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This is a list in Chinese and Japanese Kanji of an interpretation of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
1. Faith is belief in God, and the right virtues.
2. Hope is taking a positive future view that good will prevail.
3. Charity is concern for, and active helping of, others.
4. Fortitude is never giving up.
5. Justice is being fair and equitable with others.
6. Prudence is care of and moderation with money.
7. Temperance is moderation of needed things and abstinence from things which are not needed.
The full list is here. This is a word list, not a common phrase. While all Chinese and Japanese people will recognize the words in the list, they may not understand what the list is about (unless they are familiar with the Seven Heavenly Virtues).
Don't get this as a tattoo or anything like that without first consulting a native translator in the target language. These are fine for a wall scroll but a long discussion is needed before you commit to this for a lifetime inking commitment.
Moderation is creating a healthy balance in your life between work and play, rest and exercise. You don't overdo or get swept away by the things you like. You use your self-discipline to take charge of your life and your time.
節制 can also be translated as sobriety, self-restraint, or temperance.
節制 is often used as part of the Seven Heavenly Virtues to represent sobriety and/or temperance.
慎重 conveys the idea of being considerate, having prudence, and being thoughtful when taking action.
慎重 can also mean cautious, careful, discreet, deliberate, or taking all things into consideration.
The general meaning is shared across languages. However, in Chinese, this is more about prudence, while in Japanese, this is more about being considerate.
Chinese Catholics use this word to represent "prudence" in the list of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
Note: Depending on your choice of Chinese or Japanese calligraphers, the first Kanji will vary slightly. It is technically the same character. Japanese tend to leave a space between the upper and lower portions of this particular Kanji. See sample images to the right.
In short, temperance is knowing when to say "when."
Temperance is the practice of moderation and restraint (in fact, this Asian word is often translated as moderation or restraint).
It was one of the five tenets held to be vital to society in Hellenic culture. It is also one of the Four Cardinal Virtues considered central to Christian behavior by the Catholic Church.
Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
There are a few different words used to express charity in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja but this is the most common. Some of the other words describe acts such as "giving alms" etc.
Note: Sometimes this is translated as benevolence or benevolent.
Also, this considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
If you need a different meaning, just contact me.
The first character means "strong," "solid," "firm," "unyielding" or "resolute."
The second character means "to beat," "to endure," or "to tolerate."
Together they speak of the strength from within yourself. Some may also translate this as "long-suffering" in a more Biblical sense.
堅忍 is a common term in Chinese and Korean Hanja but a little less commonly used in modern Japanese Kanji. For that reason, this selection is best if your audience is Chinese or Korean.
Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the second Kanji a little differently. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect the form where the little horizontal stroke crosses the vertical stroke. See differences in the images to the right. Technically, they are both the same character, and will be read the same in either language.
Practicing justice and righteousness is being fair. It is solving problems so everyone wins. You don't prejudge. You see people as individuals. You don't accept it when someone acts like a bully, cheats or lies. Being a champion for justice takes courage. Sometimes when you stand for justice, you stand alone.
Note: This is also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Seven Heavenly Virtues||信仰希望慈善堅忍正義慎重節制|
|shinkou kibou jizen kennin seigi shinchou sessei|
shinko kibo jizen kennin seigi shincho sesei
|xìn yǎng xī wàng cí shàn jiān rěn zhèng yì shèn zhòng jié zhì|
xin4 yang3 xi1 wang4 ci2 shan4 jian1 ren3 zheng4 yi4 shen4 zhong4 jie2 zhi4
xin yang xi wang ci shan jian ren zheng yi shen zhong jie zhi
|hsin yang hsi wang tz`u shan chien jen cheng i shen chung chieh chih
hsin yang hsi wang tzu shan chien jen cheng i shen chung chieh chih
|teiketsu / teketsu||zhēn jié / zhen1 jie2 / zhen jie / zhenjie||chen chieh / chenchieh|
|sessei / sesei||jié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhi||chieh chih / chiehchih|
|慎重||shin chou / shinchou / shin cho / shincho||shèn zhòng|
|sessei / sesei||jié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhi||chieh chih / chiehchih|
|Charity||慈善||jizen||cí shàn / ci2 shan4 / ci shan / cishan||tz`u shan / tzushan / tzu shan|
Trusting in the Unseen
|信念||shinnen||xìn niàn / xin4 nian4 / xin nian / xinnian||hsin nien / hsinnien|
|ken nin / kennin||jiǎn rěn / jian3 ren3 / jian ren / jianren||chien jen / chienjen|
|Hope||希望||ki bou / kibou / ki bo / kibo||xī wàng / xi1 wang4 / xi wang / xiwang||hsi wang / hsiwang|
|sei gi / seigi||zhèng yì / zheng4 yi4 / zheng yi / zhengyi||cheng i / chengi|
|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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