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Seeing is Believing

hyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu
Seeing is Believing Scroll

This Japanese proverb is the rough equivalent of "seeing is believing", "one eye-witness is better than many hearsays", or "a picture is worth a thousand words".

Sometimes it's simply more prudent to verify with your own eyes.


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Seeing is Believing

bǎi wén bù rú yí jiàn
Seeing is Believing Scroll

This proverb literally means "Better to see something once rather than hear about it one hundred times" or "Telling me about something 100 times is not as good as seeing it once".

In English, we have the similar proverb of "Seeing is believing" but this has a bit of the "A picture paints a thousand words" meaning too.

Sometimes it's simply more prudent to verify with your own eyes.

Zen Buddhism

chán zōng
zen shuu
Zen Buddhism Scroll

禪宗 is one way to title "Zen Buddhism". Because the original pronunciation of Zen in Chinese is Chan, you'll also see this expressed as Chan Buddhism.

From the Buddhist Dictionary:
The Chan, meditative or intuitional, sect usually said to have been established in China by Bodhidharma, the twenty-eighth patriarch, who brought the tradition of the Buddha-mind from India. This sect, believing in direct enlightenment, disregarded ritual and sūtras and depended upon the inner light and personal influence for the propagation of its tenets, founding itself on the esoteric tradition supposed to have been imparted to Kāśyapa by the Buddha, who indicated his meaning by plucking a flower without further explanation. Kāśyapa smiled in apprehension and is supposed to have passed on this mystic method to the patriarchs. The successor of Bodhidharma was 慧可 Huike, and he was succeeded by 僧璨 Sengcan; 道信 Daoxin; 弘忍 Hongren; 慧能 Huineng, and 神秀 Shenxiu, the sect dividing under the two latter into the southern and northern schools: the southern school became prominent, producing 南嶽 Nanyue and 靑原 Qingyuan, the former succeeded by 馬祖 Mazu, the latter by 石頭 Shitou. From Mazu's school arose the five later schools.




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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Seeing is Believing百聞は一見に如かずhyakubun wa ikken ni shikazu
hyakubunwaikkennishikazu
hyakubun wa iken ni shikazu
hyakubunwaikennishikazu
Seeing is Believing百聞不如一見
百闻不如一见
bǎi wén bù rú yí jiàn
bai3 wen2 bu4 ru2 yi2 jian4
bai wen bu ru yi jian
baiwenburuyijian
pai wen pu ju i chien
paiwenpujuichien
Zen Buddhism禪宗
禅宗
zen shuu / zenshuu / zen shu / zenshuchán zōng
chan2 zong1
chan zong
chanzong
ch`an tsung
chantsung
chan tsung
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

信心

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xìn xīn
    xin4 xin1
hsin hsin
 shinjin
    しんじん
Zen Buddhism Scroll
confidence; faith (in sb or something); CL:個|个[ge4]
(noun/participle) faith; belief; piety; devotion; godliness
A believing mind, which receives without doubting.; Great or firm faith in, or surrender to Buddha, especially to Amitabha.

禪宗


禅宗

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chán zōng
    chan2 zong1
ch`an tsung
    chan tsung
 Zenshū
Zen Buddhism Scroll
Zen Buddhism
The Chan, meditative or intuitional, sect usually said to have been established in China by Bodhidharma, v. 達, the twenty-eighth patriarch, who brought the tradition of the Buddha-mind from India. Cf. 楞 13 Laṅkāvatāra sūtra. This sect, believing in direct enlightenment, disregarded ritual and sūtras and depended upon the inner light and personal influence for the propagation of its tenets, founding itself on the esoteric tradition supposed to have been imparted to Kāśyapa by the Buddha, who indicated his meaning by plucking a flower without further explanation. Kāśyapa smiled in apprehension and is supposed to have passed on this mystic method to the patriarchs. The successor of Bodhidharma was 慧可 Huike, and he was succeeded by 僧璨 Sengcan; 道信 Daoxin; 弘忍 Hongren; 慧能 Huineng, and 神秀 Shenxiu, the sect dividing under the two latter into the southern and northern schools: the southern school became prominent, producing 南嶽 Nanyue and 靑原 Qingyuan, the former succeeded by 馬祖 Mazu, the latter by 石頭 Shitou. From Mazu's school arose the five later schools, v. 禪門; meditation school

百聞不如一見


百闻不如一见

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bǎi wén bù rú yī jiàn
    bai3 wen2 bu4 ru2 yi1 jian4
pai wen pu ju i chien
Zen Buddhism Scroll
seeing once is better than hearing a hundred times (idiom); seeing for oneself is better than hearing from many others; seeing is believing

百聞は一見に如かず

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 hyakubunhaikkennishikazu
    ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず
Zen Buddhism Scroll
(expression) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words

住地

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zhù dì
    zhu4 di4
chu ti
 jūji
living area; residential area
Dwelling-place; abiding place in the Truth, i.e. the acquirement by faith of a self believing in the dharma and producing its fruits; entrenchment

信德

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xìn dé
    xin4 de2
hsin te
 shintoku
The merit of the believing heart; the power of faith; virtue of faith

信樂


信乐

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xìn lè
    xin4 le4
hsin le
 shingyō
    しがらき
(personal name) Shigaraki
To believe and rejoice in the dharma; the joy of believing; faith as joy

信海

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xìn hǎi
    xin4 hai3
hsin hai
 shinkai
    しんかい
(given name) Shinkai
The ocean of faith: the true virtue of the believing hear is vast and boundless as the ocean.

信行

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xìn xíng
    xin4 xing2
hsin hsing
 shingyō
    のぶゆき
(surname, given name) Nobuyuki
Believing action; faith and practice. Action resulting from faith in another's teaching, in contrast with 法行 action resulting from direct apprehension of the doctrine; the former is found among the 鈍根, i.e. those of inferior ability, the latter among the 利根, i.e. the mentally acute.

南無


南无

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nā mó
    na1 mo2
na mo
 namu
    なむ
Buddhist salutation or expression of faith (loanword from Sanskrit); Taiwan pr. [na2 mo2]
(conj,int) {Buddh} amen; hail; (surname) Namu
namaḥ; Pali: namo; to submit oneself to, from to bend, bow to, make obeisance, pay homage to; an expression of submission to command, complete commitment, reverence, devotion, trust for salvation, etc. Also written 南牟; 南謨; 南忙; 那謨 (or 那模 or 那麻); 納莫 (or 納慕); 娜母; 曩莫 (or 曩謨); 捺麻(or捺謨), etc. It is used constantly in liturgy, incantations, etc., especially as in namaḥ Amitābha, which is the formula of faith of the Pure-land sect, representing the believing heart of all beings and Amitābha's power and will to save; repeated in the hour of death it opens the entrance to the Pure Land.

憑準


凭准

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píng zhǔn
    ping2 zhun3
p`ing chun
    ping chun
evidence (that one can rely on); grounds (for believing something)

行信

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xíng xìn
    xing2 xin4
hsing hsin
 Gyōshin
    ゆきのぶ
(p,s,g) Yukinobu
Act and faith, doing and believing, acting out one's belief; to act and faith

不信重

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bù xìn zhòng
    bu4 xin4 zhong4
pu hsin chung
 fu shinjū
not believing in; not believing in

法供養


法供养

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fǎ gōng yǎng
    fa3 gong1 yang3
fa kung yang
 hō kuyō
dharmapūjā. Serving the Dharma, i. e. believing, explaining, keeping, obeying it, cultivating the spiritual nature, protecting and assisting Buddhism. Also, offerings of or to the Dharma; offerings of the dharma

信心不二

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xìn xīn bù èr
    xin4 xin1 bu4 er4
hsin hsin pu erh
 shin shin funi
unity of the believing and the believed; unity of the believing and the believed

善男信女

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shàn nán xìn nǚ
    shan4 nan2 xin4 nu:3
shan nan hsin nü
 zennan shinnyo
lay practitioners of Buddhism
Good men and believing women; good men and believing women

將信將疑


将信将疑

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jiāng xìn jiāng yí
    jiang1 xin4 jiang1 yi2
chiang hsin chiang i
half believing, half doubting; skeptical

服水論師


服水论师

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fú shuǐ lùn shī
    fu2 shui3 lun4 shi1
fu shui lun shih
 bukusui ronji
The sect of non-Buddhist philosophers who considered water the beginning and end of all things; philosophers believing the primacy of water

眼見為實


眼见为实

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yǎn jiàn wéi shí
    yan3 jian4 wei2 shi2
yen chien wei shih
seeing is believing

言い包める

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 iikurumeru / ikurumeru
    いいくるめる
(transitive verb) to deceive somebody into believing (e.g. that black is white); to cajole; to talk into; to explain away (e.g. unpleasant evidence); to argue away; to wheedle

言いくるめる

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 iikurumeru / ikurumeru
    いいくるめる
(transitive verb) to deceive somebody into believing (e.g. that black is white); to cajole; to talk into; to explain away (e.g. unpleasant evidence); to argue away; to wheedle

百聞は一見にしかず

see styles
 hyakubunhaikkennishikazu
    ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず
(expression) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words

聞くと見るとは大違い

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 kikutomirutohaoochigai
    きくとみるとはおおちがい
(expression) (proverb) don't believe everything you hear; seeing is believing; to have heard of is not to have seen

Variations:
百聞は一見にしかず
百聞は一見に如かず

see styles
 hyakubunhaikkennishikazu
    ひゃくぶんはいっけんにしかず
(expression) (proverb) seeing is believing; one eye-witness is better than many hearsays; a picture is worth a thousand words

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