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  1. Great Aspirations / Ambition

  2. Great Peace

  3. Great Endeavor / To Strive

  4. Great Sea

  5. Door of Great Wisdom

  6. Great Britain

  7. Great Ambitions

  8. Daimyo / Great Name

  9. Great Responsibility

10. Great Wisdom

11. Great Power

12. The Great Wall of China

13. Great Wisdom

14. Grand Master / Great Teacher

15. The Great Wall of China

16. Great Illumination of Wisdom

17. Heroic Spirit / Great Ambition

18. Great Lord / Tycoon

19. The Great Path has No Gate

20. Big Dream / Great Hope

21. Great Expectations

22. Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom


Great Aspirations / Ambition

hóng hú zhī zhì
Great Aspirations / Ambition Scroll

This Chinese proverb implies that having great ambitions also means that others will not understand your great expectations and ideas.

Though the actual words come from a longer saying of Confucius which goes, "The little swallows living under the eaves wouldn't understand the lofty ambitions of a swan (who flies far and wide)".

This Confucius quote has led to this idiomatic expression in China that means "think big". What you'd really be saying is "The lofty ambitions of a swan".

Note that Chinese people sometimes refer to the little swallow, as one who does not "think big" but is, instead, stuck in a rut, or just leading a mundane life. Therefore, it's a compliment to be called a swan but not a good thing to be called a swallow.

Great Aspirations / Ambition

tai shi wo idaku
Great Aspirations / Ambition Scroll

大志を抱 is a single Japanese word that kind of reads like a short proverb.

It suggests that you should have "high aims", "ambitions", or "aspirations" in your life.

daiannon
Great Peace Scroll

大安穏 means great peace, great repose, nirvanic peace, or great tranquility.

Great Endeavor / To Strive

nǔ lì
doryoku
Great Endeavor / To Strive Scroll

努力 means great effort; to strive; to try hard; great effort; great exertion; great endeavor (endeavour); great effort; to strive.

This "striving endeavor" word is valid in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

dà yáng
tai you
Great Sea Scroll

大洋 is a rarely-used word for ocean in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. 大洋 is here mostly for reference - please order a different ocean for your custom calligraphy wall scroll.

The first character means "big" or "great".
The second means "ocean" or "body of water" (it can sometimes mean "foreign" but not in this case).
The first character designates that you are talking about a great or huge body of water (certainly a major ocean and not a smaller sea).

Door of Great Wisdom

dà zhì huì mén
dai chi e mon
Door of Great Wisdom Scroll

大智慧門 is the title for, "The Great Wisdom Door", or "The Gate to Great Wisdom".

This refers to a portal to all wisdom and knowledge in Buddhism.

Great Britain

ei koku
Great Britain Scroll

英國 is Great Britain written in Japanese.

Great Britain

dà bù liè diān
Great Britain Scroll

大不列顛 is the Chinese name for Great Britain.


See Also:  England | United Kingdom | Scotland | Ireland | Europe

Great Ambitions

Brave the wind and the waves

chéng fēng pò làng
Great Ambitions Scroll

乘風破浪 is a Chinese proverb that represents having great ambitions.

The British might say "to plough through". Another way to understand it is, "surmount all difficulties and forge ahead courageously".

This can also be translated as, "braving the wind and waves", "to brave the wind and the billows", "to ride the wind and crest the waves", or "to be ambitious and unafraid".

Literally it reads: "ride (like a chariot) [the] wind [and] break/cleave/cut [the] waves", or "ride [the] wind [and] slash [through the] waves".

乘風破浪 is a great proverb to encourage yourself or someone else not to be afraid of problems or troubles, and when you have a dream just go for it.

There is an alternate version, 長風破浪, but 乘風破浪 is far more common.

Daimyo / Great Name

dà míng
dai myou
Daimyo / Great Name Scroll

大名 is the title Daimyō in Japanese, which means "lord" or "great name".

This has the same meaning in Chinese of "great name", "your distinguished name". In ancient Japan, this referred to a feudal lord.

Also sometimes romanized from Japanese as Daimio, Daimyou, Oomiyou, or Oomyou.

Great Responsibility

zhòng dàn
juu tan
Great Responsibility Scroll

重擔 means heavy burden, difficult task, heavy load, or great responsibility.

Great Wisdom

dà zhì
daichi
Great Wisdom Scroll

大智 is a Zen Buddhist title that means supreme wisdom, great wisdom, Buddha-wisdom, omniscience, or transcendental wisdom.

dà lì
dai riki
Great Power Scroll

大力 can mean immense physical strength or great power.

This can also act as an adjective for expressing how energetically or vigorously something is.

This can also be a given name, Dairiki, in Japanese.

The Great Wall of China

ban ri no chou jou
The Great Wall of China Scroll

万里の長城 is the Japanese name for the Great Wall of China.

Great Wisdom

Prajñā

bō rě
hannya
Great Wisdom  Scroll

般若 means great wisdom or wondrous knowledge.

In the Buddhist context, this is prajna or prajñā, to know, to understand, to have the wisdom required to attain enlightenment.

Since this is a wisdom which transcends the realm of logic, the pure, absolute wisdom beyond the reach of words and concepts, it is not obtained through learning, but is realized for the first time through a religious experience.

Grand Master / Great Teacher

dà shī
daishi
Grand Master / Great Teacher Scroll

大師 is a way to title a great master, grand master, or great teacher.

This can be used in the context of martial arts or a Buddhist teacher. Thus, it can be used to title a living Buddha, Bodhisattva or high-ranking monk.

The Great Wall of China

cháng chéng
chou jou
The Great Wall of China Scroll

長城 is the Chinese name for the Great Wall.

Built at the northern border of China to protect from Mongol attack.


Notes:
In Japanese, this can be a surname Nagaki. Japanese often use a longer title for the Great Wall of China.
In Korean, this refers to Changsŏng (a city in Changsŏng-kun county, Chŏllanam-to province).

Great Illumination of Wisdom

dà zhì míng
dai chi myou
Great Illumination of Wisdom Scroll

大智明 is a Zen Buddhist title that means the great illumination of wisdom.

This refers to wisdom so bright that it shines through obviously to all in its presence.

Heroic Spirit / Great Ambition

xióng xīn
yuushin
Heroic Spirit / Great Ambition Scroll

雄心 is the Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji for great ambition, lofty aspiration, or heroic spirit.

Great Lord / Tycoon

tai kun
Great Lord / Tycoon Scroll

大君 is the Japanese word Taikun. It's defined directly as liege, lord, or an alternate title for a shogunate.

The sound of this Japanese word entered the English lexicon by the 1800's but took the spelling of "tycoon". Even President Lincoln was referred to as a Tycoon in the 1860's.

In Japan, this is still understood to be "Great Lord" or "Big Boss". In America, it means, "Bill Gates" and "Warren Buffet".

The Great Path has No Gate

dà dào wú mén
dai dou mu mon
The Great Path has No Gate Scroll

大道無門 is a Buddhist proverb that means "The Great Way has no entrance", "The Great Way is gateless" or "The Great Path lacks a gate".

This can be translated in many other ways.

This concept was authored within a long sacred text by 無門慧開 (known as Wúmén Huìkāi in Chinese or Mumon Ekai in Japanese). He was a Chinese Chan Master (in Japanese a Zen Master) who lived between 1183 and 1260 AD. His most famous work was a 48-koan collection titled "The Gateless Barrier" or "The Gateless Gate" (無門關 Wú Mén Guān in Chinese, or 無門関 Mu Mon Kan in Japanese). This calligraphy title is a notable line from this collection.


I like this reference to the source of this proverb: The Gateless Gate 無門關

Big Dream / Great Hope

tai mou
Big Dream / Great Hope Scroll

大望 is one of a few ways to write "dream big" in Japanese.

大望 is a good title if you want that to inspire ambition or high aspirations. 大望 is also a way to say "great expectations".

Great Expectations

wàng
bou / nozomi
Great Expectations Scroll

望 holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.

望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.

Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom

dà lián huá zhì huì sān mó dì zhì

dai renge chie sanmajichi
Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom Scroll

大蓮華智慧三摩地智 is the title for "The wisdom of the great lotus, samādhi-wisdom".

大蓮華智慧三摩地智 is also the penetrating wisdom of Amitābha.




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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
Great Aspirations
Ambition
鴻鵠之誌
鸿鹄之志
hóng hú zhī zhì
hong2 hu2 zhi1 zhi4
hong hu zhi zhi
honghuzhizhi
hung hu chih chih
hunghuchihchih
Great Aspirations
Ambition
大志を抱tai shi wo idaku
taishiwoidaku
Great Peace大安穏daiannon
Great Endeavor
To Strive
努力doryoku / doryokunǔ lì / nu3 li4 / nu li / nuli
Great Sea大洋tai you / taiyou / tai yodà yáng / da4 yang2 / da yang / dayangta yang / tayang
Door of Great Wisdom大智慧門
大智慧门
dai chi e mon
daichiemon
dà zhì huì mén
da4 zhi4 hui4 men2
da zhi hui men
dazhihuimen
ta chih hui men
tachihhuimen
Great Britain英國
英国
ei koku / eikoku
Great Britain大不列顛
大不列颠
dà bù liè diān
da4 bu4 lie4 dian1
da bu lie dian
dabuliedian
ta pu lieh tien
tapuliehtien
Great Ambitions乘風破浪
乘风破浪
chéng fēng pò làng
cheng2 feng1 po4 lang4
cheng feng po lang
chengfengpolang
ch`eng feng p`o lang
chengfengpolang
cheng feng po lang
Daimyo
Great Name
大名dai myou / daimyou / dai myodà míng / da4 ming2 / da ming / damingta ming / taming
Great Responsibility重擔
重担
juu tan / juutan / ju tanzhòng dàn
zhong4 dan4
zhong dan
zhongdan
chung tan
chungtan
Great Wisdom大智daichidà zhì / da4 zhi4 / da zhi / dazhita chih / tachih
Great Power大力dai riki / dairikidà lì / da4 li4 / da li / dalita li / tali
The Great Wall of China万里の長城ban ri no chou jou
banrinochoujou
ban ri no cho jo
Great Wisdom 般若hannyabō rě / bo1 re3 / bo re / borepo je / poje
Grand Master
Great Teacher
大師
大师
daishidà shī / da4 shi1 / da shi / dashita shih / tashih
The Great Wall of China長城
长城
chou jou / choujou / cho jocháng chéng
chang2 cheng2
chang cheng
changcheng
ch`ang ch`eng
changcheng
chang cheng
Great Illumination of Wisdom大智明dai chi myou
daichimyou
dai chi myo
dà zhì míng
da4 zhi4 ming2
da zhi ming
dazhiming
ta chih ming
tachihming
Heroic Spirit
Great Ambition
雄心yuushin / yushinxióng xīn
xiong2 xin1
xiong xin
xiongxin
hsiung hsin
hsiunghsin
Great Lord
Tycoon
大君tai kun / taikun
The Great Path has No Gate大道無門
大道无门
dai dou mu mon
daidoumumon
dai do mu mon
dà dào wú mén
da4 dao4 wu2 men2
da dao wu men
dadaowumen
ta tao wu men
tataowumen
Big Dream
Great Hope
大望tai mou / taimou / tai mo
Great Expectationsbou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
wàng / wang4 / wang
Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom大蓮華智慧三摩地智
大莲华智慧三摩地智
dai renge chie sanmajichi
dairengechiesanmajichi
dà lián huá zhì huì sān mó dì zhì
da4 lian2 hua2 zhi4 hui4 san1 mo2 di4 zhi4
da lian hua zhi hui san mo di zhi
ta lien hua chih hui san mo ti chih
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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.

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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.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

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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