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This Chinese word can mean desirous, wishful, or simply desire.
The first character means to thirst for [something], or to be thirsty. The second character means to hope for, to expect, to gaze (into the distance) or to look for something. The combined meaning of these two characters changes a bit but I think it's nice to know the individual meanings to give you a better understanding of where a word comes from.
Korean definitions of this word include craving, longing, and thirst for knowledge.
欲望 is a word that means strong desire, while some might translate it as "lust".
The first character of this word means desire, longing, hunger, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, craving, or wish. The second character means to hope for, ambition, to desire, to aspire, to expect, to gaze (into the distance) or to look for something.
情欲 can be defined as lust, sexual desire, sensual desire, carnal desire, carnal passions, sexual desire, and passion.
The first character means feeling, emotions, passionate, sympathy, affection, love, compassion, tender feelings, and sometimes circumstances or facts.
The second character means desire, longing, appetite, wish, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, and craving.
情欲 is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.
慾 means desire, longing, appetite, wish, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, avarice, and craving.
慾 is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.
The context in which this character is used, determines whether the meaning is good or bad. As a single character on a wall scroll, you get to decide what the definition is to you (hopefully more toward desire than greed).
Please note that Japanese use a simplified version of this character - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of desire.
欲樂 is the Chinese and Japanese title representing the Buddhist and Jainist joys of the five desires.
Kama comes from the Pali/Sanskrit काम. The meaning is "desire, wish, longing". In Jainism, it can include sensual pleasure, sexual desire, and longing.
However, the Buddhist context refers more to any desire, wish, passion, longing, the pleasure of the senses, desire for, longing to and after, the aesthetic enjoyment of life, affection, or love, enjoyment of love is particularly with or without the enjoyment of sexual, sensual and erotic desire, and is often used without sexual connotations.
This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word means, to aspire, longing for, or burning desire.
The first character means hot, heated, or burning.
The second character means hope, expectations, aspiration, or desire.
At the core of suffering is often the concept of desire or attachment.
This can be carnal desire, monetary desire, or the attachment you have to something that you are unwilling to part with (such as a fancy car). 集諦 is a simplification of the second noble truth which is really and exploration into the root causes of suffering - it's deeper than I can go in a few sentences.
This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Chinese, Japanese and Korean people.
Once you eliminate desire or attachment to worldly things, only then can you achieve enlightenment.
Realize that things are impermanent. That fancy car, beautiful spouse, big house, and impressive career are things you can't take with you. These things are a flash in the pan compared to the infinite span of history, generations to come, time, and space.
This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese, Korean, and Chinese people.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Desire||德西雷||dé xī léi|
de2 xi1 lei2
de xi lei
|te hsi lei
|Desire||渴望||kě wàng / ke3 wang4 / ke wang / kewang||k`o wang / kowang / ko wang|
|欲望||yokubou / yokubo||yù wàng / yu4 wang4 / yu wang / yuwang||yü wang / yüwang|
|情欲||jouyoku / joyoku||qíng yù / qing2 yu4 / qing yu / qingyu||ch`ing yü / chingyü / ching yü|
|yoku||yù / yu4 / yu||yü|
|Kama - Desire Wish Longing||欲樂|
|yokuraku||yù lè / yu4 le4 / yu le / yule||yü le / yüle|
|netsubou / netsubo||rè wàng / re4 wang4 / re wang / rewang||je wang / jewang|
|Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment||集諦|
|jittai||jí dì / ji2 di4 / ji di / jidi||chi ti / chiti|
|gan bou / ganbou / gan bo / ganbo||yuàn wàng|
|Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire or Attachment||滅諦|
|mettai||miè dì / mie4 di4 / mie di / miedi||mieh ti / miehti|
|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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