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In the Abyss of Infinite Bitterness - Turn to the Shore

China kǔ hǎi wú biān huí tóu shì àn
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苦海無邊, 回頭是岸 can be translated almost directly as, "The sea of bitterness has no bounds, turn your head to see the shore."

Often this proverb refers to how Buddhist enlightenment can allow one to shed off the abyss of worldly suffering. But it can apply to other religions. If you find yourself trapped in the hardship of this worldly life, take a new turn, and seek a path to salvation.

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ fo2
Taiwan fo
Japanese hotoke / ほとけ
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Chinese Buddha; Buddhism
Japanese (surname) Hotoke
Buddha, from budh to "be aware of", "conceive", "observe", "wake"; also 佛陀; 浮圖; 浮陀; 浮頭; 浮塔; 勃陀; 勃馱; 沒馱; 母馱; 母陀; 部陀; 休屠. Buddha means "completely conscious, enlightened", and came to mean the enlightener. he Chinese translation is 覺 to perceive, aware, awake; and 智 gnosis, knowledge. There is an Eternal Buddha, see e.g. the Lotus Sutra, cap. 16, and multitudes of Buddhas, but the personality of a Supreme Buddha, an Ādi-Buddha, is not defined. Buddha is in and through all things, and some schools are definitely Pan-Buddhist in the pantheistic sense. In the triratna 三寳 commonly known as 三寳佛, while Śākyamuni Buddha is the first "person" of the Trinity, his Law the second, and the Order the third, all three by some are accounted as manifestations of the All-Buddha. As Śākyamuni, the title indicates him as the last of the line of Buddhas who have appeared in this world, Maitreya is to be the next. As such he is the one who has achieved enlightenment, having discovered the essential evil of existence (some say mundane existence, others all existence), and the way of deliverance from the constant round of reincarnations; this way is through the moral life into nirvana, by means of self-abnegation, the monastic life, and meditation. By this method a Buddha, or enlightened one, himself obtains Supreme Enlightenment, or Omniscience, and according to Māhāyanism leads all beings into the same enlightenment. He sees things not as they seem in their phenomenal but in their noumenal aspects, as they really are. The term is also applied to those who understand the chain of causality (twelve nidānas) and have attained enlightenment surpassing that of the arhat. Four types of the Buddha are referred to: (1) 三藏佛the Buddha of the Tripiṭaka who attained enlightenment on the bare ground under the bodhi-tree; (2) 通佛the Buddha on the deva robe under the bodhi-tree of the seven precious things; (3) 別佛the Buddha on the great precious Lotus throne under the Lotus realm bodhi-tree; and (4) 圓佛the Buddha on the throne of Space in the realm of eternal rest and glory where he is Vairocana. The Hīnayāna only admits the existence of one Buddha at a time; Mahāyāna claims the existence of many Buddhas at one and the same time, as many Buddhas as there are Buddha-universes, which are infinite in number.


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Mandarin guān / guan1
Taiwan kuan
Japanese kan / せき
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Chinese mountain pass; to close; to shut; to turn off; to concern; to involve
Japanese (surname) Seki
To shut, a closed place, barrier, frontier; to include, concern, involve; a frontier pass or gate


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Mandarin kūn / kun1
Taiwan k`un / kun
Japanese kon / こん
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Chinese fry (newly hatched fish); legendary giant fish that could transform into a giant bird 鵬|鹏[Peng2]
Japanese (archaism) (See 鵬) kun (in Chinese mythology, giant fish said to be able to turn into a bird)

人情

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Mandarin rén qíng / ren2 qing2
Taiwan jen ch`ing / jen ching
Japanese ninjō / にんじょう
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Chinese human emotions; social relationship; friendship; favor; a good turn
Japanese (1) humanity; empathy; kindness; sympathy; (2) human nature; common sense; customs and manners
human emotions

化身

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Mandarin huà shēn / hua4 shen1
Taiwan hua shen
Japanese keshin / けしん
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Chinese incarnation; reincarnation; embodiment (of abstract idea); personification
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) {Buddh} incarnation; impersonation; personification; avatar
nirmāṇakāya, 應身, 應化身; 變化身 The third characteristic or power of the trikāya 三身, a Buddha's metamorphosic body, which has power to assume any shape to propagate the Truth. Some interpret the term as connoting pan-Buddha, that all nature in its infinite variety is the phenomenal 佛身 Buddha-body. A narrower interpretation is his appearance in human form expressed by 應身, while 化身 is used for his manifold other forms of appearances; transformation body

回音

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Mandarin huí yīn / hui2 yin1
Taiwan hui yin
Japanese kaion / かいおん
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Chinese echo; reply; turn (ornament in music)
Japanese turn (melodic ornament); gruppetto

復古


复古

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Mandarin fù gǔ / fu4 gu3
Taiwan fu ku
Japanese fukko / ふっこ
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Chinese to return to old ways (a Confucian aspiration); to turn back the clock; neoclassical school during Tang and Song associated with classical writing 古文; retro (fashion style based on nostalgia, esp. for 1960s)
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) revival; restoration

法輪


法轮

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Mandarin fǎ lún / fa3 lun2
Taiwan fa lun
Japanese hōrin / ほうりん
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Chinese the Eternal Wheel of life in Buddhism
Japanese {Buddh} (See 輪宝,転法輪) the teachings of Buddha (as likened to the Dharmachakra, originally a wheel-like weapon used to destroy the evils of mankind); Buddhist doctrine; (surname) Noriwa
dharmacakra, the Wheel of the Law, Buddha-truth which is able to crush all evil and all opposition, like Indra's wheel, and which rolls on from man to man, place to place, age to age. 轉法輪To turn, or roll along the Law-wheel, i.e. to preach Buddha-truth; wheel of the dharma

無盡


无尽

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Mandarin wú jìn / wu2 jin4
Taiwan wu chin
Japanese mujin / むじん
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Chinese endless; inexhaustible
Japanese (given name) Mujin
Inexhaustible, without limit. It is a term applied by the 權教 to the noumenal or absolute; by the 實教 to the phenomenal, both being considered as infinite. The Huayan sūtra 十地品 has ten limitless things, the infinitude of living beings, of worlds, of space, of the dharmadhātu, of nirvāṇa, etc; inexhaustible

無量


无量

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Mandarin wú liáng / wu2 liang2
Taiwan wu liang
Japanese muryō / むりょう
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Chinese measureless; immeasurable
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) immeasurable; (given name) Muryou
apramāṇa; amita; ananta; immeasurable, unlimited, e.g. the 'four infinite' characteristics of a bodhisattva are 慈悲喜捨 kindness, pity, joy, and self-sacrifice; uncountable

無限


无限

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Mandarin wú xiàn / wu2 xian4
Taiwan wu hsien
Japanese mugen / むげん
Chinese unlimited; unbounded
Japanese (1) infinity; infinitude; eternity; (adj-no,adj-na) (2) infinite; limitless; (given name) Mugen
infinite

自愛


自爱

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Mandarin zì ài / zi4 ai4
Taiwan tzu ai
Japanese jiai / じあい
Chinese self-respect; self-love; self-regard; regard for oneself; to cherish one's good name; to take good care of one's health
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) taking care of oneself (esp. used as an epistolary imperative); (2) self-love
Self-love, cause of all pursuit or seeking, which in turn causes all suffering. All Buddhas put away self-love and all pursuit, or seeking, such elimination being nirvāṇa.

一日一善

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Japanese ichinichiichizen / ichinichichizen / いちにちいちぜん
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Japanese (yoji) doing a good deed each day; doing one good turn a day

義無反顧


义无反顾

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Mandarin yì wú fǎn gù / yi4 wu2 fan3 gu4
Taiwan i wu fan ku
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Chinese honor does not allow one to glance back (idiom); duty-bound not to turn back; no surrender; to pursue justice with no second thoughts

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Mandarin jiāo / jiao1
Taiwan chiao
Japanese kō / こう
Chinese to hand over; to deliver; to pay (money); to turn over; to make friends; to intersect (lines); variant of 跤[jiao1]
Japanese (1) association; fellowship; (2) change (of season, year, etc.); (personal name) Yoshimi
Interlock, intersect; crossed; mutual; friendship; to hand over, pay; to intersect

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Mandarin bèi / bei4
Taiwan pei
Japanese bai / ばい
Chinese (two, three etc) -fold; times (multiplier); double; to increase or multiply
Japanese (1) twice; double; (suffix) (2) times; -fold; (surname) Bai
Double, double-fold, a fold; to turn from or against, to revolt.

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Mandarin chū / chu1
Taiwan ch`u / chu
Japanese shutsu / で
Chinese to go out; to come out; to occur; to produce; to go beyond; to rise; to put forth; to happen; (used after a verb to indicate an outward direction or a positive result); classifier for dramas, plays, operas etc
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) coming out; going out; outflow; efflux; rising (of the Sun or the Moon); (2) attending (work); appearing (on stage); one's turn to go on; (3) start; beginning; (4) origins; background; person (or item) originating from ...; graduate of ...; native of ...; member of ... (lineage); (5) architectural member that projects outward; (6) highest point of the stern of a ship; (7) (kana only) (usu. after the -masu stem of a verb as 〜出がある or 〜出がない, etc.) amount (comprising something); amount of time or effort required to do something; (surname) De
To go out, come forth, put forth; exit; beyond; to emerge

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Mandarin wàn / wan4
Taiwan wan
Japanese man / まんじ
Chinese swastika, a sacred and auspicious symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism
Japanese swastika (esp. a counterclockwise swastika as a Buddhist symbol); fylfot; gammadion; (given name) Manji
sauvastika, 塞縛悉底迦; also styled 室利靺瑳 śrīvatsa, lucky sign, Viṣṇu's breast-curl or mark, tr. by 海雲 sea-cloud, or cirrhus. Used as a fancy form of 萬 or 萬; and is also written in a form said to resemble a curl. It is the 4th of the auspicious signs in the footprint of Buddha, and is a mystic diagram of great antiquity. To be distinguished from 卐svastika, the crampons of which turn to the right; ten thousand

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Mandarin fǎn / fan3
Taiwan fan
Japanese hon / はん
Chinese contrary; in reverse; inside out or upside down; to reverse; to return; to oppose; opposite; against; anti-; to rebel; to use analogy; instead; abbr. for 反切[fan3 qie4] phonetic system
Japanese (prefix) (1) anti-; (2) (See 反定立) antithesis; (3) (abbreviation) (See 反切) fanqie; traditional Chinese spelling system in which two characters are used: the first one for the onset, the second one for rhyme and tone; (surname) Sori
To turn over, turn or send back; contrary; to rebel; to return

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Mandarin xiàng / xiang4
Taiwan hsiang
Japanese kō / むこう
Chinese towards; to face; to turn towards; direction; to support; to side with; shortly before; formerly; always; all along
Japanese (surname) Mukou
Towards, to go towards, facing, heretofore; to tend toward


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Mandarin huí / hui2
Taiwan hui
Japanese kai
Chinese variant of 回[hui2]
回 To turn, revolve, return.; Return, turn back, a turn; to turn

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Mandarin huí / hui2
Taiwan hui
Japanese kai / かい
Chinese to circle; to go back; to turn around; to answer; to return; to revolve; Hui ethnic group (Chinese Muslims); time; classifier for acts of a play; section or chapter (of a classic book)
Japanese (counter) (1) counter for occurrences; (2) a time; an instance; (3) inning (baseball); round; game; (n,n-suf) (4) (colloquialism) episode; chapter; instalment; (5) (abbreviation) (See 回族) Hui (people); (6) (abbreviation) (See 回教) Islam; (surname) Meguri
turn

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Mandarin/ fa2
Taiwan fa
Chinese to turn the soil; upturned soil; (used in place names)

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Mandarin yuàn / yuan4
Taiwan yüan
Chinese to turn over when asleep

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Mandarin yūn / yun1
Taiwan yün
Chinese deep and broad (expanse of water); abyss

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Mandarin píng / ping2
Taiwan p`ing / ping
Japanese byō
Chinese variant of 屏[ping2]
Screen: to exclude, expel, turn away; to cover

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Mandarin chà / cha4
Taiwan ch`a / cha
Chinese fork in road; bifurcation; branch in road, river, mountain range etc; to branch off; to turn off; to diverge; to stray (from the path); to change the subject; to interrupt; to stagger (times)

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Mandarin àn / an4
Taiwan an
Japanese gan / きし
Chinese bank; shore; beach; coast; CL:個|个[ge4]
Japanese bank; coast; shore; (surname) Mine
kūla. Shore, bank; a shore

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Mandarin/ du4
Taiwan tu
Japanese do / ど
Chinese to estimate; Taiwan pr. [duo4]
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) degree (angle, temperature, scale, etc.); (counter) (2) counter for occurrences; (n,n-suf) (3) strength (of glasses); glasses prescription; (4) alcohol content (percentage); alcohol by volume; (5) (See 度を過ごす) extent; degree; limit; (6) (See 度を失う) presence of mind; composure; (given name) Wataru
pāramitā, 波羅蜜; intp. by 渡 to ferry over; to save. The mortal life of reincarnations is the sea; nirvana is the other shore; v. pāramitā, 波. Also, to leave the world as a monk or nun, such is a 度得 or 度者; to cross over (to the shore of liberation)


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Mandarin huí / hui2
Taiwan hui
Japanese e / めぐる
Chinese variant of 迴|回[hui2]
Japanese (female given name) Meguru
Return, turn back, turn to, give back; a turn.; v. 囘 6; to upset

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In the Abyss of Infinite Bitterness - Turn to the Shore苦海無邊回頭是岸
苦海无边回头是岸
kǔ hǎi wú biān huí tóu shì àn
ku3 hai3 wu2 bian1 hui2 tou2 shi4 an4
ku hai wu bian hui tou shi an
kuhaiwubianhuitoushian
k`u hai wu pien hui t`ou shih an
kuhaiwupienhuitoushihan
ku hai wu pien hui tou shih an
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