Identity in Chinese / Japanese...

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Body / Karada

karada / tai / te
Body / Karada 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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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese

karada / tai / tetǐ / ti3 / tit`i / ti
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Body / Karada Scroll
(n,n-suf) (1) body; physique; posture; (n,n-suf) (2) shape; form; style; (n,n-suf) (3) substance; identity; reality; (n,n-suf) (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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wǒ màn
    wo3 man4
wo man
 gaman(p); gaman
    がまん(P); ガマン
Body / Karada Scroll
(noun/participle) (1) endurance; patience; perseverance; bearing (with something); (noun/participle) (2) self-control; self-restraint; (surname) Gaman
abhimāna, ātma-mada. Egoism exalting self and depreciating others; self-intoxication, pride; identity

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to emit; to give off; to send out (or up, forth); to brave; to face; reckless; to falsely adopt (sb's identity etc); to feign; (literary) to cover
(personal name) Hounen
To risk; rash; counterfeit; introduce; face


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multicolored silk; piece of silk torn in two, used to verify the holder's identity by matching up the two halves


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(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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rén dìng
    ren2 ding4
jen ting
 jintei / jinte
middle of the night; the dead of night
(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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rén tóu
    ren2 tou2
jen t`ou
    jen tou
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)
(1) skull; cranium; (2) (See 人屋根) kanji "person" radical at top; (place-name) Hitogashira


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bā bù
    ba1 bu4
pa pu
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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bā mí
    ba1 mi2
pa mi
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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mào yòng
    mao4 yong4
mao yung
to falsely use (sb's identity etc)



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jí lí
    ji2 li2
chi li
Identity and difference, agreement and disagreement; identity and difference


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jí fēi
    ji2 fei1
chi fei
Identity and difference; identity and difference


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tóng xiàng
    tong2 xiang4
t`ung hsiang
    tung hsiang
 dousou / doso
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) the said (cabinet) minister; (2) in-phase (component of a wave); (3) homeomorphism


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



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míng tǐ
    ming2 ti3
ming t`i
    ming ti
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; name and embodiment



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yuán jiào
    yuan2 jiao4
yüan chiao
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; complete teaching



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yuán róng
    yuan2 rong2
yüan jung
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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mái míng
    mai2 ming2
mai ming
to conceal one's identity; to live incognito


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dà rì
    da4 ri4
ta jih
Mahavairocana (Tathagata); Great Sun; Supreme Buddha of Sino-Japanese esoteric Buddhism; (place-name, surname) Dainichi
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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 genyou / genyo
(noun/participle) (1) confusing people; (noun/participle) (2) magic; (noun/participle) (3) ghost, monster, etc., the true identity of which is unknown



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mí lóu
    mi2 lou2
mi lou
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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(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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héng děng
    heng2 deng3
heng teng
identity ≡ (math., logic); identical


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 koutou / koto
(prefix noun) {math} identity



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wǒ tǐ
    wo3 ti3
wo t`i
    wo ti
self-identity; self-identity


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


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shuǐ bō
    shui3 bo1
shui po
wave; (water) ripple
(female given name) Minami
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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hùn jì
    hun4 ji4
hun chi
mixed in as part of a community; hiding one's identity; occupying a position while not deserving it



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

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