Enlighten in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. To inspire or enlighten

  2. Enlightenment

  3. Open Mind

  4. Inspire

  5. Feng Shui

  6. Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity

To inspire or enlighten

 qǐ fā
To inspire or enlighten Scroll

啟發 is a Chinese word that means to enlighten, arouse interest, inspire, inspiration, heuristics, or teach.


 qǐ méng
Enlightenment Scroll

啟蒙 is the Chinese word for enlightenment.

The first character means to open, to start, to begin, to commence, or to explain. The second character means deception or ignorance. It suggests that enlightenment is the opening or cutting through what deceives you in the world or the ignorance of the world. This title can also mean to educate.

啓The Japanese and Korean version of the first character of this title varies slightly from the Chinese. Please click on the Kanji to the right, instead of the button above, if you want the Japanese/Korean version.

 kāi jué
Open Mind Scroll

開覺 is a Buddhist term meaning “open mind.”

The more full definition as used in Buddhism is, “To arouse, awaken; to allow the original Buddha-nature to open and enlighten the mind.”

 qǐ shì
Inspire Scroll

Beyond inspire or inspiration, 啟示 is a Chinese word that can mean enlightenment or revelation.

This is used as the Biblical revelation in the Chinese Bible, so it can also mean apocalypse depending on context.

Separately, the first character can mean: to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten; to awaken; to state; to inform.

The second character alone can mean: to show; to reveal; to indicate; to proclaim.

 fēng shuǐ
 fuu sui
Feng Shui Scroll

風水 is the famous technique and approach to arranging your home externally around natural features and internally to create balance and peace.

These two characters literally mean “wind water.” Obviously, the title is far more simple than the concept behind this subject.

It may enlighten you slightly to know that the character for “wind” can also mean style, custom, or manner in some contexts. This may apply somewhat to this title.

In a technical sense, this title is translated as Chinese geomancy.

Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity

 qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng
Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity Scroll

啟盛世開太平 means “To bring flourishing peace and security to the world (our current era).”

It's a wish that a new door leading to peace and prosperity could be opened to mankind.

Character and word breakdown:
啟 to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken.
盛世 a flourishing period; period of prosperity; a golden age.
開 to open; to start; to turn on.
太平 peace and security; peace and tranquility; peace; tranquility.
I don't like to do breakdowns like this, as the words altogether create their unique meaning (encompassed in the main title above).

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition



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qǐ fā
    qi3 fa1
ch`i fa
    chi fa

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To inspire or enlighten
to enlighten; to explain (a text etc); to stimulate (a mental attitude); enlightenment; revelation; motivation



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qǐ shì
    qi3 shi4
ch`i shih
    chi shih

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to reveal; to enlighten; enlightenment; revelation; illumination; moral (of a story etc); lesson



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pú sà
    pu2 sa4
p`u sa
    pu sa

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Bodhisattva (Buddhism)
(n,n-suf) (1) {Buddh} bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (n,n-suf) (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (n,n-suf) (3) (See 本地垂迹説) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (surname) Mizoro
bodhisattva, cf. 菩提薩埵. While the idea is not foreign to Hīnayāna, its extension of meaning is one of the chief marks of Mahāyāna. 'The Bodhisattva is indeed the characteristic feature of the Mahāyāna.' Keith. According to Mahāyāna the Hinayanists, i.e. the śrāvaka and pratyekabuddha, seek their own salvation, while the bodhisattva's aim is the salvation of others and of all. The earlier intp. of bodhisattva was 大道心衆生 all beings with mind for the truth; later it became 大覺有情 conscious beings of or for the great intelligence, or enlightenment. It is also intp. in terms of leadership, heroism, etc. In general it is a Mahayanist seeking Buddhahood, but seeking it altruistically; whether monk or layman, he seeks enlightenment to enlighten others, and he will sacrifice himself to save others; he is devoid of egoism and devoted to helping others. All conscious beings having the Buddha-nature are natural bodhisattvas, but require to undergo development. The mahāsattva is sufficiently advanced to become a Buddha and enter nirvāṇa, but according to his vow he remains in the realm of incarnation to save all conscious beings. A monk should enter on the arduous course of discipline which leads to Bodhisattvahood and Buddhahood.



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kāi jué
    kai1 jue2
k`ai chüeh
    kai chüeh

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Open Mind
To arouse, awaken; to allow the original Buddha-nature to open and enlighten the mind; to awaken

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to open; to start; to initiate; to enlighten or awaken; to state; to inform

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to enlighten; lattice window

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 yuu / yu
to enlighten
(female given name) Yuu

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to express; to disclose; to enlighten; to open
To open, spread, enlarge, expand, expound; translit. chan; to open


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(Godan verb with "ku" ending) (archaism) to enlighten; to edify



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miào jué
    miao4 jue2
miao chüeh
The wonderful enlightenment of Mahāyāna, or self-enlightenment to enlighten others; marvelous enlightenment


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jiào huà
    jiao4 hua4
chiao hua
 kyouke; kyouge / kyoke; kyoge
    きょうけ; きょうげ
to enlighten; to civilize; to indoctrinate; to train (an animal)
(noun, transitive verb) {Buddh} guidance; teaching people and leading them to Buddhism
To transform by instruction; teach and convert; to cause another to give alms; guidance



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zhào lǎn
    zhao4 lan3
chao lan
To shine upon and behold; to survey; to enlighten; observes clearly



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shū dǎo
    shu1 dao3
shu tao
to dredge; to open up a path for; to remove obstructions; to clear the way; to enlighten; persuasion



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fā míng
    fa1 ming2
fa ming
to invent; an invention; CL:個|个[ge4]
to enlighten; to enlighten



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jué tā
    jue2 ta1
chüeh t`a
    chüeh ta
To awaken others; to enlighten others; to awaken others



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guān zhào
    guan1 zhao4
kuan chao
To be enlightened (or enlighten) as the result of insight, or intelligent contemplation; careful consideration



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cì jiào
    ci4 jiao4
tz`u chiao
    tzu chiao
(honorific) to impart one's wisdom; to enlighten



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kāi dǎo
    kai1 dao3
k`ai tao
    kai tao
to talk sb round; to straighten something out; to enlighten
to guide



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kāi fā
    kai1 fa1
k`ai fa
    kai fa
to exploit (a resource); to open up (for development); to develop
(surname) Kaihotsu
To star, begin, send forth; to enlighten others



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kāi dào
    kai1 dao4
k`ai tao
    kai tao
 kaidou / kaido
to clear the way
(surname) Kaidō
to enlighten [others]; to enlighten [others]



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diǎn huà
    dian3 hua4
tien hua
magic transformation performed by Daoist immortal; fig. to reveal; to enlighten
Touched into activity, or conversion; touched into activity



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bù lìn cì jiào
    bu4 lin4 ci4 jiao4
pu lin tz`u chiao
    pu lin tzu chiao
to be so kind as to enlighten me


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(transitive verb) to teach (the way); to guide; to instruct; to enlighten


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 mouohiraku / moohiraku
(exp,v5k) to enlighten



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tí hú guàn dǐng
    ti2 hu2 guan4 ding3
t`i hu kuan ting
    ti hu kuan ting
lit. to anoint your head with the purest cream (idiom); fig. to enlighten people with perfect wisdom; flawless Buddhist teaching



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ā fú lú zhǐ dī shī fá luó
    a1 fu2 lu2 zhi3 di1 shi1 fa2 luo2
a fu lu chih ti shih fa lo
Avalokiteśvara, 阿縛盧枳帝濕伐邏 (or 阿縛盧枳多伊濕伐邏); 阿婆盧吉帝舍婆羅; 阿那婆婁吉低輸; 阿梨耶婆樓吉弓稅; also Āryā valokiteśvara. Intp. as 觀世音 or 光世音 'Regarder (or Observer) of the world's sounds, or cries'; or ? 'Sounds that enlighten the world'. Also 觀自在 The Sovereign beholder, a tr. of īśvara, lord, sovereign. There is much debate as to whether the latter part of the word is svara, sound, or īśvara, lord; Chinese interpretations vary. Cf. 觀音; Avalokitêśvara


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(transitive verb) to teach (the way); to guide; to instruct; to enlighten

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
To inspire or enlighten啟發
qǐ fā / qi3 fa1 / qi fa / qifach`i fa / chifa / chi fa
keimou / keimoqǐ méng / qi3 meng2 / qi meng / qimengch`i meng / chimeng / chi meng
Open Mind開覺
kaikaku / kaikakukāi jué / kai1 jue2 / kai jue / kaijuek`ai chüeh / kaichüeh / kai chüeh
qǐ shì / qi3 shi4 / qi shi / qishich`i shih / chishih / chi shih
Feng Shui風水
fuu sui / fuusui / fu suifēng shuǐ
feng1 shui3
feng shui
Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity啟盛世開太平
qǐ shèng shì kāi tài píng
qi3 sheng4 shi4 kai1 tai4 ping2
qi sheng shi kai tai ping
ch`i sheng shih k`ai t`ai p`ing
chi sheng shih kai tai ping
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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Worldwide Wish for Peace and Prosperity Scroll
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