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Identity in Chinese / Japanese...

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Body / Karada

Japan karada / tai / te
Body / Karada Vertical Wall Scroll

体 is used in Japanese to mean "body."

体 can also refer to the form, style, corporeal existence, appearance, identity, or the state of something or someone. 體 is also used in Buddhism in regards to the corporeal existence of someone (their earthy vessel). It's kind of a broad term that can be used in a lot of different ways.

As a single character, it's usually pronounced "karada" but it can also be pronounced "tai" or "te" (Japanese pronunciation borrowed from the original Chinese).

體 is not a common Kanji to use for a wall scroll. Only select this if you have a personal and meaningful reason to do so. Also, consider this version to be "Japanese only" - see below...

體 In Chinese and old Korean Hanja, this character is written in the traditional form shown to the right. If you want this version, click on the character to the right instead of the button above.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Japanese tai / たい
Body / Karada Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) body; physique; posture; (2) shape; form; style; (3) substance; identity; reality; (4) {math} field; (counter) (5) counter for humanoid forms (e.g. dolls, statues, corpses, etc.); (n,n-suf) (6) typeface; type


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Japanese onabe / おなべ Japanese (1) (polite language) pot; (2) (archaism) typical name for a female servant in the Edo-period; (3) working at night; (4) (kana only) (slang) female with symptoms of gender identity disorder (e.g. a transvestite)


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Mandarin rén dìng / ren2 ding4
Taiwan jen ting
Japanese jintei / jinte / じんてい
Chinese middle of the night; the dead of night
Japanese (1) confirmation of somebody's identity; (2) (See 制定) enactment; establishment; creation
The third beat of the first watch, 9-11 p.m., when men are settled for the night; the time when people are asleep



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Mandarin rén tóu / ren2 tou2
Taiwan jen t`ou / jen tou
Japanese hitogashira / ひとがしら
Chinese person; number of people; (per) capita; (a person's) head; (Tw) person whose identity is used by sb else (e.g. to create a bogus account)
Japanese (1) skull; cranium; (2) (See 人屋根) kanji "person" radical at top


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Mandarin bā bù / ba1 bu4
Taiwan pa pu
Japanese hachifu
The eight negations of Nagarjuna, founder of the Mādhyamika or Middle School 三論宗. The four pairs are "neither birth nor death, neither end nor permanence, neither identity nor difference, neither coming nor going." These are the eight negations; add "neither cause nor effect"and there are the 十不 ten negations; v. 八迷.


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Mandarin bā mí / ba1 mi2
Taiwan pa mi
Japanese hachimei
The eight misleading terms, which form the basis of the logic of the 中論, i.e. 生 birth, 滅 death, 去 past, 來 future, 一 identity, 異 difference, 斷 annihilation, 常 perpetuity (or eternity). The 三論宗 regards these as unreal; v. 八不中道; eight misleading concepts


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Mandarin mào yòng / mao4 yong4
Taiwan mao yung
Chinese to falsely use (sb's identity etc)



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Mandarin jí lí / ji2 li2
Taiwan chi li
Japanese sokuri
Identity and difference, agreement and disagreement.


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Mandarin jí fēi / ji2 fei1
Taiwan chi fei
Japanese sokuhi
Identity and difference.


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Japanese myoubu / myobu / みょうぶ Japanese (archaism) proof of identity (for nobles, doctors, etc.) (Heian period)



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Mandarin míng tǐ / ming2 ti3
Taiwan ming t`i / ming ti
Japanese myōtai
Name and embodiment; the identity of name and substance, as in the dhāraṇī of the esoteric sects; somewhat similar to 名義不離 q. v.



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Mandarin yuán jiào / yuan2 jiao4
Taiwan yüan chiao
Japanese engyō
The complete, perfect, or comprehensive doctrine; the school or sect of Mahāyāna which represents it. The term has had three references. The first was by 光統 Guangtong of the Later Wei, sixth century, who defined three schools, 漸 gradual, 頓 immediate, and 圓 inclusive or complete. The Tiantai called its fourth section the inclusive, complete, or perfect teaching 圓, the other three being 三藏 Hīnayāna, 通 Mahāyāna-cum-Hīnayāna, 別 Mahāyāna. The Huayan so called its fifth section, i.e. 小乘; 大乘始; 大乘終; 頓 and 圓. It is the Tiantai version that is in general acceptance, defined as a perfect whole and as complete in its parts; for the whole is the absolute and its parts are therefore the absolute; the two may be called noumenon and phenomenon, or 空 and 假 (or 俗), but in reality they are one, i.e. the 中 medial condition. To conceive these three as a whole is the Tiantai inclusive or 'perfect' doctrine. The Huayan 'perfect' doctrine also taught that unity and differentiation, or absolute and relative, were one, a similar doctrine to that of the identity of contraries. In Tiantai teaching the harmony is due to its underlying unity; its completeness to the permeation of this unity in all phenomena; these two are united in the medial 中 principle; to comprehend these three principles at one and the same time is the complete, all-containing, or 'perfect' doctrine of Tiantai. There are other definitions of the all-inclusive doctrine, e.g. the eight complete things, complete in teaching, principles, knowledge, etc. 圓教四門 v. 四門.



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Mandarin yuán róng / yuan2 rong2
Taiwan yüan jung
Japanese enyū
Chinese accommodating; (Buddhism) completely integrated
Complete combination; the absolute in the relative and vice versa; the identity of apparent contraries; perfect harmony among all differences, as in water and waves, passion and enlightenment, transmigration and nirvāṇa, or life and death, etc.; all are of the same fundamental nature, all are bhūtatathatā, and bhūtatathatā is all; waves are one with waves, and water is one with water, and water and wave are one; completely interpenetrated


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Mandarin mái míng / mai2 ming2
Taiwan mai ming
Chinese to conceal one's identity; to live incognito


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Mandarin dà rì / da4 ri4
Taiwan ta jih
Japanese dainichi / だいにち
Japanese Mahavairocana (Tathagata); Great Sun; Supreme Buddha of Sino-Japanese esoteric Buddhism
Vairocana, or Mahāvairocana 大日如來; 遍照如來; 摩訶毘盧遮那; 毘盧遮那; 大日覺王 The sun, "shining everywhere" The chief object of worship of the Shingon sect in Japan, "represented by the gigantic image in the temple at Nara." (Eliot.) There he is known as Dai-nichi-nyorai. He is counted as the first, and according to some, the origin of the five celestial Buddhas (dhyāni-buddhas, or jinas). He dwells quiescent in Arūpa-dhātu, the Heaven beyond form, and is the essence of wisdom (bodhi) and of absolute purity. Samantabhadra 普賢 is his dhyāni-bodhisattva. The 大日經 "teaches that Vairocana is the whole world, which is divided into Garbhadhātu (material) and Vajradhātu (indestructible), the two together forming Dharmadhātu. The manifestations of Vairocana's body to himself―that is, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas ―are represented symbolically by diagrams of several circles ". Eliot. In the 金剛界 or vajradhātu maṇḍala he is the center of the five groups. In the 胎藏界 or Garbhadhātu he is the center of the eight-leaf (lotus) court. His appearance, symbols, esoteric word, differ according to the two above distinctions. Generally he is considered as an embodiment of the Truth 法, both in the sense of dharmakāya 法身 and dharmaratna 法寳. Some hold Vairocana to be the dharmakāya of Śākyamuni 大日與釋迦同一佛 but the esoteric school denies this identity. Also known as 最高顯廣眼藏如來, the Tathagata who, in the highest, reveals the far-reaching treasure of his eye, i.e. the sun. 大日大聖不動明王 is described as one of his transformations. Also, a śramaņa of Kashmir (contemporary of Padma-saṃbhava); he is credited with introducing Buddhism into Khotan and being an incarnation of Mañjuśrī; the king Vijaya Saṃbhava built a monastery for him.


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Japanese genyou / genyo / げんよう Japanese (noun/participle) (1) confusing people; (2) magic; (3) ghost, monster, etc., the true identity of which is unknown



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Mandarin mí lóu / mi2 lou2
Taiwan mi lou
Japanese Mirō
Meru, 'the Olympus of Hindu mythology.' M.W. Sumeru, cf. 須; but there is dispute as to the identity of the two. Meru also refers to the mountains represented by the Himālayas, in this not differing from Sumeru. It also has the general meaning of 'lofty'.


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Japanese onabe / おなべ Japanese (1) (polite language) pot; (2) (archaism) typical name for a female servant in the Edo-period; (3) working at night; (4) (kana only) (slang) female with symptoms of gender identity disorder (e.g. a transvestite)



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Chinese identity ≡ (math., logic); identical


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Japanese koutou / koto / こうとう Japanese (prefix noun) {math} identity


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Japanese shoutai / shotai / しょうたい Japanese (1) true character; true form; true colors (colours); identity; truth (of a mystery, phenomenon, etc.); origin; (2) consciousness; one's senses


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Japanese shimei(p);ujina / shime(p);ujina / しめい(P);うじな Japanese full name; identity


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Mandarin shuǐ bō / shui3 bo1
Taiwan shui po
Japanese minami / みなみ
Chinese wave; (water) ripple
Waves of water; the wave and the water are two yet one— an illustration of the identity of differences; water and waves



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Mandarin hùn jì / hun4 ji4
Taiwan hun chi
Chinese mixed in as part of a community; hiding one's identity; occupying a position while not deserving it



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Mandarin dào qǔ / dao4 qu3
Taiwan tao ch`ü / tao chü
Chinese to steal (including identity theft, credit card fraud or theft of computer account); to misappropriate
Japanese See: 盗取


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Mandarin xiāng jí / xiang1 ji2
Taiwan hsiang chi
Japanese sōsoku
Phenomenal identity, e. g. the wave is water and water the wave; identification



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Mandarin zhǒng xìng / zhong3 xing4
Taiwan chung hsing
Japanese sujou / sujo / すじょう    shusei / shuse / しゅせい    shushou / shusho / しゅしょう
Chinese caste (traditional Indian social division)
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) birth; lineage; parentage; origin; identity; background; history


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Japanese suzou / suzo / すぞう    sujou / sujo / すじょう Japanese birth; lineage; parentage; origin; identity; background; history


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Japanese sosei / sose / そせい Japanese birth; lineage; parentage; origin; identity; background; history


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Japanese motoki / もとき Japanese birth; lineage; parentage; origin; identity; background; history

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese

karada / tai / tetǐ / ti3 / tit`i / ti
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