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Consciousness of Self

zì jué
jikaku
Consciousness of Self Scroll

自覺 is the idea of being conscious, self-aware and sometimes "on one's own initiative".


覚After WWII, they started using a simplified form of the second Kanji for this word in Japan. That version is shown to the right, and you can click on that Kanji if you want the modern Japanese form. Otherwise, the characters shown in the upper left are the correct ones for ancient/old/traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

Self Consciousness

jiishiki
Self Consciousness Scroll

自意識 is the idea of being conscious and self-aware in Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja.

自意識 is not a normal word in Chinese.

Kensho - Initial Enlightenment

jiàn xìng
ken shou
Kensho - Initial Enlightenment Scroll

This has the same meaning as Satori but referring to the initial state or initial experience of enlightenment.

This can also mean "self-discovery", "self-awareness" or "consciousness of one's own character".

In a very religious context, this means to behold the Buddha-nature within oneself.


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. Some Japanese people will dispute whether this title is valid in the Japanese language. Only order this if you are sure this title is right for you.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Consciousness of Self自覺
自觉 / 自覚
jikakuzì jué / zi4 jue2 / zi jue / zijuetzu chüeh / tzuchüeh
Self Consciousness自意識
自意识
jiishiki / jishiki
Kensho - Initial Enlightenment見性
见性
ken shou / kenshou / ken shojiàn xìng
jian4 xing4
jian xing
jianxing
chien hsing
chienhsing
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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