on
kowomotteshiruoyanoon
You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime不經冬寒不知春暖
不经冬寒不知春暖
bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
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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