Effort in Chinese / Japanese...

Buy an Effort calligraphy wall scroll here!

Personalize your custom “Effort” project by clicking the button next to your favorite “Effort” title below...

6. Right Effort / Right Endeavor / Perfect Effort

Samyag Vyayama / Samma Vayama

zhèng jīng jìn
sei shou jin
6. Right Effort / Right Endeavor / Perfect Effort 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

bù yí yú lì
Spare No Effort Scroll

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

bēi shuǐ chē xīn
Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water Scroll

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".

Where There is a Will, There is a Way

A determined effort can move a mountain

yū gōng yí shān
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll

愚公移山 is the Chinese proverb (also somewhat known in Japan and Korea) for, "the silly old man moves a mountain".

Figuratively, this means, "where there's a will, there's a way".

Based on a fable of Lord Yu (愚公). He moved the soil of the mountain in front of his house. After years of effort, he finally moved the entire mountain (some versions of the story have God seeing how determined the man was, and sending two angels to whisk the mountains away).

The moral of the story: Anything can be accomplished if one works at it ceaselessly.


The Japanese version of this is 愚公山を移す (gu kou yama wo utsu su). But better to get the Chinese version, since this is originally a Chinese proverb.


See Also:  Nothing is Impossible


These search terms might bear more fruit: 6. Right Effort / Right Endeavor / Perfect Effort | Air Force | Always Striving for Inner Strength | Always Try to Do Better | Conquering Yourself is a Sign of Strength | Control of Power | Courage and Strength | Determination to Achieve / Will-Power | Dynamic Energy / Enthusiasm | Energy / Capability | Energy Sword Body in Concert | Eternal Energy / Eternal Matter | Flexibility Overcomes Strength | Fortitude / Strength of Character | Girl Power / Woman Power | God Give Me Strength | Great Endeavor / to Strive | Herculean Strength | Inner Strength | Inner Strength / Inner Well-Being and Health | Inner Strength / Self-Improvement | Inner Strength is Better Than Outward Appearance | Juggernaut / Absolute Power | Let Us Try | Life Energy / Spiritual Energy | Life Force | Love Faith Strength | Perseverance / Will-Power | Physical Energy | Physical Strength | Power / Strength | Power of Oneself / Self-Sufficient | Power of Understanding and Wisdom | Psychic Energy | Psychic Power | Self-Discipline / Will-Power | Spiritual Strength / Strength of Spirit | Strength / Ability | Strength / Vigor / Energy | Strength and Courage | Strength and Honor | Strength and Love | Strength and Love in Unity | Strength: Strong and Solid | Strive / Struggle | Strong / Powerful / Force | Supernatural Energy | The Force | The More We Sweat in Training, the Less We Bleed in Battle | The Spirit of the Dragon Horse and Power of a Tiger | Will-Power / Self-Control | With All the Strength of Your Heart

Not the results for effort that you were looking for?

Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your effort search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


see styles
qiǎng
    qiang3
ch`iang
    chiang
 kyou / kyo
    きょう
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
to force; to compel; to strive; to make an effort
(suffix noun) (1) (ant: 弱・1) a little over; a little more than; (suffix noun) (2) powerhouse; one of the biggest; one of the most powerful; (suffix noun) (3) upper (seismic intensity); (personal name) Tsuyomi
Strong, forceful, violent; to force; to strengthen; strong


see styles
dùn
    dun4
tun
 tomi; ton; toni
    とみ; とん; とに
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
to stop; to pause; to arrange; to lay out; to kowtow; to stamp (one's foot); at once; classifier for meals, beatings, scoldings etc: time, bout, spell, meal
(n,adj-nari) (1) (archaism) (See 頓に・とみに,頓と・とんと・1) sudden; abrupt; unexpected; (n,adj-nari) (2) (とん only) (archaism) stupid; foolish; (3) (とん only) {Buddh} attaining enlightenment in one effort (without ascetic practices, etc.); (surname) Tomi
To fall headlong, prostrate; at one time, at once; suddenly; immediate; a pause; to stamp; make ready; used chiefly in contrast with 漸 gradually.

功夫

see styles
gōng fu
    gong1 fu5
kung fu
 kanfuu; kunfuu / kanfu; kunfu
    カンフー; クンフー
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
skill; art; kung fu; labor; effort
(kana only) {MA} kung fu (chi: gōngfu); (male given name) Norio
work

努力

see styles
nǔ lì
    nu3 li4
nu li
 doryoku
    どりょく
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
great effort; to strive; to try hard
(n,vs,vi) effort; exertion; endeavour; endeavor; hard work; striving; (surname) Nuriki
to strive

協力


协力

see styles
xié lì
    xie2 li4
hsieh li
 kyouryoku / kyoryoku
    きょうりょく
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
to unite in common effort
(n,vs,adj-no) cooperation; collaboration

精進


精进

see styles
jīng jìn
    jing1 jin4
ching chin
 shoujin(p); soujin(ok); shouji(ok); souji(ok) / shojin(p); sojin(ok); shoji(ok); soji(ok)
    しょうじん(P); そうじん(ok); しょうじ(ok); そうじ(ok)
to forge ahead vigorously; to dedicate oneself to progress
(n,vs,vi) (1) concentration; diligence; devotion; (n,vs,vi) (2) (See 六波羅蜜) asceticism; zeal in one's quest for enlightenment; (n,vs,vi) (3) adherence to a vegetarian diet; (surname) Shoujin
vīrya, one of the seven bodhyaṅga; 'vigour,' 'valour, fortitude,' 'virility' (M.W.); 'welldoing' (Keith). The Chinese interpretation may be defined, as pure or unadulterated progress, i.e. 勤 zeal, zealous, courageously progressing in the good and eliminating the evil.; vīrya, zeal, unchecked progress; effort

自強


自强

see styles
zì qiáng
    zi4 qiang2
tzu ch`iang
    tzu chiang
 jikyou / jikyo
    じきょう
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
to strive for self-improvement
(noun/participle) strenuous effort

正精進


正精进

see styles
zhèng jīng jìn
    zheng4 jing1 jin4
cheng ching chin
 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

see styles
chū
    chu1
ch`u
    chu
 de
    で
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
(n,n-suf) (1) coming out; going out; outflow; efflux; rising (of the Sun or the Moon); (n,n-suf) (2) attending (work); appearing (on stage); one's turn to go on; (n,n-suf) (3) start; beginning; (n,n-suf) (4) origins; background; person (or item) originating from ...; graduate of ...; native of ...; member of ... (lineage); (n,n-suf) (5) architectural member that projects outward; (n,n-suf) (6) highest point of the stern of a ship; (n,n-suf) (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

see styles
huá
    hua2
hua
to row; to paddle; profitable; worth (the effort); it pays (to do something)

see styles
gōng
    gong1
kung
 kou / ko
    こう
meritorious deed or service; achievement; result; service; accomplishment; work (physics)
(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

see styles
shào
    shao4
shao
 tsutomu
    つとむ
stimulate to effort
(female given name) Tsutomu

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

see styles
miǎn
    mian3
mien
 masaru
    まさる
to exhort; to make an effort
(given name) Masaru
to endeavor


see styles
mài
    mai4
mai
put forth effort

see styles
shǒu
    shou3
shou
 te
    て
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]
(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.


see styles
mài
    mai4
mai
 mai
to sell; to betray; to spare no effort; to show off or flaunt
To sell; to sell

一息

see styles
yī xī
    yi1 xi1
i hsi
 hitoiki
    ひといき
(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

一手

see styles
yī shǒu
    yi1 shou3
i shou
 hitote
    ひとて
a skill; mastery of a trade; by oneself; without outside help
(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

一挙

see styles
 ikkyo
    いっきょ
(adv,n) one effort; one action

丹精

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

丹誠

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

人力

see styles
rén lì
    ren2 li4
jen li
 jinriki; jinryoku
    じんりき; じんりょく
manpower; labor power
human power; human strength; human effort; human agency

人手

see styles
rén shǒu
    ren2 shou3
jen shou
 hitode
    ひとで
manpower; staff; human hand
(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

人為


人为

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

全力

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

力作

see styles
lì zuò
    li4 zuo4
li tso
 rikisaku(p); ryokusaku
    りきさく(P); りょくさく
to put effort into (work, farming, writing etc); a masterpiece
(1) (esp. りきさく) painstaking piece of work; work of great effort; tour de force; outstanding work; (noun/participle) (2) (form) (esp. りょくさく) toil; labor; labour; (given name) Rikisaku

力挫

see styles
lì cuò
    li4 cuo4
li ts`o
    li tso
to win as a result of tenacious effort; to fight off tough competition

力求

see styles
lì qiú
    li4 qiu2
li ch`iu
    li chiu
to make every effort to; striving to do one's best

力編

see styles
 rikihen
    りきへん
(See 力作・1) painstaking piece of work; work of great effort; tour de force; outstanding work
Click here for more effort results from our dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
6. Right Effort
Right Endeavor
Perfect Effort
正精進
正精进
sei shou jin
seishoujin
sei sho jin
zhèng jīng jìn
zheng4 jing1 jin4
zheng jing jin
zhengjingjin
cheng ching chin
chengchingchin
Spare No Effort不遺餘力 / 不遺余力
不遗余力
bù yí yú lì
bu4 yi2 yu2 li4
bu yi yu li
buyiyuli
pu i yü li
puiyüli
Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water杯水車薪
杯水车薪
bēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
bei shui che xin
beishuichexin
pei shui ch`e hsin
peishuichehsin
pei shui che hsin
Where There is a Will, There is a Way愚公移山yū gōng yí shān
yu1 gong1 yi2 shan1
yu gong yi shan
yugongyishan
yü kung i shan
yükungishan
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.


Many custom options...


Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Scroll


And formats...

Where There is a Will, There is a Way Vertical Portrait
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Horizontal Wall Scroll
Where There is a Will, There is a Way Vertical Portrait
Dictionary

Lookup Effort in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

1 Corinthians 13:4-87 Virtues of BushidoA Journey of a Thousand MilesAikidoAkumaAlways and ForeverAlways Be PreparedAlways FaithfulArchangelAriesArt of WarAspirationAsuraAwarenessBagua ZhangBalanceBanzaiBe Like WaterBe True to YourselfBe Water My FriendBelieve in YourselfBenevolenceBest FriendsBetter Late Than NeverBibleBig DipperBlack BeltBlack Tiger FistBlacksmithBlessingBlessingsBlood BrotherBrave the WavesBreatheBrother and Sister BondBrotherhoodBrotherly LoveBruce LeeBuddhaBudoBushido CodeCalmCalm MindCao CaoCarpe DiemChaosCherishChi EnergyChickenChito-RyuChristianityClarityClear MindConsciousnessConsiderateCourage and StrengthCreativityCrisisDaikomyoDaito Ryu Aiki JujutsuDark AngelDark OneDarknessDeath Before DishonorDeath Before SurrenderDestiny FateDeterminationDim MakDiscipleDisciplineDivineDivine ProtectionDivine SpiritDojo KunDouble HappinessDragon and PhoenixDragon HorseDragon WarriorEarth DragonEffortEmptinessEmptyEmpty HandEnduranceEnergyEnjoy LifeEnsoEternal HappinessEternal LoveEven Monkeys Fall from TreesEverlastingEverlasting LifeEverything Happens for a ReasonEvil Cause Evil ResultExperience is the Mother of WisdomFaithFall 7 Rise 8Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8Fallen AngelFamilyFamily BondFamily FirstFamily is My StrengthFamily Over EverythingFatherly Master Sifu Shi Fu ShifuFathers LoveFear No EvilFearlessFidelityFierceFighterFighting SpiritFireFire TigerFireflyFive ElementsFive Tenets of ConfuciusFlexibilityFlowers Bloom and Flowers FallFollow Your DreamsFollow Your Dreams Chase Your DreamsFollow Your HeartFor Indomitable SpiritForever in My HeartForgive and ForgetForgivenForgivenessFortune Favors the BraveFour SeasonsFree SpiritFreedomFrogFurinkazanGirl PowerGo With the FlowGod Bless YouGodzillaGokuGolden AnniversaryGolden DragonGood Good Study Day Day UpGood HealthHapkidoHappinessHappiness and JoyHappiness Good FortuneHappy MarriageHavocHawaiiHeart of a LionHeavenHentaiHidden DragonHiroshiHoly TrinityHonestyHonorHonor and IntegrityHumbleHumilityHunterI Love You Forever and AlwaysIkigaiImmortalityImprovise Adapt OvercomeIn God We TrustIndomitable SpiritInfiniteInfinite LoveInner PeaceInner Peace and SerenityInner PowerInner StrengthInnovationIntegrityIntelligenceInvincibleIt is the Journey Not the DestinationJackie ChanJasmineJeet Kune DoJesus ChristJesus Christ is LordJohn 3:16JudoJuggernautJujitsuJust Do ItKaizenKajukenboKarate-DoKatanaKeep FightingKirinKnow Thy Enemy Know ThyselfLand of the Rising SunLao TzuLegendLeopardLibra

All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up by a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

Some people may refer to this entry as Effort Kanji, Effort Characters, Effort in Mandarin Chinese, Effort Characters, Effort in Chinese Writing, Effort in Japanese Writing, Effort in Asian Writing, Effort Ideograms, Chinese Effort symbols, Effort Hieroglyphics, Effort Glyphs, Effort in Chinese Letters, Effort Hanzi, Effort in Japanese Kanji, Effort Pictograms, Effort in the Chinese Written-Language, or Effort in the Japanese Written-Language.

52 people have searched for Effort in Chinese or Japanese in the past year.
Effort was last searched for by someone else on Jan 24th, 2022