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Elephant

China xiàng
Japan zou
Elephant Vertical Wall Scroll

象 is the single character that represents an elephant in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Illusion

China huàn xiàng
Japan gen zou
Illusion Vertical Wall Scroll

幻像 is a universal word for Illusion in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The first character means phantasm, vision, dream, illusion, apparition, or fantasy.

The second character means statue, picture, image, figure, portrait, shape, form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem, or in rare/ancient context: an elephant.


象Note that the first character can be written without the left-side radical in Chinese. This form is shown to the right. Both forms are acceptable in Chinese but the character shown to the right is more likely to be read as "elephant."


See Also:  Reality

Phenomenon

China xiàn xiàng
Japan genshou
Phenomenon Vertical Wall Scroll

I must first say that this word is an odd thing to put on a wall scroll in Asian cultures. It won't make a lot of sense alone, unless you have a special or personal meaning that you attach to it for yourself.

These two characters mean phenomenon in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Hanja. They can also be translated as "a happening" depending on context.

The sum of these characters is a little different than their individual meanings. But I will break it down anyway...
The first character means present, existing, actual, appear, now or current.
The second character alone means pattern after, imitate, image, shape, sign (of the times), form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem or elephant.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin xiàng / xiang4
Taiwan hsiang
Japanese zou(p);zou / zo(p);zo / ぞう(P);ゾウ    shou / sho / しょう
Phenomenon Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese elephant; CL:隻|只[zhi1]; shape; form; appearance; to imitate
Japanese elephant (Elephantidae spp.); phenomenon; (surname) Zou; (surname) Saki; (surname) Kisa; (female given name) Amane
gaja; hastin; also nāga; an elephant; v. 像 14; to resemble


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Mandarin lóng / long2
Taiwan lung
Japanese riyou / riyo / りよう    ryoumin / ryomin / りょうみん    ryou / ryo / りょう    riyuu / riyu / りゆう    ryuuji / ryuji / りゅうじ    ryuu / ryu / りゅう    yon / よん    tooru / とおる    tatsuji / たつじ    tatsu / たつ    taki / たき    shigemi / しげみ
Chinese dragon; CL:條|条[tiao2]; imperial; surname Long
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) dragon (esp. a Chinese dragon); (2) naga; semi-divine human-cobra chimera in Hindu and Buddhist mythology; (personal name) Riyou; (given name) Ryoumin; (surname, female given name) Ryou; (personal name) Riyuu; (personal name) Ryuuji; (surname, female given name) Ryuu; (surname) Yon; (given name) Tooru; (personal name) Tatsuji; (surname, given name) Tatsu; (surname) Taki; (female given name) Shigemi
A dragon, dragon-like, imperial; tr. for nāga, which means snake, serpent; also elephant, elephantine, serpent-like, etc., cf. 那.

釋迦牟尼


释迦牟尼

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Mandarin shì jiā móu ní / shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2
Taiwan shih chia mou ni
Japanese Shakamuni
Chinese Siddhartha Gautama (563-485 BC), the historical Buddha and founder of Buddhism; Sakyamuni Buddha (Sanskrit: sage of the Sakya)
釋迦文 (釋迦文尼); 釋伽文 Śākyamuni, the saint of the Śākya tribe. muni is saint, holy man, sage, ascetic monk; it is: intp. as 仁 benevolent, charitable, kind, also as 寂默 one who dwells in seclusion. After '500 or 550' previous incarnations, Śākyamuni finally attained to the state of Bodhisattva, was born in the Tuṣita heaven, and descended as a white elephant, through her right side, into the womb of the immaculate Māyā, the purest woman on earth; this was on the 8th day of the 4th month; next year on the 8th day of the 2nd month he was born from her right side painlessly as she stood under a tree in the Lumbinī garden. For the subsequent miraculous events v. Eitel. also the 神通遊戲經 (Lalitavistara), the 釋迦如來成道記, etc. Simpler statements say that he was born the son of Śuddhodana, of the kṣatriya caste, ruler of Kapilavastu, and Māyā his wife; that Māyā died seven days later, leaving him to be brought up by her sister Prājapati; that in due course he was married to Yaśodharā who bore him a son, Rāhula; that in search of truth he left home, became an ascetic, severely disciplined himself, and finally at 35 years of age, under a tree, realized that the way of release from the chain of rebirth and death lay not in asceticism but in moral purity; this he explained first in his four dogmas, v. 四諦 and eightfold noble way 八正道, later amplified and developed in many sermons. He founded his community on the basis of poverty, chastity, and insight or meditation, ad it became known as Buddhism, as he became known as Buddha, the enlightened. His death was probably in or near 487 B.C., a few years before that of Confucius in 479. The sacerdotal name of his family is Gautama, said to be the original name of the whole clan, Śākya being that of his branch, v. 瞿, 喬.; his personal name was Siddhārtha, or Sarvārthasiddha, v. 悉.

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Mandarin/ mo2
Taiwan mo
Japanese ma / ま
Chinese devil; magic
Japanese (1) demon; devil; evil spirit; evil influence; (suffix noun) (2) (See 覗き魔) someone who (habitually) performs some (negative) act; (surname) Ma
魔羅 Māra, killing, destroying; 'the Destroyer, Evil One, Devil' (M.W.); explained by murderer, hinderer, disturber, destroyer; he is a deva 'often represented with a hundred arms and riding on an elephant'. Eitel. He sends his daughters, or assumes monstrous forms, or inspires wicked men, to seduce or frighten the saints. He 'resides with legions of subordinates in the heaven Paranirmita Vaśavartin situated on the top of the Kāmadhātu'. Eitel. Earlier form 磨; also v. 波 Pāpīyān. He is also called 他化自在天. There are various categories of māras, e.g. the skandha-māra, passion-māra, etc.

ゾウ

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Japanese zou / zo / ゾウ Japanese elephant (Elephantidae spp.)

三獸


三兽

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Mandarin sān shòu / san1 shou4
Taiwan san shou
Japanese sanshū
The three animals— hare, horse, elephant— crossing a stream. The śrāvaka is like the hare who crosses by swimming on the surface; the pratyeka-buddha is like the horse who crosses deeper than the hare; the bodhisattva is like the elephant who walks across on the bottom. Also likened to the triyāna. 涅槃經 23, 27.

五逆

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Mandarin wǔ nì / wu3 ni4
Taiwan wu ni
Japanese gogyaku
pañcānantarya; 五無間業 The five rebellious acts or deadly sins, parricide, matricide, killing an arhat, shedding the blood of a Buddha, destroying the harmony of the sangha, or fraternity. The above definition is common both to Hīnayāna and Mahāyāna. The lightest of these sins is the first; the heaviest the last. II. Another group is: (1) sacrilege, such as destroying temples, burning sutras, stealing a Buddha's or a monk's things, inducing others to do so, or taking pleasure therein; (2) slander, or abuse of the teaching of śrāvaka s, pratyekabuddhas, or bodhisattvas; (3) ill-treatment or killing of a monk; (4) any one of the five deadly sins given above; (5) denial of the karma consequences of ill deeds, acting or teaching others accordingly, and unceasing evil life. III. There are also five deadly sins, each of which is equal to each of the first set of five: (1) violation of a mother, or a fully ordained nun; (2) killing a bodhisattva in a sangha; (5) destroying a Buddha's stūpa. IV. The five unpardonable sin of Devadatta who (1) destroyed the harmony of the community; (2) injured Śākyamuni with a stone, shedding his blood; (3) induced the king to let loose a rutting elephant to trample down Śākyamuni; (4) killed a nun; (5) put poison on his finger-nails and saluted Śākyamuni intending to destroy him thereby; five heinous crimes

井河

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Mandarin jǐng hé / jing3 he2
Taiwan ching ho
Japanese igawa / いがわ    ikawa / いかわ
Japanese (surname) Igawa; (surname) Ikawa
Like the well and the river', indicating the impermanence of life. The 'well ' refers to the legend of the man who running away from a mad elephant fell into a well; the 'river ' to a great tree growing on the river bank yet blown over by the wind; [like] the well and the river

伽耶

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Mandarin jiā yé / jia1 ye2
Taiwan chia yeh
Japanese kaya / かや
Japanese (female given name) Kaya; (place-name) Gaya (4th-6th century confederacy of chiefdoms in the Nakdong River valley of southern Korea)
伽邪; 伽闍 Gayā. (1) A city of Magadha, Buddhagayā (north-west of present Gaya), near which Śākyamuni became Buddha. (2) Gaja, an elephant. (3) 伽耶山 Gajaśirṣa, Elephant's Head Mountain; two are mentioned, one near "Vulture Peak", one near the Bo-tree. (4) kāya, the body.

四兵

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Mandarin sì bīng / si4 bing1
Taiwan ssu ping
Japanese shihei
catur-an.gabalakāya; the four divisions of a cakravarti's troops— elephant, hastikāya; horse, aśvakāya; chariot, rathakāya; and foot, pattikāya; four kinds of troops

大象

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Mandarin dà xiàng / da4 xiang4
Taiwan ta hsiang
Japanese daizou / daizo / だいぞう    taishou / taisho / たいしょう
Chinese elephant; CL:隻|只[zhi1]
Japanese (given name) Daizou; (given name) Taishou
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

小象

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Japanese kozou / kozo / こぞう Japanese young elephant; baby elephant

巨象

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Japanese kyozou / kyozo / きょぞう Japanese gigantic elephant

恒河

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Mandarin héng hé / heng2 he2
Taiwan heng ho
恒水; 恒伽 (竸伽, 殑伽, or 強伽) Gaṅgā, the river Ganges, 'said to drop from the centre of Śiva's ear into the Anavatapta lake' (Eitel), passing through an orifice called variously ox's mouth, lion's mouth, golden elephant's mouth, then round the lake and out to the ocean on the south-east.

摸象

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Mandarin mō xiàng / mo1 xiang4
Taiwan mo hsiang
Japanese mozō
Chinese to touch an elephant (of proverbial blind people)
The blind man who tried to describe an elephant by feeling it, v. Nirvāṇa Sūtra 32; groping the elephant

普賢


普贤

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Mandarin pǔ xián / pu3 xian2
Taiwan p`u hsien / pu hsien
Japanese fugen / ふげん
Chinese Samantabhadra, the Buddhist Lord of Truth
Japanese Samantabhadra (bodhisattva); Universal Compassion; (place-name) Fugen; (surname) Fuken
Samantabhadra, Viśvabhadra; cf. 三曼 Universal sagacity, or favour; lord of the 理 or fundamental law, the dhyāna, and the practice of all Buddhas. He and Mañjuśrī are the right- and left-hand assistants of Buddha, representing 理 and 智 respectively. He rides on a white elephant, is the patron of the Lotus Sūtra and its devotees, and has close connection with the Huayan Sūtra. His region is in the east. The esoteric school has its own special representation of him, with emphasis on the sword indicative of 理 as the basis of 智. He has ten vows; Samantabhadra bodhisattva

智象

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Mandarin zhì xiàng / zhi4 xiang4
Taiwan chih hsiang
Japanese chizō
prajñā, or Wisdom, likened to an elephant, a title of Buddha, famous monks, the Nirvāṇa-sūtra, the Prajñā-pāramitā sūtra, etc; wise elephant

有手

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Mandarin yǒu shǒu / you3 shou3
Taiwan yu shou
Japanese aride / ありで
Japanese (surname) Aride
To have a hand, or hands. hastin, possessing a hand. i. e. a trunk; an elephant; having hands

狂象

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Mandarin kuáng xiàng / kuang2 xiang4
Taiwan k`uang hsiang / kuang hsiang
Japanese kyōshō
A mad elephant, such is the deluded mind.

白芋

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Japanese hasuimo / はすいも Japanese (kana only) giant elephant ear (species of taro, Colocasia gigantea)

白象

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Mandarin bái xiàng / bai2 xiang4
Taiwan pai hsiang
Japanese shirozou;hakuzou;byakuzou / shirozo;hakuzo;byakuzo / しろぞう;はくぞう;びゃくぞう
Japanese white elephant; (given name) Byakuzou; (given name) Hakushou
The six-tusked white elephant which bore the Buddha on his descent from the Tuṣita heaven into Maya's womb, through her side. Every Buddha descends in similar fashion. The immaculate path, i. e. the immaculate conception (of Buddha).

真象

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Mandarin zhēn xiàng / zhen1 xiang4
Taiwan chen hsiang
Japanese makoto / まこと
Chinese the whole elephant (i.e. not the small parts felt by the proverbial blind feelers); fig. the whole picture; a realistic overall view of the whole situation
Japanese (personal name) Makoto

蓮芋

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Japanese hasuimo / はすいも Japanese (kana only) giant elephant ear (species of taro, Colocasia gigantea)

觀象


观象

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Mandarin guān xiàng / guan1 xiang4
Taiwan kuan hsiang
Japanese kanzō
Describing an elephant from sight rather than 摸觀, as would a blind man, from feeling it; i.e. immediate and correct knowledge; contemplate an image

調御


调御

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Mandarin diào yù / diao4 yu4
Taiwan tiao yü
Japanese jōgo
To tame and control as a master does a wild elephant or horse, or as the Buddha brings the passions of men under control, hence he is termed 調御丈夫 and 調御師 Puruṣa-damya-sārathi.

象牙

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Mandarin xiàng yá / xiang4 ya2
Taiwan hsiang ya
Japanese zouge / zoge / ぞうげ
Chinese ivory; elephant tusk
Japanese ivory
Elephant's tusk, ivory.

象軍


象军

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Mandarin xiàng jun / xiang4 jun1
Taiwan hsiang chün
Japanese zōgun
Hastikāya, the elephant corps of an Indian army.

象駕


象驾

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Mandarin xiàng jià / xiang4 jia4
Taiwan hsiang chia
Japanese zōga
The elephant chariot, or riding forward, i.e. the eastward progress of Buddhism.

象鼻

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Mandarin xiàng bí / xiang4 bi2
Taiwan hsiang pi
Japanese zōbi
Elephant's trunk; a wrong way of wearing a monk's robe.

那伽

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Mandarin nà jiā / na4 jia1
Taiwan na chia
Japanese naka / なか
Japanese (female given name) Naka
nāga. Snake, dragon, elephant. It is tr. by 龍 dragon and by 象 elephant. (1) As dragon it represents the chief of the scaly reptiles; it can disappear or be manifest, increase or decrease, lengthen or shrink; in spring it mounts in the sky and in winter enters the earth. The dragon is of many kinds. Dragons are regarded as beneficent, bringing the rains and guarding the heavens (again Draco); they control rivers and lakes, and hibernate in the deep. nāga and mahānāga are titles of a Buddha, (also of those freed from reincarnation) because of his powers, or because like the dragon he soars above earthly desires and ties. One of his former reincarnations was a powerful poisonous dragon which, out of pity, permitted itself to be skinned alive and its flesh eaten by worms. (2) A race of serpent-worshippers; (Skt. nāga)

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Elephantzou / zoxiàng / xiang4 / xianghsiang
Illusion幻像
幻像 / 幻象
gen zou / genzou / gen zo / genzohuàn xiàng
huan4 xiang4
huan xiang
huanxiang
huan hsiang
huanhsiang
Phenomenon現象
现象
genshou / genshoxiàn xiàng
xian4 xiang4
xian xiang
xianxiang
hsien hsiang
hsienhsiang
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