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灰 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word for ash or ashes.

This can also refer to dust, lime, or gray. When speaking of emotions in Chinese, it can refer to being discouraged or dejected.

In Japanese, this can be the surname, Hai.

Phoenix Rise from the Ashes

fèng huáng niè pán
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes Scroll

This proverb suggests "Legendary Phoenix rises from the ashes". Literally, it means, "Legendary Phoenix [reaches] Nirvana".

There is a legend in China of a great bird which is reborn once every 500 years. This bird gathers all the ill-will, suffering, desire, and other negative things of the whole world. The bird then plunges into the fire to burn away all negative things, sacrificing itself in the process (achieving Nirvana, or perhaps allowing others the opportunity to reach Nirvana).

500 years later, the phoenix is reborn from the ashes again, and the cycle repeats.

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Ashhaihuī / hui1 / hui
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes鳳凰涅磐
fèng huáng niè pán
feng4 huang2 nie4 pan2
feng huang nie pan
feng huang nieh p`an
feng huang nieh pan
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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huī / hui1
 hai / はい
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes Scroll
ash; dust; lime; gray; discouraged; dejected
ash; ashes; (surname) Hai
Ash; lime; hot or fiery as ashes.


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 kora / コラ
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes Scroll
(1) (slang) (abbreviation) (See コラージュ) photomontage; manipulated photo; photoshopped picture; (2) kora (West-African instrument); (3) {geol} kora layer; layer formed from volcanic ash on the southern part of the Satsuma Peninsula; (place-name) Kola; Cora


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 tamo / タモ
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes Scroll
Japanese ash (Fraxinus mandshurica var. japonica)


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huī sè / hui1 se4
hui se
 haiiro(p);kaishoku(ok) / hairo(p);kaishoku(ok) / はいいろ(P);かいしょく(ok)
Phoenix Rise from the Ashes Scroll
gray; ash gray; grizzly; pessimistic; gloomy; dispirited; ambiguous
(noun - becomes adjective with の) grey; gray; ashen

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wèi / wei4
 jou / jo / じょう
military officer
(1) (archaism) (See 判官・はんがん・2) inspector (third highest of the four administrative ranks of the ritsuryo system); (2) (See 翁・おきな・1) (noh) old man; (3) white ash (of charcoal); (surname) I

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chén / chen2
ch`en / chen
Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis)

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/ li2
rowan or mountain ash (genus Sorbus)

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cāng / cang1
ts`ang / tsang
 sō / そうじ
dark blue; deep green; ash-gray
(n,adj-no,adj-na) (1) blue; (2) green; (3) (abbreviation) green light; (4) black (horse coat color); (prefix) (5) immature; unripe; young; (personal name) Souji
Azure; the heavens; grey, old; azure


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 tamo / たも Japanese ash (Fraxinus mandshurica var. japonica); (abbreviation) (kana only) hand net; dip net; scoop net


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dōng guā / dong1 gua1
tung kua
 tougan;touga / togan;toga / とうがん;とうが
wax gourd (Cucurbitaceae, Benincasa hispida); white gourd; white hairy melon; Chinese squash
wax gourd (Benincasa hispida); ash gourd; white gourd; winter melon


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jié huī / jie2 hui1
chieh hui
kalpa-ash, the ashes after the fire kalpa of destruction; ashes remaining after the kalpa-ending conflagration


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 jinkai / じんかい dust and ash


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dà shèng / da4 sheng4
ta sheng
 daijō / おおのり
Mahayana, the Great Vehicle; Buddhism based on the Mayahana sutras, as spread to Central Asia, China and beyond; also pr. [Da4 cheng2]
(surname) Oonori
Mahāyāna; also called 上乘; 妙乘; 勝乘; 無上乘; 無上上乘; 不惡乘; 無等乘, 無等等乘; 摩訶衍 The great yāna, wain, or conveyance, or the greater vehicle in comparison with the 小乘 Hīnayāna. It indicates universalism, or Salvation for all, for all are Buddha and will attain bodhi. It is the form of Buddhism prevalent in Tibet, Mongolia, China, Korea, Japan, and in other places in the Far East. It is also called Northern Buddhism. It is interpreted as 大教 the greater teaching as compared with 小教 the smaller, or inferior. Hīnayāna, which is undoubtedly nearer to the original teaching of the Buddha, is unfairly described as an endeavour to seek nirvana through an ash-covered body, an extinguished intellect, and solitariness; its followers are sravakas and pratyekabuddhas (i.e. those who are striving for their own deliverance through ascetic works). Mahāyāna, on the other hand, is described as seeking to find and extend all knowledge, and, in certain schools, to lead all to Buddhahood. It has a conception of an Eternal Buddha, or Buddhahood as Eternal (Adi-Buddha), but its especial doctrines are, inter alia, (a) the bodhisattvas 菩薩 , i.e. beings who deny themselves final Nirvana until, according to their vows, they have first saved all the living; (b) salvation by faith in, or invocation of the Buddhas or bodhisattvas; (c) Paradise as a nirvana of bliss in the company of Buddhas, bodhisattvas, saints, and believers. Hīnayāna is sometimes described as 自利 self-benefiting, and Mahāyāna as 自利利他 self-benefit for the benefit of others, unlimited altruism and pity being the theory of Mahāyāna. There is a further division into one-yana and three-yanas: the trīyāna may be śrāvaka, pratyeka-buddha, and bodhisattva, represented by a goat, deer, or bullock cart; the one-yāna is that represented by the Lotus School as the one doctrine of the Buddha, which had been variously taught by him according to the capacity of his hearers, v. 方便. Though Mahāyāna tendencies are seen in later forms of the older Buddhism, the foundation of Mahāyāna has been attributed to Nāgārjuna 龍樹. "The characteristics of this system are an excess of transcendental speculation tending to abstract nihilism, and the substitution of fanciful degrees of meditation and contemplation (v. Samādhi and Dhyāna) in place of the practical asceticism of the Hīnayāna school."[Eitel 68-9.] Two of its foundation books are the 起信論and the 妙法蓮華經 but a larnge numberof Mahāyāna sutras are ascribed to the Buddha。; great vehicle


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shān lí / shan1 li2
shan li
 yamanashi / やまなし
rowan or mountain-ash (genus Sorbus)
wild nashi (Pyrus pyrifolia var. pyrifolia); wild Japanese pear; (place-name, surname) Yamanashi


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 sanshou;sansho;sanshou / sansho;sansho;sansho / さんしょう;さんしょ;サンショウ (kana only) Japanese pepper (species of Sichuan pepper, Zanthoxylum piperitum); Japanese prickly ash



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chén shù / chen2 shu4
ch`en shu / chen shu
Chinese ash (Fraxinus chinensis)


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 kaibun / かいぶん (1) ash; (2) (nutritional) mineral content


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 haisaji / はいさじ ash scoop (tea ceremony)


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 haiki / はいき ash box (used in tea ceremony)



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huī jìn / hui1 jin4
hui chin
 kaijin / かいじん
ash; embers; complete destruction
is burnt to ashes; is burnt to ashes


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 haineko / はいねこ (1) gray cat; grey cat; (2) ash-covered cat


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huī bái / hui1 bai2
hui pai
 kaihaku / かいはく
colored; ash-colored
gray; grey; griseous


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 haifurui / はいふるい ash strainer


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 haigusuri / はいぐすり ash glaze (type of fundamental glaze used in ancient times made from the ashes of raw materials such as unhulled rice, straw, oak and pine)


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 mukai / むかい (can be adjective with の) ashless; ash-free



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yān huī / yan1 hui1
yen hui
cigarette ash


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 toneriko / とねりこ ash tree (Fraxinus mandshurica)



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chún jiǎn / chun2 jian3
ch`un chien / chun chien
sodium carbonate Na2CO3; soda ash; same as 碳酸鈉|碳酸钠



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zhǐ huī / zhi3 hui1
chih hui
ash from burnt paper


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huā jiāo / hua1 jiao1
hua chiao
 kashou;howajao;hoajao / kasho;howajao;hoajao / かしょう;ホワジャオ;ホアジャオ
Sichuan pepper; Chinese prickly ash
Chinese prickly-ash (Zanthoxylum bungeanum); Sichuan pepper (spice); Szechuan peppercorn

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