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Enso - Japanese Zen Circle

Japan en sou
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll

〇 is the famous Enso symbol, which you will see widely-used by Japanese Zen Buddhists. In a twist, I am starting to see Enso used more and more by Chinese Buddhists.

Enso Circle

Here is the typical appearance of Enso artwork by Japanese calligrapher Kougetsu.

Enso is not a Japanese Kanji character. It falls more into the category of a symbol. There is some debate, but many consider Enso to be a religious symbol.

Some call this "The Circle of Enlightenment." Others call it the "Infinity Circle." If you actually took the meanings of the two Kanji (円相) that make up the word "En-so," you could read it as "Mutual Circle" or "Circle of Togetherness." I think the Enso symbol can simply mean different things to different people. Therefore, you should let it have the meaning that you perceive.

The appearance of your Enso will be determined by the artist's personal style, feeling, mood, etc.

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Mandarin zhōu / zhou1
Taiwan chou
Japanese shuu / shu / しゅう
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to make a circuit; to circle; circle; circumference; lap; cycle; complete; all; all over; thorough; to help financially; surname Zhou; Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC)
Japanese (1) Zhou (dynasty of China); Chou; (2) {math} perimeter; (n-suf,ctr) (3) counter for laps or circuits; (female given name) Meguru; (female given name) Meguri; (given name) Makoto; (personal name) Hiroshi; (personal name) Tsukashi; (given name) Chikashi; (female given name) Chika; (surname) Suzaki; (surname) Susaki; (personal name) Juu; (surname) Shiyu; (given name) Shuutei; (personal name) Shuuji; (personal name) Shuukichi; (given name) Shuuki; (surname, given name) Shuu; (surname) Shu; (surname) Kane; (personal name) Osamu; (given name) I
Around, on every side, complete; to go around

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Mandarin shàn / shan4
Taiwan shan
Japanese zen / ぜん
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese good (virtuous); benevolent; well-disposed; good at something; to improve or perfect
Japanese (ant: 悪・あく) good; goodness; right; virtue; (personal name) Yoshikatsu; (given name) Yoshiaki; (given name) Yoshi; (personal name) Tadashi; (given name) Zen'you; (personal name) Zenji; (surname, given name) Zen
su; sādhu; bhadra; kuśala. Good, virtuous, well; good at; skilful.

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Mandarin lín / lin2
Taiwan lin
Japanese hayashi / はやし
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese woods; forest; CL:片[pian4]; circle(s) (i.e. specific group of people); a collection (of similar things); surname Lin; Japanese surname Hayashi
Japanese (1) woods; forest; copse; thicket; (2) bunch; line (of something); collection; (surname, female given name) Rin; (surname) Rimu; (surname) Ri; (female given name) Ramu; (surname) Yau; (surname) Hayashitaka; (surname) Hayashizaki; (surname) Hayashisaki; (p,s,f) Hayashi; (surname, given name) Shigeru; (surname) Shige; (surname) Kuwamatsu; (surname) Kuwabara; (surname) Kuwabayashi; (surname) Kuwaza; (surname) Imu; (female given name) Atsumi
A grove, or wood; a band; forest; grove

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Japanese zen / ぜん
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) dhyana (profound meditation); (2) (abbreviation) Zen (Buddhism); (female given name) Yuzuru; (surname) Yuzuri; (surname) Zen; (female given name) Shidzuka; (female given name) Shizuka; (female given name) Satori

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Mandarin shàn // chán / shan4 // chan2
Taiwan shan // ch`an / shan // chan
Japanese zen / ぜん
Chinese to abdicate; dhyana (Sanskrit); Zen; meditation (Buddhism)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) (1) (Buddhist term) dhyana (profound meditation); (2) (abbreviation) Zen (Buddhism); (surname) Yuzuri; (personal name) Zen
To level a place for an altar, to sacrifice to the hills and fountains; to abdicate. Adopted by Buddhists for dhyāna, 禪 or 禪那, i.e. meditation, abstraction, trance. dhyāna is 'meditation, thought, reflection, especially profound and abstract religious contemplation'. M.W. It was intp. as 'getting rid of evil', etc., later as 靜慮 quiet meditation. It is a form of 定, but that word is more closely allied with samādhi, cf. 禪定. The term also connotes Buddhism and Buddhist things in general, but has special application to the 禪宗 q.v. It is one of the six pāramitās, cf. 波. There are numerous methods and subjects of meditation. The eighteen brahmalokas are divided into four dhyāna regions 'corresponding to certain frames of mind where individuals might be reborn in strict accordance with their spiritual state'. The first three are the first dhyāna, the second three the second dhyāna, the third three the third dhyāna, and the remaining nine the fourth dhyāna. See Eitel. According to Childers' Pali Dictionary, 'The four jhānas are four stages of mystic meditation, whereby the believer's mind is purged from all earthly emotions, and detached as it were from his body, which remains plunged in a profound trance.' Seated cross-legged, the practiser 'concentrates his mind upon a single thought. Gradually his soul becomes filled with a supernatural ecstasy and serenity', his mind still reasoning: this is the first jhāna. Concentrating his mind on the same subject, he frees it from reasoning, the ecstasy and serenity remaining, which is the second jhāna. Then he divests himself of ecstasy, reaching the third stage of serenity. Lastly, in the fourth stage the mind becomes indifferent to all emotions, being exalted above them and purified. There are differences in the Mahāyāna methods, but similarity of aim.

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Mandarin zhèng / zheng4
Taiwan cheng
Japanese tei / te / てい    teぃ / てぃ    te / て    tsun / つん    chiyon / ぢよん    chon / ちよん    chou / cho / ちょん    chun / ちょう    chuu / chu / ちゅん    chien / ちゅう    zen / ちえん    jiyon / ぜん    jon / じよん    jou / jo / じょん    jun / じょう    i / じゅん
Chinese Zheng state during the Warring States period; surname Zheng; abbr. for 鄭州|郑州[Zheng4 zhou1]
Japanese (surname) Tei; (personal name) Ti; (surname) Te; (surname) Tsun; (surname) Dziyon; (surname) Chiyon; (surname) Chon; (surname) Chou; (surname) Chun; (surname) Chuu; (surname) Chien; (surname) Zen; (surname) Jiyon; (surname) Jon; (surname) Jou; (personal name) Jun; (surname) I


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Mandarin shì jiè / shi4 jie4
Taiwan shih chieh
Japanese sekai / せかい
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese world; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese (1) the world; society; the universe; (2) sphere; circle; world; (can be adjective with の) (3) renowned; world-famous; well-known outside of Japan; (4) {Buddh} (original meaning) realm governed by one Buddha; space; (surname, female given name) Sekai
Loka 世間; the finite world, the world, a world, which is of two kinds: (1) 衆生世界 that of the living, who are receiving their 正報 correct recompense or karma; (2) 器世界 that of the material, or that on which karma depends for expression. By the living is meant 有情 the sentient.


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Mandarin gōng àn / gong1 an4
Taiwan kung an
Japanese kouan / koan / こうあん
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese judge's desk; complex legal case; contentious issue; koan (Zen Buddhism)
Japanese Zen question for meditation (e.g. the sound of one hand clapping); koan
J. kōan; 因緣 A dossier, or case-record; a cause; public laws, regulations; case-law. Problems set by Zen masters, upon which thought is concentrated as a means to attain inner unity and illumination; public case


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Japanese nainai / ないない    uchiuchi / うちうち Japanese (adj-no,adv,n) family circle; the inside; private; informal; secret; confidential


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Japanese sanzen / さんぜん
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (noun/participle) Zen meditation; meditative consultation with the head abbot



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Mandarin cān chán / can1 chan2
Taiwan ts`an ch`an / tsan chan
Japanese noshi wo ri
Chinese to practice Chan Buddhist meditation; to practice Zen meditation; to sit in meditation
To inquire, discuss, seek religious instruction; to thoroughly penetrate with meditative insight


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Japanese zazen / ざぜん Japanese (Buddhist term) zazen (seated Zen meditation, usu. in a cross-legged position)


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Mandarin xīn yìn / xin1 yin4
Taiwan hsin yin
Japanese shinnin
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Mental impression, intuitive certainty; the mind is the Buddha-mind in all, which can seal or assure the truth; the term indicates the intuitive method of the 禪 Ch' an (Zen) school, which was independent of the spoken or written word; mind-seal


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Japanese zenshuu / zenshu / ぜんしゅう
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese Zen (Buddhism)


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Japanese zendou / zendo / ぜんどう
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) Zen ascetic practices; Zen meditation; (2) Zen teachings; Zen



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Mandarin chán zōng / chan2 zong1
Taiwan ch`an tsung / chan tsung
Japanese Zenshū
Chinese Zen Buddhism
The Chan, meditative or intuitional, sect usually said to have been established in China by Bodhidharma, v. 達, the twenty-eighth patriarch, who brought the tradition of the Buddha-mind from India. Cf. 楞 13 Laṅkāvatāra sūtra. This sect, believing in direct enlightenment, disregarded ritual and sūtras and depended upon the inner light and personal influence for the propagation of its tenets, founding itself on the esoteric tradition supposed to have been imparted to Kāśyapa by the Buddha, who indicated his meaning by plucking a flower without further explanation. Kāśyapa smiled in apprehension and is supposed to have passed on this mystic method to the patriarchs. The successor of Bodhidharma was 慧可 Huike, and he was succeeded by 僧璨 Sengcan; 道信 Daoxin; 弘忍 Hongren; 慧能 Huineng, and 神秀 Shenxiu, the sect dividing under the two latter into the southern and northern schools: the southern school became prominent, producing 南嶽 Nanyue and 靑原 Qingyuan, the former succeeded by 馬祖 Mazu, the latter by 石頭 Shitou. From Mazu's school arose the five later schools, v. 禪門; meditation school



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Mandarin lǎo shī / lao3 shi1
Taiwan lao shih
Japanese roushi / roshi / ろうし
Chinese teacher; CL:個|个[ge4],位[wei4]
Japanese old priest; sage; (Zen) teacher
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition



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Mandarin jiàn xìng / jian4 xing4
Taiwan chien hsing
Japanese kenshou / kensho / けんしょう
Japanese self-awareness; consciousness of one's own character
To behold the Buddha-nature within oneself, a common saying of the Chan (Zen) or Intuitive School; to see the (buddha-)nature


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Mandarin dào yuán / dao4 yuan2
Taiwan tao yüan
Japanese michimoto / みちもと    dougen / dogen / どうげん
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (surname) Michimoto; (person) Dogen (Zen monk) (1200-1253)
The beginning of right doctrine, i.e. faith; the origin of the way



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Mandarin dào chǎng / dao4 chang3
Taiwan tao ch`ang / tao chang
Japanese doujou / dojo / どうじょう
Chinese Taoist or Buddhist rite; abbr. for 菩提道場|菩提道场[Pu2 ti2 dao4 chang3]
Japanese (1) dojo (hall used for martial arts training); (2) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 菩提道場) manda (place of Buddhist practice or meditation, esp. the place under the bodhi tree where Buddha attained enlightenment); (surname) Michiba; (place-name, surname) Douba; (place-name, surname) Doujou; (surname) Touba
Truth-plot. bodhimaṇḍala, circle, or place of enlightenment. The place where Buddha attained enlightenment. A place, or method, for attaining to Buddha-truth. An object of or place for religious offerings. A place for teaching, learning, or practising religion; site of enlightenment


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Mandarin fēng lún / feng1 lun2
Taiwan feng lun
The wheel, or circle, of wind below the circle of water and metal on which the earth rests; the circle of wind rests on space.

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Mandarin líng / ling2
Taiwan ling
Japanese maru / まる
Chinese character used in Taiwan as a substitute for a real name (like "X" in English); variant of 〇[ling2]
Japanese (1) circle (sometimes used for zero); (2) 'correct' (when marking); (3) symbol used as a placeholder (either because a number of other words could be used in that position, or because of censorship); (4) period; full stop; (5) maru mark; semivoiced sound; p-sound

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Japanese nijuumaru / nijumaru / にじゅうまる Japanese double circle; 'good work' (equiv. of silver star awarded to children at school)

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Mandarin líng / ling2
Taiwan ling
Japanese maru / まる
Chinese zero
Japanese (1) circle (sometimes used for zero); (2) 'correct' (when marking); (3) symbol used as a placeholder (either because a number of other words could be used in that position, or because of censorship); (4) period; full stop; (5) maru mark; semivoiced sound; p-sound

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Mandarin dōu / dou1
Taiwan tou
Japanese kabuto / かぶと
Chinese pocket; bag; to wrap up or hold in a bag; to move in a circle; to canvas or solicit; to take responsibility for; to disclose in detail; combat armor (old)
Japanese helmet (of armor, armour); headpiece; (place-name, surname) Kabuto
Helmet, hood; pocket, bag; translit. tu.

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Mandarin quán / quan2
Taiwan ch`üan / chüan
Japanese zen / ぜん
Chinese all; whole; entire; every; complete; surname Quan
Japanese (1) all; whole; entire; complete; overall; (prefix) (2) pan-; omni-; toti-; (male given name) Matoshi; (surname) Mattaku; (female given name) Masa; (surname) Chiyon; (surname) Chon; (surname) Chien; (given name) Tamotsu; (personal name) Zenji; (surname) Zen; (surname) Se; (surname) Jon; (personal name) Jan; (given name) Akira
All, whole, complete.

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Mandarin yuán / yuan2
Taiwan yüan
Japanese maru / まる    en / えん
Chinese yen (Japanese currency); Japanese variant of 圓|圆
Japanese (1) circle; (n,n-pref) (2) entirety; whole; full; complete; (3) (slang) money; dough; moola; (4) enclosure inside a castle's walls; (5) (ksb:) soft-shelled turtle; (suffix) (6) suffix for ship names; suffix for names of people (esp. infants); suffix for names of swords, armour, musical instruments, etc.; suffix for names of dogs, horses, etc.; (1) yen; Japanese monetary unit; (2) circle; (female given name) Meguru; (female given name) Mitsu; (given name) Maroshi; (female given name) Maroka; (surname, given name) Maru; (surname, female given name) Madoka; (female given name) Nodoka; (surname, female given name) Tsubura; (surname, female given name) En

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Mandarin rǎn / ran3
Taiwan jan
Japanese zen / ぜん
Chinese edge of a tortoiseshell; see 冉冉[ran3 ran3]; surname Ran
Japanese (surname) Zen

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Mandarin qián / qian2
Taiwan ch`ien / chien
Japanese mae / まえ    zen / ぜん
Chinese front; forward; ahead; first; top (followed by a number); future; ago; before; BC (e.g. 前293年); former; formerly
Japanese (n-adv,n-t,suf) (1) (See 前・ぜん・3) ago; before (some event); previously; (minutes) to (the hour); (2) in front (of); before (e.g. the house); (3) head (of a line); front (e.g. of a bus); fore part; (4) in the presence of; (5) (See 人前・にんまえ) helping; portion; (6) privates; private parts; (prefix noun) (1) the last (i.e. immediately preceding) (e.g. "the last mayor"); previous; one-time; former; (2) (before the name of an era) pre- (e.g. "premodern"); (adj-no,n) (3) (See 前・まえ・1) before; earlier; (personal name) Misaki; (surname) Maehama; (surname) Maezaki; (surname) Maesaki; (surname) Mae; (surname) Zen; (surname) Sen; (surname) Susume; (surname) Susumu; (surname, given name) Saki
pūrva. Before; former, previous; in front.

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Mandarin hè // hē / he4 // he1
Taiwan ho
Japanese katsu / かつ
Chinese to shout loudly; to drink; My goodness!
Japanese (interjection) (1) exclamation used to scold practitioners (in Zen); (2) scolding or threatening with a shout
To shout, bawl, call, scold; to drink; exclamatory shout

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