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Satori / Enlightenment

Japan satori
Satori / Enlightenment Vertical Wall Scroll

悟り is the Japanese term for enlightenment which can also mean to perceive, discern, realize, understand or comprehend.

The first character has the same meaning in Chinese and Korean but has deeper significance in Japanese culture and language. This version of Satori incorporates the Japanese secondary character (which is Hiragana, not Kanji) that adds the "ri" to Satori. It's not totally necessary to have the second character, as it does not add to the meaning as much as clarity for the context in which you are using this term.

Satori / Enlightenment

Japan sato / go
Satori / Enlightenment Vertical Wall Scroll

悟 means enlightenment but can also mean to perceive, discern, realize, understand or comprehend. 悟 has the same meaning in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, though used most often with deep significance in Japanese culture and language. 悟 is often seen in Japan with a secondary Hiragana character. We also offer that option but this is the more universal single-character entry.

Kensho - Initial Enlightenment

China jiàn xìng
Japan ken shou
Kensho - Initial Enlightenment Vertical Wall Scroll

Generally the same meaning as Satori but referring to the initial state or initial experience of enlightenment. 見性 is a Zen Buddhist term that is not widely known outside of the religion. Used more in Japan than China.

This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people. Some Japanese people will dispute whether this title is valid in the Japanese language. Only order this if you are sure this title is right for you.

See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

No Trouble / Freedom from Problems

China wú shì
Japan buji
No Trouble / Freedom from Problems Vertical Wall Scroll

無事 is a Zen Buddhist term meaning no problem and no trouble.

無事 is the Zen state of perfect freedom from troubles and leaving secular affairs behind.

Sometimes this is used to describe the state of satori and complete tranquility of mind.

Written as 無事に with an extra Hiragana on the end, this becomes an adverb to describe something in the condition of safety, peace, quietness, and without troubles.

無事 (Buji) can also be a given name in Japan.

This has more meaning in the Japanese Zen Buddhist community than in China or Korea, where it can mean "be free" or "nothing to do or worry about."

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin/ wu4
Taiwan wu
Japanese satoru / さとる    satori / さとり    satoshi / さとし    sato / さと
No Trouble / Freedom from Problems Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese to comprehend; to apprehend; to become aware
Japanese (given name) Satoru; (personal name) Satori; (male given name) Satoshi; (given name) Sato
Awaken to, apprehend, perceive, become aware; similar to 覺, hence 覺悟.

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Mandarin huì / hui4
Taiwan hui
Japanese e / え
No Trouble / Freedom from Problems Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese intelligent
Japanese (1) wisdom; enlightenment; (2) (Buddhist term) prajna (one of the three divisions of the noble eightfold path); wisdom; (female given name) Megumi; (female given name) Muu; (female given name) Fui; (given name) Toshi; (personal name) Takashi; (female given name) Sui; (female given name) Sayaka; (given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (male given name) Satoshi; (female given name) Satoi; (female given name) Sato; (personal name) Keiji; (female given name) Kei; (personal name) E; (female given name) Akira
prajñā ; sometimes jñāna. Wisdom, discernment, understanding; the power to discern things and their underlying principles and to decide the doubtful. It is often interchanged with 智, though not correctly, for zhi means knowledge, the science of the phenomenal, while hui refers more generally to principles or morals. It is part of the name of many monks, e.g. 慧可 Huike; 慧思Huisi.

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Mandarin zhì / zhi4
Taiwan chih
Japanese chi / ち
No Trouble / Freedom from Problems Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese wisdom; knowledge
Japanese (1) wisdom; (2) (Buddhist term) jnana (higher knowledge); (given name) Masaru; (given name) Makoto; (female given name) Hikaru; (surname) Hamachi; (female given name) Tomomi; (personal name) Tomotsugu; (given name) Tomoki; (personal name) Tomokatsu; (surname, female given name) Tomo; (given name) Toshi; (person) Zhiyi (538-597); (female given name) Chie; (surname, given name) Chi; (surname) Takachi; (given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (personal name) Satoyuki; (personal name) Satomi
jñāna 若那; 闍那 Knowledge; wisdom; defined as 於事理決斷也 decision or judgment as to phenomena or affairs and their principles, of things and their fundamental laws. There are numerous categories, up to 20, 48, and 77, v. 一智; 二智 and others. It is also used as a tr. of prajñā, cf. 智度.

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Mandarin/ li3
Taiwan li
Japanese ri / り
No Trouble / Freedom from Problems 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; (given name) Wataru; (surname) Risaki; (personal name) Ria; (given name) Ri; (female given name) Michi; (personal name) Masaru; (given name) Masashi; (personal name) Masa; (female given name) Makoto; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Takashi; (female given name) Sunaho; (female given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (female given name) Satomi; (male given name) Satoshi; (given name) Sadamu; (female given name) Kotoha
siddhānta; hetu. Ruling principle, fundamental law, intrinsicality, universal basis, essential element; nidāna, reason; pramāṇa, to arrange, regulate, rule, rectify.

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Japanese zen / ぜん Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) dhyana (profound meditation); (2) (abbreviation) Zen (Buddhism); (female given name) Yuzuru; (surname) Yuzuri; (surname) Zen; (female given name) Shidzuka; (female given name) Shizuka; (female given name) Satori


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Japanese satori / さとり
No Trouble / Freedom from Problems Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (1) comprehension; understanding; (2) (Buddhist term) enlightenment; spiritual awakening; satori

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Mandarin/ yu4
Japanese yui / ゆい    yu / ゆ    satori / さとり
Chinese Japanese variant of 喻
Japanese (personal name) Yui; (surname) Yu; (given name) Satori
Illustrate, example; to know 宗因喩q.v. The example (dṛṣṭānta) in a syllogism.

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Mandarin jǐng / jing3
Taiwan ching
Japanese satoru / さとる    satori / さとり
Chinese awaken
Japanese (given name) Satoru; (given name) Satori

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Mandarin zhī / zhi1
Taiwan chih
Japanese chi / ち
Chinese to know; to be aware
Japanese (1) wisdom; (2) (Buddhist term) jnana (higher knowledge); (female given name) Tomoko; (female given name) Tomo; (personal name) Tsukasa; (surname) Chisaki; (female given name) Chika; (female given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (male given name) Satoshi
To know. Sanskrit root vid, hence vidyā, knowledge; the Vedas, etc. 知 vijñā is to know, 智 is vijñāna, wisdom arising from perception or knowing.

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Mandarin cōng / cong1
Taiwan ts`ung / tsung
Japanese minoru / みのる    tooru / とおる    tadashi / ただし    takashi / たかし    souji / soji / そうじ    sou / so / そう    su / す    satoru / さとる    satori / さとり    satoyuki / さとゆき    satoshi / さとし    satoku / さとく    sato / さと    akira / あきら
Chinese old variant of 聰|聪[cong1]
Japanese (male given name) Minoru; (given name) Toshi; (given name) Tooru; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Takashi; (personal name) Souji; (surname, given name) Sou; (personal name) Su; (female given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (personal name) Satoyuki; (male given name) Satoshi; (personal name) Satoku; (female given name) Sato; (female given name) Akira

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Mandarin/ pu2
Taiwan p`u / pu
Japanese fukube / ふくべ    satori / さとり
Chinese Bodhisattva
Japanese (personal name) Fukube; (female given name) Satori
A kind of fragrant grass; bo

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Mandarin jué / jue2
Taiwan chüeh
Japanese satori;satori / さとり;サトリ
Chinese Japanese variant of 覺|觉
Japanese (kana only) (See 悟る・1,悟る・2) Satori; folklore monster that can read minds; (personal name) Tadasu; (given name) Tadashi; (given name) Satoru; (female given name) Satori; (male given name) Satoshi; (surname, given name) Kaku; (female given name) Akira


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Mandarin gōng lǐ / gong1 li3
Taiwan kung li
Japanese satori / さとり    kuri / くり
Chinese kilometer
Japanese (female given name) Satori; (female given name) Kuri


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Japanese satori / さとり Japanese (1) comprehension; understanding; (2) (Buddhist term) enlightenment; spiritual awakening; satori


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Japanese kyouri / kyori / きょうり Japanese birth-place; home town; (female given name) Satori; (surname) Gouri


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Japanese satori / さとり Japanese (female given name) Satori


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Japanese satori / さとり Japanese (female given name) Satori


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Japanese satori / サトリ Japanese (kana only) Satori; folklore monster that can read minds; (female given name) Satori


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Japanese kankuchou;kankudori;kankutori / kankucho;kankudori;kankutori / かんくちょう;かんくどり;かんくとり Japanese (1) {Buddh} cold-suffering bird; kankucho; imaginary bird said to live in the Himalayas who forgets the cold of night as soon as morning comes; (2) (idiom) (derogatory term) {Buddh} (lazy) person who is poor at practicing asceticism; person unlikely to reach satori


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Japanese satori / さとり Japanese (1) comprehension; understanding; (2) {Buddh} enlightenment; spiritual awakening; satori

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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
sato / gowù / wu4 / wu
Kensho - Initial Enlightenment見性
ken shou / kenshou / ken sho / kenshojiàn xìng
jian4 xing4
jian xing
chien hsing
No Trouble
Freedom from Problems
bujiwú shì / wu2 shi4 / wu shi / wushiwu shih / wushih
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