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This two-character word of Chinese origin means forgive or forgiveness. 寬恕 / 寛恕 is a deep kind of forgiveness from the bottom of your heart.
In a religious context, this is the kind of forgiveness that you beg God for and that God grants you.
In Korean Hanja, this can also be defined as forbearance or leniency.
In Japanese Kanji, beyond forgiveness, this can also mean magnanimity or generosity.
While we don't actively recommend Asian tattoos, this would be the forgiveness title which is best for a tattoo in most cases.
Note: The first character can also be written in the form shown to the right (especially in Japanese). If you have a preference, please let us know in the "special instructions" when you place your order.
This single character means "forgive" in Chinese.
In Korean, this kind of means forgive but also has slightly different definitions of consider, excuse, faithful or believe.
我を許す is how to write "forgive yourself" in Japanese.
The first two characters mean, "regarding myself."
The last two characters mean, "to forgive," "to excuse (from)," "to pardon," "to release," "to let off," "to permit," "to allow," and/or "to approve."
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
容赦 is the kind of forgiveness that a king might give to his subjects for crimes or wrong-doings.
容赦 is a rather high-level forgiveness. Meaning that it goes from a higher level to lower (not the reverse).
Alone, the first character can mean "to bear," "to allow" and/or "to tolerate," and the second can mean "to forgive," "to pardon" and/or "to excuse."
When you put both characters together, you get forgiveness, pardon, mercy, leniency, or going easy (on someone).
See Also: Benevolence
恕 means to forgive, show mercy, absolve, or excuse in Chinese and Korean Hanja (though mostly used in compound words in Korean).
恕 incorporates the pictogram of a heart at the bottom, and a woman and a mouth at the top. The heart portion has the most significance, as it is suggested that it is the heart's nature to forgive.
In Asian culture, as with most other cultures, forgiveness is an act of benevolence and altruism. In forgiving, you put yourself in someone else's shoes and show them the kindness that you would want them to show you. Confucius referred to this quality as "human-heartedness."
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|ráo shù / rao2 shu4 / rao shu / raoshu||jao shu / jaoshu|
|Forgive||寬恕 / 寛恕|
|kan jo / kanjo||kuān shù / kuan1 shu4 / kuan shu / kuanshu||k`uan shu / kuanshu / kuan shu|
|liàng / liang4 / liang|
|我を許す||ware o yuru su|
|yuán liàng zì jǐ|
yuan2 liang4 zi4 ji3
yuan liang zi ji
|yüan liang tzu chi
|Forgiveness (from the top down)||容赦||you sha / yousha / yo sha / yosha||róng shè / rong2 she4 / rong she / rongshe||jung she / jungshe|
|Forgiveness||恕||shù / shu4 / shu|
|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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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.
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.
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.
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