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yuán guāng
Halo Scroll

圓光 is one of many ways to express "halo" in Chinese.

圓光 means, radiance emanating from the head.

This can refer to the halo surrounding the head of a Buddha.

圓光 is occasionally used to mean "halo" in Japanese but it more commonly the surname Enkō in Japan.

You may want to check our dictionary for many more versions of halo.

Divine Light

líng guāng
Divine Light Scroll

This Chinese word means "divine light".

This can refer to the glow or halo around the Buddha. It can also be a miraculous column of light.

In slang, it can be like saying "jolly good!".

The Aura of Buddha

fó guāng
The Aura of Buddha Scroll

佛光 means Buddha's teachings, or Buddha's Light.

This often refers to the aura around the head of Buddha.

Alternate meanings include: Spiritual Enlightenment (from Buddha), Buddha's Halo, or Buddha's Glory.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Enkou / Enkoyuán guāng
yuan2 guang1
yuan guang
yüan kuang
Divine Light靈光
líng guāng
ling2 guang1
ling guang
ling kuang
The Aura of Buddha佛光bukkou / bukofó guāng / fo2 guang1 / fo guang / foguangfo kuang / fokuang
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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Simple Dictionary Definition


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fó guāng / fo2 guang1
fo kuang
The Aura of Buddha Scroll
Buddha's teachings; aura (around the head of Buddha)
The light of Buddha, spiritual enlightenment; halo, glory; light of the Buddha



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yuán guāng / yuan2 guang1
yüan kuang
 Enkō / えんこう
The Aura of Buddha Scroll
radiance emanating from the head; halo
(surname) Enkou
The halo surrounding the head of a Buddha, etc; Wongwang



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líng guāng / ling2 guang1
ling kuang
The Aura of Buddha Scroll
divine light (around the Buddha); a halo; a miraculous column of light; (slang) jolly good!


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 haroo / ハロー
The Aura of Buddha Scroll
(1) halo; (2) hello; hallo; hullo; (3) harrow; (place-name) Harrow (Britain)

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yùn / yun4
 kasa;un / かさ;うん
dizzy; halo; ring around moon or sun
halo (around the Sun, Moon, etc.); ring; corona; (surname) Higasa


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 haro / ハロ halo


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èr guāng / er4 guang1
erh kuang
The dual lights, i.e. 色光 the halo from a Buddha's body and 心光 the light from his mind. Also 常光 the constant halo from the bodies of Buddhas and 神通光 the supernatural light sent out by a Buddha (e.g. from between his eyebrows) to illuminate a distant world; two lights


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guāng quān / guang1 quan1
kuang ch`üan / kuang chüan
aperture; diaphragm; halo; aureole


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guāng zuò / guang1 zuo4
kuang tso
prabha-maṇḍala; the halo and throne (of a Buddha); also 光趺; halo and throne (of a Buddha)



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guāng yùn / guang1 yun4
kuang yün
halo; (photography) halation



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guāng huán / guang1 huan2
kuang huan
 miwa / みわ
halo; ring of light
corona; (female given name) Miwa


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guāng bèi / guang1 bei4
kuang pei
 kouhai / kohai / こうはい


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 kourin / korin / こうりん (See 頭光) halo (esp. in Christian art); nimbus


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 enkou / enko / えんこう halo; (place-name, surname) Enkou


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shí èr / shi2 er4
shih erh
 jūni / とおじ
twelve; 12
12; twelve; (given name) Tooji
dvātriṃśa. Thirty-two. 三十二應 (or 三十二身) The thirty-two forms of Guanyin, and of Puxian, ranging from that of a Buddha to that of a man, a maid, a rakṣas; similar to the thirty-three forms named in the Lotus Sūtra. 三十二相三十二大人相 dvātriṃśadvaralakṣaṇa. The thirty-two lakṣaṇas, or physical marks of a cakravartī, or 'wheel-king', especially of the Buddha, i. e. level feet, thousand-spoke wheel-sign on feet, long slender fingers, pliant hands and feet, toes and fingers finely webbed, full-sized heels, arched insteps, thighs like a royal stag, hands reaching below the knees well-retracted male organ, height and stretch of arms equal, every hair-root dark coloured, body hair graceful and curly, golden-hued body, a 10 ft. halo around him, soft smooth skin, the 七處, i. e. two soles, two palms, two shoulders, and crown well rounded, below the armpits well-filled, lion-shaped body, erect, full shoulders, forty teeth, teeth white even and close, the four canine teeth pure white, lion-jawed, saliva improving the taste of all food, tongue long and broad, voice deep and resonant, eyes deep blue, eyelashes like a royal bull, a white ūrnā or curl between the eyebrows emitting light, an uṣṇīṣa or fleshy protuberance on the crown. These are from the 三藏法數 48, with which the 智度論 4, 涅盤經 28, 中阿含經, 三十ニ相經 generally agree. The 無量義經 has a different list. 三十二相經 The eleventh chapter of the 阿含經. 三十二相經願 The twenty-first of Amitābha's vows, v. 無量壽經. 三十三 trayastriṃśat. Thirty-three. 三十三天忉利天; 憺梨天, 多羅夜登陵舍; 憺利夜登陵奢; 憺利耶憺利奢 Trayastriṃśas. The Indra heaven, the second of the six heavens of form. Its capital is situated on the summit of Mt. Sumeru, where Indra rules over his thirty-two devas, who reside on thirty-two peaks of Sumeru, eight in each of the four directons. Indra's capital is called 殊勝 Sudarśana, 喜見城 Joy-view city. Its people are a yojana in height, each one's clothing weighs 六鐵 (1; 4 oz. ), and they live 1, 000 years, a day and night being equal to 100 earthly years. Eitel says Indra's heaven 'tallies in all its details with the Svarga of Brahminic mythology' and suggests that 'the whole myth may have an astronomical meaning', or be connected, with 'the atmosphere with its phenomena, which strengthens Koeppen's hypothesis explaining the number thirty-three as referring to the eight Vasus, eleven Rudras, twelve Ādityas, and two Aśvins of Vedic mythology'. In his palace called Vaijayanta 'Indra is enthroned with 1, 000 eyes with four arms grasping the vajra. There he revels in numberless sensual pleasures together with his wife Śacī... and with 119, 000 concubines with whom he associates by means of transformation'.; dvādaśa, twelve.


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yìn guāng / yin4 guang1
yin kuang
Illumination from the symbol on a Buddha's or Bodhisattva's breast; halo



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tiān gài / tian1 gai4
t`ien kai / tien kai
 tengai / てんがい
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) canopy; dome; (noun - becomes adjective with の) (2) (See 虚無僧) priestly minstrel's reed hood; reed hood worn by Komuso priests
A Buddha's canopy, or umbrella; a nimbus of rays of light, a halo; heavenly canopy


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cháng guāng / chang2 guang1
ch`ang kuang / chang kuang
 jōkō / ときみつ
(given name) Tokimitsu
The unceasing radiance of the Buddha's body, represented as a halo; constant halo


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zuò guāng / zuo4 guang1
tso kuang
光座 The halo behind the throne of an image; a halo throne; halo behind the throne



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hòu guāng / hou4 guang1
hou kuang
 gokō / ごこう
(1) halo; aureole; aureola; nimbus; (2) halo (optical phenomenon); glory; (surname) Gokou
The halo behind an image; background halo


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 gokou / goko / ごこう halo (optical phenomenon); glory



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yuè yùn / yue4 yun4
yüeh yün
 tsukigasa / つきがさ
ring around the moon; lunar halo
(noun - becomes adjective with の) lunar halo



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yuè lán / yue4 lan2
yüeh lan
the halo of the moon


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sè guāng / se4 guang1
se kuang
colored light
Physical light, as contrasted with 心光 light of the mind; every Buddha has both, e. g. his halo; halo from a Buddha's body



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huá gài / hua2 gai4
hua kai
imperial canopy (e.g. domed umbrella-like roof over carriage); aureole; halo
A flowery umbrella, a canopy of flowers; floral canopy


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shēn guāng / shen1 guang1
shen kuang
 shinkou / shinko / しんこう
aureole (of a Buddhist statue; surrounding the body but not the head); aureola
The glory shining from the person of a Buddha, or Bodhisattva; a halo; an aura



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dǐng guāng / ding3 guang1
ting kuang
The halo round the head of an image.



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tóu guāng / tou2 guang1
t`ou kuang / tou kuang
 zukou / zuko / ずこう
(See 光輪) halo (of a Buddhist statue); nimbus
A halo or nimbus round the head (of an image).



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fēng quān / feng1 quan1
feng ch`üan / feng chüan
ring around the moon; lunar halo; solar halo



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rì yuè yùn / ri4 yue4 yun4
jih yüeh yün
halo; ring of light around the sun or moon

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