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Kill / Slaughter / Murder / Butcher

Kill / Slaughter / Murder / Butcher Scroll

殺 is how to write "to kill" or "killing".

殺 is an absolutely shocking word to have on a wall scroll. It will bewilder, scare, and perhaps offend any Chinese, Korean, or Japanese person who sees it. I do not in any way recommend this for a piece of calligraphy artwork. This entry is only here because our calligraphy search engine received so many requests for "kill".

Note: In Korean Hanja, this character is not often used alone - see the other two-character entry for "kill".

5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood

Samyag Ajiva / Samma Ajiva
zhèng mìng
sei myou
5. Right Living / Right Livelihood / Perfect Livelihood Scroll

正命 (right living) is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism.

Right Living, along with Right Speech and Right Action constitute the path to Virtue.

Right Living means that a Buddhist should only take a job or pursue a career in a field that does no harm. Buddhists should not work in the arms trade, as pimps or in the field of prostitution, as a butcher or in a shop that kills or sells meat, in a laboratory that does animal research, or any other business that involves scheming or unethical behavior.

Another definition: Avoidance of professions that are harmful to sentient beings, such as slaughterer, hunter, dealer in weaponry or narcotics, etc.

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

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese

satsushā / sha1 / sha
5. Right Living
Right Livelihood
Perfect Livelihood
正命sei myou / seimyou / sei myo / seimyozhèng mìng
zheng4 ming4
zheng ming
cheng ming
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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to slaughter (animals for food); to massacre
(personal name) Toma
to butcher; to butcher

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a shrike
(1) (kana only) shrike (any bird of family Laniidae); (2) bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus); butcher bird


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(1) (kana only) shrike (any bird of family Laniidae); (2) bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus); butcher bird


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dāo tú
    dao1 tu2
tao t`u
    tao tu
The gati or path of rebirth as an animal, so called because animals are subjects of the butcher's knife; destiny of hungry ghost



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zǎi shā
    zai3 sha1
tsai sha
to slaughter (an animal for meat); to butcher


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(transitive verb) to slaughter; to massacre; to defeat; to butcher


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tú rén
    tu2 ren2
t`u jen
    tu jen
 tojin; dojin
    とじん; どじん
(1) (obscure) (See 屠者) slaughterer; butcher; (2) (archaism) cook
To butcher, kill; a butcher.


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tú bó
    tu2 bo2
t`u po
    tu po
butcher; fig. brutal killer


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(archaism) slaughterer; butcher


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tú dāo
    tu2 dao1
t`u tao
    tu tao
butcher's knife; abattoir hatchet


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tú fū
    tu2 fu1
t`u fu
    tu fu
butcher; fig. murderous dictator


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tú zǎi
    tu2 zai3
t`u tsai
    tu tsai
to slaughter; to butcher



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tú hù
    tu2 hu4
t`u hu
    tu hu


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(obscure) slaughterer; butcher


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tú gū
    tu2 gu1
t`u ku
    tu ku
Butcher and huckster; caṇḍāla is 'the generic name for a man of the lowest and most despised of the mixed tribes'. M. W; a butcher and a huckster


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(obscure) slaughterer; butcher


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(1) (abbreviation) butcher-bird prey impaled on twigs, thorns, etc. for later consumption; (2) first offering of the season


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 nagiikada; nagiikada / nagikada; nagikada
    なぎいかだ; ナギイカダ
(kana only) butcher's broom (Ruscus aculeatus)


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(transitive verb) (1) to smash; to crush; to flatten; (transitive verb) (2) to shut down; to put out of business; to force (a company) to close up shop; (transitive verb) (3) to wreck; to break; to block; to thwart; (transitive verb) (4) to butcher; to slaughter; to kill (livestock, for food); (transitive verb) (5) to kill (time); to while away (the time); to use up (one's time); (transitive verb) (6) to waste (e.g. talents)


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 gyuutou / gyuto
butcher's knife; chef's knife


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 ushiya; gyuuya / ushiya; gyuya
    うしや; ぎゅうや
(1) cowshed; (2) cow farmer; (3) restaurant specializing in beef dishes; (4) store (butcher, etc.) that sells beef; (place-name, surname) Ushiya


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(1) (archaism) dog slaughter; killing of dogs; (2) (archaism) dog butcher


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(1) (kana only) shrike (any bird of family Laniidae); (2) bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus); butcher bird


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ròu shāng
    rou4 shang1
jou shang
meat merchant; butcher


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(1) meat shop; butcher's shop; (2) butcher



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ròu fàn
    rou4 fan4
jou fan



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ròu pù
    rou4 pu4
jou p`u
    jou pu
butcher's shop



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mài ròu
    mai4 rou4
mai jou
butcher; meat merchant


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(1) (abbreviation) butcher-bird prey impaled on twigs, thorns, etc. for later consumption; (2) first offering of the season


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(transitive verb) (1) to expose; to lay open (e.g. secret); (transitive verb) (2) to take apart; to disassemble; (transitive verb) (3) to kill; to murder; (transitive verb) (4) to dress (meat); to butcher; (transitive verb) (5) to lose (a fish from the hook); (transitive verb) (6) to sell (stolen goods); to fence

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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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