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Generosity in Chinese / Japanese...

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China kuān dà
Japan kandai
Generosity Vertical Wall Scroll

Generosity is giving and sharing. You share freely, not with the idea of receiving something in return. You find ways to give others happiness, and give just for the joy of giving. Generosity is one of the best ways to show love and friendship.

寬大 can also be translated as charitable, magnanimity, liberality or in some context broad-mindedness.

Note: There is a tiny deviation in the first character when written in Japanese. If you choose our Japanese master calligrapher, the little dot on the lower right of the first character will be omitted. With or without the dot, this can be read in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.

See Also:  Benevolence | Altruism | Charity

Kindness and Forgiving Nature

China rén shù
Japan jinjo
Kindness and Forgiving Nature Vertical Wall 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.

Mercy / Compassion / Love

Japan ji
Mercy / Compassion / Love Vertical Wall Scroll

慈 is the simplest way to express the idea of compassion. It can also mean love for your fellow humans, humanity, or living creatures. Sometimes this is extended to mean charity.

This term is often used with Buddhist or Christian context. The concept was also spoken of by Laozi (Lao Tzu) in the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching).

慈 is considered the direct translation of the Sanskrit word मैत्री (maitrī) Pali word मेत्ता (mettā). In this context, it means benevolence, loving-kindness, and good will.

This Chinese character is understood in Japanese but is usually used in compound words (not seen alone). Also used in old Korean Hanja, so it's very universal.

See Also:  Mercy | Benevolence | Forgiveness | Kindness


China cí shàn
Japan jizen
Charity Vertical Wall Scroll

There are a few different words used to express charity in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja but this is the most common. Some of the other words describe acts such as "giving alms" etc.

Note: Sometimes this is translated as benevolence or benevolent.
Also, this considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

If you need a different meaning, just contact me.

See Also:  Benevolence | Altruism

Mercy / Compassion
Buddhist Loving Kindness

China cí bēi
Japan ji hi
Mercy / Compassion / Buddhist Loving Kindness Vertical Wall Scroll

Besides the title above, 慈悲 can also be defined as clemency or lenience and sometimes the act of giving charity.

In Buddhist context, it can be defined as, "benevolence," "loving kindness and compassion," or "mercy and compassion."

This Buddhist virtue is perhaps the most important to employ in your life. All sentient beings that you encounter should be given your loving kindness. And trust me, however much you can give, it comes back. Make your life and the world a better place!

This Chinese/Japanese Buddhist term is the equivalent of Metta Karuna from Pali or Maitri Karuna from Sanskrit.

慈 can mean loving-kindness by itself.
悲 adds a component of sorrow, empathy, compassion, and sympathy for others.

See Also:  Benevolence

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin ēn chǒng / en1 chong3
Taiwan en ch`ung / en chung
Japanese onchou / oncho / おんちょう
Chinese special favor from a ruler; Emperor's generosity towards a favorite
Japanese grace; favour; favor

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Mandarin dù // dǔ / du4 // du3
Taiwan tu
Japanese hara / はら
Chinese belly; tripe
Japanese (1) abdomen; belly; stomach; (2) womb; (3) one's mind; one's real intentions; one's true motive; (4) courage; nerve; willpower; (5) generosity; magnanimity; (6) feelings; emotions; (7) wide middle part; bulging part; (8) inside; interior; inner part; (9) (physics) anti-node; (suf,ctr) (10) counter for hard roe; (11) counter for containers with bulging middles (pots, vases, etc.)

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Mandarin/ fu4
Taiwan fu
Japanese hara / はら
Chinese abdomen; stomach; belly
Japanese (1) abdomen; belly; stomach; (2) womb; (3) one's mind; one's real intentions; one's true motive; (4) courage; nerve; willpower; (5) generosity; magnanimity; (6) feelings; emotions; (7) wide middle part; bulging part; (8) inside; interior; inner part; (9) (physics) anti-node; (suf,ctr) (10) counter for hard roe; (11) counter for containers with bulging middles (pots, vases, etc.)
The belly; lower stomach


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Japanese ninkyou / ninkyo / にんきょう    jinkyou / jinkyo / じんきょう Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) chivalry; generosity; heroism; chivalrous spirit; helping the weak and fighting the strong


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Mandarin rén wáng / ren2 wang2
Taiwan jen wang
Japanese niou / nio / におう
Japanese the two guardian Deva kings; (personal name) Niwa; (personal name) Nioo; (surname) Niou
The benevolent king, Buddha; the name Śākya is intp. as 能仁 able in generosity. Also an ancient king, probably imaginary, of the 'sixteen countries' of India, for whom the Buddha is said to have dictated the 仁王經, a sutra with two principal translations into Chinese, the first by Kumārajīva styled 仁王般若經 or 佛說仁王般若波羅蜜經 without magical formulae, the second by Amogha (不空) styled 仁王護國般若波羅蜜經, etc., into which the magical formulae were introduced; these were for royal ceremonials to protect the country from all kinds of calamities and induce prosperity.


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Japanese ninkyou / ninkyo / にんきょう    jinkyou / jinkyo / じんきょう Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) chivalry; generosity; heroism; chivalrous spirit; helping the weak and fighting the strong; (given name) Ninkyou


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Mandarin shí dé / shi2 de2
Taiwan shih te
Japanese jittoku
The ten virtues, powers, or qualities, of which there are several groups, e.g. in the 華嚴經,十地品 there are 法師十德 the ten virtues of a teacher of the Law, i.e. he should be well versed in its meaning; able widely to publish it; not be nervous before an audience; be untiring in argument; adaptable; orderly so that his teaching can be easily followed; serious and dignified; bold and zealous; unwearied; and enduring (able to bear insult, etc.). The 弟子十德 ten virtues or qualities of a disciple according to the 大日經疏 4, are faith; sincerity; devotion to the trikāya; (seeking the) adornment of true wisdom; perseverance; moral purity; patience (or bearing shame); generosity in giving; courage; resoluteness.



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Mandarin dà ná / da4 na2
Taiwan ta na
Japanese Daina
sudana, 須達拏, 須大拏, 蘇達拏 ; i.e. Sakyamuni as a prince in a former life, when he forfeited the throne by his generosity.


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Japanese ooyou / ooyo / おおよう Japanese (adjectival noun) largeheartedness; liberality; catholicity; generousness; generosity; magnanimity


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Japanese yuujo / yujo / ゆうじょ Japanese (noun/participle) forgiveness; generosity


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Japanese kanyou / kanyo / かんよう Japanese (n,adj-na,vs) tolerance; open-mindedness; forbearance; generosity; magnanimity; (personal name) Hiroyasu; (personal name) Tomohiro


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Japanese kanjo / かんじょ Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) magnanimity; forgiveness; generosity; (personal name) Hiroyoshi


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Mandarin dù liàng / du4 liang4
Taiwan tu liang
Japanese doryou / doryo / どりょう
Chinese measure; tolerance; breadth; magnanimity; (math.) metric
Japanese (1) generosity; magnanimity; tolerance; (2) length and capacity; measures


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Mandarin mù dǐ / mu4 di3
Taiwan mu ti
Japanese bokutei / bokute / ぼくてい
Japanese (given name) Bokutei
mukti, 解脫 deliverance, liberation, emancipation; the same meaning is given to 目帝羅 mucira, which has more the sense of being free with (gifts), generosity.


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Japanese kimae / きまえ Japanese generosity


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Japanese gikyou / gikyo / ぎきょう Japanese chivalry; generosity


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Mandarin bó hòu / bo2 hou4
Taiwan po hou
Chinese meanness and generosity; intimacy and alienation


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Mandarin jīn dù / jin1 du4
Taiwan chin tu
Japanese kindo / きんど
Chinese broad-minded; magnanimous
Japanese magnanimity; generosity; welcoming personality


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Mandarin yǎ liàng / ya3 liang4
Taiwan ya liang
Japanese garyou / garyo / がりょう
Chinese magnanimity; tolerance; high capacity for drinking
Japanese magnanimity; generosity; tolerance; (given name) Masakazu


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Mandarin wǔ xié mìng / wu3 xie2 ming4
Taiwan wu hsieh ming
Japanese go jamyō
(五邪) The five improper ways of gain or livelihood for a monk, i. e. (1) changing his appearance, e. g. theatrically; (2) advertising his own powers and virtue; (3) fortuning by physiognomy, etc.; (4) hectoring and bullying; (5) praising the generosity of another to induce the hearer to bestow presents; five kinds of evil livelihood


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Mandarin dà lì wáng / da4 li4 wang2
Taiwan ta li wang
Japanese Dairiki ō
King Powerful, noted for his unstinted generosity. Indra to test him appeared as a Brahman and asked for his flesh; the king ungrudgingly cut of and gave him his arm. Indra was then Devadatta, King Powerful was Śākyamuni; v. 菩薩藏經 (下); King of Great Power


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Japanese ninkyou;jinkyou / ninkyo;jinkyo / にんきょう;じんきょう Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) (See 任侠団体,男伊達・1) chivalry; generosity; heroism; chivalrous spirit; helping the weak and fighting the strong


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Japanese hara / はら Japanese (1) abdomen; belly; stomach; (2) (See 胎・はら) womb; (3) one's mind; one's real intentions; one's true motive; (4) courage; nerve; willpower; (5) generosity; magnanimity; (6) feelings; emotions; (7) wide middle part; bulging part; (8) inside; interior; inner part; (9) {physics} anti-node; (suf,ctr) (10) counter for hard roe; (11) counter for containers with bulging middles (pots, vases, etc.)

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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
kandaikuān dà / kuan1 da4 / kuan da / kuandak`uan ta / kuanta / kuan ta
Kindness and Forgiving Nature仁恕jinjorén shù / ren2 shu4 / ren shu / renshujen shu / jenshu
jicí / ci2 / citz`u / tzu
Charity慈善jizencí shàn / ci2 shan4 / ci shan / cishantz`u shan / tzushan / tzu shan
Buddhist Loving Kindness
慈悲ji hi / jihicí bēi / ci2 bei1 / ci bei / cibeitz`u pei / tzupei / tzu pei
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