Desire Longing in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Desire / Longing / Craving

  2. Kama - Desire Wish Longing

  3. Lust / Desire / Passion

  4. Desire / Craving

  5. Desire

  6. Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment

  7. Desire / Wish / Aspiration

  8. Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire or Attachment

  9. Aspire / Burning Desire


Desire / Longing / Craving

yoku
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.

Kama - Desire Wish Longing

yù lè
yokuraku
Kama - Desire Wish Longing Scroll

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.

Lust / Desire / Passion

qíng yù
jouyoku
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.

Desire / Craving

yù wàng
yokubou
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.

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.

dé xī léi
Desire Scroll

德西雷 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Desire.

Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment

Samudaya
jí dì
jittai
Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment Scroll

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.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Desire / Wish / Aspiration

yuàn wàng
gan bou
Desire / Wish / Aspiration Scroll

願望 means desire, wish, or aspiration in Chinese and Japanese.

Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire or Attachment

Nirodha
miè dì
mettai
Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire or Attachment Scroll

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.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Aspire / Burning Desire

rè wàng
netsubou
Aspire / Burning Desire Scroll

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.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Desire
Longing
Craving

yokuyù / yu4 / yu
Kama - Desire Wish Longing欲樂
欲乐
yokurakuyù lè / yu4 le4 / yu le / yuleyü le / yüle
Lust
Desire
Passion
情欲jouyoku / joyokuqíng yù / qing2 yu4 / qing yu / qingyuch`ing yü / chingyü / ching yü
Desire
Craving
欲望yokubou / yokuboyù wàng / yu4 wang4 / yu wang / yuwangyü wang / yüwang
Desire渴望kě wàng / ke3 wang4 / ke wang / kewangk`o wang / kowang / ko wang
Desire德西雷dé xī léi
de2 xi1 lei2
de xi lei
dexilei
te hsi lei
tehsilei
Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment集諦
集谛
jittaijí dì / ji2 di4 / ji di / jidichi ti / chiti
Desire
Wish
Aspiration
願望
愿望
gan bou / ganbou / gan bo / ganboyuàn wàng
yuan4 wang4
yuan wang
yuanwang
yüan wang
yüanwang
Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire or Attachment滅諦
灭谛
mettaimiè dì / mie4 di4 / mie di / miedimieh ti / miehti
Aspire
Burning Desire
熱望
热望
netsubou / netsuborè wàng / re4 wang4 / re wang / rewangje wang / jewang
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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