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  1. Body

  2. Body and Mind

  3. Body and Earth in Unity

  4. Mind, Body and Spirit

  5. Energy Sword Body in Concert

  6. Body / Karada

  7. Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

  8. Strong Body, Strong Mind

  9. Strong Mind Strong Body

10. Ghost / Soul / Spirit

11. Taido

12. Inhale

13. Ken Zen Ichi Nyo

14. Great Sea

15. 7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness

16. Oneness / Unity

17. Nichiren

18. Soul / Spirit

19. Strong / Robust

20. Healthy Living

21. Stay Strong / Indestructible / Unbreakable

22. Goshin-Do

23. Lake

24. Exercise

25. The Holy Trinity

26. Happiness / Contentment

27. Spiritual Soul Mates

28. Pressure Points

29. Offering / Puja

30. Shingitai / Shin Gi Tai

31. Griffin / Gryphon

32. Shiatsu-Do

33. Pain

34. Avatar

35. Dragon

36. Brotherly and Sisterly Love

37. Strong bones come from hard knocks

38. Shadow Warrior

39. Clarity

40. Namaste - Greeting

41. Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

42. Kempo Karate / Law of the Fist Empty Hand

43. Tea

44. Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

45. You are only as old as you feel


shēn
mi
Body Scroll

身 is how to write "body" as in your human body, in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

Depending on context and certain language issues, this character can also mean: main part, hull, oneself, somebody, person, I, me, sword, lifetime, one's station in life, etc.

While this written word is universal in three languages, it still makes a rather odd selection for a wall scroll. Also, they tend to use 体 (karada) in Japanese for body (depending on context).


See Also:  Karada

Body and Mind

shēn xīn
shin shin
Body and Mind Scroll

身心 means, "body and mind" or "mental and physical" in Chinese and Japanese.

In the Buddhist context, body and mind encompass the five elements (skandha) of a sentient being.
The body is the physical material (rūpa) of life. Mind embraces the other four skandhas which are consciousness, perception, action, and knowledge.

Body and Earth in Unity

shindofuni / shindofuji
Body and Earth in Unity Scroll

身土不二 (Shindofuni) is originally a Buddhist concept or proverb referring to the inseparability of body-mind and geographical circumstances.

身土不二 literally reads, "Body [and] earth [are] not two".

Other translations or matching ideas include:
Body and land are one.
Body and earth can not be separated.
Body earth sensory curation.
You are what you eat.
Indivisibility of the body and the land (because the body is made from food and food is made from the land).

Going further, this speaks of our human bodies and the land from which we get our food being closely connected. This phrase is used often when talking about natural and organic vegetables coming directly from the farm to provide the healthiest foods in Japan.

Character notes: 身(shin) in this context does not just mean your physical body rather a concept including both body and mind.
土 (do) refers to soil, earth, clay, land, or in some cases, locality. It's not the proper name of Earth, the planet. However, in can refer to the land or realm we live in.

Japanese note: This has been used in Japan, on and off since 1907 as a slogan for a governmental healthy eating campaign (usually pronounced as shindofuji instead of the original shindofuni in this context). It may have been hijacked from Buddhism for this propaganda purpose, but at least this is "healthy propaganda".

Korean note: The phrase 身土不二 was in use by 1610 A.D. in Korea where it can be found in an early medical journal.
In modern South Korea, it's written in Hangul as 신토불이. Korea used Chinese characters (same source for Japanese Kanji) as their only written standard form of the language until about a hundred years ago. Therefore, many Koreans will recognize 身土不二 as a native phrase and concept.


See Also:  Strength and Love in Unity

Mind, Body and Spirit

shēn xīn líng
mi shin rei
Mind, Body and Spirit Scroll

This is probably the best way to express the idea of "Body, Mind and Spirit" in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. We are actually using the word for "heart" here because for thousands of years, the heart was thought to be the place where your thoughts, feelings and emotions came from. We do something similar in the west when we say "warm-hearted" or "I love you with all of my heart". In this context, heart = mind in Asian language and culture.

The very literal translation of these three characters is "body, heart & spirit" which could also be interpreted as "body mind & soul".

We have arranged these characters in this order because it simply "feels" like the proper order in the Chinese language. Word lists like this are not so common for calligraphy artwork, so we have to be careful to put them in the most natural order. It should be noted that this is not a common title in Asia, nor is it considered an actual phrase (as it lacks a clear subject, verb, and object).


霊In Japanese Kanji, they use an alternate form of the character for soul or spirit. If you want this using the Japanese alternate, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above.

Japanese disclaimer: This is not a natural phrase/list in Japanese. While not totally-natural in Chinese, this word list is best if your audience is Chinese.

Energy Sword Body in Concert

Spirit, Sword & Body as One
ki ken tai icchi
Energy Sword Body in Concert Scroll

This often gets translated as "Mind Sword Body", or "Spirit, Sword and Body as One". But I think these translations don't tell you enough about what this is really saying.

In this context, 気, which is the modern Japanese version of 氣, means spiritual and unseen energy or "life energy". In some cases, 気 can be translated as spirit, feeling, or nature. If defined as mind, it's more about invisible or intangible part of one's mind (or soul).

剣 is the Japanese version of 劍 meaning sword.

体 is the modern Japanese version of 體 meaning body.

The Kanji 一 means one, and in this case suggests "all in one". The Kanji 到 means to send, deliver, or convey. But together, 一到 suggests all these things in agreement, union cooperation, or in concert.

Body / Karada

karada / tai / te
Body / Karada Scroll

体 is used in Japanese to mean "body".

体 can also refer to the form, style, corporeal existence, appearance, identity, or the state of something or someone. 體 is also used in Buddhism in regards to the corporeal existence of someone (their earthy vessel). It's kind of a broad term that can be used in a lot of different ways.

As a single character, it's usually pronounced "karada" but it can also be pronounced "tai" or "te" (Japanese pronunciation borrowed from the original Chinese).

體 is not a common Kanji to use for a wall scroll. Only select this if you have a personal and meaningful reason to do so. Also, consider this version to be "Japanese only" - see below...


體 In Chinese and old Korean Hanja, this character is written in the traditional form shown to the right. If you want this version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

itami wa karada kara nukeru yowasa
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body Scroll

痛みは体から抜ける弱さ is how to write "pain is weakness leaving the body" in Japanese.

I remember this being shouted a lot during U.S. Marine Corps boot camp.


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

Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body

téng tòng jiù shì shuāi ruò lí nǐ ér qù de shí hòu
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body Scroll

I remember this being shouted a lot during U.S. Marine Corps boot camp. This is how to write that phrase in Chinese. At least, this is as close as we could compose/translate it, and hold the full original meaning and connotations.

The version shown here is really, "Pain is weakness leaving your body". Although, it's said in English both ways (the or your), it works better in Chinese with "your".

Strong Body, Strong Mind

tsuyo i karada tsuyo i kokoro
Strong Body, Strong Mind Scroll

強い体強い心 is a way to write "strong mind, strong body" in Japanese.

Each of the two lines starts with 強い (tsuyoi) which means: strong; powerful; mighty; potent; resistant; resilient; durable; tough; stiff; hard; inflexible.

Body is represented with 体 (ancient version is 體, romanized as karada) which means: body; build; physique; posture; torso; trunk; health.

Mind is represented with 心 (kokoro) which can mean heart, mind, or soul depending on context.

This is not a common phrase in Japanese, so it's not the most natural title for calligraphy. In English, you might want to write it, "strong mind, strong body" but, "strong mind, strong body", is more natural in Japanese.


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

Strong Mind Strong Body

qiáng zhuàng de shēn tǐ jiān qiáng de xīn tài
Strong Mind Strong Body Scroll

This is the Chinese phrase for "Strong Mind, Strong Body", however, the character order is actually "Strong Body, Strong Mind", as that's the more natural word order in Chinese.

Ghost / Soul / Spirit

hún pò
kon paku
Ghost / Soul / Spirit Scroll

魂魄 is a Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja term for ghost, soul, or spirit.

It's used in the context of Buddhism as:
Animus and anima; the spiritual nature or mind, and the animal soul; the two are defined as mind and body or mental and physical, the invisible soul inhabiting the visible body, the former being celestial, the latter terrestrial.

tai dou
Taido Scroll

Taidō (The Way of the Body) is a style of Karate practiced in Japan and popular around the world.

Taidō or 躰道 traces a lineage from Genseiryū (玄制流) which came from Shuri-te (首里手), one of the original martial arts schools of ancient Okinawa.

The first character 躰 is a variant of the original Chinese character 體. In modern Japan, they tend to use 体, a more simple form of the character. 体 is also the modern Simplified Chinese form of 體.
The 躰 character is correct for this 躰道 martial arts title. But it can be confusing with so many variants out there, not to mention other homophonic Japanese words that also romanize as Taidō or Taidou.

To have a bit more fun with this 躰 character, it has a 身 radical on the left, which sets it apart. The meaning doubles up on the "body" as 身 (shin) is a character that also means body in Japanese and Chinese. On the right is 本 which often means root, stem, origin, source, or fundamental (but can also mean "book" in some contexts). This has deviated from the original 體 which was 骨 (bone) + 豊 (vessel). Hence, body was your "bone vessel" in ancient Asia.

The meaning of 躰, as well as 體 and 体, is usually translated as body. When related to the physical body, it can also refer to the torso, trunk, build, physique, or constitution of a person. As an extension of this, it can also refer to someone's health (good body = good health).
However, depending on context, it can encompass other meanings such as: form; style; system; to experience; aspect; corpus, corporeal; the substance, the essentials.

The second character, 道, is recognized and well-known as the "Way" and is the same "do" as in Karate-do or Aikido.

xī rù
kyuu nyuu
Inhale Scroll

吸入 is a Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean word that means inhale, inhalation, or to breathe in.

吸 by itself can mean to inhale or suck in.
入 means to enter (in this case, the body) so it clarifies that this is true inhalation of air into the body.

If you need a reminder to breathe (slow down and take a deep breath) this may be the word you want hanging on your wall.

Ken Zen Ichi Nyo

ken zen ichi nyo
Ken Zen Ichi Nyo Scroll

This Japanese phrase is often translated as "train both body and spirit".

Here's the breakdown of the words in this phrase:
拳 means fist.
禅 is zen, which means meditation.
一如 is a word that means "to be just like", "oneness", "true nature", or "true character".

So to get to the translation of "train both body and spirit", you must understand that "fist" is representing "body" and the idea of mediation is representing "mind".

I have to say, this is not how I would translate this. To me, it's really about training with your mind and remembering that mediation is a huge part of training, not just your fist. As the Shaolin Buddhist monks show us, meditation is just as important as physical training in martial arts.

dà yáng
tai you
Great Sea Scroll

大洋 is a rarely-used word for ocean in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. 大洋 is here mostly for reference - please order a different ocean for your custom calligraphy wall scroll.

The first character means "big" or "great".
The second means "ocean" or "body of water" (it can sometimes mean "foreign" but not in this case).
The first character designates that you are talking about a great or huge body of water (certainly a major ocean and not a smaller sea).

7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness

Samyak Smriti / Samyak Smrti / Samma Sati
zhèng niàn
sei nen
7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness Scroll

正念 is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Mindfulness, along with Right Effort and Right Concentration constitute the path to Concentration or Perfect Thought.

Right Mindfulness is about remaining focused on one's body, feelings, mind and mental qualities. It's also about being ardent, aware, and mindful, and supposes that you've already put aside worldly desire and aversion.

Monk Bhikkhu Bodhi described this as: The mind is deliberately kept at the level of bare attention, a detached observation of what is happening within us and around us in the present moment. In the practice of right mindfulness the mind is trained to remain in the present, open, quiet, and alert, contemplating the present event.

Another definition: Ongoing mindfulness of body, feelings, thinking, and objects of thought.


This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment | Noble Eightfold Path

Oneness / Unity

yī tǐ xìng
ittaisei
Oneness / Unity Scroll

This title represents the idea of oneness, unity, integrity, and/or inclusion in Japanese.

The Kanji breakdown:
一 One    体 Body    性 Nature


Note: This word can be understood in Chinese but it more a Japanese word. Best if your audience is Japanese.

rì lián
nichi ren
Nichiren Scroll

日蓮 is the title Nichiren.

This title refers to a Buddhist priest, who lived from 1222 to 1282. He is the founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism.
According to historical documents, the Nichiren sect was established in 1252. Adding the character for sect, this would be 日蓮宗 (Nichiren sect), which is also known as the 法華宗 or Lotus sect.

According to Soothill-Hodous...
Nichiren's chief tenets are the three great mysteries 三大祕法, representing the trikāya:
1. 本尊 or chief object of worship, being the great maṇḍala of the worlds of the ten directions, or universe, i.e. the body or nirmāṇakāya of Buddha.
2. 題目 the title of the Lotus Sutra 妙法蓮華經 Myo-ho-ren-ge-kyo, preceded by Namo, or, "Adoration to the scripture of the lotus of the wonderful law", for it is Buddha's spiritual body.
3. 戒壇 the altar of the law, which is also the title of the Lotus as above; the believer, wherever he is, dwells in the Pure-land of calm light 寂光淨土, the saṃbhogakāya.

Soul / Spirit

hún
tamashi / kon
Soul / Spirit Scroll

魂 means soul or spirit as in the immortal soul that can be detached from the body.

This can also refer to one's Yang energy or spirit.

In the Buddhist context, this can be the soul, conscious mind, or vijñāna.

Strong / Robust

zhuàng
sou
Strong / Robust Scroll

This "strong" character means "to strengthen" or robust. This brings images of a muscle-bound hulk of a weight lifter or body builder to an Asian person who sees this character.

Note that in Korean and Japanese, this character is normally part of compound words, and is not seen alone too often.


壮Note that the this character was simplified in Japan after WWII (also simplified in mainland China but not for calligraphy). If you want the modern Japanese/simplified version, please click on the Kanji shown to the right.

Healthy Living

jiàn kāng shēng huó
kenkou seikatsu
Healthy Living Scroll

If you are into healthy living, this might be an excellent selection for a wall scroll to hang in your home.

The first two characters speak of health, vitality, vigor, and being of sound body. The second two characters mean living or life (daily existence).


See Also:  Strength | Vitality | Health

Stay Strong / Indestructible / Unbreakable

jīn gāng bù huài
kon gou fu e
Stay Strong / Indestructible / Unbreakable Scroll

金剛不壞 is originally a Buddhist term for, "The diamond indestructible".

Sometimes, it's written 金剛不壞身, The diamond indestructible body.

Outside that context, it still means firm and solid, sturdy and indestructible, unshakable, or adamantine (a mythological indestructible material).


壊 Note: If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, the last Kanji will look like the one shown to the right.

hù shēn dào
gou shin dou
Goshin-Do Scroll

護身道 is the title for the school of martial arts known as Goshin-Do.

The literal translation of these three characters is something like "self-protection way" or "protection of the body way".

To put this in context, the term 護身 is often used for charms or amulets that are meant to protect the wearer from harm.


Note: This phrase is pronounceable in Chinese, but it not commonly known in China.

mizumi
Lake Scroll

湖 is lake in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

湖 is used in place names (like Lake Huron) and as a descriptive term for any large body of fresh water.

In Japanese, this can also be the female given name Reiku.

If your surname is Lake, this could be a good character for you.

Exercise

(for body or mind)
duàn liàn
Exercise Scroll

鍛煉 / 鍛鍊 means exercise in much the same way we use the word exercise in English.

This can be exercising your body at the gym, or exercising your mind in studies. Most of the time, this refers to physical exercise.

This can also be translated as to temper, to toughen, to train, to drill, to forge, or simply discipline.

The Holy Trinity

sān wèi yì tǐ
The Holy Trinity Scroll

三位一體 is the Chinese and old Korean way to write Holy Trinity.

This would be understood in Japanese as well, but they tend to write it with the last character simplified like 三位一体 in modern Japan.

三位一體 can be translated literally as "Three Thrones, One Body".
Asian Christians will understand this to be the Trinity, as in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Happiness / Contentment

ko fuku
Happiness / Contentment Scroll

鼓腹 means happiness and contentment in Japanese Kanji.

The first Kanji represents your internal beat or drum.
The second Kanji represents your mind and body.
Together, it suggests that your internal rhythm or beat is regular, soothing, and at proper tempo.


See Also:  Satisfaction | Pleasure | Well-Being

Spiritual Soul Mates

tamashii no han ryo
Spiritual Soul Mates Scroll

魂の伴侶 is a Japanese-only title for soulmates.

魂 means soul, spirit, immortal soul (the part of you that lives beyond your physical body), or the conscious mind. In the Buddhist context, this is vijñāna or viññāṇa (consciousness, life force, or mind).

の is a possessive article that connects everything together here.

伴侶 means mates, companions, partners, spouses.

Pressure Points

diǎn xué
tenketsu
Pressure Points Scroll

點穴 means pressure points in Chinese and Japanese.

In the context of martial arts, this term is used to refer to hitting a pressure point or vulnerable body cavity. 點穴 is not the term "dim mak" but it often used in lieu of or with dim mak.

In medical terms, this is just pressure points, which can be places for acupuncture or application of moxibustion.


See Also:  Dim Mak

Offering / Puja

gòng yǎng
ku you
Offering / Puja Scroll

供養 is the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean rough equivalent to the Sanskrit word, Pūjā.

The meaning is: To make offerings (to the Gods); to supply; to provide for one's elders; to support one's parents; memorial service for the dead; holding a service; any offering for body or mind; to make offerings of whatever nourishes (e.g. food, goods, incense, lamps, scriptures, the doctrine).

The final meaning varies greatly depending on the context it which the word is used.

Shingitai / Shin Gi Tai

xīn jì tǐ
shin gi tai
Shingitai / Shin Gi Tai Scroll

心技体 is the Japanese title "shin gi tai" or "shingitai".

This can refer to the three elements of Sumo wrestlers or martial artists, "heart-technique-physique".

Here is what each character represents:

心 (shin) mind, heart and spirit.

技 (gi) skill, knowledge and experience.

体 (ti) body and physical effort.

心技体 have the same meanings in Chinese, though this title is used much more often in Japanese.

Griffin / Gryphon

yīng tóu shī
Griffin / Gryphon Scroll

鷹頭獅 is the Chinese title for a Griffin.

Griffin This refers to the legendary creature with the head, talons, and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. Sometimes also spelled Gryphon or Griffon. From the Greek γρύφων or γρύπων, or Latin Gryphus.

This Chinese title, 鷹頭獅, literally means, "Eagle Head Lion".

shiatsudou
Shiatsu-Do Scroll

指圧道 is the title for Shiastu-Do, the Japanese way of finger pressure.

Shitsu-Do is about applying special figure pressure to points on the body thought to be connected to pathways called "meridians". Shiatsu is a healthful way to get your 気 or 氣 (ki energy) flowing properly.

Note: This title can also be written in the older 指壓道 form (just the middle character has an ancient/traditional form used before WWII).
You might even see 指压道 which uses the Simplified Chinese form of the second character.

Pain

ache / sorrow
tòng
tsuu / ita
Pain Scroll

痛 means pain in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. It also means pain/hurt/bruise in Japanese but is seldom seen as a single Kanji (usually at least a Hiragana is added to make the word "itai" which is what a Japanese person will scream when they are in pain).

Depending on context, this word can mean hurt, ache, sorrow, or refer to damage to a human body. As a single character, the possible meanings are very open - so you can decide what it means to you, as long as the general meaning is still "painful".


See Also:  Hurt

huà shēn
keshin
Avatar Scroll

化身 is a way to say avatar in Chinese characters, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

化身 is the original Buddhist idea of avatar (not the movie). 化身 can also mean: incarnation; reincarnation; embodiment; personification; impersonation.

化身 is the Chinese word used for the original Sanskrit, nirmāṇakāya. Alternates for nirmāṇakāya include 應身, 應化身, or 變化身. In the context of Buddhism, this is a Buddha's metamorphosic body, which has the power to assume any shape to propagate the Truth. This title, 化身, is used for the appearance of a Buddha's many forms.

Dragon

Year of the Dragon / Zodiac Sign
lóng
ryuu / tatsu
Dragon Scroll

龍 is the character for dragon in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

The dragon is the creature of myth and legend that dominates Chinese, Japanese, and even European folklore. In China, the dragon is the symbol of the Emperor, strength and power, and the Chinese dragon is known as the god of water.

From the Chinese Zodiac, if you were born in the year of the Dragon, you . . .

Have a strong body and spirit.
Are full of energy.
Have vast goals.
Have a deep level of self-awareness.
Will do whatever you can to "save face".


See also our Chinese Zodiac or Dragon Calligraphy pages.

Brotherly and Sisterly Love

shǒu zú qíng
Brotherly and Sisterly Love Scroll

手足情 is the love between siblings.

When you love, protect, care for, and have a deep bond that only brothers or sisters can.

The actual translation is "Hand and Foot" but it is said the relationship between brothers or sisters is like that of hands and feet. They belong together, and complete the body. Even though this says "hand and foot", it will always be read with the brotherly and sisterly love meaning in Chinese.

Note: During the past 20 years, the "One child policy" in China is slowly making this term obsolete.

Strong bones come from hard knocks

bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
Strong bones come from hard knocks Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Without being knocked around a bit, [one's] bones won't become hard.

Figuratively, this means: One can't become strong without first being tempered by "hard knocks".

While true for everyone, this sounds like the "Iron Body" form of Kung Fu, where practitioners bodies are beaten (and often bone fractured) in order to become stronger.
For the rest of us, this is just about how we can be tempered and build character through the hardships in our lives.

This is not a common title for a wall scroll in China.

Shadow Warrior

yīng wǔ zhǔ
kagemusha
Shadow Warrior Scroll

影武者 is the title for Shadow Warrior in Chinese and Japanese.

This may refer to a few video games that share this English title, or a Japanese moved called Kagemusha.

If you are looking for the Japanese TV show, that was originally 影の軍団 (Kage no Gundan) which more literally means "Army of Shadows", but was re-titled Shadow Warrior when released outside Japan in English.

In Japan, this title can also refer to a body double or decoy of an army general or leader used to avoid assassination. It can also be somebody who does all the work (or fighting) behind the scenes (not getting much if any credit).


Shadow Warrior

qīng
sei
Clarity Scroll

清 means clarity or clear in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Looking at the parts of this character, you have three splashes of water on the left, "life" on the top right, and the moon on the lower right.

Because of something Confucius said about 2500 years ago, you can imagine that this character means "live life with clarity like bright moonlight piercing pure water". The Confucian idea is something like "Keep clear what is pure in yourself, and let your pure nature show through". Kind of like saying, "Don't pollute your mind or body, so that they remain clear".

This might be stretching the definition of this single Chinese character but the elements are there, and "clarity" is a powerful idea.


Korean note: Korean pronunciation is given above but this character is written with a slight difference in the "moon radical" in Korean. However, anyone who can read Korean Hanja, will understand this character with no problem (this is considered an alternate form in Korean). If you want the more standard Korean Hanja form (which is an alternate form in Chinese), just let me know.

Japanese note: When reading in Japanese, this Kanji has additional meanings of pure, purify, or cleanse (sometimes to remove demons or "exorcise"). Used more in compound words in Japanese than as a stand-alone Kanji.

Namaste - Greeting

hé shí
gou juu
Namaste - Greeting Scroll

The word namaste comes from Sanskrit and is a common greeting in the Hindi and Nepali languages exchanged by devout Hindu or Buddhist people in Southern Asia (especially India).

Here you can see the Chinese form (and Japanese but not well-known in Japan) of this word which is used describe a Buddhist (or Hindu) greeting with palms closed together in a prayerful manner, generally at chest level. However, this selection of characters describes the act, and is not a word spoken during the greeting. In fact, words or a greeting is seldom spoken when two Chinese or Japanese Buddhists meet. The greeting is silent, and respectful but composed completely of body language.

Note that the greeting namaste as well as the act of placing palms together are used both as a hello and goodbye (kind of like the word aloha in Hawaiian).


If you are looking for a welcoming hello and goodbye, you may want to consider gassho or a simple welcome.

Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

(complete bodily devotion)
xiàn shēn
ken shin
Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication Scroll

獻身 is used to describe being so devoted to something that you will make sacrifices for that goal/thing/person.

You can also translate this word as any of the following:

Give one's life for...
Sacrifice one's life for...
To dedicate oneself to...
Self-devotion
Dedication
Commit ones energy to...
Devote to...
Self-sacrifice
Giving your whole body to...

This can be a dedication to or for someone but more often is used in reference to a dedication or making sacrifices for your country, public service, or a cause. For instance, an Olympic athlete makes great sacrifices to train in his/her sport for their country and compatriots.


献
身
While the form shown to the upper-left is considered an ancient Japanese version, in modern Japan, they use the simplified version of the first Kanji (shown to the right). Click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version.

If you are looking for a more religious meaning of devotion, see Faith.


See Also:  Confidence | Dedication

Kempo Karate / Law of the Fist Empty Hand

kōng shǒu quán fǎ
kara te ken pou
Kempo Karate / Law of the Fist Empty Hand Scroll

The first two characters mean "karate" - technically they express "empty hand".

The last two express "fist law" which is Romanized from Japanese as "Kenpo" or "Kempo".

That "empty hand" translation can be understood better when you grasp the idea that karate is a martial art without weapons (other than the weapons organic to your body, such as your foot, hand, fist, etc). When you practice karate, you do so with empty hands (no weapons).

Note: There is also an antiquated way to write karate. It has the same pronunciation but a different first character which means "Tang" as in the Tang Dynasty. Some dojos use that form - let us know if you need that alternate form, and we'll add it for you.

chá
cha
Tea Scroll

茶 means tea. It can refer to prepared tea (ready-to-drink) or to dry tea leaves.

The origin of tea is China but the same character is used in Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja with the exact same meaning. Japanese and Korean even borrowed the pronunciation from Chinese (pronounced "cha" in all three languages).

It's said that an early doctor (or herbologist) in ancient China kept poisoning himself as he tried different new herb concoctions. He invented tea as a means to detoxify himself as he recovered from 1 of the 76 times he nearly poisoned himself to death. Tea is seen not just as a drink but as a form of medicine used to remove impurities from the body.

The word "chai" (used in many languages to refer to various teas) is derived from this Chinese word.

茶 also means camellia, as Asian teas are often based on the leaves of camellia plant varieties.

Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature

qí lǐn
keilun
kirin
Kirin / Giraffe / Mythical Creature Scroll

麒麟 is the title of a mythical beast of Asia.

The animal is thought to be related to the giraffe, and in some ways, it is a giraffe. However, it is often depicted with the horns of a dragon or deer and sometimes with the body like a horse but many variations exist.

In Japanese it is pronounced "Kirin" as in "Kirin Ichiban" beer.

Kirin - Mythical Beast and Great Japanese Beer!
Notes:

1. 麒麟 is sometimes spelled as "kylin".

2. In Japanese, this is the only Kanji word for giraffe. Therefore in Japan, this word needs context to know whether you are talking about the mythical creature or the long-necked giraffe of Africa.

3. Apparently, this was the first word used for regular giraffes in China (some were brought from Africa to China during the Ming Dynasty - probably around the year 1400). Though the mythical creature may have existed before, the name "qilin" was given to the "new giraffe". 麒麟 is because, more than 600 years ago, giraffes somewhat matched the mythical creature's description when Chinese people saw them for the first time. Later, to avoid such an ambiguous title, a three-character word was devised to mean a "giraffe of Africa". The characters for "qilin" shown here are only for the mythological version in modern Chinese.

4. More information about the qilin / kirin from Wikipedia.

5. This creature is sometimes translated as the "Chinese Unicorn", even though it is generally portrayed with two horns. I think this is done more for the fantasy aspect of the unicorn and because most westerners don't know what a qilin or kirin is (this avoids a long explanation by the translator).

6. In Korean, this can mean kirin or simply giraffe (usually the mythological creature is what they would think of when seeing these characters alone on a wall scroll).

You are only as old as you feel

You're only old if you think you're old
bú pà rén lǎo zhǐ pà xīn lǎo
You are only as old as you feel Scroll

This literally translates as: Do not be concerned about being old; be concerned about a mind which is old.

Figuratively, this means: Your are not as old as you look, you are only as old as you think you are.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Bodymishēn / shen1 / shen
Body and Mind身心shin shin / shinshinshēn xīn / shen1 xin1 / shen xin / shenxinshen hsin / shenhsin
Body and Earth in Unity身土不二shindofuni / shindofuji
Mind, Body and Spirit身心靈 / 身心霊
身心灵
mi shin rei
mishinrei
shēn xīn líng
shen1 xin1 ling2
shen xin ling
shenxinling
shen hsin ling
shenhsinling
Energy Sword Body in Concert気剣体一致 / 氣劍體一致
气剑体一致
ki ken tai icchi
kikentaiicchi
ki ken tai ichi
kikentaiichi
Body
Karada

karada / tai / tetǐ / ti3 / tit`i / ti
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body痛みは體から抜ける弱さ
痛みは体から抜ける弱さ
itami wa karada kara nukeru yowasa
Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body疼痛就是衰弱離你而去的時候
疼痛就是衰弱离你而去的时候
téng tòng jiù shì shuāi ruò lí nǐ ér qù de shí hòu
teng2 tong4 jiu4 shi4 shuai1 ruo4 li2 ni3 er2 qu4 de shi2 hou4
teng tong jiu shi shuai ruo li ni er qu de shi hou
t`eng t`ung chiu shih shuai jo li ni erh ch`ü te shih hou
teng tung chiu shih shuai jo li ni erh chü te shih hou
Strong Body, Strong Mind強い體強い心
強い体強い心
tsuyo i karada tsuyo i kokoro
tsuyoikaradatsuyoikokoro
Strong Mind Strong Body強壯的身體堅強的心態
强壮的身体坚强的心态
qiáng zhuàng de shēn tǐ jiān qiáng de xīn tài
qiang2 zhuang4 de shen1 ti3 jian1 qiang2 de xin1 tai4
qiang zhuang de shen ti jian qiang de xin tai
ch`iang chuang te shen t`i chien ch`iang te hsin t`ai
chiang chuang te shen ti chien chiang te hsin tai
Ghost
Soul
Spirit
魂魄kon paku / konpakuhún pò / hun2 po4 / hun po / hunpohun p`o / hunpo / hun po
Taido躰道tai dou / taidou / tai do / taido
Inhale吸入kyuu nyuu / kyuunyuu / kyu nyu / kyunyuxī rù / xi1 ru4 / xi ru / xiruhsi ju / hsiju
Ken Zen Ichi Nyo拳禪一如
拳禅一如
ken zen ichi nyo
kenzenichinyo
Great Sea大洋tai you / taiyou / tai yo / taiyodà yáng / da4 yang2 / da yang / dayangta yang / tayang
7. Right Mindfulness
Right Memory
Perfect Mindfulness
正念sei nen / seinenzhèng niàn
zheng4 nian4
zheng nian
zhengnian
cheng nien
chengnien
Oneness
Unity
一體性
一体性
ittaiseiyī tǐ xìng
yi1 ti3 xing4
yi ti xing
yitixing
i t`i hsing
itihsing
i ti hsing
Nichiren日蓮
日莲
nichi ren / nichirenrì lián / ri4 lian2 / ri lian / rilianjih lien / jihlien
Soul
Spirit
tamashi / konhún / hun2 / hun
Strong
Robust

sou / sozhuàng / zhuang4 / zhuangchuang
Healthy Living健康生活kenkou seikatsu
kenkouseikatsu
kenko seikatsu
kenkoseikatsu
jiàn kāng shēng huó
jian4 kang1 sheng1 huo2
jian kang sheng huo
jiankangshenghuo
chien k`ang sheng huo
chienkangshenghuo
chien kang sheng huo
Stay Strong
Indestructible
Unbreakable
金剛不壞 / 金剛不壊
金刚不坏
kon gou fu e
kongoufue
kon go fu e
kongofue
jīn gāng bù huài
jin1 gang1 bu4 huai4
jin gang bu huai
jingangbuhuai
chin kang pu huai
chinkangpuhuai
Goshin-Do護身道
护身道
gou shin dou
goushindou
go shin do
goshindo
hù shēn dào
hu4 shen1 dao4
hu shen dao
hushendao
hu shen tao
hushentao
Lakemizumihú / hu2 / hu
Exercise鍛煉 / 鍛鍊
锻炼
duàn liàn
duan4 lian4
duan lian
duanlian
tuan lien
tuanlien
The Holy Trinity三位一體
三位一体
sān wèi yì tǐ
san1 wei4 yi4 ti3
san wei yi ti
sanweiyiti
san wei i t`i
sanweiiti
san wei i ti
Happiness
Contentment
鼓腹ko fuku / kofuku
Spiritual Soul Mates魂の伴侶tamashii no han ryo
tamashiinohanryo
tamashi no han ryo
tamashinohanryo
Pressure Points點穴
点穴
tenketsudiǎn xué / dian3 xue2 / dian xue / dianxuetien hsüeh / tienhsüeh
Offering
Puja
供養
供养
ku you / kuyou / ku yo / kuyogòng yǎng
gong4 yang3
gong yang
gongyang
kung yang
kungyang
Shingitai
Shin Gi Tai
心技体shin gi tai
shingitai
xīn jì tǐ
xin1 ji4 ti3
xin ji ti
xinjiti
hsin chi t`i
hsinchiti
hsin chi ti
Griffin
Gryphon
鷹頭獅
鹰头狮
yīng tóu shī
ying1 tou2 shi1
ying tou shi
yingtoushi
ying t`ou shih
yingtoushih
ying tou shih
Shiatsu-Do指圧道shiatsudou / shiatsudo
Paintsuu / ita / tsu / ita / tsu / itatòng / tong4 / tongt`ung / tung
Avatar化身keshinhuà shēn / hua4 shen1 / hua shen / huashen
Dragon
ryuu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
ryu / tatsu
lóng / long2 / longlung
Brotherly and Sisterly Love手足情shǒu zú qíng
shou3 zu2 qing2
shou zu qing
shouzuqing
shou tsu ch`ing
shoutsuching
shou tsu ching
Strong bones come from hard knocks不磕不碰骨頭不硬
不磕不碰骨头不硬
bù kē bù pèng gǔ tóu bù yìng
bu4 ke1 bu4 peng4 gu3 tou2 bu4 ying4
bu ke bu peng gu tou bu ying
bukebupenggutoubuying
pu k`o pu p`eng ku t`ou pu ying
pukopupengkutoupuying
pu ko pu peng ku tou pu ying
Shadow Warrior影武者kagemushayīng wǔ zhǔ
ying1 wu3 zhu3
ying wu zhu
yingwuzhu
ying wu chu
yingwuchu
Clarityseiqīng / qing1 / qingch`ing / ching
Namaste - Greeting合十gou juu / goujuu / go ju / gojuhé shí / he2 shi2 / he shi / heshiho shih / hoshih
Sacrifice
Devotion
Dedication
獻身
献身
ken shin / kenshinxiàn shēn
xian4 shen1
xian shen
xianshen
hsien shen
hsienshen
Kempo Karate
Law of the Fist Empty Hand
空手拳法kara te ken pou
karatekenpou
kara te ken po
karatekenpo
kōng shǒu quán fǎ
kong1 shou3 quan2 fa3
kong shou quan fa
kongshouquanfa
k`ung shou ch`üan fa
kungshouchüanfa
kung shou chüan fa
Teachachá / cha2 / chach`a / cha
Kirin
Giraffe
Mythical Creature
麒麟kirinqí lǐn / qi2 lin3 / qi lin / qilinch`i lin / chilin / chi lin
You are only as old as you feel不怕人老隻怕心老
不怕人老只怕心老
bú pà rén lǎo zhǐ pà xīn lǎo
bu2 pa4 ren2 lao3 zhi3 pa4 xin1 lao3
bu pa ren lao zhi pa xin lao
buparenlaozhipaxinlao
pu p`a jen lao chih p`a hsin lao
pupajenlaochihpahsinlao
pu pa jen lao chih pa hsin lao
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


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