The name Self Sacrifice in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Self Sacrifice

  2. Self-Restraint / Self-Control

  3. Selflessness

  4. Unselfish: Perfectly Impartial

  5. Impartial and Fair to the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World

  6. Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

Self Sacrifice

 shě jǐ
 sutemi / suteki
Self Sacrifice Scroll

捨己 is a Chinese and Japanese word that means selfless, self-sacrifice (to help others), self-renunciation, or altruism.

Self-Restraint / Self-Control

 kè jǐ
Self-Restraint / Self-Control Scroll

克己 can be translated as “self-denial,” “self-abnegation,” “self-restraint,” “self-discipline,” “self-mastery,” or selflessness.

As a tenet of Korean taekwondo, and other martial arts, this is often used with the title “self-control.”


 wú wǒ
Selflessness Scroll

無我 is a more common way to say selflessness in Japanese. This literally means “no self,” or a better translation might be “not thinking of oneself.” 無我 is also understood in Chinese and Korean. 無我 is a very old word in CJK languages.

無我 is the word a Buddhist would use to express the idea of selflessness or unselfishness. For Korean Buddhists, it can mean self-renunciation.

See Also:  Altruism


 wú sī
Selflessness Scroll

無私 would be literally translated as “none self” in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.

It is used to express “selflessness” or “unselfish.”

無私 is a popular term for the idea of being selfless or unselfish in modern China and Japan.
This term is not as commonly used in Korea but still has good meaning.

See Also:  Unselfish | Altruism

Unselfish: Perfectly Impartial

 dà gōng wú sī
Unselfish: Perfectly Impartial Scroll

大公無私 is a Chinese proverb that comes from an old story from some time before 476 BC. About a man named Qi Huangyang, who was commissioned by the king to select the best person for a certain job in the Imperial Court.

Qi Huangyang selected his enemy for the job. The king was very confused by the selection, but Qi Huangyang explained that he was asked to find the best person for the job, not necessarily someone that he liked or had a friendship with.

Later, Confucius commented on how unselfish and impartial Qi Huangyang was by saying, “Da Gong Wu Si” which, if you look it up in a Chinese dictionary, is generally translated as “Unselfish” or “Just and Fair.”

If you translate each character, you'd have something like

“Big/Deep Justice Without Self.”

Direct translations like this leave out a lot of what the Chinese characters really say. Use your imagination, and suddenly you realize that “without self” means “without thinking about yourself in the decision” - together, these two words mean “unselfish.” The first two characters serve to drive the point home that we are talking about a concept that is similar to “blind justice.”

One of my Chinese-English dictionaries translates this simply as “just and fair.” So that is the short and simple version.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly used term.

See Also:  Selflessness | Work Unselfishly for the Common Good | Altruism

Impartial and Fair to the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World

 yí shì tóng rén
Impartial and Fair to the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World Scroll

一視同仁 is how to write “universal benevolence.” This is also how to express the idea that you see all people the same.

If you are kind and charitable to everyone, this is the best way to state that virtue. It is the essence of being impartial to all mankind, regardless of social standing, background, race, sex, etc. You do not judge others, but instead, you see them eye to eye on the same level as you.

See Also:  Benevolence | Compassion | Equality | Justice | Right Decision | Selflessness | Work Unselfishly for the Common

Work Unselfishly for the Common Good

 kè jǐ fèng gōng
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good Scroll

克己奉公 is a Chinese proverb that is often used to express how one should act as a government official. Most of us wish our public officials would hold themselves to higher standards. I wish I could send this scroll, along with the meaning to every member of Congress, and the President (or if I was from the UK, all the members of Parliament, and the PM)

This can also mean: “Place Strict Standards on Oneself in Public Service.”
The story behind this ancient Chinese idiom:
Cai Zun was born in China a little over 2000 years ago. In 24 AD, he joined an uprising led by Liu Xiu, who later became the emperor of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

Later, the new emperor put Cai Zun in charge of the military court. Cai Zun exercised his power in strict accordance with military law, regardless of the offender's rank or background. He even ordered the execution of one of the emperor's close servants after the servant committed a serious crime.

Cai Zun led a simple life but put great demands on himself to do all things honorably. The emperor rewarded him for his honest character and honorable nature by promoting him to the rank of General and granting him the title of Marquis.

Whenever Cai Zun would receive an award, he would give credit to his men and share the reward with them.
Cai Zun was always praised by historians who found many examples of his selfless acts that served the public interest.
Sometime long ago in history, people began to refer to Cai Zun as “ke ji feng gong.”

See Also:  Unselfish | Selflessness | Altruism

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shě jǐ
    she3 ji3
she chi

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Self Sacrifice
selfless; self-sacrifice (to help others); self-renunciation; altruism
(given name) Sutemi


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fó tán
    fo2 tan2
fo t`an
    fo tan
buddha-dāna, Buddha-giving contrasted with Māra-giving; Buddha-charity as the motive of giving, or preaching, and of self-sacrifice, or self-immolation.


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 jikogisei / jikogise
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (yoji) self-sacrifice; self-renunciation


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shí bā bù gòng fǎ
    shi2 ba1 bu4 gong4 fa3
shih pa pu kung fa
 jūhachi fugū hō
the eighteen distinctive characteristics as defined by Hīnayāna are his 十力, 四無畏, 三念住 and his 大悲; the Mahāyāna eighteen are perfection of body; of speech; of memory; impartiality or universality; ever in samādhi; entre self-abnegation; never diminishing will (to save); zeal; thought; wisdom; salvation; insight into salvation; deeds and mind accordant with wisdom; also his speech; also his mind; omniscience in regard to the past; also to the present; and to the future.; āveṇikadharma, or buddhadharma, the eighteen different characteristics of a Buddha as compared with bodhisattvas, i.e. his perfection of body (or person), mouth (or speech), memory, impartiality to all, serenity, self-sacrifice, unceasing desire to save, unfagging zeal therein unfailing thought thereto, wisdom in it, powers of deliverance, the principles of it, revealing perfect wisdom in deed, in word, in thought, perfect knowledge of past, future, and present, v. 智度論 26.



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wú liàng
    wu2 liang4
wu liang
 muryou / muryo

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Immeasurable / Unlimited
measureless; immeasurable
(adj-no,n) immeasurable; infinite; inestimable; (given name) Muryō
apramāṇa; amita; ananta; immeasurable, unlimited, e.g. the 'four infinite' characteristics of a bodhisattva are 慈悲喜捨 kindness, pity, joy, and self-sacrifice.


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(n,vs,vi) devotion; dedication; self-sacrifice


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shí ēn
    shi2 en1
shih en
Ten kinds of the Buddha's grace: his (1) initial resolve to universalize (his salvation); (2) self-sacrifice (in previous lives); (3) complete altruism; (4) his descent into all the six states of existence for their salvation; (5) relief of the living from distress and mortality; (6) profound pity; (7) revelation of himself in human and glorified form; (8) teaching in accordance with the capacity of his hearers, first hīnayāna, then māhayāna doctrine; (9) revealing his nirvāṇa to stimulate his disciples; (10) pitying thought for all creatures, in that dying at 80 instead of at 100 he left twenty years of his own happiness to his disciples; and also the tripiṭaka for universal salvation.



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yì qì
    yi4 qi4
i ch`i
    i chi
spirit of loyalty and self-sacrifice; code of brotherhood; also pr. [yi4 qi5]



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hù shā qié lán
    hu4 sha1 qie2 lan2
hu sha ch`ieh lan
    hu sha chieh lan
 Go Sagaran
Haṃsa saṃghārāma, 'Wild goose monastery, ' on Mount Indraśailaguhā, whose inmates were once saved from starving by the self-sacrifice of a wild goose; also 僧裟伽藍 (or 僧鷹伽藍) .



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shí zhǒng fāng biàn
    shi2 zhong3 fang1 bian4
shih chung fang pien
 jusshu hōben
Ten kinds of suitable aids to religious success: almsgiving (or self-sacrifice); keeping the commandments; forbearance; zealous progress; meditation; wisdom; great kindness; great pity; awaking and stimulating others; preaching (or revolving) the never receding wheel of the Law.


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kè jǐ
    ke4 ji3
k`o chi
    ko chi

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Self-Restraint / Self-Control
self-restraint; discipline; selflessness
(n,vs,vi,adj-no) self denial; self control; (given name) Yoshimi



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wú wǒ
    wu2 wo3
wu wo

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anatta (Buddhist concept of "non-self")
(1) selflessness; self-effacement; self-renunciation; (2) {Buddh} anatta; anatman; doctrine that states that humans do not possess souls; (female given name) Muga
anātman; nairātmya; no ego, no soul (of an independent and self-contained character), impersonal, no individual independent existence (of conscious or unconscious beings, anātmaka). The empirical ego is merely an aggregation of various elements, and with their disintegration it ceases to exist; therefore it has nm ultimate reality of its own, but the Nirvāṇa Sūtra asserts the reality of the ego in the transcendental realm. The non-Buddhist definition of ego is that it has permanent individuality 常一之體 and is independent or sovereign 有主宰之用. When applied to men it is 人我, when to things it is 法我. Cf. 常 11.



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wú sī
    wu2 si1
wu ssu

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selfless; unselfish; disinterested; altruistic
(adj-no,adj-na,n) unselfish; selfless; disinterested


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kè jǐ fèng gōng
    ke4 ji3 feng4 gong1
k`o chi feng kung
    ko chi feng kung

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Work Unselfishly for the Common Good
self-restraint and devotion to public duties (idiom); selfless dedication; to serve the public interest wholeheartedly



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dà gōng wú sī
    da4 gong1 wu2 si1
ta kung wu ssu

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Unselfish: Perfectly Impartial
selfless; impartial



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kè jǐ
    ke4 ji3
k`o chi
    ko chi
self-restraint; discipline; selflessness
(personal name) Katsumi


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wàng wǒ
    wang4 wo3
wang wo
 bouga / boga
selflessness; altruism
(noun - becomes adjective with の) trance; ecstasy; enthusiasm


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selflessness; being unselfish



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yì rén
    yi4 ren2
i jen
righteous man
selfless (pious, righteous) man; (given name) Yoshindo



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tiě miàn
    tie3 mian4
t`ieh mien
    tieh mien
iron mask (as defensive armor); fig. upright and selfless person



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èr wú wǒ
    er4 wu2 wo3
erh wu wo
 ni muga
The two categories of anātman: — 人無我 no (permanent) human ego, or soul; 法無我 no (permanent) individuality in or independence of self or of things.



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rén wú wǒ
    ren2 wu2 wo3
jen wu wo
 nin muga
Man as without ego or permanent soul; cf. 人我 and 二無我. Other similar terms are 衆生無我; 生空; 人空 and我空.



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rén kōng guān
    ren2 kong1 guan1
jen k`ung kuan
    jen kung kuan
 ningū kan
The meditation on, or insight into the selflessness of person 人空.


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jiè zhī tuī
    jie4 zhi1 tui1
chieh chih t`ui
    chieh chih tui
Jie Zhitui (7th century BC), legendary selfless subject of Duke Wen of Jin 晉文公|晋文公[Jin4 Wen2 gong1], in whose honor the Qingming festival 清明[Qing1 ming2] (Pure brightness or tomb-sweeping festival) is said to have been initiated



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wǒ wú xìng
    wo3 wu2 xing4
wo wu hsing
 ga mushō


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(adjectival noun) self-effacing; selfless



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fǎ niàn chù
    fa3 nian4 chu4
fa nien ch`u
    fa nien chu
 hō nenjo
The position of insight into the truth that nothing has reality in itself; v. 四念處.


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fǎ kōng lǐ
    fa3 kong1 li3
fa k`ung li
    fa kung li
 hōkū ri
principle of the selflessness of phenomena



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huó léi fēng
    huo2 lei2 feng1
huo lei feng
selfless model citizen, just like Lei Feng 雷鋒|雷锋[Lei2 Feng1]

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Self Sacrifice捨己
sutemi / sutekishě jǐ / she3 ji3 / she ji / shejishe chi / shechi
克己 / 剋己
kokki / kokikè jǐ / ke4 ji3 / ke ji / kejik`o chi / kochi / ko chi
mugawú wǒ / wu2 wo3 / wu wo / wuwo
mushiwú sī / wu2 si1 / wu si / wusiwu ssu / wussu
Unselfish: Perfectly Impartial大公無私
dà gōng wú sī
da4 gong1 wu2 si1
da gong wu si
ta kung wu ssu
Impartial and Fair to the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of the World一視同仁
yí shì tóng rén
yi2 shi4 tong2 ren2
yi shi tong ren
i shih t`ung jen
i shih tung jen
Work Unselfishly for the Common Good克己奉公kè jǐ fèng gōng
ke4 ji3 feng4 gong1
ke ji feng gong
k`o chi feng kung
ko chi feng kung
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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