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Buddhist Monk in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Buddhist Monk

  2. Sangha / Order of Monks

  3. To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It

  4. Nirvana

  5. Silent / Solitary

  6. Ikkyu


Buddhist Monk

Japan sou ryo
Buddhist Monk Vertical Wall Scroll

The first Kanji means Buddhist priest or monk by itself.
The second Kanji means follower or companion.


僧Note, if you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, the first character will look a bit more like the Kanji shown to the right than the Kanji shown above. Let us know if you have a preference, as both versions are technically-correct in both Chinese and Japanese.

Sangha / Order of Monks

China sēng
Japan sou
Sangha / Order of Monks Vertical Wall Scroll

僧 is the single-character or short form of Sangha, the Buddhist idea of community or order (of monks, nuns, or followers of the Buddha). Alone, this character can simply mean "monk" (Just means monk in Japanese).


僧僧 Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write this in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this special Kanji form.

To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It

China bù dāng hé shàng bù zhī tóu lěng
To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [One who has] not been a monk [does] not know [the feeling of a] cold head.
I need to explain that a Chinese Buddhist monk always has a shaved head, and thus a cold head in winter.

Figuratively, this means: One cannot know the true meaning of hardship until one has experienced it oneself.


This is an idiom in Chinese, so the figurative meaning is what people perceive when they hear or read this phrase. Just as in English, when someone says, "The grass is always greener," one will think about the idea of jealousy, rather than the quality of one's lawn.

Nirvana

China niè pán
Japan ne han
Nirvana Vertical Wall Scroll

These are the Chinese characters that mean Nirvāṇa. I will let you decide what Nirvana means to you.

涅槃 / 涅盤 can also be translated as "Buddha's death and salvation" or "death of a Buddhist monk" depending on context. However, this is not seen with any bad meaning. You could replace "death" with "moving on," as that is how it's seen in a Buddhist context.


More info from our dictionary: Nirvana

Silent / Solitary

China
Japan jaku
Silent / Solitary Vertical Wall Scroll

寂 means silent, solitary, quiet, calm, still, rest, or tranquil.

This also has a strong Buddhist association where it can mean "entering into Nirvana." In that context, this is sometimes used to refer to the passing of a Buddhist monk (he is silent, as he has entered Nirvana). For the living, this is about tranquility (especially of mind).

Some will also use this to mean "elegant simplicity."

From Sanskrit, this can represent praśama, vivikta, śānti, or nibbāna (nirvāṇa).

Ikkyu

China yī xiū
Japan Ikkyū
Ikkyu Vertical Wall Scroll

一休 is the Japanese name Ikkyuu, Ikkyū, or Ikyu.

This can sort of mean "instant" or "a rest."

Chinese people will recognize this as the name of a famous Japanese Buddhist monk.

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Buddhist Monk僧侶 / 僧侶
僧侶
sou ryo / souryo / so ryo / soryo
Sangha
Order of Monks
sou / sosēng / seng1 / seng
To Know Hardship, One Must Experience It不當和尚不知頭冷
不当和尚不知头冷
bù dāng hé shàng bù zhī tóu lěng
bu4 dang1 he2 shang4 bu4 zhi1 tou2 leng3
bu dang he shang bu zhi tou leng
pu tang ho shang pu chih t`ou leng
pu tang ho shang pu chih tou leng
Nirvana涅槃 / 涅盤
涅盘
ne han / nehanniè pán / nie4 pan2 / nie pan / niepannieh p`an / niehpan / nieh pan
Silent
Solitary
jakujì / ji4 / jichi
Ikkyu一休Ikkyū / Ikyūyī xiū / yi1 xiu1 / yi xiu / yixiui hsiu / ihsiu
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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