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  1. Prayer

  2. Prayer / Praying

  3. Serenity Prayer

  4. The Lord's Prayer / Luke 11:2-4

  5. The Lord's Prayer / Mathew 6:9-13

  6. God Give Me Strength

  7. Namo Shakyamuni Buddha


dǎo gào
Prayer Scroll

禱告 is the noun that describes the act of praying to God.

This term generally applies only to western religions that pray to the God of Abraham (Christians, Jews, and Muslims).

Prayer / Praying

qǐ dǎo
kitou
Prayer / Praying Scroll

祈禱 is a second way to write "prayer".

It is a little more formal than "dao gao" but the general meaning is the same.

This Chinese/Japanese/Korean word can be translated as "to pray", "to say one's prayers" or simply "prayer". Like the other common term for prayer, this term generally applies only to western religions that pray to the God of Abraham (Christians, Jews, and Muslims).

Serenity Prayer

shàng dì cì wǒ píng jìng qù jiē shòu wǒ suǒ bù néng gǎi biàn de wǒ yǒng qì qù gǎi biàn wǒ suǒ néng gǎi biàn de bìng wǒ zhì huì qù fēn biàn zhè liǎng zhě
Serenity Prayer Scroll

This is the serenity prayer, as used by many 12-step programs and support groups.

In Chinese, this says:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Serenity Prayer

kamisama ha watashi ni kaeru koto no deki nai mono o ukeireru odayaka sa to kaeru koto no dekiru yuuki to sono chigai o shiru kenmei sa o ataeru
Serenity Prayer Scroll

This is a Japanese version of the serenity prayer, as used by many 12-step programs and support groups.

In Japanese, this says:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

The Lord's Prayer / Luke 11:2-4

wǒ men zài tiān shàng de fù yǒu gǔ juǎn zhǐ zuò fù ā yuàn rén dōu zūn nǐ de míng wèi shèng yuàn nǐ de guó jiàng lín yuàn nǐ de zhǐ yì xíng zài dì shàng rú tóng xíng zài tiān shàng yǒu gǔ juǎn wú yuàn nǐ de zhǐ yì yún yún wǒ men rì yòng de yǐn shí tiān tiān cì gěi wǒ men shè miǎn wǒ men de zuì yīn wèi wǒ men yě shè miǎn fán kuī qiàn wǒ men de rén bù jiào wǒ men yù jiàn shì tàn jiù wǒ men tuō lí xiōng è yǒu gǔ juǎn wú mò jù
The Lord's Prayer / Luke 11:2-4 Scroll

Here is the Lord's Prayer in Chinese from Luke 11:2-4.

The Chinese text with punctuation is:
Part of 11:2 ...我们在天上的父,有古卷只作父阿愿人都尊你的名为圣。愿你的国降临。愿你的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上。有古卷无愿你的旨意云云。
11:3 我们日用的饮食,天天赐给我们。
11:4 赦免我们的罪,因为我们也赦免凡亏欠我们的人。不叫我们遇见试探。救我们脱离凶恶。有古卷无末句。
Note that punctuation is not included in traditional Chinese calligraphy artwork.

From KJV, this is:
Part of 11:2 ...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

The Lord's Prayer / Mathew 6:9-13

wǒ men zài tiān shàng de fù yuàn rén dōu zūn nǐ de míng wèi shèng yuàn nǐ de guó jiàng lín yuàn nǐ de zhǐ yì xíng zài dì shàng rú tóng xíng zài tiān shàng wǒ men rì yòng de yǐn shí jīn rì cì gěi wǒ men miǎn wǒ men de zhài rú tóng wǒ men miǎn le rén de zhài bù jiào wǒ men yù jiàn shì tàn jiù wǒ men tuō lí xiōng è yīn wèi guó dù quán bǐng róng yào quán shì nǐ de zhí dào yǒng yuǎn ā men
The Lord's Prayer / Mathew 6:9-13 Scroll

Here is the Lord's Prayer in Chinese from Mathew 6:9-13.

The Chinese text with punctuation is:
Part of 6:9 ...我们在天上的父,愿人都尊你的名为圣。
6:10 愿你的国降临,愿你的旨意行在地上,如同行在天上。
6:11 我们日用的饮食,今日赐给我们。
6:12 免我们的债,如同我们免了人的债。
6:13 不叫我们遇见试探,救我们脱离凶恶,因为国度,权柄,荣耀,全是你的,直到永远,阿们。
Note that punctuation is not included in traditional Chinese calligraphy artwork.

From KJV, this is:
Part of 6:9 ...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.
6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

God Give Me Strength

yuàn shàng dì gěi wǒ lì liàng
God Give Me Strength Scroll

願上帝給我力量 is a wish or a prayer that you might call out at a desperate time.

Translated by us for a military serviceman in Iraq - obviously, he may have a need to use this phrase often, though I am not sure where he's going to find a place to hang a wall scroll.

Namo Shakyamuni Buddha

nán wú shì jiā móu ní fó
namu shakamuni butsu
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha Scroll

南無釋迦牟尼佛 is a Buddhist chant or prayer of respect to the Shakyamuni Buddha.

Some will translate this as the Buddhist vow.

The first two characters, 南無, are sometimes translated as "amen"; others will translate it as, "believe in", or "homage to".
To expand on this, 南無 can also mean, "taking of refuge in", while also representing devotion or conviction. 南無 as with most religious concepts or words, different people or denominations will have varying definitions.




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Prayer禱告
祷告
dǎo gào / dao3 gao4 / dao gao / daogaotao kao / taokao
Prayer
Praying
祈禱
祈祷
kitou / kitoqǐ dǎo / qi3 dao3 / qi dao / qidaoch`i tao / chitao / chi tao
Serenity Prayer上帝賜給我平靜去接受我所不能改變的給我勇氣去改變我所能改變的並給我智慧去分辨這兩者
上帝赐给我平静去接受我所不能改变的给我勇气去改变我所能改变的并给我智慧去分辨这两者
shàng dì cì wǒ píng jìng qù jiē shòu wǒ suǒ bù néng gǎi biàn de wǒ yǒng qì qù gǎi biàn wǒ suǒ néng gǎi biàn de bìng wǒ zhì huì qù fēn biàn zhè liǎng zhě
shang4 di4 ci4 gei3 wo3 ping2 jing4 qu4 jie1 shou4 wo3 suo3 bu4 neng2 gai3 bian4 de gei3 wo3 yong3 qi4 qu4 gai3 bian4 wo3 suo3 neng2 gai3 bian4 de bing4 gei3 wo3 zhi4 hui4 qu4 fen1 bian4 zhe4 liang3 zhe3
shang di ci gei wo ping jing qu jie shou wo suo bu neng gai bian de gei wo yong qi qu gai bian wo suo neng gai bian de bing gei wo zhi hui qu fen bian zhe liang zhe
shang ti tz`u kei wo p`ing ching ch`ü chieh shou wo so pu neng kai pien te kei wo yung ch`i ch`ü kai pien wo so neng kai pien te ping kei wo chih hui ch`ü fen pien che liang che
shang ti tzu kei wo ping ching chü chieh shou wo so pu neng kai pien te kei wo yung chi chü kai pien wo so neng kai pien te ping kei wo chih hui chü fen pien che liang che
Serenity Prayer神様は私に変える事の出来ない物を受け入れる穏やかさと変える事の出来る勇気とその違いを知る賢明さを与えるkamisama ha watashi ni kaeru koto no deki nai mono o ukeireru odayaka sa to kaeru koto no dekiru yuuki to sono chigai o shiru kenmei sa o ataeru
kamisama ha watashi ni kaeru koto no deki nai mono o ukeireru odayaka sa to kaeru koto no dekiru yuki to sono chigai o shiru kenmei sa o ataeru
The Lord's Prayer
Luke 11:2-4
我們在天上的父有古卷隻作父阿願人都尊你的名為聖願你的國降臨願你的旨意行在地上如同行在天上有古卷無願你的旨意雲雲我們日用的飲食天天賜給我們赦免我們的罪因為我們也赦免凡虧欠我們的人不叫我們遇見試探救我們脫離凶惡有古卷無末句
我们在天上的父有古卷只作父阿愿人都尊你的名为圣愿你的国降临愿你的旨意行在地上如同行在天上有古卷无愿你的旨意云云我们日用的饮食天天赐给我们赦免我们的罪因为我们也赦免凡亏欠我们的人不叫我们遇见试探救我们脱离凶恶有古卷无末句
wǒ men zài tiān shàng de fù yǒu gǔ juǎn zhǐ zuò fù ā yuàn rén dōu zūn nǐ de míng wèi shèng yuàn nǐ de guó jiàng lín yuàn nǐ de zhǐ yì xíng zài dì shàng rú tóng xíng zài tiān shàng yǒu gǔ juǎn wú yuàn nǐ de zhǐ yì yún yún wǒ men rì yòng de yǐn shí tiān tiān cì gěi wǒ men shè miǎn wǒ men de zuì yīn wèi wǒ men yě shè miǎn fán kuī qiàn wǒ men de rén bù jiào wǒ men yù jiàn shì tàn jiù wǒ men tuō lí xiōng è yǒu gǔ juǎn wú mò jù
wo3 men zai4 tian1 shang4 de fu4 you3 gu3 juan3 zhi3 zuo4 fu4 a1 yuan4 ren2 dou1 zun1 ni3 de ming2 wei4 sheng4 yuan4 ni3 de guo2 jiang4 lin2 yuan4 ni3 de zhi3 yi4 xing2 zai4 di4 shang4 ru2 tong2 xing2 zai4 tian1 shang4 you3 gu3 juan3 wu2 yuan4 ni3 de zhi3 yi4 yun2 yun2 wo3 men ri4 yong4 de yin3 shi2 tian1 tian1 ci4 gei3 wo3 men she4 mian3 wo3 men de zui4 yin1 wei4 wo3 men ye3 she4 mian3 fan2 kui1 qian4 wo3 men de ren2 bu4 jiao4 wo3 men yu4 jian4 shi4 tan4 jiu4 wo3 men tuo1 li2 xiong1 e4 you3 gu3 juan3 wu2 mo4 ju4
wo men zai tian shang de fu you gu juan zhi zuo fu a yuan ren dou zun ni de ming wei sheng yuan ni de guo jiang lin yuan ni de zhi yi xing zai di shang ru tong xing zai tian shang you gu juan wu yuan ni de zhi yi yun yun wo men ri yong de yin shi tian tian ci gei wo men she mian wo men de zui yin wei wo men ye she mian fan kui qian wo men de ren bu jiao wo men yu jian shi tan jiu wo men tuo li xiong e you gu juan wu mo ju
wo men tsai t`ien shang te fu yu ku chüan chih tso fu a yüan jen tou tsun ni te ming wei sheng yüan ni te kuo chiang lin yüan ni te chih i hsing tsai ti shang ju t`ung hsing tsai t`ien shang yu ku chüan wu yüan ni te chih i yün yün wo men jih yung te yin shih t`ien t`ien tz`u kei wo men she mien wo men te tsui yin wei wo men yeh she mien fan k`uei ch`ien wo men te jen pu chiao wo men yü chien shih t`an chiu wo men t`o li hsiung o yu ku chüan wu mo chü
wo men tsai tien shang te fu yu ku chüan chih tso fu a yüan jen tou tsun ni te ming wei sheng yüan ni te kuo chiang lin yüan ni te chih i hsing tsai ti shang ju tung hsing tsai tien shang yu ku chüan wu yüan ni te chih i yün yün wo men jih yung te yin shih tien tien tzu kei wo men she mien wo men te tsui yin wei wo men yeh she mien fan kuei chien wo men te jen pu chiao wo men yü chien shih tan chiu wo men to li hsiung o yu ku chüan wu mo chü
The Lord's Prayer
Mathew 6:9-13
我們在天上的父願人都尊你的名為聖願你的國降臨願你的旨意行在地上如同行在天上我們日用的飲食今日賜給我們免我們的債如同我們免了人的債不叫我們遇見試探救我們脫離凶惡因為國度權柄榮耀全是你的直到永遠阿們
我们在天上的父愿人都尊你的名为圣愿你的国降临愿你的旨意行在地上如同行在天上我们日用的饮食今日赐给我们免我们的债如同我们免了人的债不叫我们遇见试探救我们脱离凶恶因为国度权柄荣耀全是你的直到永远阿们
wǒ men zài tiān shàng de fù yuàn rén dōu zūn nǐ de míng wèi shèng yuàn nǐ de guó jiàng lín yuàn nǐ de zhǐ yì xíng zài dì shàng rú tóng xíng zài tiān shàng wǒ men rì yòng de yǐn shí jīn rì cì gěi wǒ men miǎn wǒ men de zhài rú tóng wǒ men miǎn le rén de zhài bù jiào wǒ men yù jiàn shì tàn jiù wǒ men tuō lí xiōng è yīn wèi guó dù quán bǐng róng yào quán shì nǐ de zhí dào yǒng yuǎn ā men
wo3 men zai4 tian1 shang4 de fu4 yuan4 ren2 dou1 zun1 ni3 de ming2 wei4 sheng4 yuan4 ni3 de guo2 jiang4 lin2 yuan4 ni3 de zhi3 yi4 xing2 zai4 di4 shang4 ru2 tong2 xing2 zai4 tian1 shang4 wo3 men ri4 yong4 de yin3 shi2 jin1 ri4 ci4 gei3 wo3 men mian3 wo3 men de zhai4 ru2 tong2 wo3 men mian3 le ren2 de zhai4 bu4 jiao4 wo3 men yu4 jian4 shi4 tan4 jiu4 wo3 men tuo1 li2 xiong1 e4 yin1 wei4 guo2 du4 quan2 bing3 rong2 yao4 quan2 shi4 ni3 de zhi2 dao4 yong3 yuan3 a1 men
wo men zai tian shang de fu yuan ren dou zun ni de ming wei sheng yuan ni de guo jiang lin yuan ni de zhi yi xing zai di shang ru tong xing zai tian shang wo men ri yong de yin shi jin ri ci gei wo men mian wo men de zhai ru tong wo men mian le ren de zhai bu jiao wo men yu jian shi tan jiu wo men tuo li xiong e yin wei guo du quan bing rong yao quan shi ni de zhi dao yong yuan a men
wo men tsai t`ien shang te fu yüan jen tou tsun ni te ming wei sheng yüan ni te kuo chiang lin yüan ni te chih i hsing tsai ti shang ju t`ung hsing tsai t`ien shang wo men jih yung te yin shih chin jih tz`u kei wo men mien wo men te chai ju t`ung wo men mien le jen te chai pu chiao wo men yü chien shih t`an chiu wo men t`o li hsiung o yin wei kuo tu ch`üan ping jung yao ch`üan shih ni te chih tao yung yüan a men
wo men tsai tien shang te fu yüan jen tou tsun ni te ming wei sheng yüan ni te kuo chiang lin yüan ni te chih i hsing tsai ti shang ju tung hsing tsai tien shang wo men jih yung te yin shih chin jih tzu kei wo men mien wo men te chai ju tung wo men mien le jen te chai pu chiao wo men yü chien shih tan chiu wo men to li hsiung o yin wei kuo tu chüan ping jung yao chüan shih ni te chih tao yung yüan a men
God Give Me Strength願上帝給我力量
愿上帝给我力量
yuàn shàng dì gěi wǒ lì liàng
yuan4 shang4 di4 gei3 wo3 li4 liang4
yuan shang di gei wo li liang
yuanshangdigeiwoliliang
yüan shang ti kei wo li liang
yüanshangtikeiwoliliang
Namo Shakyamuni Buddha南無釋迦牟尼佛
南无释迦牟尼佛
namu shakamuni butsu
namushakamunibutsu
nán wú shì jiā móu ní fó
nan2 wu2 shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2 fo2
nan wu shi jia mou ni fo
nanwushijiamounifo
nan wu shih chia mou ni fo
nanwushihchiamounifo
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