The name Seal in Chinese / Japanese...

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 hǎi bào
Seal Scroll

海豹 is the title for a true seal (also known as an earless seal).

 hǎi bào bù duì
Navy SEALS Scroll

海豹部隊 is the title for United States Navy SEALs in Chinese. The U.S. part is implied, as few, if any, other nations claim to have sailors with the title “navy seals.”

Sometimes the term 海豹突击队 (Simplified) or 海豹突擊隊 (Traditional) is also used in Chinese. It means “Seal Commando Team.”

 neibii shiiruzu
Navy SEALS Scroll

ネイビーシールズ is the title for Navy SEALs in Japanese Katakana (phonetic Japanese for western words).

This is supposed to sound like “navy seals” but does not have any meaning unless the Japanese person who reads it knows what the title is supposed to be.

Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Appreciation of Truth by Meditation

 xīn yìn
 shin nin
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation Scroll

心印 is a Buddhist concept that simply stated is “appreciation of truth by meditation.”

It's a deep subject, but my understanding is that you can find truth through meditation, and once you've found the truth, you can learn to appreciate it more through further meditation. This title is not commonly used outside of the Buddhist community (your Asian friends may or may not understand it). The literal translation would be something like “the mind seal,” I've seen this term translated this way from Japanese Buddhist poetry. But apparently, the seal that is stamped deep in your mind is the truth. You just have to meditate to find it.

Soothill defines it this way: Mental impression, intuitive certainty; the mind is the Buddha-mind in all, which can seal or assure the truth; the term indicates the intuitive method of the Chan (Zen) school, which was independent of the spoken or written word.

Reference: Soothill-Hodous Dictionary of Chinese Buddhism

See Also:  Zen

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xīn yìn
    xin1 yin4
hsin yin

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Appreciation of Truth by Meditation
Mental impression, intuitive certainty; the mind is the Buddha-mind in all, which can seal or assure the truth; the term indicates the intuitive method of the 禪 Ch' an (Zen) school, which was independent of the spoken or written word.


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hǎi bào
    hai3 bao4
hai pao
 kaihyou / kaihyo

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seal (zoology)
(kana only) (See アシカ) true seal (animal); earless seal; (given name) Kaihyou

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to judge; to sentence; to discriminate; to discern; clearly distinguishable
(1) (はん only) seal; stamp; monogram signature; (2) (はん only) judgment; judgement; (n,n-suf) (3) (See 判型・1) size (of paper or books); (given name) Wakatsu
Divide, judge, decide.

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"seal" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 26)
(See 割符) kanji "seal" radical (radical 26)

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to print; to mark; to engrave; a seal; a print; a stamp; a mark; a trace; image
(1) stamp; seal; chop; (2) seal impression; seal; sealing; stamp; mark; print; (3) {Buddh} mudra (symbolic hand gesture); (4) ninja hand sign; (5) (abbreviation) (See 印度・インド) India; (surname) In
mudrā; seal, sign, symbol, emblem, proof, assurance, approve; also 印契; 契印; 印相. Manual signs indicative of various ideas, e. g. each finger represents one of the five primary elements, earth, water, fire, air, and space, beginning with the little finger; the left hand represents 定 stillness, or meditation, the right hand 慧 discernment or wisdom; they have also many other indications. Also, the various symbols of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, e. g. the thunderbolt; cf. 因.; (度) The five Indias, or five regions of India, idem 五天竺 q. v.

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diagram; picture; drawing; chart; map; CL:張|张[zhang1]; to plan; to scheme; to attempt; to pursue; to seek
(surname) Zu
A plan, map; seal; to plan, scheme, calculate.

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 fuu / fu
to confer; to grant; to bestow a title; to seal; classifier for sealed objects, esp. letters
seal; (surname) Fū
To seal, close (a letter); classifier, or numerative of letters, etc.; to appoint (imperially).

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to jab; to poke; to stab; (coll.) to sprain; to blunt; to fuck (vulgar); to stand; to stand (something) upright; stamp; seal

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ruler's seal
emperor's seal

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chapter; section; clause; movement (of symphony); seal; badge; regulation; order
(1) chapter; section; (n,n-suf) (2) medal; badge; insignia; (female given name) Yuki
A section, chapter; finished, elegant; essay, document; rule, according to pattern.

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mark; sign; talisman; to seal; to correspond to; tally; symbol; written charm; to coincide
(1) charm; talisman; amulet; (2) tally; (3) sign; mark; note; (counter) (4) {mahj} fu; unit used in calculation of a hand's score; (surname) Fu

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seal (of office); seal script (a calligraphic style); the small seal 小篆 and great seal 大篆; writing in seal script
(See 篆書) seal-engraving style (of writing Chinese characters); seal script

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(literary) seal script used throughout the pre-Han period; to recite; to read (aloud)

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ribbon for a seal; sash

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cord on a seal
ribbon; cordon; (given name) Tamotsu

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letters; to close; to seal
(1) (See 緘する・かんする・1) seam; seal (e.g. envelope); (2) writing on the seal of an envelope

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latch of door; seal

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(bound form) a person in servitude; low-ranking subordinate; (bound form) to be subordinate to; (bound form) clerical script (the style of characters intermediate between ancient seal and modern regular characters)
To control; retainers.

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"seal" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 26)


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yī yìn
    yi1 yin4
i yin
A seal, sign, symbol.


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bisected-circle seal; (surname) Maruichi


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fó yìn
    fo2 yin4
fo yin
Buddha-seal, the sign of assurance, see 佛心印.


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 nisein / nisen
    giin / gin
forged seal


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 kouin / koin
official seal


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gōng zhāng
    gong1 zhang1
kung chang
 masaaki / masaki
official seal
(given name) Masaaki


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the six historical styles of writing kanji: large seal, small seal, clerical, triangular-swept clerical, running, and cursive; (place-name) Rottai


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 naifu; daifu
    ないふ; だいふ
(hist) (See 内大臣) Minister of the Interior (669-1868); Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal (1885-1945)


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 hanko(p); hanko
    はんこ(P); ハンコ
(kana only) (See 印鑑) seal (used for signature)


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(rare) seal box


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kè yìn
    ke4 yin4
k`o yin
    ko yin
to engrave a seal; stamp mark; to print with carved type; to leave a deep impression
(n,vs,vt,vi) (1) engraving a seal; engraved seal; inscribed seal; (noun, transitive verb) (2) engraving; inscribing; stamping (an impression); (3) (See 極印・2) brand (i.e. a mark of disgrace); stamp; reputation

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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
Seal海豹kaihyou / kaihyohǎi bào / hai3 bao4 / hai bao / haibaohai pao / haipao
Navy SEALS海豹部隊
hǎi bào bù duì
hai3 bao4 bu4 dui4
hai bao bu dui
hai pao pu tui
Navy SEALSネイビーシールズneibii shiiruzu
neibi shiruzu
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation心印shin nin / shinninxīn yìn / xin1 yin4 / xin yin / xinyinhsin yin / hsinyin
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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