Founder in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Monshu / Gate Keeper

  2. Bodhidharma

  3. Marx

  4. Liu Bei

  5. Bodhidharma

  6. Suzuki

  7. Lao Tzu / Laozi

  8. Five Ancestors Fist

  9. Nichiren


Monshu / Gate Keeper

mén zhǔ
monshu
Monshu / Gate Keeper Scroll

In modern Japanese, 門主 is the title of a head priest of temple or monastery.

This can also refer to the spiritual leader of the sect and/or direct descendant of its founder.
In the past, this could refer to the founder of a Buddhist sect.

The literal meaning of 門主 is gatekeeper or keeper of the gate.

When I look in the Chinese Buddhist dictionary, this entry comes up as, the controller of a gate, or sect. However, this term is not commonly used in Chinese.

pú tí dá mó
bo dai daru ma
Bodhidharma Scroll

菩提達摩 is the Chinese Bodhidharma.

This refers to a man commonly known as Damo, reputed as the founder of Chan (Zen) Buddhism. His original name is believed to be Bodhitara (菩提多羅).


Note: Often, the last character is written as 磨 versus 摩.

mǎ kè sī
Marx Scroll

馬克思 is the name Marx transliterated into Mandarin Chinese.

This may refer to Groucho Marx (the star of Duck Soup, 1933), or Karl Marx (1818-1883), founder of Marxism.

liú bèi
ryuubi
Liu Bei Scroll

劉備 is the name Liu Bei (161-223AD), warlord at the end of the Han dynasty and founder of the Han kingdom of Shu.

In Japanese, this can be the name Ryuubi or Ryūbi. Most Japanese will be familiar with the Chinese historical figure, Lui Bei.

pú tí dá mó
bodai daruma
Bodhidharma Scroll

菩提達磨 is the title Bodhidharma in Chinese and Japanese.

Bodhidharma, commonly known as Damo, reputed as the founder of the Chan (Zen) or Intuitional or Mystic School.

Sometimes the last character varies in Chinese to 摩 instead of 磨 - let me know if you need a certain variation when you order.

Suzuki

Surname
líng mù
suzu ki
Suzuki Scroll

鈴木 is the Japanese surname, Suzuki.

鈴木 is the family name of the founder of Suzuki Loom Company, which later became Suzuki Motor Corporation.

This name can also be romanized as Sudzuki; Suzushi; Suzuko; Susuheki; Susugi; Susuki.

Chinese pronunciation is shown above but this is recognized as a Japanese surname when read in Chinese.

Lao Tzu / Laozi

lǎo zǐ
roushi
Lao Tzu / Laozi Scroll

Depending on the romanization scheme you use, this man's name can be spelled Laozi, Lao Tzu, or Lao Tze. In older English usage, he was known as Laocius. He is believed to have lived around 500 B.C.

He was a Chinese philosopher, founder of Daoism/Taoism, credited with being the author of the sacred and wise book of Daoism/Taoism.

There is a theory that Lao Tzu's soul traveled to India and was reborn as the Buddha.

Five Ancestors Fist

wǔ zǔ quán
Five Ancestors Fist Scroll

五祖拳 is a martial arts concept (or school) known as Five Ancestors' Fist.

The first character means five.
The second means ancestor, forefather, or grandparents.
The third means fist.

The ancestors referred to by this title and whose attributes contribute to this style are as follows:
1. Grace of the White Crane.
2. Agility of the Monkey.
3. Precision and skill of Emperor Taizu (great mythical ancestor).
4. Power of Luohan (Buddhist arhat).
5. Breath of Damo (founder of Buddhism, or the first Buddha).

rì lián
nichi ren
Nichiren Scroll

日蓮 is the title Nichiren.

This title refers to a Buddhist priest, who lived from 1222 to 1282. He is the founder of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism.
According to historical documents, the Nichiren sect was established in 1252. Adding the character for sect, this would be 日蓮宗 (Nichiren sect), which is also known as the 法華宗 or Lotus sect.

According to Soothill-Hodous...
Nichiren's chief tenets are the three great mysteries 三大祕法, representing the trikāya:
1. 本尊 or chief object of worship, being the great maṇḍala of the worlds of the ten directions, or universe, i.e. the body or nirmāṇakāya of Buddha.
2. 題目 the title of the Lotus Sutra 妙法蓮華經 Myo-ho-ren-ge-kyo, preceded by Namo, or, "Adoration to the scripture of the lotus of the wonderful law", for it is Buddha's spiritual body.
3. 戒壇 the altar of the law, which is also the title of the Lotus as above; the believer, wherever he is, dwells in the Pure-land of calm light 寂光淨土, the saṃbhogakāya.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Monshu
Gate Keeper
門主
门主
monshumén zhǔ / men2 zhu3 / men zhu / menzhumen chu / menchu
Bodhidharma菩提達摩 / 菩提達磨
菩提达摩 / 菩提达磨
bo dai daru ma
bodaidaruma
pú tí dá mó
pu2 ti2 da2 mo2
pu ti da mo
putidamo
p`u t`i ta mo
putitamo
pu ti ta mo
Marx馬克思
马克思
mǎ kè sī
ma3 ke4 si1
ma ke si
makesi
ma k`o ssu
makossu
ma ko ssu
Liu Bei劉備
刘备
ryuubi / ryubiliú bèi / liu2 bei4 / liu bei / liubeiliu pei / liupei
Bodhidharma菩提達磨
菩提达磨
bodai daruma
bodaidaruma
pú tí dá mó
pu2 ti2 da2 mo2
pu ti da mo
putidamo
p`u t`i ta mo
putitamo
pu ti ta mo
Suzuki鈴木suzu ki / suzukilíng mù / ling2 mu4 / ling mu / lingmu
Lao Tzu
Laozi
老子roushi / roshilǎo zǐ / lao3 zi3 / lao zi / laozilao tzu / laotzu
Five Ancestors Fist五祖拳wǔ zǔ quán
wu3 zu3 quan2
wu zu quan
wuzuquan
wu tsu ch`üan
wutsuchüan
wu tsu chüan
Nichiren日蓮
日莲
nichi ren / nichirenrì lián / ri4 lian2 / ri lian / rilianjih lien / jihlien
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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