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Life Is But A Dream

rén shēng rú mèng
Life Is But A Dream Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Big Dream

dà mèng
daimu
Big Dream Vertical Wall 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.

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

大夢


大梦

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dà mèng / da4 meng4
ta meng
 daimu / ひろむ
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(female given name) Hiromu
The great dream, "the dream of life," this life, the world; great dream

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)

凡夫十重妄

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fán fū shí zhòng wàng / fan2 fu1 shi2 zhong4 wang4
fan fu shih chung wang
 bonbu jū jūmō
The serious misfortunes of the sinful man in whom the Ālaya-vijñāna, the fundamental intelligence, or life force, of everyman, is still unenlightened; they are compared to ten progressive stages of a dream in which a rich man sees himself become poor and in prison; ten serious errors of worldlings

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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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
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
Big Dream大夢daimudà mèng / da4 meng4 / da meng / damengta meng / tameng
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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