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  1. 7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness

  2. Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

  3. Discipline

  4. Mindfulness

  5. Purity of Mind

  6. Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness

Samyak Smriti / Samyak Smrti / Samma Sati

 zhèng niàn
 sei nen
7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness Scroll

正念 is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Mindfulness, along with Right Effort and Right Concentration, constitute the path to Concentration or Perfect Thought.

Right Mindfulness is about remaining focused on one's body, feelings, mind, and mental qualities. It's also about being ardent, aware, and mindful, and supposes that you've already put aside worldly desire and aversion.

Monk Bhikkhu Bodhi described this as “The mind is deliberately kept at the level of bare attention, a detached observation of what is happening within us and around us in the present moment.” When practicing right mindfulness, the mind is trained to remain in the present, open, quiet, and alert, contemplating the present event.

Another definition: Ongoing mindfulness of body, feelings, thinking, and objects of thought.

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 | Noble Eightfold Path

Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

 zhuān xīn
 sen shin
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Scroll

專心 makes a word that means “paying attention with your heart.”

It's often translated as “dedication,” as in “be absorbed in” or “concentrate one's efforts.” It's also used to mean “with the single mind,” “whole-heartedly,” “paying attention,” “undivided attention,” “concentration (-ed),” “engrossed,” “devotionally (listening/watching),” and/or “attentive.”

The first character means “for a particular person, occasion, or purpose,” “focused on one single thing,” “concentrated,” and sometimes, “special.”

The second character means “heart” or “mind” by itself.

My favorite translation, which comes from the Oxford Advanced Chinese/English Dictionary, is, “wholehearted devotion.”

If it seems like the meaning of this word is quite open, you are correct. The context in which the word is used matters a lot. It can mean different things depending on how you use it. This makes it kind of nice as you can decide what this means to you (within some limits). This is always positive in meaning, so even if a Chinese person reads it differently than you, it will still have a good meaning.

専In Japanese, they tend to use a variation of the second character which has one less stroke. If you want your calligraphy written this Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Japanese and Chinese people will recognize either form.

See Also:  Faith | Devotion

 jì lǜ
Discipline Scroll

紀律 is a Chinese and Korean word that conveys the idea of extreme self-control and perhaps self-sacrifice, and obedience.

This word matches the kind of “discipline” I was in the Marine Corps. There is also an additional idea of maintaining order or being orderly in your tasks.

This idea would also fit an athlete training for the Olympics who gives up many pleasures to stay focused on their training.

See Also:  Self-Control | Will-Power

Mindfulness Scroll

念 is the simplest way to write “mindfulness” in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

念 can be defined these ways: To read; to study (a degree course); to read aloud; to miss somebody (keeping them in your mind); idea; remembrance; sense; thought; feeling; desire; concern; attention; recollection; memory; to think on/about; reflect; repeat, intone; a moment.

Obviously, the context in which the character is used determines which definition or meaning is perceived. As a single character, it's open and perhaps ambiguous. Thus, it can be read with any or all of these meanings.

念 is used in a Buddhist context (often written as 正念 or “right mindfulness”) with similar meanings of thought and contemplation.

In Japanese, this character is sometimes used as the name “Nen.”

See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Purity of Mind

 xīn chéng jìng
 shin chou jou
Purity of Mind Scroll

心澄淨 is the Buddhist concept of the pure and calm mind. It is believed that once you achieve a meditative state of pure focused thought, the mind becomes clear and calm. Although, others will say this means that achieving a calm mind will allow you to reach pure thought.

From Sanskrit, this is known as citta-prasāda. The concept of citta-prasāda is sometimes defined as “clear heart-mind,” or “the single and definitive aspiration.”

Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication

(complete bodily devotion)

 xiàn shēn
 ken shin
Sacrifice / Devotion / Dedication Scroll

獻身 is used to describe being so devoted to something that you will make sacrifices for that goal/thing/person.

You can also translate this word as any of the following:

Give one's life for...
Sacrifice one's life for...
To dedicate oneself to...
Commit one's energy to...
Devote to...
Giving your whole body to...

This can be a dedication to or for someone but is often used as a dedication or making sacrifices for your country, public service, or a cause. For instance, an Olympic athlete makes great sacrifices to train in his/her sport for their country and compatriots.

While the form shown to the upper-left is considered an ancient Japanese version, in modern Japan, they use the simplified version of the first Kanji (shown to the right). Click on the Kanji at the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version.

If you are looking for a more religious meaning of devotion, see Faith.

See Also:  Confidence | Dedication

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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fú kè sī
    fu2 ke4 si1
fu k`o ssu
    fu ko ssu

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Fox (media company); Focus (car manufactured by Ford)

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focus of tubercular infection

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(bound form) bull's-eye; target
(1) mark; target; (2) object; subject; focus; (3) point (e.g. of argument); (personal name) Yukuha
main point


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 emu efu; emuefu(sk)
    エム・エフ; エムエフ(sk)
(1) {sports} (See ミッドフィールダー) midfielder (soccer); (2) (See 中波) medium frequency; MF; (3) (See マニュアルフォーカス) manual focus; (4) {finc} (See マイクロファイナンス) microfinance


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(n,suf) (1) (kana only) idiot; fool; touched in the head (from); out of it (from); space case; (2) (kana only) funny man (of a comedy duo); (in comedy) silly or stupid line; (3) Alzheimer's (impol); (kana only) bokeh; blur; lack of focus; unsharpness; (kana only) Japanese quince (Chaenomeles speciosa); flowering quince; (place-name) Boke (Guinea)


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yī yì
    yi1 yi4
i i
 ichii / ichi
focus; with complete devotion; stubbornly
(1) one meaning; one thought; (adverb) (2) (See 一意専心) wholeheartedly; single-mindedly; devotedly; (adj-no,adj-na) (3) {comp} unique; (personal name) Hitoi


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(1) one long cylindrical thing; one film, TV show, etc.; one goal, home run, etc.; one telephone call; (2) one version; (3) one book; a certain book; (4) (martial arts term) ippon; one point; a blow; (5) experienced geisha; (suffix noun) (6) single-minded focus on ...; (surname) Hitomoto


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zhōng xīn
    zhong1 xin1
chung hsin
 chuushin / chushin
center; heart; core
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) center; centre; middle; heart; core; focus; pivot; emphasis; balance; (suffix) (2) -centered; -centred; -focused; -oriented; centered on; focused on
idem 忠心經.


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dān tián
    dan1 tian2
tan t`ien
    tan tien
pubic region; point two inches below the navel where one's qi resides
point below the navel (a focus point for internal meditative techniques); (surname) Nida
The pubic region, 2 1; 2 inches below the navel.


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zhǔ dǎ
    zhu3 da3
chu ta
principal; main; flagship (product); title (track); to specialize in; to take as one's priority; to primarily focus on


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zhǔ gōng
    zhu3 gong1
chu kung
 shukou / shuko
main assault; to focus on; to specialize in; to major in
main attack


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(1) main purpose; chief aim; focus; (2) main point; gist; essence



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zhǔ xiāo
    zhu3 xiao1
chu hsiao
kingpin (vehicle part); to focus one's marketing efforts on (a region, product etc)


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focus of one's attention; what one is looking for


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zuò yì
    zuo4 yi4
tso i
idea; design; motif; conception; intention
cittotpāda; to have the thought arise, be aroused, beget the resolve, etc.


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 gasshou; goushou / gassho; gosho
    がっしょう; ごうしょう
(n,vs,vi) {photo} being in focus; bringing into focus


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 kokuou / kokuo
(1) king; queen; monarch; sovereign; (2) {law} the Crown (as a focus of authority in the UK, etc.); the throne



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zhuān xīn
    zhuan1 xin1
chuan hsin
to focus one's attention; to concentrate on (doing something)
With single mind; whole-heartedly.



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zhuān xiǎng
    zhuan1 xiang3
chuan hsiang
To think wholly, or only, of or upon.



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zhuān zhù
    zhuan1 zhu4
chuan chu
to focus; to concentrate; to give one's full attention
concentration [of mind]



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zhuān jīng
    zhuan1 jing1
chuan ching
Solely and purely (to advance in the Way).



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duì jiāo
    dui4 jiao1
tui chiao
to focus (a camera)



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yā tí
    ya1 ti2
ya t`i
    ya ti
(in one's study) to focus on the topics one speculates will appear on the exam


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(transitive verb) (1) to wring (towel, rag); to squeeze; (2) to squeeze (fruit to extract juice); to press; to extract; to milk; to express milk; (3) to rack (one's brains); to strain (one's voice); (4) to extort; to exploit; (5) to chew out; to reprimand severely; to rake over the coals; to give a sound scolding; to tell someone off; to scold; to rebuke; (6) to drill into; to train; (7) to narrow down (one's focus); to whittle down; (8) to gather up (curtain, etc.); to tighten (drawstring); (9) to stop down (lens); (10) to turn down (e.g. radio); (11) to bend (bow); to draw; (12) (sumo) to hold down; to constrict; to immobilize


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 boke; boke
    ぼけ; ボケ
(kana only) blur; lack of focus; unsharpness


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(1) inner citadel; (2) core; center; centre; focus; crux; (place-name, surname) Honmaru


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 shouten / shoten
(1) focus; focal point; (2) focus (of attention, a discussion, etc.); point at issue; central point; (3) {geom} focus



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jiāo diǎn
    jiao1 dian3
chiao tien
focal point; focus (lit. and fig.)
See: 焦点


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{sports} ball control; focus on the ball


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 byousou / byoso
(noun - becomes adjective with の) {med} focus; nidus; lesion

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
7. Right Mindfulness
Right Memory
Perfect Mindfulness
正念sei nen / seinenzhèng niàn
zheng4 nian4
zheng nian
cheng nien
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
sen shin / senshinzhuān xīn
zhuan1 xin1
zhuan xin
chuan hsin
jì lǜ / ji4 lv4 / ji lv / jilvchi lü / chilü
Mindfulnessnenniàn / nian4 / niannien
Purity of Mind心澄淨shin chou jou
shin cho jo
xīn chéng jìng
xin1 cheng2 jing4
xin cheng jing
hsin ch`eng ching
hsin cheng ching
ken shin / kenshinxiàn shēn
xian4 shen1
xian shen
hsien shen
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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