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Idea / Concept

lǐ niàn
ri nen
Idea / Concept Scroll

理念 / 理唸 means idea, notion, concept, principle, theory, philosophy*, or doctrine in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

理念 / 理唸 is OK for a wall scroll, although it's more commonly used as an oral/informal word in Asia.

* 理念 / 理唸 is not the title for philosophy but rather is about having a certain philosophy or approach to something.

Idea / Thought

yì jiàn
i ken
Idea / Thought Scroll

意見 means idea, thought, opinion, or view in Japanese.

意見 also has a similar meaning in Chinese, just often used in China.

Idea / Thought

yì niàn
Idea / Thought Scroll

意念 / 意唸 means idea or thought in Chinese.

Thought / Thinking / Idea

sī xiǎng
Thought / Thinking / Idea Scroll

思想 means thought, thinking, or idea in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Sometimes it can mean ideology, depending on context.

This can refer to someone's personality - like saying, "he is a thinker".

The Buddha is in Each Sentient Being

butsu wa shujou no naka ni ari
The Buddha is in Each Sentient Being Scroll

佛は衆生の中に在り is "Butsu wa shujo no naka ni ari" and means that the Buddha (potential for Buddhahood) exists in all beings in the universe.

So yes, your dog has the potential to be a Buddha (but only in a future reincarnation as a human). But all things, from the tiny cricket to the humpback whale have Buddha-nature within them. If one takes the time to look and contemplate, one will see the Buddha in all things.

In Japan, sometimes the Buddha character is written 仏 instead of 佛, so you might see the whole phrase written as 仏は衆生の中に在り.

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

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Taoist monastery; palace gate watchtower; platform
vipaśyanā; vidarśanā. To look into, study, examine, contemplate; contemplation, insight; a study, a Taoist monastery; to consider illusion and discern illusion, or discern the seeming from the real; to contemplate and mentally enter into truth. 覺 is defined as awakening, or awareness, 觀 as examination or study. It is also an old tr. of the word Yoga; and cf. 禪 17. Guan is especially a doctrine of the Tiantai school as shown in the 止觀 q.v; meditative insight



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bù guān
    bu4 guan1
pu kuan
 fu kan
does not contemplate; does not contemplate


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chén sī
    chen2 si1
ch`en ssu
    chen ssu
to contemplate; to ponder; contemplation; meditation



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yuán lǐ
    yuan2 li3
yüan li
To study, or reason on fundamental principles; to contemplate ultimate reality, cf. 緣事; to contemplate the principle



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guān fó
    guan1 fo2
kuan fo
To contemplate, or meditate upon, Buddha; to contemplate on the Buddha



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guān niàn
    guan1 nian4
kuan nien
notion; thought; concept; sense; views; ideology; general impressions
To look into and think over, contemplate and ponder; to look into and think over



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guān jiě
    guan1 jie3
kuan chieh
To contemplate ultimate reality and unravel or expound it; to contemplate and unravel



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guān dì
    guan1 di4
kuan ti
to contemplate the truths; to contemplate the truths



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guān xiàng
    guan1 xiang4
kuan hsiang
Describing an elephant from sight rather than 摸觀, as would a blind man, from feeling it; i.e. immediate and correct knowledge; contemplate an image



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suí guān
    sui2 guan1
sui kuan
accordingly contemplate; accordingly contemplate


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(irregular okurigana usage) (transitive verb) (1) to look back (e.g. over shoulder or at the past); to turn around; (2) to reflect on the past; to reconsider; to review; (3) to reflect on oneself; to introspect; to contemplate oneself; (4) to consider (usu. used in negative); to concern oneself about; to pay attention to; to take into consideration


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mò niàn
    mo4 nian4
mo nien
to read silently; to mouth (the words of a prayer etc); to say to oneself; to contemplate inwardly



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bù guān chá
    bu4 guan1 cha2
pu kuan ch`a
    pu kuan cha
 fu kansatsu
does not contemplate; does not contemplate


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(transitive verb) (1) to plan; to plot; to propose; to design; to intend; to contemplate; (transitive verb) (2) to attempt (e.g. suicide, murder); to undertake (e.g. business); (transitive verb) (3) (archaism) to stand on tip-toes



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shàn guān chá
    shan4 guan1 cha2
shan kuan ch`a
    shan kuan cha
 zen kansatsu
skillfully analyze (ascertain, observe, contemplate); skillfully analyze (ascertain, observe, contemplate)



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shuò sī wéi
    shuo4 si1 wei2
shuo ssu wei
 saku shiyui
to repeatedly contemplate; to repeatedly contemplate


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(transitive verb) (See 顧みる・1) to reflect on (oneself, past conduct, etc.); to contemplate; to examine; to think over; to introspect


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(Ichidan verb) (See 観ずる) to view; to contemplate


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(vz,vt) (See 観じる) to view; to contemplate



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guān sì dì
    guan1 si4 di4
kuan ssu ti
 kan shitai
contemplate the four truths; contemplate the four truths



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ā yé luó
    a1 ye2 luo2
a yeh lo
āyanā has the same meaning as 阿耶, but is intp. by 觀 to contemplate, look into.


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(transitive verb) (1) to look back (e.g. over shoulder or at the past); to turn around; (2) to reflect on the past; to reconsider; to review; (3) to reflect on oneself; to introspect; to contemplate oneself; (4) to consider (usu. used in negative); to concern oneself about; to pay attention to; to take into consideration



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bù kān shè xiǎng
    bu4 kan1 she4 xiang3
pu k`an she hsiang
    pu kan she hsiang
too horrible to contemplate; unthinkable; inconceivable



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fǎn zhào guān chá
    fan3 zhao4 guan1 cha2
fan chao kuan ch`a
    fan chao kuan cha
 honshō kansatsu
illumine and contemplate thoroughly; illumine and contemplate thoroughly



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rú lǐ guān chá
    ru2 li3 guan1 cha2
ju li kuan ch`a
    ju li kuan cha
 nyori kansatsu
correctly contemplate; correctly contemplate


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 omoiiru / omoiru
(Godan verb with "ru" ending) to ponder; to contemplate



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sī liáng wú wǒ
    si1 liang2 wu2 wo3
ssu liang wu wo
 shiryō muga
to contemplate selflessness; to contemplate selflessness



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guān xiàng niàn fó
    guan1 xiang4 nian4 fo2
kuan hsiang nien fo
 kanzō nenbutsu
To contemplate the image of (Amitābha) Buddha and repeat his name; to contemplate the image of (Amitâbha) Buddha and repeat his name



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guān chá xué duàn
    guan1 cha2 xue2 duan4
kuan ch`a hsüeh tuan
    kuan cha hsüeh tuan
 kansatsu gaku dan
to contemplate, train, and eliminates [afflictions]; to contemplate, train, and eliminates [afflictions]



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guān xiǎng niàn fó
    guan1 xiang3 nian4 fo2
kuan hsiang nien fo
 kansō nenbutsu
To contemplate Buddha (especially Amitābha) in the mind and repeat his name; to contemplate Buddha (especially Amitâbha) in the mind and repeat his name

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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
理念 / 理唸
ri nen / rinenlǐ niàn / li3 nian4 / li nian / linianli nien / linien
意見i ken / ikenyì jiàn / yi4 jian4 / yi jian / yijiani chien / ichien
意念 / 意唸
yì niàn / yi4 nian4 / yi nian / yiniani nien / inien
思想shisou / shisosī xiǎng / si1 xiang3 / si xiang / sixiangssu hsiang / ssuhsiang
The Buddha is in Each Sentient Being佛は衆生の中に在りbutsu wa shujou no naka ni ari
butsu wa shujo no naka ni ari
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 professional Chinese Calligrapher

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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.

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

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