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  1. Humble

  2. Humble / Modesty / Humility

  3. Humility / Being Humble

  4. Humble / Modest

  5. Moderation

  6. God Forgive Me

  7. Daughter

  8. Mistress / Concubine / Servant

  9. Dōgen

10. Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea

11. A Wise Man Changes His Mind

12. Korean CKD Virtues

13. Modesty


Humble

qiān gōng
Humble Scroll

謙恭 means humble in Chinese.

The first character means modest.
The second means respectful.


See Also:  Modesty | Purity

Humble / Modesty / Humility

qiān xū
ken kyo
Humble / Modesty / Humility Scroll

In Japanese, first Kanji means "self-effacing", "humble oneself", "condescend", "be modest". The second means "void" or "emptiness".

謙虚 is the most common way to say humble or modest in Japanese without a derogatory meaning (some other words suggest weakness but this version holds a better humble meaning).


See Also:  Moderation

Humility / Being Humble

qiān xùn
ken son
Humility / Being Humble Scroll

謙遜 can also be translated as being modest, humble, or unpretentious.

Being humble is considering others to be as important as yourself. You are thoughtful of their needs and willing to be of service. You don't expect others or yourself to be perfect. You learn from your mistakes. When you do great things, humility reminds you to be thankful instead of boastful.

This Humility title is also used as one of the 8 key concepts of Tang Soo Do. Often romanized as "Kyum Son".

Also sometimes used in Japanese to express humility with an essence of modesty.


See Also:  Modesty | Humility

Humble / Modest

qiān xū
ken kyo
Humble / Modest Scroll

In Chinese and Korean, the first character means "modest". The second means "empty". Together these characters reinforce the ideas of modesty and being empty of ego.

This can also be translated as humbleness or humility.


虚In Japan, they tend to use a slightly-simplified version of the second Kanji for this word. It also happens to be an alternate/simplified version used in China too. If you want to order the modern Japanese/simplified version, just click in the Kanji image shown to the right, instead of the button above.


See Also:  Moderation

Moderation

jié zhì
sessei
Moderation Scroll

Moderation is creating a healthy balance in your life between work and play, rest and exercise. You don't overdo or get swept away by the things you like. You use your self-discipline to take charge of your life and your time.

節制 can also be translated as sobriety, self-restraint, or temperance.

節制 is often used as part of the Seven Heavenly Virtues to represent sobriety and/or temperance.


See Also:  Prudence | Ethics | Humility

God Forgive Me

kami sama o yuru shi wo
God Forgive Me Scroll

神様お許しを is how to write, "God Forgive Me", in Japanese.

There is an essence of humble begging or "please" implied in this phrase.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Daughter

gu jo
Daughter Scroll

愚女 is a humble title for "daughter" in Japanese.

If you literally define each character, you get "silly girl" or "foolish woman".

Mistress / Concubine / Servant

qiè
mekake / sobame / onname
Mistress / Concubine / Servant Scroll

妾 is the most simple way to say concubine or mistress in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Sometimes this can mean servant. Occasionally, a woman may use this title in place of "I" or "me" to say "your humble servant" in a self-deprecating way.

Dōgen

dào yuán
dou gen
Dōgen Scroll

Usually, when people are looking for "Dogen", they are referring to the Japanese Zen monk by this name.

He lived from 1200-1253. This Dogen name or title literally means "The Way Origin" or "Beginning of the Path". It is understood to mean "beginning of right doctrine or faith" in the context of his name and work to establish the Sōtō school of Zen in Japan.

To accomplish that task, this humble monk traveled from Japan and across China to find the more original or pure forms of Buddhism.

Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea

qiān lǜ yī dé
senryonoittoku
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea Scroll

千慮一得 means, "1000 tries, one success", or "[a] thousand tries [leads to] one success".

This proverb is a humble way to speak of your success, ideas, or accomplishments. As if you are a fool who just got lucky in inventing or creating something.

Translations for this proverb include:
Even without any notable ability on my part, I may still get it right sometimes by good luck.
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea.

A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will)

kun shi hyou hen su
A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will) Scroll

This Japanese proverb suggests that a wise man is willing to change his mind but a fool will stubbornly never change his.

The first word is 君子 (kunshi) man of virtue, person of high rank, wise man.

The second word is 豹変 (hyouhen) sudden change, complete change.

The last part す (su) just modifies the verb to a more humble form.

The "fool" part is merely implied or understood. So if wise and noble people are willing to change their minds, it automatically says that foolish people are the ones unwilling to change.

Korean CKD Virtues

qiān xùn zhèng zhí wēn róu rěn nài kè jǐ bù qū
Korean CKD Virtues Scroll

These are the virtues used by Choi Kwang Do Martial Arts.

EnglishHanjaHangulPronunciation
1. Humility (Humble / Modesty)謙遜겸손gyeom son
2. Honesty (Integrity)正直정직jeong jig
3. Gentleness溫柔온유on yu
4. Perseverance (To Endure)忍耐인내in nae
5. Self-Control (Self-Restraint)克己극기geug gi
6. Unbreakable Spirit (Unyielding / Unbending)不屈불굴bur gur

The characters shown here are the ancient Korean Hanja form of writing. If you wish for a Korean Hangul form of these tenets, we can arrange that with our Master Calligrapher Xing An-Ping (click on the Hangul next to the South Korean flag above to order this in Hangul).

Modesty

qiān xùn
kenson
Modesty Scroll

Depending on context, this can be translated as modesty, humbleness or humility.

The first character means "modesty" while the second means "yielding". Together it could be stated as "yielding modesty".


See Also:  Chastity | Prudence | Moderation


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Humble謙恭
谦恭
qiān gōng
qian1 gong1
qian gong
qiangong
ch`ien kung
chienkung
chien kung
Humble
Modesty
Humility
謙虚ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxuch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
Humility
Being Humble
謙遜
谦逊
ken son / kensonqiān xùn / qian1 xun4 / qian xun / qianxunch`ien hsün / chienhsün / chien hsün
Humble
Modest
謙虛
谦虚
ken kyo / kenkyoqiān xū / qian1 xu1 / qian xu / qianxuch`ien hsü / chienhsü / chien hsü
Moderation節制
节制
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhichieh chih / chiehchih
God Forgive Me神様お許しをkami sama o yuru shi wo
kamisamaoyurushiwo
Daughter愚女gu jo / gujo
Mistress
Concubine
Servant
mekake / sobame / onnameqiè / qie4 / qiech`ieh / chieh
Dōgen道元dou gen / dougen / do gen / dogendào yuán / dao4 yuan2 / dao yuan / daoyuantao yüan / taoyüan
Even a fool may sometimes come up with a good idea千慮一得
千虑一得
senryonoittokuqiān lǜ yī dé
qian1 lv4 yi1 de2
qian lv yi de
qianlvyide
ch`ien lü i te
chienlüite
chien lü i te
A Wise Man Changes His Mind (but a fool never will)君子豹変すkun shi hyou hen su
kunshihyouhensu
kun shi hyo hen su
kunshihyohensu
Korean CKD Virtues謙遜正直溫柔忍耐克己不屈
谦逊正直温柔忍耐克己不屈
qiān xùn zhèng zhí wēn róu rěn nài kè jǐ bù qū
qian1 xun4 zheng4 zhi2 wen1 rou2 ren3 nai4 ke4 ji3 bu4 qu1
qian xun zheng zhi wen rou ren nai ke ji bu qu
ch`ien hsün cheng chih wen jou jen nai k`o chi pu ch`ü
chien hsün cheng chih wen jou jen nai ko chi pu chü
Modesty謙遜
谦逊
kensonqiān xùn / qian1 xun4 / qian xun / qianxunch`ien hsün / chienhsün / chien hsün
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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