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6. Human Nature
自然 is the simple way to express nature in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This can also be translated as "the natural world".
In Japanese and Korean, this term is sometimes used to refer to spontaneity or a spontaneous act.
大自然 is the simple way to express "mother nature" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
This can also be translated as "the great nature" or "all of nature".
This title is about the way and balance of nature.
The first two characters mean nature or the way of life.
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.
Note: We have two versions of this title on our website. 生態平衡 is the one we recommend, as it is a little more natural (no pun intended).
自然界の均衡 is a verbose way to say "nature in balance" in Japanese.
The first three Kanji have the meaning of "the natural world" or "the natural kingdom" (kind of like animal kingdom but including plants, and all things biological).
The third character is a Hiragana that acts to connect the two ideas here.
The last two Kanji mean equilibrium or balance.
花鳥風月 is the Japanese Kanji proverb for "Beauties of Nature".
The dictionary definition is, "the traditional themes of natural beauty in Japanese aesthetics".
The Kanji each represents an element of nature that constitute beauty in traditional Japanese art and culture.
The Kanji breakdown:
花 = ka = flower (also pronounced "hana")
鳥 = chou = bird (also pronounced "tori").
風 = fuu = wind (also pronounced "kaze").
月 = getsu = moon (also pronounced "tsuki")
真如 comes from the Sanskrit and Pali word often romanized as "tathata" or "tathatā". Originally written, "तथता".
It's a Buddhist term that is often translated as "thusness" or "suchness" but this does not explain it.
A better explanation may be, "the ultimate nature of all things". However, this gives it too strong of a feeling. This concept is sometimes described as being in awe of the simple nature of something - like a blade of grass blowing in the wind, or ripples on water. It is what it is supposed to be, these things are following their nature. Amazing in their mundane simplicity.
Every sect of Buddhism will have a slightly different flavor, or explanation, so don't get fixated on one definition.
Notes: Sometimes Buddhists use the word dharmatā, a synonym to tathatā.
In Japan, this can also be the female given name Mayuki, or the surname Majo.
This title is the essence of what it means to act and be human.
These two characters refer to the way we are as people.
人性 is also sometimes translated as human personality, human instinct, humanity, or humanism.
The first character literally means human or people.
The second character means nature. It can also mean property, quality, attribute, or essence. It can even be a modifier like "-ity" or "-ness", which is why this word is also translated as "humanity".
These two characters create a word in Chinese and Japanese that means something like benevolence with magnanimity or kindness with a forgiving nature.
If this describes you, then you are the type of person that I would like to call my friend.
This may not be the most common word in daily use but it's old enough that it transcended cultures from China to Japan in the 5th century when Japan lacked a written language, and absorbed Chinese characters and words into their language.
Note: 仁恕 is not commonly used in Korean.
見性成佛 is a universal phrase that suggests that one may see one's own nature and accomplish Buddhahood.
見性 suggests penetrating deep inside oneself to finally see one's "Original Mind".
成佛 refers to a sentient being who dispenses with illusions and delusions through ascetic practice, is enlightened to truth, and becomes a Buddha.
見性成佛 is used by Mahayana, Chan, and Zen Buddhists in China, Korea, and Japan.
You will also see this with the last character written as 仏 in Japanese. In the religious context, 佛 is commonly used to mean Buddha. If you want the other version, see Kenshō Jōbutsu 見性成仏
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Nature||自然||shi zen / shizen||zì rán / zi4 ran2 / zi ran / ziran||tzu jan / tzujan|
|Mother Nature||大自然||dai shi zen|
|dà zì rán|
da4 zi4 ran2
da zi ran
|ta tzu jan
|Nature in Balance|
|自然平衡||zì rán píng héng|
zi4 ran2 ping2 heng2
zi ran ping heng
|tzu jan p`ing heng
tzu jan ping heng
|Nature in Balance|
|自然の調和||shizen no cho wa|
|Nature in Balance|
|shēng tài píng héng|
sheng1 tai4 ping2 heng2
sheng tai ping heng
|sheng t`ai p`ing heng
sheng tai ping heng
|Nature in Balance|
|自然界の均衡||shizenkai no kinkou|
shizenkai no kinko
|Beauty of Nature||花鳥風月||ka chou fuu getsu|
ka cho fu getsu
Ultimate Nature of All Things
|真如||shinnyo||zhēn rú / zhen1 ru2 / zhen ru / zhenru||chen ju / chenju|
|Human Nature||人性||rén xìng / ren2 xing4 / ren xing / renxing||jen hsing / jenhsing|
|The Nature of Martial Arts||自然武道||shi zen bu do|
|zì rán wǔ dào|
zi4 ran2 wu3 dao4
zi ran wu dao
|tzu jan wu tao
|Kindness and Forgiving Nature||仁恕||jinjo||rén shù / ren2 shu4 / ren shu / renshu||jen shu / jenshu|
|Seeing one’s Nature and becoming a Buddha||見性成佛|
|ken shou jou butsu|
ken sho jo butsu
|jiàn xìng chéng fó|
jian4 xing4 cheng2 fo2
jian xing cheng fo
|chien hsing ch`eng fo
chien hsing cheng fo
|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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