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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

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

Spare No Effort

China bù yí yú lì
Spare No Effort

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
Put out a burning wood cart / with a cup of water

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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Mandarin/ li4
Taiwan li
Japanese ryoku / りょく    riki / りき    chikara / ちから
Chinese power; force; strength; ability; strenuously; surname Li
Japanese (suffix) strength; power; proficiency; ability; (1) strength; power; proficiency; ability; (suffix noun) (2) (after a number of people) the strength of ... people; the strength of ... men; (1) force; strength; might; vigour (vigor); energy; (2) capability; ability; proficiency; capacity; faculty; (3) efficacy; effect; (4) effort; endeavours (endeavors); exertions; (5) power; authority; influence; good offices; agency; (6) (See 力になる) support; help; aid; assistance; (7) stress; emphasis; (8) means; resources; (given name) Riki; (given name) Teiriki; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (given name) Tsutome; (male given name) Tsutomu; (surname, female given name) Chikara; (surname) Takariki; (given name) Isamu; (given name) Isao
bala; power, strength, of which there are several categories: 二力 power of choice and of practice; 三力 the power of Buddha; of meditation (samādhi) and of practice. 五力 pañcabala, the five powers of faith, zeal, memory (or remembering), meditation, and wisdom. 六力 A child's power is in crying; a woman's in resentment; a king's in domineering; an arhat's in zeal (or progress); a Buddha's in mercy; and a bhikṣu's in endurance (of despite) . 十力 q.v. The ten powers of Buddhas and bodhisattvas.
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Power / Strength


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Mandarin qiáng / qiang2
Taiwan ch`iang / chiang
Japanese kyou / kyo / きょう
Chinese to force; to compel; to strive; to make an effort; strong; powerful; better; slightly more than; vigorous; violent; best in their category, e.g. see 百強|百强[bai3 qiang2]; stubborn; unyielding; surname Qiang
Japanese (suffix noun) (1) a little over; a little more than; (2) powerhouse; one of the biggest; one of the most powerful; (personal name) Tsuyomi; (male given name) Tsuyoshi; (surname) Tsuyosaki; (personal name) Tsuyoi; (male given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Susumu; (personal name) Gouji; (personal name) Gou; (surname) Kowa; (personal name) Kyouji; (given name) Kyou
Strong, forceful, violent; to force; to strengthen.
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Strong / Powerful / Force

功夫

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Mandarin gōng fū / gong1 fu1
Taiwan kung fu
Japanese kanfuu;kunfuu / kanfu;kunfu / カンフー;クンフー
Chinese skill; art; kung fu; labor; effort
Japanese (kana only) {MA} kung fu (chi: go'ngfu); (male given name) Norio; (personal name) Kouo; (male given name) Katsuo; (given name) Isao
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Kung Fu / Gong Fu

努力

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Mandarin nǔ lì / nu3 li4
Taiwan nu li
Japanese doryoku / どりょく
Chinese great effort; to strive; to try hard
Japanese (noun/participle) great effort; exertion; endeavour; endeavor; effort; (surname) Nuriki
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition
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Great Endeavor / To Strive

協力


协力

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

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

正精進


正精进

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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 de / で    shutsu / しゅつ
Chinese to go out; to come out; to occur; to produce; to go beyond; to rise; to put forth; to happen; classifier for dramas, plays, operas etc
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) coming out; going out; outflow; efflux; rising (of the sun or 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; (1) coming out; emerging; (2) being born into (a certain family); being a native of (a particular place); (surname) De; (surname) Takade; (given name) Suguru; (surname) Sakide; (surname) Idezaki; (surname) Idesaki; (female given name) Idzuru; (personal name) Itaru; (surname, female given name) Izuru; (surname) Izuzaki; (surname) Izusaki; (surname) Izaki
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 kou / ko / 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; (personal name) Kousou; (personal name) Kouji; (personal name) Koushou; (surname, given name) Kou; (given name) Isoshi; (given name) Isao (Isawo); (given name) Isamu; (female given name) Isao; (given name) Isa
Merit, meritorious; achievement, hence 功力 achieving strength, earnest effort after the good).

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Mandarin shào / shao4
Taiwan shao
Japanese tsutomu / つとむ    takashi / たかし    susumu / すすむ    shou / sho / しょう    atsumu / あつむ
Chinese stimulate to effort; surname Shao
Japanese (female given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Takashi; (given name) Susumu; (given name) Shou; (given name) Atsumu

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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; (male given name) Tsutomu

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Mandarin miǎn / mian3
Taiwan mien
Japanese masaru / まさる    ben / べん    tsutomu / つとむ    susumu / すすむ
Chinese to exhort; to make an effort
Japanese (given name) Masaru; (given name) Ben; (surname, given name) Tsutomu; (given name) Susumu
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin mài / mai4
Taiwan mai
Chinese put forth effort

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Mandarin shǒu / shou3
Taiwan shou
Japanese te / 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; (surname) Tesaki; (place-name) Te; (personal name) Tasome; (surname) Takade
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.

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一息

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Mandarin yī xī / yi1 xi1
Taiwan i hsi
Japanese hitoiki / ひといき
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) one breath; pause; rest; (2) one go (i.e. in a short time); (3) small amount of effort
A breath, i.e. inspiration-cum-expiration; a rest, or cessation.

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一手

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Mandarin yī shǒu / yi1 shou3
Taiwan i shou
Japanese hitote;isshu / ひとて;いっしゅ    itte / いって
Chinese a skill; mastery of a trade; by oneself; without outside help
Japanese (1) one hand; (2) one's own effort; move (in game); method; single-handed; monopoly
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一挙

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

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丹精

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

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丹誠

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

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人力

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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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人手

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Mandarin rén shǒu / ren2 shou3
Taiwan jen shou
Japanese hitode / ひとで
Chinese manpower; staff; human hand
Japanese (1) someone else's hands; other hands; (2) hand (worker); aide; (3) labor; work; manpower; effort; (4) help; assistance
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人為


人为

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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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全力

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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; whole energy

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力作

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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; (male given name) Tsutomu

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力挫

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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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力求

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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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加大

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

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加油

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Mandarin jiā yóu / jia1 you2
Taiwan chia yu
Japanese jaayuu / jayu / ジャーユー
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 (expression) (See 頑張って) keep going (chi: jiāyóu); hang in there; go for it

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Search for Effort in my Japanese & Chinese 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
seishojin
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
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