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Kindness and Forgiving Nature

rén shù
Kindness and Forgiving Nature Scroll

These two characters create a word in Chinese and Japanese that means something like benevolence with magnanimity or kindness with a forgiving nature.

If this describes you, then you are the type of person that I would like to call my friend.

This may not be the most common word in daily use but it's old enough that it transcended cultures from China to Japan in the 5th century when Japan lacked a written language, and absorbed Chinese characters and words into their language.
Note: 仁恕 is not commonly used in Korean.


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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 CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Kindness and Forgiving Nature仁恕jinjorén shù / ren2 shu4 / ren shu / renshujen shu / jenshu
Forgivenessshù / shu4 / shu

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bāo huāng / bao1 huang1
pao huang
to be tolerant; to be forgiving; to conceal; to cover


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 shouchi / shochi / しょうち (noun/participle) (1) knowledge; awareness; (noun/participle) (2) consent; acceptance; assent; admitting; compliance; agreement; acknowledgment; acknowledgement; (noun/participle) (3) (usu. in the negative as 承知しない) forgiving; pardoning; excusing


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 chara / ちゃら (colloquialism) forgiving a debt; getting even


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 chara / チャラ (colloquialism) forgiving a debt; getting even


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dà dù bāo róng / da4 du4 bao1 rong2
ta tu pao jung
generous and forgiving


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 oomenimiru / おおめにみる (exp,v1) to overlook (a mistake, fault, etc.); to tolerate; to let pass; to give someone a break; to let someone off lightly; to be lenient; to be forgiving


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 chara;chara / チャラ;ちゃら (1) (colloquialism) cancelling (a debt); forgiving (a debt); being even; (2) (colloquialism) forgetting (what was said or done); pretending (something never happened)


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 oomenimiru / おおめにみる (exp,v1) to overlook (a mistake, fault, etc.); to tolerate; to let pass; to give someone a break; to let someone off lightly; to be lenient; to be forgiving

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