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Immovable Mind

fu dou shin
Immovable Mind Scroll

不動心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet.

Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: An unshakable mind and an immovable spirit is the state of fudoshin. It is courage and stability displayed both mentally and physically. Rather than indicating rigidity and inflexibility, fudoshin describes a condition that is not easily upset by internal thoughts or external forces. It is capable of receiving a strong attack while retaining composure and balance. It receives and yields lightly, grounds to the earth, and reflects aggression back to the source.

Other translations of this title include imperturbability, steadfastness, keeping a cool head in an emergency, or keeping one's calm (during a fight).

The first two Kanji alone mean immobility, firmness, fixed, steadfastness, motionless, idle.

The last Kanji means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

Together, these three Kanji create a title that is defined as "immovable mind" within the context of Japanese martial arts. However, in Chinese it would mean "motionless heart" and in Korean Hanja, "wafting heart" or "floating heart".


military strategy
fēng lín huǒ shān
fuu rin ka zan
Furinkazan Scroll

風林火山 is the battle strategy and proverb of Japanese feudal lord Takeda Shingen (1521-1573 AD).

This came from the Art of War by Chinese strategist and tactician Sun Tzu (Sunzi).

You can think of this as a sort of abbreviation to remind officers and troops how to conduct battle.

風林火山 is literally a word list: Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain.

The more expanded meaning is supposed to be...

"Swift as the wind, quiet as the forest, fierce as fire, and immovable as a mountain"

"As fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain"

"Move as swift as the wind, stay as silent as a forest, attack as fierce as fire, undefeatable defense like a mountain"

"Move swiftly like the wind, stay silent like the forest, attack fiercely like fire, take tactical position on the mountain"

See Also:  Art of War

Content and Motionless

The condition of perfect meditation
an juu fu dou
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安住不動 means at peace and immovable.

This refers to the ideal state of Zen meditation.

The first two Kanji mean being content with one's present position or well composed.
The last two Kanji mean immobile, firmness, fixed, and/or motionless.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Immovable Mind不動心fu dou shin
fu do shin
fuu rin ka zan
fu rin ka zan
fēng lín huǒ shān
feng1 lin2 huo3 shan1
feng lin huo shan
Content and Motionless安住不動
an juu fu dou
an ju fu do
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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 fuurinkazan / furinkazan / ふうりんかざん
Content and Motionless Scroll
(expression) (yoji) as fast as the wind, as quiet as the forest, as daring as fire, and immovable as the mountain

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zuò / zuo4
 za / ざ
seat; base; stand; CL:個|个[ge4]; classifier for buildings, mountains and similar immovable objects
(1) seat; place; (2) position; status; (3) gathering; party; company; atmosphere (of a gathering); (4) stand; pedestal; platform; (5) (historical) trade guild; (suffix) (6) attaches to the names of constellations; (7) attaches to the names of theatres, cinemas and theatrical troupes; (suf,ctr) (8) (See 里神楽) counter for theatres, deities, Buddhist images, tall mountains, and satokagura songs; (surname) Za
āsana. A seat; throne; classifier of buildings, etc.



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bù dòng / bu4 dong4
pu tung
 fudou / fudo / ふどう
(adj-no,n) (1) immovable; motionless; firm; unwavering; unshakable; steadfast; (2) (abbreviation) {Buddh} (See 不動明王) Acala (Wisdom King); Fudō; fierce Buddhist deity; (place-name, surname) Fudou
acala; niścala; dhruva. The unmoved, immobile, or motionless; also 無動 the term is used for the unvarying or unchanging, for the pole-star, for fearlessness, for indifference to passion or temptation. It is a special term of Shingon 異言 applied to its most important Bodhisattva, the 不動明王 q. v; unmoving


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 fuhen / ふへん (adj-na,n,adj-no) (1) (ant: 可変) eternal; everlasting; unchangeable; immutable; immovable; constant; permanent; indestructible; (2) {math} invariant


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 tokusou / tokuso / とくそう strong, immovable sense of morality; high moral character; chastity; virtue



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bù dòng chǎn / bu4 dong4 chan3
pu tung ch`an / pu tung chan
real estate; immovable property; immovables


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fǎ xìng shān / fa3 xing4 shan1
fa hsing shan
 hosshō sen
The dharma-nature as a mountain, i. e. fixed, immovable; mountain of the dharma-nature



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ā zhē luó / a1 zhe1 luo2
a che lo
(or 阿遮攞); 阿奢羅 Acala, Immovable, the name of Āryācalanātha 不動明王, the one who executes the orders of Vairocana. Also, a stage in Bodhisattva development, the eighth in the ten stages towards Buddhahood.


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 ashuku / あしゅく (Buddhist term) Akshobhya (the immovable buddha)



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bù dòng ā luó hàn / bu4 dong4 a1 luo2 han4
pu tung a lo han
 fudō arakan
an arhat who has attained to the state of the immovable liberation 不動解脫; immovable arhat


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 ugokashigatai / うごかしがたい (adjective) unshakable; immovable; undeniable


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 ashukubutsu / あしゅくぶつ (Buddhist term) Akshobhya (the immovable buddha)


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 ugokashigatai / うごかしがたい (adjective) unshakable; immovable; undeniable


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 ashuku / あしゅく {Buddh} Akshobhya (the immovable buddha)


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 ashukubutsu / あしゅくぶつ {Buddh} Akshobhya (the immovable buddha)


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 ugokashigatai / うごかしがたい (adjective) unshakable; immovable; undeniable

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