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dà mèng
daimu
Big Dream Scroll

大夢 means, "Big Dream" in Chinese and Japanese.

大夢 is mostly a Buddhist term referring to the great dream that represents a long and winding life that feels like a dream (since reality is an illusion anyway in Buddhism).

This can also be a female given name, Hiromu, or Oomu, in Japanese. Also more rare unisex given names Daimu or Taimu.

Life Is But A Dream

rén shēng rú mèng
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人生如夢 is an old Chinese proverb that suggests, "life is but a dream".

This kind of follows the Buddhist idea that the world is a temporal place, where reality may not be as real as you think.




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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Big Dream大夢daimudà mèng / da4 meng4 / da meng / damengta meng / tameng
Life Is But A Dream人生如夢
人生如梦
rén shēng rú mèng
ren2 sheng1 ru2 meng4
ren sheng ru meng
renshengrumeng
jen sheng ju meng
jenshengjumeng
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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Pronunciation
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人生如夢


人生如梦

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rén shēng rú mèng
    ren2 sheng1 ru2 meng4
jen sheng ju meng
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life is but a dream (idiom)

Variations:
浮世は夢
浮き世は夢

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 ukiyohayume
    うきよはゆめ
(expression) (proverb) (See 浮世・1) life is but a dream; this too shall pass; everything is transient

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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
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.

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

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