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Isshin in Chinese / Japanese...

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Isshin-Ryu / Isshinryu

Japan i sshin ryuu
Isshin-Ryu / Isshinryu Vertical Wall Scroll

一心流 is the title for Isshin-Ryu Karate.

The literal meaning is "one heart method." You could also translate it as "unified hearts methods." It implies people doing things as if with one heart and mind.
The second Kanji can be defined as heart, mind, or the essence of your being. Clearly, there's a multitude of ways you can define this title in English.

Isshin-Kai / Isshinkai

Japan isshin kai
Isshin-Kai / Isshinkai Vertical Wall Scroll

一心会 is the Japanese martial arts title "Isshinkai" or "Isshin-Kai."

It literally means "One Heart Association" or "Single-Heart Club." This title is often associated with Isshin-Ryu Aikido and Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do. This title is appropriate for the name for a dojo that teaches these styles.

Isshin Ryu Karate Do

Japan i sshin ryuu kara te dou
Isshin Ryu Karate Do Vertical Wall Scroll

This is the full title for Isshin-Ryu Karate-Do.

The literal meaning is "one heart method empty hand way."

There are also other ways you can translate this, but if you are looking for this title, you already know that.

This would make a great wall scroll for your dojo or private studio, if you study this form of Japanese (technically from Okinawa) Karate.

Because this is a specifically-Japanese title, I strongly recommend that you select our Japanese Master Calligrapher to create this artwork for you.

One Heart / One Mind / Heart and Soul

China yī shì dài
Japan isshin
One Heart / One Mind / Heart and Soul Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally reads as "one heart" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Colloquially or figuratively, it means: wholeheartedly; heart and soul; of one mind; wholeheartedness; one's whole heart; with the whole mind or heart; one mind of heart.
I'm not kidding, all of those came right from the dictionary for this one title. In Buddhism, this can refer to the bhūtatathatā, or the whole of things; the universe as one mind, or a spiritual unity.

In Japanese this can be the female given name, Hitomi.

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Mandarin yī xīn / yi1 xin1
Taiwan i hsin
Japanese isshin / いっしん
Chinese wholeheartedly; heart and soul
Japanese (adv,n) (1) one mind; (2) (See 一心に) wholeheartedness; one's whole heart; (female given name) Hitomi; (personal name) Kazumune; (female given name) Kazumi; (female given name) Kazuko; (female given name) Itsumi; (surname, given name) Isshin; (female given name) Ichiko
With the whole mind or heart; one mind of heart; also the bhūtatathatā, or the whole of things; the universe as one mind, or a spiritual unity.


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Japanese kazuya / かずや    kazunobu / かずのぶ    kazunari / かずなり    itsuya / いつや    isshin / いっしん Japanese (personal name) Kazuya; (given name) Kazunobu; (personal name) Kazunari; (personal name) Itsuya; (given name) Isshin


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Japanese kazunobu / かずのぶ    kazuaki / かずあき    isshin / いっしん Japanese (given name) Kazunobu; (given name) Kazuaki; (given name) Isshin



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Mandarin yī shěn / yi1 shen3
Taiwan i shen
Japanese isshin / いっしん
Chinese first instance (law)
Japanese first instance; first trial


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Japanese isshin / いっしん Japanese (noun/participle) complete change; reform; restoration; remodeling; remodelling; renewal; (surname) Itsushin; (given name) Isshin


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Japanese hitomi / ひとみ    kazumi / かずみ    kazumasa / かずまさ    kazuma / かずま    itsuma / いつま    isshin / いっしん    ichima / いちま    ichishin / いちしん Japanese (personal name) Hitomi; (personal name) Kazumi; (given name) Kazumasa; (male given name) Kazuma; (given name) Itsuma; (given name) Isshin; (female given name) Ichima; (surname) Ichishin


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Japanese isshin / いっしん Japanese (given name) Isshin


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Mandarin yī shēn / yi1 shen1
Taiwan i shen
Japanese isshin / いっしん    ichimi / いちみ
Chinese whole body; from head to toe; single person; a suit of clothes
Japanese oneself; one's own interests; throughout the body; partisans; gang; conspirators; (female given name) Kazumi; (surname) Itsushin; (given name) Isshin
a single person


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Mandarin yī zhēn de / yi1 zhen1 de
Taiwan i chen te
Japanese isshin ji
The state of meditation on the absolute; stage of realization of the absolute


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Mandarin yī xīn sān huò / yi1 xin1 san1 huo4
Taiwan i hsin san huo
Japanese isshin sanwaku
同體三惑The Tiantai "three doubts' in the mind of a bodhisattva, producing fear of illusion, confusion through multiplicity of duties, and ignorance, i.e. 見思; 塵沙 and 無明 q.v; three disturbances in one thought


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Mandarin yī xīn sān zhì / yi1 xin1 san1 zhi4
Taiwan i hsin san chih
Japanese isshin sanchi
One mind and three aspects of knowledge. The 別教 separates the three aspects into 空, 假, and 中 q.v.; Tiantai unifies them into one immediate vision, or regards the three as aspects of the one mind.



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Mandarin yī xīn sān guān / yi1 xin1 san1 guan1
Taiwan i hsin san kuan
Japanese isshin sangan
The Tiantai insight 一心三智; also simultaneous vision of past, present, and future; also called 圓融三觀; 不可思議三觀; three insights in one thought



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Mandarin yī xīn bú luàn / yi1 xin1 bu2 luan4
Taiwan i hsin pu luan
Japanese isshin furan
one-pointed concentration without scattering



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Mandarin yī xīn èr mén / yi1 xin1 er4 men2
Taiwan i hsin erh men
Japanese isshin nimon
one mind, two aspects


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Mandarin yī xīn zhì yì / yi1 xin1 zhi4 yi4
Taiwan i hsin chih i
Japanese isshin seii
to focus the mind and control thoughts


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Mandarin yī xīn chàn à / yi1 xin1 chan4 a4
Taiwan i hsin ch`an a / i hsin chan a
Japanese isshin setsuna
one thought-moment


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Mandarin yī xīn hé zhǎng / yi1 xin1 he2 zhang3
Taiwan i hsin ho chang
Japanese isshin gasshō
single-mindedly joins palms



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Mandarin yī xīn zhuān niàn / yi1 xin1 zhuan1 nian4
Taiwan i hsin chuan nien
Japanese isshin sennen
concentrate fully [on Amitâbha] for one thought



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Mandarin yī xīn chēng míng / yi1 xin1 cheng1 ming2
Taiwan i hsin ch`eng ming / i hsin cheng ming
Japanese isshin shōmyō
With undivided mind to call on the name (of Guanyin); with undivided mind to call on the name (of Avalokitêśvara)


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Japanese isshininminami / いっしんいんみなみ Japanese (place-name) Isshin'inminami



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Mandarin yī xīn dǐng lǐ / yi1 xin1 ding3 li3
Taiwan i hsin ting li
Japanese isshin chōrai
to bow with wholehearted reverence



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Mandarin yī zhēn wú wèi / yi1 zhen1 wu2 wei4
Taiwan i chen wu wei
Japanese isshin mui
The 一眞法界 one reality, or undivided absolute, is static, not phenomenal, it is effortless, just as it is 自然 self-existing; one true unconditioned


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Mandarin sān jiè yī xīn / san1 jie4 yi1 xin1
Taiwan san chieh i hsin
Japanese sangai isshin
three worlds are (nothing other than the) one mind


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Mandarin dàn shì yī xīn / dan4 shi4 yi1 xin1
Taiwan tan shih i hsin
Japanese dan ze isshin
only this one mind


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Japanese chibaisshin / ちばいっしん Japanese (person) Chiba Isshin (1968.6.26-)


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Japanese ogawaisshin / おがわいっしん Japanese (person) Ogawa Isshin



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Mandarin jué dìng yī xīn / jue2 ding4 yi1 xin1
Taiwan chüeh ting i hsin
Japanese ketsujō isshin
determined single-mindedness


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Japanese inudouisshin / inudoisshin / いぬどういっしん Japanese (person) Inudou Isshin (1960.6.24-)



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Mandarin wàn fǎ yī xīn / wan4 fa3 yi1 xin1
Taiwan wan fa i hsin
Japanese manbō isshin
Myriad things but one mind; all things as noumenal; all things are one mind



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Mandarin yī qiè yī xīn shí / yi1 qie4 yi1 xin1 shi2
Taiwan i ch`ieh i hsin shih / i chieh i hsin shih
Japanese issai isshin shiki
That all things are mind, or mental; all things are nothing but consciousness

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Lookup Isshin in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary

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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
一心流i sshin ryuu
i shin ryu
一心会 / 一心會
isshin kai / isshinkai / ishin kai / ishinkai
Isshin Ryu Karate Do一心流空手道i sshin ryuu kara te dou
i shin ryu kara te do
One Heart
One Mind
Heart and Soul
一心isshin / ishinyī shì dài
yi1 shi4 dai4
yi shi dai
i shih tai
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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