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6. Right Effort / Right Endeavor / Perfect Effort

Samyag Vyayama / Samma Vayama
China zhèng jīng jìn
Japan sei shou jin
6. Right Effort / Right Endeavor / Perfect Effort Vertical Wall Scroll

正精進 is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Effort, along with Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration constitute the path to Concentration or Perfect Thought.

Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake in each moment, the effort to overcome laziness and defilement, the effort to make each activity of our day meditation. This concept is about pursuing wholesome things that promote good karma.

Another definition: Cultivation of what is karmically wholesome and avoidance of what is karmically unwholesome.

This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.

See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment | Noble Eightfold Path

Spare No Effort

China bù yí yú lì
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This is a Chinese proverb that can be translated many ways. Here's some of them: go to any lengths; with all one's might; spare no pain; do one's utmost.

If you feel hard work and holding nothing back is your philosophy, then this is the phrase for you.

Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water

An utterly inadequate measure
China bēi shuǐ chē xīn
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杯水車薪 is a warning against a futile effort.

This proverb literally refers to one who is "trying to put out a burning cart of wood with a cup of water," or "throw a cup of water on a cartload of wood." The lesson to be learned is about using the right measure or tool for the job, and not to waste your effort if you are inadequately equipped for the task at hand - in other words the postscript should be "go get a bucket or a fire hose."

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Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin qiáng / qiang2
Taiwan ch`iang / chiang
Japanese gō / きょう
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Chinese to force; to compel; to strive; to make an effort
Japanese (suffix noun) (1) (ant: 弱・1) a little over; a little more than; (2) powerhouse; one of the biggest; one of the most powerful; (personal name) Tsuyomi
Strong, forceful, violent; to force; to strengthen; strong


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Mandarin gōng fū / gong1 fu1
Taiwan kung fu
Japanese kufu / カンフー;クンフー
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Chinese skill; art; kung fu; labor; effort
Japanese (kana only) {MA} kung fu (chi: go'ngfu); (male given name) Norio


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Mandarin nǔ lì / nu3 li4
Taiwan nu li
Japanese doryoku / どりょく
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Chinese great effort; to strive; to try hard
Japanese (noun/participle) effort; exertion; endeavour; endeavor; hard work; striving; (surname) Nuriki
to strive



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Mandarin xié lì / xie2 li4
Taiwan hsieh li
Japanese kyouryoku / kyoryoku / きょうりょく
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Chinese to unite in common effort
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) cooperation; collaboration



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Mandarin zì qiáng / zi4 qiang2
Taiwan tzu ch`iang / tzu chiang
Japanese jikyou / jikyo / じきょう
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Chinese to strive for self-improvement
Japanese (noun/participle) strenuous effort



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Mandarin zhèng jīng jìn / zheng4 jing1 jin4
Taiwan cheng ching chin
Japanese shō shōjin
samyagvyāyāma, right effort, zeal, or progress, unintermitting perseverance, the sixth of the 八正道; 'right effort, to suppress the rising of evil states, to eradicate those which have arisen, to stimulate good states, and to perfect those which have come into being. ' Keith; correct effort

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Mandarin chū / chu1
Taiwan ch`u / chu
Japanese shutsu / で
Chinese to go out; to come out; to occur; to produce; to go beyond; to rise; to put forth; to happen; (used after a verb to indicate an outward direction or a positive result); classifier for dramas, plays, operas etc
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) coming out; going out; outflow; efflux; rising (of the Sun or the Moon); (2) attending (work); appearing (on stage); one's turn to go on; (3) start; beginning; (4) origins; background; person (or item) originating from ...; graduate of ...; native of ...; member of ... (lineage); (5) architectural member that projects outward; (6) highest point of the stern of a ship; (7) (kana only) (usu. after the -masu stem of a verb as 〜出がある or 〜出がない, etc.) amount (comprising something); amount of time or effort required to do something; (surname) De
To go out, come forth, put forth; exit; beyond; to emerge

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Mandarin huá / hua2
Taiwan hua
Chinese to row; to paddle; profitable; worth (the effort); it pays (to do something)

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Mandarin gōng / gong1
Taiwan kung
Japanese kō / こう
Chinese meritorious deed or service; achievement; result; service; accomplishment; work (physics)
Japanese (1) merit; success; meritorious deed; (2) achievement; accumulated experience; (male given name) Tsutomu
Merit, meritorious; achievement, hence 功力 achieving strength, earnest effort after the good); efficacy

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Mandarin shào / shao4
Taiwan shao
Japanese tsutomu / つとむ
Chinese stimulate to effort
Japanese (female given name) Tsutomu

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Mandarin láo / lao2
Taiwan lao
Japanese rou / ro / ろう
Chinese Japanese variant of 勞|劳
Japanese labor; labour; toil; trouble; pains; work; effort; striving; (given name) Rou

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Mandarin miǎn / mian3
Taiwan mien
Japanese ben / まさる
Chinese to exhort; to make an effort
Japanese (given name) Masaru
to endeavor

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Mandarin mài / mai4
Taiwan mai
Chinese put forth effort

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Mandarin shǒu / shou3
Taiwan shou
Japanese shu / て
Chinese hand; (formal) to hold; person engaged in certain types of work; person skilled in certain types of work; personal(ly); convenient; classifier for skill; CL:雙|双[shuang1],隻|只[zhi1]
Japanese (1) (occ. pronounced た when a prefix) (See お手・おて・1) hand; arm; (2) (colloquialism) (See お手・おて・3) forepaw; foreleg; (3) handle; (4) hand; worker; help; (5) trouble; care; effort; (6) means; way; trick; move; technique; workmanship; (7) hand; handwriting; (8) kind; type; sort; (9) (See 手に入る) one's hands; one's possession; (10) (See 手に余る) ability to cope; (11) hand (of cards); (12) (See 山の手・1) direction; (n,n-suf,ctr) (13) move (in go, shogi, etc.); (surname) Tezaki
pāṇī; hasta; kara; hand, arm.

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Mandarin mài / mai4
Taiwan mai
Japanese mai
Chinese to sell; to betray; to spare no effort; to show off or flaunt
To sell; to sell


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Mandarin yī xī / yi1 xi1
Taiwan i hsi
Japanese issoku / ひといき
Japanese (1) one breath; (2) time of one breath; (3) pause; break; rest; breather; (4) (as 一息に) (doing in) one go; doing without stopping; (5) small amount of effort; a little more effort
A breath, i.e. inspiration-cum-expiration; a rest, or cessation; a breath


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Mandarin yī shǒu / yi1 shou3
Taiwan i shou
Japanese isshu / ひとて
Chinese a skill; mastery of a trade; by oneself; without outside help
Japanese (1) one's own effort; doing single-handedly; (2) a game (of go, shogi, etc.); a match; (3) a dance; a (musical) composition; (4) a company (e.g. of soldiers); a group; a party; (5) one hand
one hand


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Japanese ikkyo / いっきょ Japanese (n-adv,n) one effort; one action


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Japanese tansei / tanse / たんせい Japanese (noun/participle) working earnestly; sincerity; diligence; effort; pains


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Japanese tansei / tanse / たんせい Japanese (noun/participle) working earnestly; sincerity; diligence; effort; pains


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Mandarin rén lì / ren2 li4
Taiwan jen li
Japanese jinriki;jinryoku / じんりき;じんりょく
Chinese manpower; labor power
Japanese human power; human strength; human effort; human agency


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Mandarin rén shǒu / ren2 shou3
Taiwan jen shou
Japanese nin shu / ひとで
Chinese manpower; staff; human hand
Japanese (1) someone else's hands; someone else's possession; (2) hand (worker); aide; (3) labor; labour; work; manpower; effort; (4) help; assistance; (5) (human) hand; human act
a person's hand



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Mandarin rén wéi / ren2 wei2
Taiwan jen wei
Japanese jini / じんい
Chinese artificial; man-made; having human cause or origin; human attempt or effort
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) human work; human agency; art; artificiality


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Mandarin quán lì / quan2 li4
Taiwan ch`üan li / chüan li
Japanese zenryoku / ぜんりょく
Chinese with all one's strength; full strength; all-out (effort); fully (support)
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) all one's power (strength, energy, efforts); one's utmost


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Mandarin lì zuò / li4 zuo4
Taiwan li tso
Japanese rikisaku / りきさく
Chinese to put effort into (work, farming, writing etc); a masterpiece
Japanese tour de force; painstaking piece of work; achievement; (given name) Rikisaku


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Mandarin lì cuò / li4 cuo4
Taiwan li ts`o / li tso
Chinese to win as a result of tenacious effort; to fight off tough competition


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Mandarin lì qiú / li4 qiu2
Taiwan li ch`iu / li chiu
Chinese to make every effort to; striving to do one's best


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Mandarin jiā dà / jia1 da4
Taiwan chia ta
Chinese to increase (e.g. one's effort)


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Mandarin jiā yóu / jia1 you2
Taiwan chia yu
Japanese jaayuu;jaayou / jayu;jayo / ジャーユー;ジャーヨウ
Chinese to add oil; to top up with gas; to refuel; to accelerate; to step on the gas; (fig.) to make an extra effort; to cheer sb on
Japanese (interjection) (See 頑張って) keep going (chi: jiāyóu); hang in there; go for it


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Mandarin jiā xíng / jia1 xing2
Taiwan chia hsing
Japanese kegyō / かぎょう
Japanese (surname) Kagyou
prayoga. Added progress, intensified effort, earnest endeavour; application

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
6. Right Effort
Right Endeavor
Perfect Effort
sei shou jin
sei sho jin
zhèng jīng jìn
zheng4 jing1 jin4
zheng jing jin
cheng ching chin
Spare No Effort不遺餘力 / 不遺余力
bù yí yú lì
bu4 yi2 yu2 li4
bu yi yu li
pu i yü li
Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water杯水車薪
bēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
bei shui che xin
pei shui ch`e hsin
pei shui che hsin
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