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Desire / Craving

yù wàng
Desire / Craving Scroll

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.

Desire / Longing / Craving

Desire / Longing / Craving Scroll

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).

Japanese DesirePlease 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.

Lust / Desire / Passion

qíng yù
Lust / Desire / Passion Scroll

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.


kě wàng
Desire Scroll

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.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
欲望yokubou / yokuboyù wàng / yu4 wang4 / yu wang / yuwangyü wang / yüwang

yokuyù / yu4 / yu
情欲jouyoku / joyokuqíng yù / qing2 yu4 / qing yu / qingyuch`ing yü / chingyü / ching yü
Desire渴望kě wàng / ke3 wang4 / ke wang / kewangk`o wang / kowang / ko wang
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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ài / ai4
 ai / あい
Desire Scroll
to love; to be fond of; to like; affection; to be inclined (to do something); to tend to (happen)
(n,n-suf) (1) (See 愛する) love; affection; care; (2) {Buddh} attachment; craving; desire; (3) {Christn} (See アガペー・1) agape (Christian love); (female given name) Rui
kāma; rāga. Love, affection, desire; also used for tṛṣṇā, thirst, avidity, desire, one of the twelve nidānas. It is intp. as 貪 coveting, and 染著 defiling attachment; also defined as defiling love like that toward wife and children, and undefiling love like that toward one's teachers and elders; to desire

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/ yu4

 yoku / よく
Desire Scroll
desire; appetite; passion; lust; greed
greed; craving; desire; avarice; wants
Passion, inordinate desire, lust, v. 欲; to crave

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/ yu4

 yoku / よく
Desire Scroll
to wish for; to desire; variant of 慾|欲[yu4]
greed; craving; desire; avarice; wants; (surname) Yoku
rājas, passion. Also kāma, desire, love. The Chinese word means to breathe after, aspire to, desire, and is also used as 慾 for lust, passion; it is inter alia intp. as 染愛塵 tainted with the dust (or dirt) of love, or lust. The three desires are for beauty, demeanour, and softness; the five are those of the five physical senses.



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xīn yuàn / xin1 yuan4
hsin yüan
 shingan / しんがん
cherished desire; dream; craving; wish; aspiration
prayer; heartfelt wish
The will of the mind, resolve, vow; mental resolve



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yù wàng / yu4 wang4
yü wang
 yokubou / yokubo / よくぼう
desire; longing; appetite; craving
(irregular kanji usage) desire; appetite; lust


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yù qíng / yu4 qing2
yü ch`ing / yü ching
 yokujou / yokujo / よくじょう
(noun/participle) passion; passions; (sexual) desire; craving


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yù qiú / yu4 qiu2
yü ch`iu / yü chiu
 yokkyuu / yokkyu / よっきゅう
to desire; wants; appetites
(noun/participle) desire; want; will; wish; urge; craving
desire, craving, aspiration; desire, craving, aspiration



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yù tān / yu4 tan1
yü t`an / yü tan
Desire and coveting, or coveting as the result of passion; craving; desire, sensual passion



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kě ài / ke3 ai4
k`o ai / ko ai
 katsuai / かつあい
thirst; craving; desire


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wù yù / wu4 yu4
wu yü
 butsuyoku / ぶつよく
material desire; craving for material things
greed; worldly or materialistic desires



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shēng yuàn / sheng1 yuan4
sheng yüan
desire to exist (in Buddhism, tanhā); craving for rebirth


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kǔ jí / ku3 ji2
k`u chi / ku chi
 ku shu
samudaya, arising, coming together, collection, multitude. The second of the four axioms, that of 'accumulation', that misery is intensified by craving or desire and the passions, which are the cause of reincarnation; the origination of suffering



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tān ài / tan1 ai4
t`an ai / tan ai
 tonai;tonnai;donai / とんあい;とんない;どんあい
(noun/participle) {Buddh} attachment; craving
Desire, cupidity; desire



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shí èr yīn yuán / shi2 er4 yin1 yuan2
shih erh yin yüan
 jūni innen
Dvādaśaṅga pratītyasamutpāda; the twelve nidānas; v. 尼 and 因; also 十二緣起; 因緣有支; 因緣率連; 因緣棘園; 因緣輪; 因緣重城; 因緣觀; 支佛觀. They are the twelve links in the chain of existence: (1) 無明avidyā, ignorance, or unenlightenment; (2) 行 saṃskāra, action, activity, conception, "dispositions," Keith; (3) 識 vijñāna, consciousness; (4) 名色 nāmarūpa, name and form; (5) 六入 ṣaḍāyatana, the six sense organs, i.e. eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, and mind; (6) 觸 sparśa, contact, touch; (7) 受 vedanā, sensation, feeling; (8) 愛 tṛṣṇā, thirst, desire, craving; (9) 取 upādāna, laying hold of, grasping; (10) 有 bhava, being, existing; (11) 生 jāti, birth; (12) 老死 jarāmaraṇa, old age, death. The "classical formula" reads "By reason of ignorance dispositions; by reason of dispositions consciousness", etc. A further application of the twelve nidānas is made in regard to their causaton of rebirth: (1) ignorance, as inherited passion from the beginningless past ; (2) karma, good and evil, of past lives; (3) conception as a form of perception; (4) nāmarūpa, or body and mind evolving (in the womb); (5) the six organs on the verge of birth; (6) childhood whose intelligence is limited to sparśa, contact or touch; (7) receptivity or budding intelligence and discrimination from 6 or 7 years; (8) thirst, desire, or love, age of puberty; (9) the urge of sensuous existence; (10) forming the substance, bhava, of future karma; (11) the completed karma ready for rebirth; (12) old age and death. The two first are associated with the previous life, the other ten with the present. The theory is equally applicable to all realms of reincarnation. The twelve links are also represented in a chart, at the centre of which are the serpent (anger), boar (ignorance, or stupidity), and dove (lust) representing the fundamental sins. Each catches the other by the tail, typifying the train of sins producing the wheel of life. In another circle the twelve links are represented as follows: (1) ignorance, a blind woman; (2) action, a potter at work, or man gathering fruit; (3) consciousness, a restless monkey; (4) name and form, a boat; (5) sense organs, a house; (6) contact, a man and woman sitting together; (7) sensation, a man pierced by an arrow; (8) desire, a man drinking wine; (9) craving, a couple in union; (10) existence through childbirth; (11) birth, a man carrying a corpse; (12) disease, old age, death, an old woman leaning on a stick. v. 十二因緣論 Pratītya-samutpāda śāstra; twelve limbs of dependent origination


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 shokushigaugoku / しょくしがうごく (exp,v5k) to have an itch to; to have a craving for; to have an urge to; to have a desire for; to be eager to; to want to


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 yoku / よく (n,n-suf) greed; craving; desire; appetite; hunger; avarice; wants

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