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Shaolin Temple

China shào lín sì
Japan shou rin ji
Shaolin Temple

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

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Japan shou rin ji ryuu
Shorin Ji Ryu

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 the Okinawa school of karate.

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

Small Forest

China lín
Japan rin
Small Forest

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.


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Pronunciation
Romanization
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少林寺

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Mandarin shào lín sì / shao4 lin2 si4
Taiwan shao lin ssu
Japanese shourinji / shorinji / しょうりんじ
Chinese Shaolin Temple, Buddhist monastery famous for its kung fu monks
Japanese (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
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Shaolin Temple

面壁九年

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Japanese menpekikunen / めんぺきくねん Japanese (yoji) {Buddh} facing a wall for nine years in meditation (by Bodhidharma at Shaolin Temple)

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Shaolin Temple少林寺shou rin ji
shourinji
sho rin ji
shorinji
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
shorinjiryu
Small Forestrinlín / lin2 / lin



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