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慈 is the simplest way to express the idea of compassion.
This can also mean love for your fellow humans, humanity, or living creatures. Sometimes this is extended to mean charity.
This term is often used with a Buddhist or Christian context. The concept was also spoken of by Laozi (Lao Tzu) in the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching).
慈 is considered the direct translation of the Sanskrit word मैत्री (maitrī) Pali word मेत्ता (mettā). In this context, it means benevolence, loving-kindness, and goodwill.
This Chinese character is understood in Japanese but is usually used in compound words (not seen alone). Also used in old Korean Hanja, so it's very universal.
Besides the title above, 慈悲 can also be defined as clemency or lenience and sometimes the act of giving charity.
In Buddhist context, it can be defined as, "benevolence", "loving kindness and compassion", or "mercy and compassion".
This Buddhist virtue is perhaps the most important to employ in your life. All sentient beings that you encounter should be given your loving kindness. And trust me, however much you can give, it comes back. Make your life and the world a better place!
This Chinese/Japanese Buddhist term is the equivalent of Metta Karuna from Pali or Maitri Karuna from Sanskrit.
慈 can mean loving-kindness by itself.
悲 adds a component of sorrow, empathy, compassion, and sympathy for others.
See Also: Benevolence
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your metta search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| miè tā
extinguishes the other
(ateji / phonetic) (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (kana only) thoughtless; reckless; careless; rash; (2) (kana only) seldom (with neg. verb); rare; (3) (kana only) ordinary; usual; common; (4) (kana only) excessive; immoderate; extreme
| mettaa / metta
(personal name) Metter
|(adjectival noun) (1) thoughtless; reckless; careless; rash; (adjectival noun) (2) (with neg. verb) (See 滅多に・めったに) seldom; rare; (adjectival noun) (3) ordinary; usual; common; (adjectival noun) (4) (archaism) excessive; immoderate; extreme|
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Metta||梅塔||méi tǎ / mei2 ta3 / mei ta / meita||mei t`a / meita / mei ta|
|慈||ji||cí / ci2 / ci||tz`u / tzu|
Buddhist Loving Kindness
|慈悲||ji hi / jihi||cí bēi / ci2 bei1 / ci bei / cibei||tz`u pei / tzupei / tzu pei|
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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.
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When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.
The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.
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.
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.
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.
Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.
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