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四無量心 is the cattāri brahmavihārā or catvāri apramāṇāni.
The four immeasurables, or infinite Buddha-states of mind. These four dhyānas include:
1. 慈無量心 boundless kindness, maitrī, or bestowing of joy or happiness.
2. 悲無量心 boundless pity, karuṇā, to save from suffering.
3. 喜無量心 boundless joy, muditā, on seeing others rescued from suffering.
4. 捨無量心 limitless indifference, upekṣā, i.e. rising above these emotions or giving up all things.
永遠の幸福 means "eternal happiness" in Japanese.
永遠 means eternal, eternity, perpetuity, forever, immortality, and permanence.
の is a possessive article which sort of makes this selection mean "happiness, of the eternal kind".
幸福 means happiness, though this word can also be translated as truly blessed, joy, happy, welfare, well-being, or fortunate.
幸福永恆 is a short way to say eternal happiness in Chinese.
Breaking down the parts:
幸福 means happiness, happy, blessed, blessedness, joy, and/or well-being.
永恆 means eternal, everlasting, and/or forever.
Another way to write this is 永恆的幸福. It reverses the word order and adds a possessive article. I prefer the shorter version, which is also a bit more natural in Chinese.
寬大 is a Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word that means Generosity.
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 Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
禧 is the type of happiness known in the west as "joy".
The radical on the right side of this character is often seen alone (with the same meaning - and we do recommend that version because it's more universal).
喜 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy".
喜 can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in". Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in a certain context).
If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness", which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.
There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).
Joyfulness is an inner sense of peace and happiness.
You appreciate the gifts each day brings. Without joyfulness, when the fun stops, our happiness stops. Joy can carry us through the hard times even when we are feeling very sad.
快樂 can also mean pleasure, enjoyment, delight, cheerful, or merry. In some ways, this is the essence that makes someone to be perceived as a charming person.
See Also: Happiness
幸福を求めて is "Pursuit of Happiness" or "In Search of Happiness" in Japanese.
Here's how the characters break down:
幸福 (koufuku) happiness; blessedness; joy; well-being.
を (o) particle
求め (motome) to want; to seek; to pursue; to request
て (te) particle
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
See Also: Follow Your Dreams
光彩 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for radiance.
Other meanings include: luster; splendor/splendour; brilliance.
光彩 is the kind of radiance you see when a person's arrival brings happiness and joy to the room. Or the radiance on the face of a new bride etc.
If you delve into the dictionary, other forms of radiance will refer to isotopes emitting radiation. 光彩 is not related to radiation and is not the kind that causes cancer.
In Japanese, this can be several female given names such as Misa, Hikari, Hiiro, Teresa or Arisa. And a more unisex given name of Kousai or Kosai.
This literally translates as: Without having experienced the cold of winter, one cannot appreciate the warmth of spring.
Figuratively, this means: One cannot truly appreciate happiness without having gone through hardship.
There are many contrasts in life. One simply cannot fully know what joy is without having experienced misery, difficulty, and pain. How could you explain "light" if you did not have "darkness" to compare it to?
Embrace hardship, as it makes the good times seem even better.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|shi mur you shin|
shi mur yo shin
|sì wú liàng xīn|
si4 wu2 liang4 xin1
si wu liang xin
|ssu wu liang hsin
|tiān lún zhī lè|
tian1 lun2 zhi1 le4
tian lun zhi le
|t`ien lun chih le
tien lun chih le
|Eternal Happiness||永遠の幸福||ei en no kou fuku|
ei en no ko fuku
|xìng fú yǒng héng|
xing4 fu2 yong3 heng2
xing fu yong heng
|hsing fu yung heng
|kandai||kuān dà / kuan1 da4 / kuan da / kuanda||k`uan ta / kuanta / kuan ta|
|Doing good is the greatest source of happiness||為善最樂|
|wéi shàn zuì lè|
wei2 shan4 zui4 le4
wei shan zui le
|wei shan tsui le
|禧||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|喜||ki / yorokobi||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|kai raku / kairaku||kuài lè / kuai4 le4 / kuai le / kuaile||k`uai le / kuaile / kuai le|
|Pursuit of Happiness||幸福を求めて||koufuku o motome te|
kofuku o motome te
|Radiance||光彩||kousai / kosai||guāng cǎi|
|School of Happiness||幸福學校|
|xìng fú xué xiào|
xing4 fu2 xue2 xiao4
xing fu xue xiao
|hsing fu hsüeh hsiao
|You must endure a harsh winter to appreciate the warmth of springtime||不經冬寒不知春暖|
|bù jīng dōng hán bù zhī chūn nuǎn|
bu4 jing1 dong1 han2 bu4 zhi1 chun1 nuan3
bu jing dong han bu zhi chun nuan
|pu ching tung han pu chih ch`un nuan
pu ching tung han pu chih chun nuan
|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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