Conviction in Chinese / Japanese...

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Religious Devotion / Faith in God / Religious Faith

xìn yǎng
shin kou
Religious Devotion / Faith in God / Religious Faith Scroll

信仰 means firm belief, faith, persuasion, conviction, and sometimes religion or creed in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This clearly fits the religious connotation of the English word “devotion.”

This is often used to refer to a person of faith or a religious person.

This can be directly translated as “firm belief,” “creed,” “conviction,” or simply as “religious,” depending on context.

Some will also use this to mean “trust in God” in Japanese (though the term for God is not actually in this title).

It should be noted that this word is a little strange alone on a wall scroll.

While this can be pronounced in Japanese, it’s not a great selection for a wall scroll if your audience is Japanese.

See Also:  Faith | Trust | Devotion | Trust | Trust in God

Namo Shakyamuni Buddha

nán wú shì jiā móu ní fó
namu shakamuni butsu
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha Scroll

南無釋迦牟尼佛 is a Buddhist chant or prayer of respect to the Shakyamuni Buddha.

Some will translate this as the Buddhist vow.

The first two characters, 南無, are sometimes translated as “amen”; others will translate it as “belief in” or “homage to.”
To expand on this, 南無 can also mean “taking of refuge in” while representing devotion or conviction. 南無 as with most religious concepts or words, different people or denominations will have varying definitions.

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xìn yǎng
    xin4 yang3
hsin yang
 shinkou / shinko
to believe in (a religion); firm belief; conviction
(noun, transitive verb) (religious) faith; belief; creed; (given name) Shinkou
To believe in and look up to.


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xìn niàn
    xin4 nian4
hsin nien

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Faith / Trusting in the Unseen
faith; belief; conviction
belief; faith; conviction

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front; forward; ahead; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 前293年); former; formerly
(1) in front (of); before (e.g. a building); (n,adj-no,adv) (2) before; earlier; previously; prior; ago; (minutes) to (the hour); (noun - becomes adjective with の) (3) (the) front; frontal part; fore; head (e.g. of a line); (4) forward; ahead; (5) (in the) presence (of); in front (of someone); (can be adjective with の) (6) previous (e.g. page); prior (e.g. engagement); first (e.g. half); former (e.g. example); (suffix) (7) (after a noun or the -masu stem of a verb) (See 一人前・1) portion; helping; (8) front (of one's body or clothing); breast (of a coat, kimono, etc.); (9) privates; private parts; (10) (colloquialism) criminal record; previous conviction; (a) prior; (personal name) Misaki
pūrva. Before; former, previous; in front.

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cause; reason; karma; fate; predestined affinity; margin; hem; edge; along
pratyaya means conviction, reliance, but with Buddhists especially it means 'a co-operating cause, the concurrent occasion of an event as distinguished from its proximate cause'. M.W. It is the circumstantial, conditioning, or secondary cause, in contrast with 因 hetu, the direct or fundamental cause. hetu is as the seed, pratyaya the soil, rain, sunshine, etc. To reason, conclude. To climb, lay hold of. The mind 能緣can reason, the objective is 所緣, the two in contact constitute the reasoning process. The four kinds of causes are 因緣; 次第緣; 緣緣, and 增上緣 q.v.

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certificate; proof; to prove; to demonstrate; to confirm; variant of 症[zheng4]
(given name) Akira
To prove, witness to, testify, substantiate, attain to; evidence; experience; realize; assurance, conviction; v. 阿 abhisaṃbuddha; realization


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èr rù
    er4 ru4
erh ju
(place-name) Futairi
The two ways of entering the truth:— 理入 by conviction intellectually, 行入 by (proving it in) practice; two entrances to enlightenment


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 shinjou / shinjo
creed; belief; conviction; article of faith


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xìn shù
    xin4 shu4
hsin shu



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xiū jiān
    xiu1 jian1
hsiu chien
Firmness in observing or maintaining; established conviction, e.g. of the 別教 bodhisattva that all phenomena in essence are identical; firmness in cultivation


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qián kē
    qian2 ke1
ch`ien k`o
    chien ko
criminal record; previous convictions
previous conviction; criminal record; previous offense; previous offence


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(See 前科) previous conviction



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wàng zhí
    wang4 zhi2
wang chih
(Buddhist term) deep-rooted delusion; firm conviction (based on incorrect beliefs)
False tenets, holding on to false views; deluded attachment


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wàng niàn
    wang4 nian4
wang nien
 mounen / monen
wild fantasy; unwarranted thought
{Buddh} conviction based on flawed ideas; obstructive thought
False or misleading thoughts; deluded thought


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dé xìn
    de2 xin4
te hsin
 toku shin
gains conviction; gains conviction


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xīn suàn
    xin1 suan4
hsin suan
 shinsan; shinzan; tsumori(gikun)
    しんさん; しんざん; つもり(gikun)
mental arithmetic; to calculate in one's head; planning; preparation
(1) (See つもり・1) intention; plan; purpose; expectation; (2) (つもり only) (See つもり・2) belief; assumption; thought; conviction


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 shinshou / shinsho
(1) impression; (2) strong belief; conviction


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suǒ xìn
    suo3 xin4
so hsin
belief; conviction; opinion
to be trusted


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(noun/participle) (1) (rare) trying of a crime; conviction; (noun/participle) (2) condemnation to death by beheading


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(n,vs,vi) (1) judgment (of a crime); conviction; condemnation; (2) (dated) beheading; decapitation


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shēng xìn
    sheng1 xin4
sheng hsin
(personal name) Ikunobu
give rise to firm conviction; give rise to firm conviction


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 moushuu / moshu
(irregular kanji usage) (Buddhist term) deep-rooted delusion; firm conviction (based on incorrect beliefs)



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què xìn
    que4 xin4
ch`üeh hsin
    chüeh hsin
to be convinced; to be sure; to firmly believe; to be positive that; definite news
(noun, transitive verb) conviction; belief; confidence


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(1) (kana only) intention; plan; (2) (kana only) conviction; belief



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zhèng wù
    zheng4 wu4
cheng wu
Mystic insight; conviction by thinking, realization, to prove and ponder.


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determination; conviction


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xìn jiě zhàng
    xin4 jie3 zhang4
hsin chieh chang
 shinge shō
obstruction to conviction; obstruction to conviction


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(1) (kana only) intention; plan; (2) (kana only) conviction; belief


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yuàn lè wèi
    yuan4 le4 wei4
yüan le wei
stage of conviction; stage of conviction


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xìn shòu fèng xíng
    xin4 shou4 feng4 xing2
hsin shou feng hsing
 shinju bukyō
In faith receive and obey, a sentence found at the end of sutras; to receive the Buddha's teaching with conviction and understanding and then truly practice it


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(yoji) steadfastness; firmness in one's conviction; having a heart that does not change as easily as a stone rolls about

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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
Religious Devotion
Faith in God
Religious Faith
信仰shin kou / shinkou / shin koxìn yǎng / xin4 yang3 / xin yang / xinyanghsin yang / hsinyang
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha南無釋迦牟尼佛
namu shakamuni butsu
nán wú shì jiā móu ní fó
nan2 wu2 shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2 fo2
nan wu shi jia mou ni fo
nan wu shih chia mou ni fo
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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