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6. Open Mind
The Bodhi or 菩提 is the moment of completion in Buddhism.
It is when all things become known, and you have completed your journey to enlightenment.
The reference is to the Bodhi tree where Siddhartha Gautama (the legendary man and who established the Buddhist religion), achieved enlightenment. Sometimes this is referred to as "the tree of enlightenment" but if you want the full version with the character for tree on the end, please see our other entry.
覺 can mean to feel; to figure out; thinking; awake; aware; bodhi; knowing; understanding; enlightenment; illumination; apprehend; perceive; realize.
覺 is a character that is impossible to define in a single word.
This term is often associated with Buddhism where it's understood to be: Illumination, enlightenment, or awakening in regard to the real in contrast to the seeming. However, it can also refer to enlightenment in regard to morality and evil.
In Japanese, this can be the personal name Satoru.
In certain context, and only when pronounced as "jiao" in Chinese, it can refer to a nap, sleep or the state of sleeping. However, as a single character on a wall scroll, everyone will read this with the awareness or enlightenment context.
By no means is this the only way to write enlightenment. In fact, you should only choose this character if you are looking more for a word meaning awareness.
This literally means "loving heart". It can also be translated as "one's love" or "awakening of love".
戀心 is used exclusively for love between boyfriends and girlfriends or husband and wife.
Breaking down the meaning by each Kanji, the first means love, affection, or tender passion. The second Kanji means heart, mind, or soul (most will read it as heart).
悟 means enlightenment but can also mean to perceive, discern, realize, understand or comprehend.
悟 has the same meaning in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, though used most often with deep significance in Japanese culture and language. 悟 is often seen in Japan with a secondary Hiragana character. We also offer that option but this is the more universal single-character entry.
Beyond inspire or inspiration, this Chinese word can mean enlightenment or revelation. 啟示 is used as the Biblical revelation in the Chinese Bible, so it can also mean apocalypse depending on context.
Separately, the first character can mean: to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten; to awaken; to state; to inform.
The second character alone can mean: to show; to reveal; to indicate; to proclaim.
悟り is the Japanese term for enlightenment which can also mean to perceive, discern, realize, understand or comprehend.
The first character has the same meaning in Chinese and Korean but has deeper significance in Japanese culture and language. This version of Satori incorporates the Japanese secondary character (which is Hiragana, not Kanji) that adds the "ri" to Satori. It's not totally necessary to have the second character, as it does not add to the meaning as much as clarity for the context in which you are using this term.
醒悟 / 省悟 is a Chinese word that expresses the idea of reality or coming to understand what is true and real.
The first character means to wake up, awaken, comprehend, introspect, or visit.
The second character means to comprehend or understand (be enlightened).
The meanings of Chinese words are not necessarily the sum of their parts. In this case, at best, you can derive that the characters express "understanding what is real" or "knowing what is real". Any Chinese person will perceive this word in a similar way to how we use "reality" in English.
Note: The first character can also be written in a different form as shown to the right. Same meaning in Chinese, either way it’s written.
覺醒武士 is not a commonly used title in Chinese but sometimes used in Martial arts and military context to refer to a warrior who seems to always be fully aware, enlightened, knowledgeable, noble, and just.
The first two characters are a word that means: to awaken; to come to realize; awakened to the truth; the truth dawns upon one; scales fall from the eyes; to become aware.
The last two characters mean warrior but can also refer to a samurai, soldier, or fighter.
This means "To bring flourishing peace and security to the world (our current era)".
It's really a wish that a new door leading to peace and prosperity could be opened to mankind.
Character and word breakdown:
啟 to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken.
盛世 a flourishing period; period of prosperity; a golden age.
開 to open; to start; to turn on.
太平 peace and security; peace and tranquility; peace; tranquility.
I don't really like to do breakdowns like this, as the words altogether create their own unique meaning (encompassed in the main title above). Please take that into consideration.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Bodhi - Awakening Enlightenment||菩提||bodai||pú tí / pu2 ti2 / pu ti / puti||p`u t`i / puti / pu ti|
|gaku / satoru||jué / jiào|
jue2 / jiao4
jue / jiao
|koi gokoro / koigokoro|
|悟||sato / go||wù / wu4 / wu|
|qǐ shì / qi3 shi4 / qi shi / qishi||ch`i shih / chishih / chi shih|
|kaikaku / kaikaku||kāi jué / kai1 jue2 / kai jue / kaijue||k`ai chüeh / kaichüeh / kai chüeh|
|Reality||醒悟 / 省悟|
|xǐng wù / xing3 wu4 / xing wu / xingwu||hsing wu / hsingwu|
|jué xǐng wǔ shì|
jue2 xing3 wu3 shi4
jue xing wu shi
|chüeh hsing wu shih
|Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity||啟盛世開太平|
|qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng|
qi3 sheng4 shi4 kai1 tai4 ping2
qi sheng shi kai tai ping
|ch`i sheng shih k`ai t`ai p`ing
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
|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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