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Phenomenon in Chinese / Japanese...

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China xiàn xiàng
Japan genshou
Phenomenon Vertical Wall Scroll

I must first say that this word is an odd thing to put on a wall scroll in Asian cultures. It won't make a lot of sense alone, unless you have a special or personal meaning that you attach to it for yourself.

These two characters mean phenomenon in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Hanja. They can also be translated as "a happening" depending on context.

The sum of these characters is a little different than their individual meanings. But I will break it down anyway...
The first character means present, existing, actual, appear, now or current.
The second character alone means pattern after, imitate, image, shape, sign (of the times), form, appearance, to be like, to resemble, to take after, to seem or elephant.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese ri / り
Phenomenon Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese texture; grain (of wood); inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); to manage; to pay attention to; to run (affairs); to handle; to put in order; to tidy up
Japanese (1) reason; principle; logic; (2) {Buddh} (See 事・じ) general principle (as opposed to individual concrete phenomenon); (3) (in neo-Confucianism) the underlying principles of the cosmos
siddhānta; hetu. Ruling principle, fundamental law, intrinsicality, universal basis, essential element; nidāna, reason; pramāṇa, to arrange, regulate, rule, rectify.

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Mandarin kòng / kong4
Taiwan k`ung / kung
Japanese kuu / ku / くう
Chinese to empty; vacant; unoccupied; space; leisure; free time
Japanese (1) empty air; sky; (2) {Buddh} shunyata; emptiness; the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phenomenon; (3) (abbreviation) (See 空軍) air force; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) fruitlessness; meaninglessness; (5) (See 五大・1) void (one of the five elements); (can be adjective with の) (6) {math} empty (e.g. set)
śūnya, empty, void, hollow, vacant, nonexistent. śūnyatā, 舜若多, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, perhaps spirituality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, the seeming 假 being unreal. The doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality, but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. There are classifications into 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, and 18 categories. The doctrine is that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution. From this doctrine the Yogācārya school developed the idea of the permanent reality, which is Essence of Mind, the unknowable noumenon behind all phenomena, the entity void of ideas and phenomena, neither matter nor mind, but the root of both.



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Mandarin xiàn xiàng / xian4 xiang4
Taiwan hsien hsiang
Japanese genshou / gensho / げんしょう
Phenomenon Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese phenomenon; CL:個|个[ge4],種|种[zhong3]; appearance
Japanese phenomenon

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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese ji / じ
Chinese matter; thing; item; work; affair; CL:件[jian4],樁|桩[zhuang1],回[hui2]
Japanese {Buddh} (See 理・2) individual concrete phenomenon (as opposed to a general principle)
artha 日迦他 (迦 being an error for 遏); affair, concern, matter; action, practice; phenomena; to serve. It is 'practice' or the thing, affair, matter, in contrast with 理 theory, or the underlying principle; affair, event

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Mandarin xiāng / xiang1
Taiwan hsiang
Japanese sou / so / そう
Chinese each other; one another; mutually; fret on the neck of a pipa 琵琶[pi2 pa5] (a fret on the soundboard is called a 品[pin3])
Japanese (1) appearance; look; countenance; (2) (See 女難の相) a 'seeming' that fortune-tellers relate to one's fortune; (3) {ling} aspect; (4) {physics} phase (e.g. solid, liquid and gaseous)
lakṣana 攞乞尖拏. Also, nimitta. A 'distinctive mark, sign', 'indication, characteristic', 'designation'. M. W. External appearance; the appearance of things; form; a phenomenon 有爲法 in the sense of appearance; mutual; to regard. The four forms taken by every phenomenon are 生住異滅 rise, stay, change, cease, i. e. birth, life, old age, death. The Huayan school has a sixfold division of form, namely, whole and parts, together and separate, integrate and disintegrate. A Buddha or Cakravartī is recognized by his thirty-two lakṣana , i. e. his thirty-two characteristic physiological marks.


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Mandarin shì lǐ / shi4 li3
Taiwan shih li
Japanese jiri / じり
Chinese reason; logic
Japanese reason; facts; propriety; sense
Practice and theory; phenomenon and noumenon, activity and principle, or the absolute; phenomena ever change, the underlying principle, being absolute, neither changes nor acts, it is the 眞如 q. v. also v. 理. For 事理法界 (事理無礙法界) v. 四法界.


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Mandarin shì xiāng / shi4 xiang1
Taiwan shih hsiang
Japanese jisou / jiso / じそう
Japanese aspect; phase; phenomenon
Phenomenon, affair, practice. The practices of the esoterics are called 事理部 as contrasted with their open teaching called 教相部.


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Japanese jishou / jisho / じしょう Japanese event; phenomenon; matter


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Japanese kasou / kaso / かそう Japanese appearance; phenomenon


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Mandarin liù yīn / liu4 yin1
Taiwan liu yin
Japanese rokuin
The six causations of the 六位 six stages of Bodhisattva development, q. v. Also, the sixfold division of causes of the Vaibhāṣikas (cf. Keith, 177-8); every phenomenon depends upon the union of 因 primary cause and 緣 conditional or environmental cause; and of the 因 there are six kinds: (1) 能作因 karaṇahetu, effective causes of two kinds: 與力因 empowering cause, as the earth empowers plant growth, and 不障因 non-resistant cause, as space does not resist, i. e. active and passive causes; (2) 倶有因 sahabhūhetu, co-operative causes, as the four elements 四大 in nature, not one of which can be omitted; (3) 同類因 sabhāgahetu, causes of the same kind as the effect, good producing good, etc.; (4) 相應因 saṃprayuktahetu, mutual responsive or associated causes, e. g. mind and mental conditions, subject with object; Keith gives 'faith and intelligence'; similar to (2); (5) 遍行因 sarvatragahetu, universal or omnipresent cause, i. e. of illusion, as of false views affecting every act; it resembles (3) but is confined to delusion; (6) 異熟因 vipākahetu, differental fruition, i. e. the effect different from the cause, as the hells are from evil deeds; six kinds of causes


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Japanese koujitsu / kojitsu / こうじつ Japanese anthelion (optical phenomenon)



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Mandarin yuán miào / yuan2 miao4
Taiwan yüan miao
Japanese enmyō
The mystery of the 'perfect' school, i.e. the complete harmony of 空假中 noumenon, phenomenon, and the middle way; perfectly sublime



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Mandarin yuán wù / yuan2 wu4
Taiwan yüan wu
Japanese engo / えんご
Completely to apprehend the truth. In Tiantai, the complete apprehension at the same time of noumenon, phenomenon, and the middle way; Yuanwu



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Mandarin yuán jiào / yuan2 jiao4
Taiwan yüan chiao
Japanese engyō
The complete, perfect, or comprehensive doctrine; the school or sect of Mahāyāna which represents it. The term has had three references. The first was by 光統 Guangtong of the Later Wei, sixth century, who defined three schools, 漸 gradual, 頓 immediate, and 圓 inclusive or complete. The Tiantai called its fourth section the inclusive, complete, or perfect teaching 圓, the other three being 三藏 Hīnayāna, 通 Mahāyāna-cum-Hīnayāna, 別 Mahāyāna. The Huayan so called its fifth section, i.e. 小乘; 大乘始; 大乘終; 頓 and 圓. It is the Tiantai version that is in general acceptance, defined as a perfect whole and as complete in its parts; for the whole is the absolute and its parts are therefore the absolute; the two may be called noumenon and phenomenon, or 空 and 假 (or 俗), but in reality they are one, i.e. the 中 medial condition. To conceive these three as a whole is the Tiantai inclusive or 'perfect' doctrine. The Huayan 'perfect' doctrine also taught that unity and differentiation, or absolute and relative, were one, a similar doctrine to that of the identity of contraries. In Tiantai teaching the harmony is due to its underlying unity; its completeness to the permeation of this unity in all phenomena; these two are united in the medial 中 principle; to comprehend these three principles at one and the same time is the complete, all-containing, or 'perfect' doctrine of Tiantai. There are other definitions of the all-inclusive doctrine, e.g. the eight complete things, complete in teaching, principles, knowledge, etc. 圓教四門 v. 四門.


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Japanese chishou / chisho / ちしょう Japanese terrestrial phenomena (phenomenon)


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Mandarin tiān xiàng / tian1 xiang4
Taiwan t`ien hsiang / tien hsiang
Japanese tenshou / tensho / てんしょう
Chinese meteorological or astronomical phenomenon (e.g. rainbow or eclipse)
Japanese weather; astronomical phenomena


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Japanese saon / さおん Japanese combination tone (psychoacoustic phenomenon); difference tone



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Mandarin hòu guāng / hou4 guang1
Taiwan hou kuang
Japanese gokou / goko / ごこう
Japanese (1) halo; aureole; aureola; nimbus; (2) halo (optical phenomenon); glory
The halo behind an image; background halo


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Japanese gokou / goko / ごこう Japanese halo (optical phenomenon); glory


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Mandarin guài quān / guai4 quan1
Taiwan kuai ch`üan / kuai chüan
Chinese vicious circle; (abnormal) phenomenon



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Mandarin guài yì / guai4 yi4
Taiwan kuai i
Japanese kaii / kai / かいい
Chinese monstrous; strange; strange phenomenon
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) (1) mystery; curiosity; strangeness; monstrosity; (2) ghost; monster; apparition; phantom; spectre; specter; goblin



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Mandarin xiào yìng / xiao4 ying4
Taiwan hsiao ying
Chinese effect (scientific phenomenon)



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Mandarin běn yuán / ben3 yuan2
Taiwan pen yüan
Japanese honnen
The origin or cause of any phenomenon; life stories


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Japanese shoutai / shotai / しょうたい Japanese (1) true character; true form; true colors (colours); identity; truth (of a mystery, phenomenon, etc.); origin; (2) consciousness; one's senses


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Japanese saisa / さいさ Japanese (phenomenon of) precession of the equinoxes


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Mandarin hǎi xiàng / hai3 xiang4
Taiwan hai hsiang
Japanese kaishou / kaisho / かいしょう
Chinese walrus
Japanese marine phenomenon



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Mandarin làn shāng / lan4 shang1
Taiwan lan shang
Japanese ranshou / ransho / らんしょう
Chinese lit. floating wine goblets on a stream; the origin (of some phenomenon)
Japanese source; beginning; origin


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Japanese busshou / bussho / ぶっしょう Japanese object; natural phenomenon; science of inanimate nature


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Mandarin lǐ zhì / li3 zhi4
Taiwan li chih
Japanese richi / りち
Chinese reason; intellect; rationality; rational
Japanese intellect; intelligence
Principle and gnosis (or reason); the noumenal in essence and in knowledge; the truth in itself and in knowledge; li is also the fundamental principle of the phenomenon under observation, chih the observing wisdom; one is reality, the other the knower or knowing; one is the known object, the other the knower, the knowing, or what is known; each is dependent on the other, chih depends on lili is revealed by chih. Also knowledge or enlightenment in its essence or purity, free from incarnational influences; cognition of principle


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Japanese ihen / いへん Japanese unusual event; strange occurrence; strange phenomenon; something abnormal; change (for the worse); accident; disaster

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
genshou / genshoxiàn xiàng
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