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Shaolin Temple

shào lín sì
shou rin ji
Shaolin Temple Scroll

少林寺 is the full title of the Shaolin Temple.

This refers to the Buddhist monastery famous for its kung fu monks.

少林寺 is also known in Japanese where they use the same characters but romanize it as Shourinji or Shōrinji.

Some believe this monastery and temple represent the place where Bodhidharma sat with his face to a wall for nine years leading to his discovery of enlightenment and establishment of Buddhism.

Shorin Ji Ryu

Shaolin Temple Style

shou rin ji ryuu
Shorin Ji Ryu Scroll

少林寺流 is the Japanese martial arts title "Shorin-ji-ryu".

Though the first part of the title comes from the Shaolin temple of China. In Japan, this refers to an Okinawa school of karate.

Note: Sometimes this title is written without the "ji" or "temple" Kanji.

Small Forest

lín
rin
Small Forest Scroll

林 refers to a small forest, a grove, a thicket, or the woods.

In Chinese, this can be the surname Lin. It's also the lin in Shaolin (referring to the monks of the Shaolin temple).

The symbology of this character is two trees side-by-side. Take a look, you can see the tree figures.

Facing the Wall Nine Years

miàn bì jiǔ nián
menpeki kyunen
Facing the Wall Nine Years Scroll

面壁九年 is a Buddhist term that means "facing a wall for nine years".

This refers to the Bodhidharma who stared at a wall in meditation at the Shaolin Temple (or in a cave) for nine years until reaching full enlightenment.




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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

少林寺

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shào lín sì
    shao4 lin2 si4
shao lin ssu
 shourinji / shorinji
    しょうりんじ

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Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple, Buddhist monastery famous for its kung fu monks
(place-name) Shaolin Temple (China); Shourinji
The monastery at 少室 in 登封 Dengfeng xian, Henanfu, where Bodhidharma sat with his face to a wall for nine years; Shaolin Temple

面壁九年

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miàn bì jiǔ nián
    mian4 bi4 jiu3 nian2
mien pi chiu nien
 menpekikunen
    めんぺきくねん

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Facing the Wall Nine Years
(yoji) {Buddh} facing a wall for nine years in meditation (by Bodhidharma at Shaolin Temple)
nine years facing the wall

全日本少林寺気功協会

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 zennihonshourinjikikoukyoukai / zennihonshorinjikikokyokai
    ぜんにほんしょうりんじきこうきょうかい
(o) All Japan Shaolin Temple Qigong Association

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Shaolin Temple少林寺shou rin ji
shourinji
sho rin ji
shào lín sì
shao4 lin2 si4
shao lin si
shaolinsi
shao lin ssu
shaolinssu
Shorin Ji Ryu少林寺流shou rin ji ryuu
shourinjiryuu
sho rin ji ryu
Small Forestrinlín / lin2 / lin
Facing the Wall Nine Years面壁九年menpeki kyunen
menpekikyunen
miàn bì jiǔ nián
mian4 bi4 jiu3 nian2
mian bi jiu nian
mianbijiunian
mien pi chiu nien
mienpichiunien


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Facing the Wall Nine Years Scroll
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Facing the Wall Nine Years Scroll
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