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The name Nine in Chinese / Japanese...

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Words Have Enormous Weight: One Word Worth Nine Caldrons

 yī yán jiǔ dǐng
Words Have Enormous Weight: One Word Worth Nine Caldrons Scroll

一言九鼎 is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times to talk of profound or powerful words.

Highly-Valued Bronze Tripod Caldron The literal meaning is “one word [worth] nine [sacred] tripods.” The tripod is a highly-prized three-legged (sometimes four-legged) metal pot or kettle of ancient China. They are often made of bronze, and the Emperor would have large ones gilded in gold. See the image to the right for an example.


The number nine

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九 is the number nine in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

九 is a strange selection for a wall scroll, so it's here mostly for reference. I guess it's OK if the number nine is important to you.

玖 Because this character is rather simple (just two strokes), there is an anti-fraud way to write nine on bank documents. This version is shown to the right.

Facing the Wall Nine Years

 miàn bì jiǔ nián
 menpeki kyunen
Facing the Wall Nine Years Scroll

面壁九年 is a Buddhist term that means “facing a wall for nine years.”

This refers to the Bodhidharma who stared at a wall in meditation at the Shaolin Temple (or in a cave) for nine years until reaching full enlightenment.

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Zen / Chan / Meditation
to abdicate
(out-dated kanji) (1) (Buddhist term) dhyana (profound meditation); (2) (abbreviation) Zen (Buddhism); (surname) Yuzuri
To level a place for an altar, to sacrifice to the hills and fountains; to abdicate. Adopted by Buddhists for dhyāna, 禪 or 禪那, i.e. meditation, abstraction, trance. dhyāna is 'meditation, thought, reflection, especially profound and abstract religious contemplation'. M.W. It was intp. as 'getting rid of evil', etc., later as 靜慮 quiet meditation. It is a form of 定, but that word is more closely allied with samādhi, cf. 禪定. The term also connotes Buddhism and Buddhist things in general, but has special application to the 禪宗 q.v. It is one of the six pāramitās, cf. 波. There are numerous methods and subjects of meditation. The eighteen brahmalokas are divided into four dhyāna regions 'corresponding to certain frames of mind where individuals might be reborn in strict accordance with their spiritual state'. The first three are the first dhyāna, the second three the second dhyāna, the third three the third dhyāna, and the remaining nine the fourth dhyāna. See Eitel. According to Childers' Pali Dictionary, 'The four jhānas are four stages of mystic meditation, whereby the believer's mind is purged from all earthly emotions, and detached as it were from his body, which remains plunged in a profound trance.' Seated cross-legged, the practiser 'concentrates his mind upon a single thought. Gradually his soul becomes filled with a supernatural ecstasy and serenity', his mind still reasoning: this is the first jhāna. Concentrating his mind on the same subject, he frees it from reasoning, the ecstasy and serenity remaining, which is the second jhāna. Then he divests himself of ecstasy, reaching the third stage of serenity. Lastly, in the fourth stage the mind becomes indifferent to all emotions, being exalted above them and purified. There are differences in the Mahāyāna methods, but similarity of aim.


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shào lín sì
    shao4 lin2 si4
shao lin ssu
 shourinji / shorinji

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Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple, Buddhist monastery famous for its kung fu monks
(place-name) Shaolin Temple (China); Shourinji
The monastery at 少室 in 登封 Dengfeng xian, Henanfu, where Bodhidharma sat with his face to a wall for nine years.


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yī yán jiǔ dǐng
    yi1 yan2 jiu3 ding3
i yen chiu ting
one word worth nine sacred tripods (idiom); words of enormous weight


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miàn bì jiǔ nián
    mian4 bi4 jiu3 nian2
mien pi chiu nien

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Facing the Wall Nine Years
(yoji) {Buddh} facing a wall for nine years in meditation (by Bodhidharma at Shaolin Temple)
nine years facing the wall


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(expression) (proverb) prevention is better than cure; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure; look before you leap; forewarned is forearmed; a stitch in time saves nine; a walking stick before stumbling

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 chuu / chu
nine; 9
(numeric) (クー, キュー or チュー in mahjong) nine (chi: jiǔ); (surname) Maru
Navan; nava. Nine.

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māna. Pride, arrogance, self-conceit, looking down on others, supercilious, etc.; there are categories of seven and nine kinds of pride.

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    kyuu / kyu
black jade; nine (banker's anti-fraud numeral)
(numeric) nine

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knot; sturdy; bond; to tie; to bind; to check out (of a hotel)
(female given name) Ribon
Knot, tie, bond; bound; settle, wind up; to form. The bond of transmigration. There are categories of three, five, and nine bonds; e.g. false views, the passions, etc.

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to dress; to wear; to put on (clothes)
(1) clothes; garment; (2) gown; robe; (3) coating (e.g. glaze, batter, icing); (female given name) Matoi
Clothes, especially a monk's robes which are of two kinds, the compulsory three garments of five, seven, or nine pieces; and the permissive clothing for the manual work of the monastery, etc. The 三衣 or three garments are (1) 安陀會衣 antarvāsas, an inner garment; the five-piece 袈裟 cassock; (2) 鬱多羅僧衣 uttarāsaṇga, outer garment, the seven-piece cassock; (3) 僧伽梨衣 saṁghāti, assembly cassock of from nine to twenty-five pieces. The permissive clothing is of ten kinds.

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wheel; disk; ring; steamship; to take turns; to rotate; classifier for big round objects: disk, or recurring events: round, turn
(counter) counter for wheels and flowers; (female given name) Run
cakra; wheel, disc, rotation, to revolve; v. 研. The three wheels are 惑業苦illusion, karma, suffering, in constant revolution. The five are earth, water, fire, wind, and space; the earth rests on revolving spheres of water, fire, wind, and space. The nine are seen on the tops of pagodas, cf. 九輪.; The two wheels of a cart compared by the Tiantai school to 定 (or to its Tiantai form 止觀) and 慧 meditation and wisdom; see 止觀 5. Also 食 food and 法 the doctrine, i. e. food physical and spiritual.

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 shoku(p); jiki(ok); shi(ok)
    しょく(P); じき(ok); し(ok)
to feed (a person or animal)
(1) food; foodstuff; (2) (しょく only) eating; appetite; (n,ctr) (3) (しょく only) meal; portion
āhāra, 阿賀羅 food; to eat, feed. The rules are numerous, and seem to have changed; originally flesh food was not improper and vegetarianism was a later development; the early three rules in regard to 'clean' foods are that 'I shall not have seen the creature killed, nor heard it killed for me, nor have any doubt that it was killed for me'. The five 'unclean' foods are the above three, with creatures that have died a natural death; and creatures that have been killed by other creatures. The nine classes add to the five, creatures not killed for me; raw flesh, or creatures mauled by other creatures; things not seasonable or at the right time; things previously killed. The Laṅkavātāra Sutra and certain other sutras forbid all killed food.


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(1) (kana only) {sports} (See アウト・1) in (of a ball; in tennis, etc.); inside the line; (can act as adjective) (2) (kana only) (See アウト・3) in; inside; internal; interior; (expression) (3) (on (parking) entrance signs) enter here; enter; entrance; (parking) entry; (4) (kana only) {golf} (See アウト・5) back nine; (5) {sports} inside lane (track cycling, speed skating, etc.); (6) (abbreviation) (See チェックイン) check-in time


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(1) (See 九星) first of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Mercury and north); (2) white patch on one foot of a horse; horse with such a patch; (3) surface (landscape) that is white all over; pure white; (given name) Kazushiro


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 ittsuu / ittsu
(1) one copy (of a document); one letter; (2) (abbreviation) (See 一方通行・1) one-way traffic; (3) (abbreviation) {mahj} (sometimes written イッツー) (See 一気通貫・いっきつうかん・1) pure straight; winning hand containing nine consecutive tiles of the same suit (i.e. 1-9); (male given name) Kazumichi


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qī qī
    qi1 qi1
ch`i ch`i
    chi chi
(female given name) Nana
The period of forty-nine days after death, when masses are said every seventh day till the seventh seventh day.



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qī zhòng
    qi1 zhong4
ch`i chung
    chi chung
seven orders of Buddhist disciples (monks, nuns, probationary nuns, male novices, female novices, male lay devotees, female lay devotees)
The seven classes of disciples:―(1)比丘 bhikṣu,monk;(2) bhikṣuṇī a female observer of all commandments; (3) 式叉摩那śikṣamāṇa, a novice, or observer of the six commandments; (4) 沙彌 śrāmaṇera, and (5) 沙彌尼 śrāmaṇerika, male and female observers of the minor commandments; (6) 優婆塞 upāsaka, male observers of the five commandments; and (7) 優婆夷upāsikā, female ditto. The first five have left home, the last two remain at home. Tiantai makes nine groups by dividing the last two into four, two remaining at home, two leaving home and keeping the eight commandments. Others make four groups, i.e. (1), (2), (6), and (7) of the above. Tiantai also has a four-group.


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(See 九星) seventh of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Venus and west)


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(See 九星) third of nine traditional astrological signs (corresponding to Jupiter and east)


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shàng zuò
    shang4 zuo4
shang tso
 kamiza; jouza / kamiza; joza
    かみざ; じょうざ
seat of honor
(n,vs,adj-no) chief seat; seat of honor; seat of honour; head of the table; (place-name) Jōza
Sthavira; or Mahāsthavira. Old man, or elder; head monk, president, or abbot; the first Buddhist fathers; a title of Mahākāśyapa; also of monks of twenty to forty-nine years standing, as 中座 are from ten to nineteen and 下座 under ten. The 釋氏要覽 divides presiding elders into four classes, those presiding over monasteries, over assemblies of monks, over sects, and laymen presiding over feasts to monks.


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xià pǐn
    xia4 pin3
hsia p`in
    hsia pin
(noun or adjectival noun) vulgar; indecent; coarse; crude; (place-name) Shimoshina
The three lowest of the nine classes born in the Amitābha Pure Land, v. 無量壽經. These three lowest grades are (1) 下品上生 The highest of the three lowest classes who enter the Pure Land of Amitābha, i.e. those who have committed all sins except dishonouring the sūtras. If at the end of life the sinner clasps hands and says "Namo Amitābha", such a one will be born in His precious lake. (2) 下品中生 The middle class consists of those who have broken all the commandments, even stolen from monks and abused the law. If at death such a one hears of the great power of Amitābha, and assents with but a thought, he will be received into paradise. (3) 下品下生 The lowest class, because of their sins, should have fallen into the lowest gati, but by invoking the name of Amitābha, they can escape countless ages of reincarnation and suffering and on dying will behold a lotus flower like the sun, and, by the response of a single thought, will enter the Pure Land of Amitābha.



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zhōng yīn
    zhong1 yin1
chung yin
 chuuin / chuin
{Buddh} bardo; state (or period) of intermediate existence between one's death and rebirth (in Japan, 49 days); (place-name) Nakakage
The intermediate existence between death and reincarnation, a stage varying from seven to forty-nine days, when the karma-body will certainly be reborn; v. 中有.


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(numeric) nine


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jiǔ shì
    jiu3 shi4
chiu shih
In past, present, and future worlds, each has its own past, present, and future, hence nine worlds or ages.



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jiǔ yí
    jiu3 yi2
chiu i
 ku gi
The nine "Indian" ways of showing respect, according to Xuanzang — asking about welfare; bowing the head; holding high the hands; bowing with folded hands; bending the knee; kneeling; hands and knees on the ground; elbows and knees ditto; the whole body prostrate.


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jiǔ rù
    jiu3 ru4
chiu ju
 ku nyū
nine orifices


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(n,adv) (1) nine parts; ninety percent; mostly; (2) nine percent


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jiǔ jié
    jiu3 jie2
chiu chieh
 ku kō
The nine kalpas; though Śākyamuni and Maitreya started together, the zeal of the first enabled him to become Buddha nine kalpas sooner; see 大賓積經 111.


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jiǔ qīng
    jiu3 qing1
chiu ch`ing
    chiu ching
 kyuukei / kyuke
the Nine Ministers (in imperial China)
(1) (hist) nine ministers (of the ancient Chinese government); (2) (hist) (See 公卿・1) high-ranking court noble; senior court official; kugyō


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jiǔ è
    jiu3 e4
chiu o
 ku yaku
nine pitfalls

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Words Have Enormous Weight: One Word Worth Nine Caldrons一言九鼎yī yán jiǔ dǐng
yi1 yan2 jiu3 ding3
yi yan jiu ding
i yen chiu ting
Nine九 / 玖kyuu / kyujiǔ / jiu3 / jiuchiu
Facing the Wall Nine Years面壁九年menpeki kyunen
miàn bì jiǔ nián
mian4 bi4 jiu3 nian2
mian bi jiu nian
mien pi chiu nien


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