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No arrogance in victory, No despair in defeat.

China shèng bù jiāo bài bù něi
No arrogance in victory, No despair in defeat. Vertical Wall Scroll

This is a Chinese proverb suggesting you should have no arrogance when you experience a victory and not to despair in failure or defeat.


China wǒ màn
Japan ga man
Gaman Vertical Wall Scroll

Gaman is a Zen Buddhist term from Japan that means "enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity."

This title can also be translated as patience, perseverance, tolerance, or self-denial.

我慢 is also a Chinese Buddhist term with a different pronunciation. It comes from Sanskrit abhimāna or ātma-mada. Chinese Buddhism defines this very differently as, "Egoism exalting self and depreciating others," "self-intoxication," or "pride." Alone, the first character means "Me, I, or Self," and the second character in a Buddhist context comes from Sanskrit māna and means pride, arrogance, self-conceit, looking down on others, supercilious, etc.

I'm currently working with Japanese and Chinese translators to try and reconcile the true meaning or any commonality of this word between languages. For now, please only consider this if your audience is Japanese.

Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 67
China yī yuē cí èr yuē jiǎn sān yuē bù gǎn wéi tiān xià xiān
Daodejing / Tao Te Ching - Excerpt Vertical Wall Scroll

This is an except from the 67th Chapter of Lao Tzu's (Lao Zi's) Te-Tao Ching (Dao De Jing). This is the part where the three treasures are discussed. In English, we'd say these three treasures are compassion, frugality, and humility. Some may translate these as love, moderation, and lack of arrogance. I have also seen them translated as benevolence, modesty, and "Not presuming to be at the forefront in the world." You can mix them up the way you want, as translation is not really a science but rather an art.

I should also explain that the first two treasures are single-character ideas, yet the third treasure was written out in six characters (there are also some auxiliary characters to number the treasures).

If Lao Tzu's words are important to you, then a wall scroll with this passage might make a great addition to your home.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin gòu / gou4
Taiwan kou
Japanese ku / く    aka / あか
Chinese dirt; disgrace
Japanese {Buddh} (See 煩悩・2) klesha (polluting thoughts such as greed, hatred and delusion, which result in suffering); (1) dirt; filth; grime; (2) (垢 is ateji) (See アカ) account (e.g. online service); (personal name) Yoshimi; (personal name) Yoshitsugu; (personal name) Yoshi; (personal name) Konomi; (personal name) Kou
mala. Dust, impurity, dregs; moral impurity; mental impurity. Whatever misleads or deludes the mind; illusion; defilement; the six forms are vexation, malevolence, hatred, flattery, wild talk, pride; the seven are desire, false views, doubt, presumption, arrogance, inertia, and meanness.

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Mandarin màn / man4
Taiwan man
Japanese man
Chinese slow
māna. Pride, arrogance, self-conceit, looking down on others, supercilious, etc.; there are categories of seven and nine kinds of pride.


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Mandarin qī shǐ / qi1 shi3
Taiwan ch`i shih / chi shih
Japanese shichishi
The seven messengers, agents, or kleśas—desire 欲愛; anger, or hate 瞋恚; attachment, or clinging 有愛; pride or arrogance 慢; ignorance, or unenlightenment 無明; false views 見; and doubt 疑; seven latent afflictive tendencies


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Mandarin qī gòu / qi1 gou4
Taiwan ch`i kou / chi kou
Japanese shichiku
The seven defilements―desire 欲, false views 見, doubt 疑, pride 慢, arrogance 憍 torpor 隨眠, and 慳 stinginess; cf. 七使; seven contaminants



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Mandarin bù xùn / bu4 xun4
Taiwan pu hsün
Japanese fuson / ふそん
Chinese rude; impertinent
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) arrogance; insolence; disrespect


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Mandarin jù ào / ju4 ao4
Taiwan chü ao
Japanese kyogou / kyogo / きょごう
Chinese arrogant
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) pride; arrogance


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Japanese goukyo / gokyo / ごうきょ Japanese arrogance


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Mandarin ào màn / ao4 man4
Taiwan ao man
Japanese gouman / goman / ごうまん
Chinese arrogant; haughty
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) pride; haughtiness; arrogance; insolence; hubris



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Mandarin ào qì / ao4 qi4
Taiwan ao ch`i / ao chi
Chinese air of arrogance; haughtiness


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Mandarin bā màn / ba1 man4
Taiwan pa man
Japanese hachiman
The eight kinds of pride, māna, arrogance, or self-conceit, 如慢 though inferior, to think oneself equal to others (in religion); 慢慢 to think oneself superior among manifest superiors; 不如慢 to think oneself not so much inferior among manifest superiors; 增上慢 to think one has attained more than is the fact, or when it is not the fact; 我慢 self-superiority, or self-sufficiency; 邪慢 pride in false views, or doings; 憍慢 arrogance; 大慢 extreme arrogance.


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Mandarin bā jiāo / ba1 jiao1
Taiwan pa chiao
Japanese hakkyō
The eight kinds of pride, or arrogance, resulting in domineering: because of strength; of clan, or name; of wealth; of independence, or position; of years, or age; of cleverness, or wisdom; of good or charitable deeds; of good looks. Of these, eight birds are named as types: 鴟梟 two kinds of owl, eagle, vulture, crow, magpie, pigeon, wagtail.


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Mandarin liù gòu / liu4 gou4
Taiwan liu kou
Japanese rokku
(六垢法) Six things that defile: 誑 exaggeration, 謟 flattery, 憍 arrogance, 惱 vexation, 恨 hatred, 害 malice.


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Mandarin xiōng yàn / xiong1 yan4
Taiwan hsiung yen
Chinese ferocity; aggressive arrogance



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Mandarin wú bèi / wu2 bei4
Taiwan wu pei
Japanese wagahai / わがはい
Chinese (literary) we; us
Japanese (pn,adj-no) (1) (archaism) (masculine speech) I (nuance of arrogance); me; myself; (2) we; us; ourselves


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Mandarin dà bìng / da4 bing4
Taiwan ta ping
Japanese oohei / oohe / おおへい    oogara / おおがら
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (See 横柄・おうへい) arrogance; haughtiness; insolence; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (ant: 小柄・こがら・1) large build; (adj-no,n,adj-na) (2) (ant: 小柄・こがら・2) large pattern; (surname) Ootsuka; (surname) Oogara
great authority


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Japanese gouman / goman / ごうまん Japanese (irregular kanji usage) (noun or adjectival noun) pride; haughtiness; arrogance; insolence; hubris


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Mandarin jiāo kēng / jiao1 keng1
Taiwan chiao k`eng / chiao keng
Japanese kyōkō
The pit of pride and arrogance; pit of arrogance


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Mandarin jiāo màn / jiao1 man4
Taiwan chiao man
Japanese kyōman
Arrogance and pride.



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Mandarin wǒ bèi / wo3 bei4
Taiwan wo pei
Japanese wagahai / わがはい
Chinese (literary) we; us
Japanese (pn,adj-no) (1) (archaism) (masculine speech) I (nuance of arrogance); me; myself; (2) we; us; ourselves



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Mandarin shōu liǎn / shou1 lian3
Taiwan shou lien
Chinese to dwindle; to vanish; to make vanish; to exercise restraint; to curb (one's mirth, arrogance etc); to astringe; (math.) to converge


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Japanese takaburi / たかぶり Japanese (1) excitement; stimulation; agitation; arousal; (2) pride; haughtiness; arrogance


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Mandarin jià zi / jia4 zi5
Taiwan chia tzu
Chinese shelf; frame; stand; framework; airs; arrogance



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Mandarin zhǐ guān / zhi3 guan1
Taiwan chih kuan
Japanese shikan
奢摩他毗婆舍那 (or 奢摩他毗鉢舍那) śamatha-vipaśyanā, which Sanskrit words are intp. by 止觀; 定慧; 寂照; and 明靜; for their respective meanings see 止 and 觀. When the physical organism is at rest it is called 止 zhi, when the mind is seeing clearly it is called 觀 guan. The term and form of meditation is specially connected with its chief exponent, the founder of the Tiantai school, which school is styled 止觀宗 Zhiguan Zong, its chief object being concentration of the mind by special methods for the purpose of clear insight into truth, and to be rid of illusion. The Tiantai work gives ten fields of mediation, or concentration: (1) the 五陰, 十八界, and 十二入; (2) passion and delusion; (3) sickness; (4) karma forms; (5) māra-deeds; (6) dhyāna; (7) (wrong) theories; (8) arrogance; (9) the two Vehicles; (10) bodhisattvahood.


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Mandarin qì yàn / qi4 yan4
Taiwan ch`i yen / chi yen
Chinese arrogance; haughtiness


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Mandarin zì ào / zi4 ao4
Taiwan tzu ao
Chinese arrogance; proud of something



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Mandarin dùn shǐ / dun4 shi3
Taiwan tun shih
Japanese donshi
The five envoys of stupidity, i.e. of the lower passions, in contrast with the higher 五利使; the 使 is intp. as 煩惱 kleśa, the afflicters, or passions; the five are 貪, 瞋, 痴, 慢, 疑 greed, hate, stupidity, arrogance, doubt; the (five) coarser afflictions


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Japanese ogori / おごり Japanese arrogance; haughtiness; conceitedness



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Mandarin jiāo ào / jiao1 ao4
Taiwan chiao ao
Japanese kyougou / kyogo / きょうごう
Chinese pride; arrogance; conceited; proud of something
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) pride; arrogance


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Japanese kyouman / kyoman / きょうまん Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) arrogance



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Mandarin jiāo qi / jiao1 qi5
Taiwan chiao ch`i / chiao chi
Chinese arrogance

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
No arrogance in victory, No despair in defeat.勝不驕敗不餒
shèng bù jiāo bài bù něi
sheng4 bu4 jiao1 bai4 bu4 nei3
sheng bu jiao bai bu nei
sheng pu chiao pai pu nei
Gaman我慢ga man / gamanwǒ màn / wo3 man4 / wo man / woman
Tao Te Ching - Excerpt
yī yuē cí èr yuē jiǎn sān yuē bù gǎn wéi tiān xià xiān
yi1 yue1 ci2 er4 yue1 jian3 san1 yue1 bu4 gan3 wei2 tian1 xia4 xian1
yi yue ci er yue jian san yue bu gan wei tian xia xian
i yüeh tz`u erh yüeh chien san yüeh pu kan wei t`ien hsia hsien
i yüeh tzu erh yüeh chien san yüeh pu kan wei tien hsia hsien
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