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Lamp / Lantern

China dēng
Japan tou
Lamp / Lantern Vertical Wall 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).

Inner Light / Intelligence

China xīn dēng
Japan shin tou
Inner Light / Intelligence Vertical Wall 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.

Diligent Study Proverb

Drill a hole in the wall to get light to read by.
China záo bì tōu guāng
Diligent Study Proverb Vertical Wall 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.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Japanese tomoru / ともる
Diligent Study Proverb Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese 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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Mandarin dēng / deng1
Taiwan teng
Japanese tō / ひかる
Diligent Study Proverb Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese lamp; light; lantern; CL:盞|盏[zhan3]
Japanese (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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Mandarin xīn dēng / xin1 deng1
Taiwan hsin teng
Japanese shintō
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The lamp of the mind; inner light, intelligence; mind-lamp

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Mandarin sǎn / san3
Taiwan san
Japanese kasa / かさ
Chinese umbrella; parasol; CL:把[ba3]
Japanese (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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Mandarin zhù / zhu4
Taiwan chu
Japanese shu
Chinese wick of an oil lamp; to burn (incense etc); classifier for lit incense sticks
a wick

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Mandarin/ xi1
Taiwan hsi
Chinese 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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Mandarin zhú / zhu2
Taiwan chu
Japanese soku / しょく
Chinese candle; (literary) to illuminate
Japanese (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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Mandarin/ li4
Taiwan li
Japanese kasa / かさ
Chinese bamboo rain hat
Japanese (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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Mandarin gāng / gang1
Taiwan kang
Chinese hanging bowl for lamp or fish


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Mandarin yī zhù / yi1 zhu4
Taiwan i chu
Japanese isshu
One burning of incense; a candle, or lamp; one burning of incense


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



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Mandarin chuán dēng / chuan2 deng1
Taiwan ch`uan teng / chuan teng
Japanese dentō
Chinese 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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Mandarin wān dēng / wan1 deng1
Taiwan wan teng
Japanese wantō
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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Mandarin diào dēng / diao4 deng1
Taiwan tiao teng
Chinese hanging lamp



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


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



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


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


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Japanese kotou / koto / ことう Japanese arc lamp


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Japanese mitou / mito / みとう    miakashi / みあかし    gotou / goto / ごとう Japanese lighted lamp (or candle, etc.) provided as a religious offering



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Mandarin huì dēng / hui4 deng1
Taiwan hui teng
Japanese etō
The lamp of wisdom; the lamp of wisdom



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



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Mandarin zhǎng dēng / zhang3 deng1
Taiwan chang teng
Chinese to hold a lamp; to light a lamp


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Japanese kakiage / かきあげ Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) something pulled upwards; (2) turning up a lamp wick


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Japanese kakiage / かきあげ Japanese (irregular okurigana usage) (1) mixed vegetable and seafood tempura; (2) something pulled upwards; (3) turning up a lamp wick



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Mandarin tí dēng / ti2 deng1
Taiwan t`i teng / ti teng
Japanese chouchin / chochin / ちょうちん
Chinese a portable lamp
Japanese paper lantern; Chinese lantern; Japanese lantern


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Japanese akari / あかり Japanese (1) light; illumination; glow; gleam; (2) lamp; light



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Mandarin zhuō dēng / zhuo1 deng1
Taiwan cho teng
Chinese desk lamp



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Mandarin tái dēng / tai2 deng1
Taiwan t`ai teng / tai teng
Chinese desk lamp; table lamp



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Mandarin qì dēng / qi4 deng1
Taiwan ch`i teng / chi teng
Chinese gas lamp

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese

tou / todēng / deng1 / dengteng
Inner Light
shin tou / shintou / shin to / shintoxīn dēng / xin1 deng1 / xin deng / xindenghsin teng / hsinteng
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
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

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Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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