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lǐng dǎo
Leadership Vertical Wall Scroll

領導 is the Chinese word for "Leadership".

It contains the ideas of "to lead", "to direct", "to conduct" and "to guide". Putting a wall scroll with this word on your wall suggests that you are honing your leadership skills or hold a position of leadership.

Initiative / Leadership

jī jí
Initiative / Leadership Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese, this word means "to take the initiative".

In Japanese and Korean, the meaning varies slightly to a meaning that leans more toward "leadership" (as in one who is leading a group or organization).

Leadership / Ability to Lead

Leadership / Ability to Lead Vertical Wall Scroll

指導力 is the Japanese word for "Leadership".

This refers to the ability to lead (or with certain adjectives added, the lack of ability to lead).

The Confident Helmsman Inspires Confidence in the Passengers

bǎ tuò de bù huāng chéng chuán de wěn dang
The Confident Helmsman Inspires Confidence in the Passengers Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: [If the] helmsman is not nervous, the passengers [will feel] secure.

Figuratively, this means: If the leader appears confident, his/her followers will gain confidence also.

把舵的不慌乘船的穩當 is a great suggestion that a confident leader inspires confidence in his/her troops or followers. Of course, a nervous leader will create fear in troops or followers.

Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis

dào tiān dì jiàng fǎ
dou ten chi shou hou
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis Vertical Wall Scroll

The first chapter of Sun Tzu's Art of War lists five key points to analyzing your situation.

It reads like a 5-part military proverb. Sun Tzu says that to sharpen your skills, you must plan. To plan well, you must know your situation. Therefore, you must consider and discuss the following:

1. Philosophy and Politics: Make sure your way or your policy is agreeable among all of your troops (and the citizens of your kingdom as well). For when your soldiers believe in you and your way, they will follow you to their deaths without hesitation, and will not question your orders.

2. Heaven/Sky: Consider climate / weather. This can also mean to consider whether God is smiling on you. In the modern military, this could be waiting for clear skies so that you can have air support for an amphibious landing.

3. Ground/Earth: Consider the terrain in which the battle will take place. This includes analyzing defensible positions, exit routes, and using varying elevation to your advantage. When you plan an ambush, you must know your terrain, and the best location from which to stage that ambush. This knowledge will also help you avoid being ambushed, as you will know where the likely places in which to expect an ambush from your enemy.

4. Leadership: This applies to you as the general, and also to your lieutenants. A leader should be smart and be able to develop good strategies. Leaders should keep their word, and if they break a promise, they should punish themselves as harshly as they would punish subordinates. Leaders should be benevolent to their troops, with almost a fatherly love for them. Leaders must have the ability to make brave and fast decisions. Leaders must have steadfast principles.

5. [Military] Methods: This can also mean laws, rules, principles, model, or system. You must have an efficient organization in place to manage both your troops and supplies. In the modern military, this would be a combination of how your unit is organized, and your SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).

Notes: This is a simplistic translation and explanation. Much more is suggested in the actual text of the Art of War (Bing Fa). It would take a lot of study to master all of these aspects. In fact, these five characters can be compared to the modern military acronyms such as BAMCIS or SMEAC.

CJK notes: I have included the Japanese and Korean pronunciations but in Chinese, Korean and Japanese, this does not make a typical phrase (with subject, verb, and object) it is a list that only someone familiar with Sun Tzu’s writings would understand.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
lǐng dǎo / ling3 dao3 / ling dao / lingdaoling tao / lingtao
shudou / shudojī jí / ji1 ji2 / ji ji / jijichi chi / chichi
Ability to Lead
The Confident Helmsman Inspires Confidence in the Passengers把舵的不慌乘船的穩當
bǎ tuò de bù huāng chéng chuán de wěn dang
ba3 tuo4 de bu4 huang1 cheng2 chuan2 de wen3 dang
ba tuo de bu huang cheng chuan de wen dang
pa t`o te pu huang ch`eng ch`uan te wen tang
pa to te pu huang cheng chuan te wen tang
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis道天地將法
dou ten chi shou hou
do ten chi sho ho
dào tiān dì jiàng fǎ
dao4 tian1 di4 jiang4 fa3
dao tian di jiang fa
tao t`ien ti chiang fa
tao tien ti chiang fa
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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zhǔ dòng / zhu3 dong4
chu tung
 shudou / shudo / しゅどう
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis Vertical Wall Scroll
to take the initiative; to do something of one's own accord; spontaneous; active; opposite: passive 被動|被动[bei4 dong4]; drive (of gears and shafts etc)



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pú sà / pu2 sa4
p`u sa / pu sa
 bosatsu(p);bosachi(ok) / ぼさつ(P);ぼさち(ok)
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis Vertical Wall Scroll
Bodhisattva (Buddhism)
(n,n-suf) (1) {Buddh} bodhisattva; one who has reached enlightenment but vows to save all beings before becoming a buddha; (2) High Monk (title bestowed by the imperial court); (3) (See 本地垂迹説) title bestowed to Shinto kami in manifestation theory; (surname) Mizoro
bodhisattva, cf. 菩提薩埵. While the idea is not foreign to Hīnayāna, its extension of meaning is one of the chief marks of Mahāyāna. 'The Bodhisattva is indeed the characteristic feature of the Mahāyāna.' Keith. According to Mahāyāna the Hinayanists, i.e. the śrāvaka and pratyekabuddha, seek their own salvation, while the bodhisattva's aim is the salvation of others and of all. The earlier intp. of bodhisattva was 大道心衆生 all beings with mind for the truth; later it became 大覺有情 conscious beings of or for the great intelligence, or enlightenment. It is also intp. in terms of leadership, heroism, etc. In general it is a Mahayanist seeking Buddhahood, but seeking it altruistically; whether monk or layman, he seeks enlightenment to enlighten others, and he will sacrifice himself to save others; he is devoid of egoism and devoted to helping others. All conscious beings having the Buddha-nature are natural bodhisattvas, but require to undergo development. The mahāsattva is sufficiently advanced to become a Buddha and enter nirvāṇa, but according to his vow he remains in the realm of incarnation to save all conscious beings. A monk should enter on the arduous course of discipline which leads to Bodhisattvahood and Buddhahood.



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lǐng dǎo / ling3 dao3
ling tao
 ryoudou / ryodo / りょうどう
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis Vertical Wall Scroll
lead; leading; to lead; leadership; leader; CL:位[wei4],個|个[ge4]
(noun/participle) leadership; guidance


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 shidouryoku / shidoryoku / しどうりょく
Art of War: 5 Points of Analysis Vertical Wall Scroll
leadership skill; leadership ability

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/ ba4
 ha / は
variant of 霸[ba4]
(1) (See 覇を唱える) supremacy (over a nation); hegemony; domination; leadership; (2) championship; victory; (female given name) Haru



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zhǔ dǎo / zhu3 dao3
chu tao
 shudou / shudo / しゅどう
leading; dominant; prevailing; to lead; to direct; to dominate
(noun/participle) leadership; initiative; spearhead



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xiān dǎo / xian1 dao3
hsien tao
 sendou / sendo / せんどう
guide; forerunner; pioneer
(noun/participle) guidance; leadership; leading the way



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xiān jìn / xian1 jin4
hsien chin
 senshin / せんしん
advanced (technology); to advance
(noun - becomes adjective with の) seniority; advance; leadership
先輩 Of earlier, or senior rank or achievement.



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bīng quán / bing1 quan2
ping ch`üan / ping chüan
military leadership; military power


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xiǎo shèng / xiao3 sheng4
hsiao sheng
Hinayana, the Lesser Vehicle; Buddhism in India before the Mayahana sutras; also pr. [Xiao3 cheng2]
Hīnayāna 希那衍. The small, or inferior wain, or vehicle; the form of Buddhism which developed after Śākyamuni's death to about the beginning of the Christian era, when Mahāyāna doctrines were introduced. It is the orthodox school and more in direct line with the Buddhist succession than Mahāyānism which developed on lines fundamentally different. The Buddha was a spiritual doctor, less interested in philosophy than in the remedy for human misery and perpetual transmigration. He "turned aside from idle metaphysical speculations; if he held views on such topics, he deemed them valueless for the purposes of salvation, which was his goal" (Keith). Metaphysical speculations arose after his death, and naturally developed into a variety of Hīnayāna schools before and after the separation of a distinct school of Mahāyāna. Hīnayāna remains the form in Ceylon, Burma, and Siam, hence is known as Southern Buddhism in contrast with Northern Buddhism or Mahāyāna, the form chiefly prevalent from Nepal to Japan. Another rough division is that of Pali and Sanskrit, Pali being the general literary language of the surviving form of Hīnayāna, Sanskrit of Mahāyāna. The term Hīnayāna is of Mahāyānist origination to emphasize the universalism and altruism of Mahāyāna over the narrower personal salvation of its rival. According to Mahāyāna teaching its own aim is universal Buddhahood, which means the utmost development of wisdom and the perfect transformation of all the living in the future state; it declares that Hīnayāna, aiming at arhatship and pratyekabuddhahood, seeks the destruction of body and mind and extinction in nirvāṇa. For arhatship the 四諦Four Noble Truths are the foundation teaching, for pratyekabuddhahood the 十二因緣 twelve-nidānas, and these two are therefore sometimes styled the two vehicles 二乘. Tiantai sometimes calls them the (Hīnayāna) Tripiṭaka school. Three of the eighteen Hīnayāna schools were transported to China: 倶舍 (Abhidharma) Kośa; 成實 Satya-siddhi; and the school of Harivarman, the律 Vinaya school. These are described by Mahāyānists as the Buddha's adaptable way of meeting the questions and capacity of his hearers, though his own mind is spoken of as always being in the absolute Mahāyāna all-embracing realm. Such is the Mahāyāna view of Hīnayāna, and if the Vaipulya sūtras and special scriptures of their school, which are repudiated by Hīnayāna, are apocryphal, of which there seems no doubt, then Mahāyāna in condemning Hīnayāna must find other support for its claim to orthodoxy. The sūtras on which it chiefly relies, as regards the Buddha, have no authenticity; while those of Hīnayāna cannot be accepted as his veritable teaching in the absence of fundamental research. Hīnayāna is said to have first been divided into minority and majority sections immediately after the death of Śākyamuni, when the sthāvira, or older disciples, remained in what is spoken of as "the cave", some place at Rājagṛha, to settle the future of the order, and the general body of disciples remained outside; these two are the first 上坐部 and 大衆部 q. v. The first doctrinal division is reported to have taken place under the leadership of the monk 大天 Mahādeva (q.v.) a hundred years after the Buddha's nirvāṇa and during the reign of Aśoka; his reign, however, has been placed later than this by historians. Mahādeva's sect became the Mahāsāṅghikā, the other the Sthāvira. In time the two are said to have divided into eighteen, which with the two originals are the so-called "twenty sects" of Hīnayāna. Another division of four sects, referred to by Yijing, is that of the 大衆部 (Arya) Mahāsaṅghanikāya, 上座部 Āryasthavirāḥ, 根本說一切有部 Mūlasarvāstivādaḥ, and 正量部 Saṃmatīyāḥ. There is still another division of five sects, 五部律. For the eighteen Hīnayāna sects see 小乘十八部; small vehicle



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gàn bù / gan4 bu4
kan pu
 kanbu / かんぶ
cadre; official; officer; manager
management; (executive) staff; leaders; leadership; top brass; upper echelons



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zhǐ dǎo / zhi3 dao3
chih tao
 shidou / shido / しどう
to guide; to give directions; to direct; to coach; guidance; tuition; CL:個|个[ge4]
(noun/participle) (1) guidance; leadership; instruction; direction; coaching; (2) {MA} shido (disciplinary action for a minor infringement of the rules of judo)


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jiē bān / jie1 ban1
chieh pan
to take over (from those working the previous shift); to take over (in a leadership role etc); to succeed sb



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fǎ jiàng / fa3 jiang4
fa chiang
Dharma-generals, i.e. monks of high character and leadership; the general of the dharma



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cuàn dǎng / cuan4 dang3
ts`uan tang / tsuan tang
to usurp the leadership of the party



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tǒng shuài / tong3 shuai4
t`ung shuai / tung shuai
 tousotsu / tosotsu / とうそつ
to command; to direct
(noun/participle) command; lead; generalship; leadership



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dǎng zǔ / dang3 zu3
tang tsu
party leadership group



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zhǔ dǎo xìng / zhu3 dao3 xing4
chu tao hsing


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 shudouken / shudoken / しゅどうけん hegemony; leadership; initiative



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zhǔ dǎo quán / zhu3 dao3 quan2
chu tao ch`üan / chu tao chüan
leadership (role)


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 sendousei / sendose / せんどうせい leadership


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 toukanbu / tokanbu / とうかんぶ leading members of a party; party executive; party leadership; senior party members


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 shikkoubu / shikkobu / しっこうぶ (the) executive; administration; leadership


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 souryousei / soryose / そうりょうせい sōryō system; organization of regional landholding families based on divided inheritance under the leadership of a main heir, usu. the eldest son (Kamakura period)


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 shidoubu / shidobu / しどうぶ leadership


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 kajitori / かじとり (out-dated kanji) (noun/participle) (1) steering; helmsman; coxswain; (2) guidance; leadership; leader


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 tousotsuryoku / tosotsuryoku / とうそつりょく leadership; generalship


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 kajitori / かじとり (noun/participle) (1) steering; helmsman; coxswain; (2) guidance; leadership; leader


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ā mù qiā / a1 mu4 qia1
a mu ch`ia / a mu chia
(阿目佉跋折羅) Amogha, or Amoghavajra, 阿牟伽 (or 阿謨伽 or 阿穆伽) intp. 不空 (不空金剛) a monk from northern India, a follower of the mystic teachings of Samantabhadra. Vajramati 金剛智 is reputed to have founded the Yogācārya or Tantric school in China about A.D. 719-720. Amogha succeeded him in its leadership in 732. From a journey through India and Ceylon, 741-6, he brought to China more than 500 sutras and śāstras; introduced a new form for transliterating Sanskrit and published 108 works. He is credited with the introduction of the Ullambana fesival of All Souls, 15th of 7th moon, v. 盂. He is the chief representative of Buddhist mysticism in China, spreading it widely through the patronage of three successive emperors, Xuanzong, Suzong, who gave him the title of 大廣智三藏 q.v., and Daizong, who gave him the posthumous rank and title of a Minister of State. He died 774.



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lǐng dǎo quán / ling3 dao3 quan2
ling tao ch`üan / ling tao chüan
leadership authority

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