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Diligent Study Proverb

Drill a hole in the wall to get light to read by.

záo bì tōu guāng
Diligent Study Proverb Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "Bore a hole on the wall to make use of the neighbor's light to study".

鑿壁偷光 is a nice gift for a very studious person.

Kuang Heng was born during the Western Han period. He was very fond of reading ever since he was young. However, he could not go to school since his family was poor, and he had to borrow books from people to learn.

In order to borrow these books he normally did chores for people who had them. When he became older, he had to work in the field from sunrise to sunset since his family's financial situation did not get any better. Thus, he tried to study at night but he had no lamp.

One day, he noticed that there was light from the neighbor's house coming through a crack in the wall. This made him very happy, so he dug a larger hole from the crack and read in the light that shone through. This diligent study eventually made him an accomplished person.

Inner Light / Intelligence

xīn dēng
shin tou
Inner Light / Intelligence Scroll

心燈 is the Buddhist concept of "The Lamp of the Mind" or "Inner Light".

It's kind of the Buddhist way to express intelligence.

Directly translated, this means, "heart light" or "heart lamp".
Note: In ancient China, the ideas of heart and mind are interchangeable.

Lamp / Lantern

Lamp / Lantern Scroll

This Chinese character, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja means lamp, light, or lantern.

This can also be the Japanese female given name Hikaru.

In Buddhist context, this is used to express the Sanskrit word, dīpa (same meaning of a lamp or lantern).

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Diligent Study Proverb鑿壁偷光
záo bì tōu guāng
zao2 bi4 tou1 guang1
zao bi tou guang
tsao pi t`ou kuang
tsao pi tou kuang
Inner Light
shin tou / shintou / shin to / shintoxīn dēng / xin1 deng1 / xin deng / xindenghsin teng / hsinteng

tou / todēng / deng1 / dengteng
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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Lamp / Lantern Scroll
light; lamp; torch; light; lamp; torch; (1) light; lamp; (2) baiting deer with a lighted torch; (archaism) light; lamp; (1) light; lamp; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for electric lights; lamp; light; light (esp. as a religious offering); lamp; (female given name) Tomoru

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Lamp / Lantern Scroll
lamp; light; lantern; CL:盞|盏[zhan3]
(out-dated kanji) (1) light; lamp; (suf,ctr) (2) counter for electric lights; (female given name) Hikaru
dīpa, a lamp, lantern; cf. 然燈 12.



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xīn dēng
    xin1 deng1
hsin teng
Lamp / Lantern Scroll
The lamp of the mind; inner light, intelligence; mind-lamp

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umbrella; parasol; CL:把[ba3]
(1) umbrella; parasol; (2) (See 笠・かさ・2) something shaped like an umbrella or a conical hat; shade (of a lamp); mushroom cap; pileus; (surname) San

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wick of an oil lamp; to burn (incense etc); classifier for lit incense sticks
a wick

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to extinguish; to put out (fire); to quench; to stop burning; to go out (of fire, lamp etc); to come to an end; to wither away; to die out; Taiwan pr. [xi2]

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candle; (literary) to illuminate
(1) light; lamp; (n,n-suf) (2) obsolete unit of luminous intensity (approx. 1.0067 candela); (personal name) Shiki
a candle

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bamboo rain hat
(1) conical hat (East-Asian style); coolie hat; (2) (See 傘・かさ・2) something shaped like a conical hat or an umbrella; shade (of a lamp); mushroom cap; pileus; (personal name) Riyuu

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hanging bowl for lamp or fish


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yī zhù
    yi1 zhu4
i chu
One burning of incense; a candle, or lamp; one burning of incense



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yī dēng
    yi1 deng1
i teng
a single lamp; a single lamp



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shì dēng
    shi4 deng1
shih teng
lamp to the world; lamp to the world


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jiǔ yú
    jiu3 yu2
chiu yü
The nine similes: stars, eye-film, lamp, prestidigitation, dew, bubble, dream, lightning, cloud. There is also another group; nine examples



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chuán dēng
    chuan2 deng1
ch`uan teng
    chuan teng
to pass on the light of Buddha
To transmit the light, pass on the lamp of truth; transmission of the lamp



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wān dēng
    wan1 deng1
wan teng
To scoop out (one's body) and turn (it) into a lamp, attributed to Śākyamuni in a former incarnation; to scoop out and turn into a lamp



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diào dēng
    diao4 deng1
tiao teng
hanging lamp



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bì dēng
    bi4 deng1
pi teng
wall lamp; bracket light; CL:盞|盏[zhan3]



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rú dēng
    ru2 deng1
ju teng
like a lamp; like a lamp


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 bitou / bito
tail-light (taillight); tail lamp (taillamp); rear light



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wěi dēng
    wei3 deng1
wei teng
 bitou / bito
tail light (on vehicle)
(out-dated kanji) tail-light (taillight); tail lamp (taillamp); rear light


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 joutou / joto
(1) continuously burning light (e.g. at a Buddhist altar); (2) roadside lamp that stays lit all night


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 kotou / koto
arc lamp


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 mitou / mito
    gotou / goto
lighted lamp (or candle, etc.) provided as a religious offering



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huì dēng
    hui4 deng1
hui teng
The lamp of wisdom; the lamp of wisdom



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tiǎo dēng
    tiao3 deng1
t`iao teng
    tiao teng
to light a lamp; to raise a lantern



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zhǎng dēng
    zhang3 deng1
chang teng
to hold a lamp; to light a lamp


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(irregular okurigana usage) (1) something pulled upwards; (2) turning up a lamp wick


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(irregular okurigana usage) (1) mixed vegetable and seafood tempura; (2) something pulled upwards; (3) turning up a lamp wick



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tí dēng
    ti2 deng1
t`i teng
    ti teng
 chouchin / chochin
a portable lamp
paper lantern; Chinese lantern; Japanese lantern


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(1) light; illumination; glow; gleam; (2) lamp; light

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