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Shidai / Sida / Mahabhuta

 sì dà
 shi dai
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In Mahayana Buddhism, 四大 represents mahābhūta, the four elements of which all things are made: earth, water, fire, and wind.

This can also represent the four freedoms: speaking out freely, airing views fully, holding great debates, and writing big-character posters.

In some contexts, this can be a university or college offering four-year programs.

To others, this can represent the Tao, Heaven, Earth, and King.

Going back to the Buddhist context, these four elements “earth, water, fire, and wind,” represent 堅, 濕, 煖, 動, which are: solid, liquid, heat, and motion.

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sì dà
    si4 da4
ssu ta

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Shidai / Sida / Mahabhuta
the four elements: earth, water, fire, and wind (Buddhism); the four freedoms: speaking out freely, airing views fully, holding great debates, and writing big-character posters, 大鳴大放|大鸣大放[da4 ming2 da4 fang4], 大辯論|大辩论[da4 bian4 lun4], 大字報|大字报[da4 zi4 bao4] (PRC)
(1) {Buddh} the four elements (earth, water, fire, wind); (2) the human body; (3) Tao, heaven, earth and king
mahābhūta, 四界; 四大界. The four elements of which all things are made; or the four realms; i. e. earth, water, fire, and wind (or air); they represent 堅, 濕, 煖, and 動 solid, liquid, heat, and motion; motion produces and maintains life. As 實 active or formative forces they are styled 四界 (四大界) ; as 假 passive or material objects they are 四大; but the 成實論 Satyasiddhi śāstra disputes the 實 and recognizes only the 假.


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(surname) Shidai


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cì dì
    ci4 di4
tz`u ti
    tzu ti
order; sequence; one after another
(suffix noun) (1) (after a noun) depending on; (n-suf,n,adv) (2) (after a noun or the -masu stem of a verb) as soon as; immediately after; upon; (suffix noun) (3) (after the -masu stem of a verb) as (e.g. "as one is told", "as one wishes"); whatever (e.g. "whatever is at hand"); (4) order; program; programme; precedence; (5) circumstances; course of events; state of things; (6) reason
In turn, one after another.


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(abbreviation) (See 私立大学) private university


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newspaper subscription fee; (female given name) Kamiyo


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(noun or adjectival noun) immense; enormous; (personal name) Yukimasa


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magazine subscription fee


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cì dì qǐ
    ci4 di4 qi3
tz`u ti ch`i
    tzu ti chi
 shidai kotsu
begging for food in order


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cì dì zhù
    ci4 di4 zhu4
tz`u ti chu
    tzu ti chu
staying in order


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cì dì xiū
    ci4 di4 xiu1
tz`u ti hsiu
    tzu ti hsiu
 shidai shu
sequential cultivation



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cì dì xiàn
    ci4 di4 xian4
tz`u ti hsien
    tzu ti hsien
 shidai gen
manifests in sequence



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cì dì yuán
    ci4 di4 yuan2
tz`u ti yüan
    tzu ti yüan
 shidai en
無間緣 Connected or consequent causes; continuous conditional or accessory cause.


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cì dì ér
    ci4 di4 er2
tz`u ti erh
    tzu ti erh
 shidai ji
one after the other


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cì dì xíng
    ci4 di4 xing2
tz`u ti hsing
    tzu ti hsing
 shidai gyō
orderly rows



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cì dì zhèng
    ci4 di4 zheng4
tz`u ti cheng
    tzu ti cheng
 shidai shō
realizes, in order



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yī mén cì dì
    yi1 men2 ci4 di4
i men tz`u ti
    i men tzu ti
 ichimon shidai
one aspect of the sequence


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jiǔ cì dì dìng
    jiu3 ci4 di4 ding4
chiu tz`u ti ting
    chiu tzu ti ting
 kyū shidai
The samādhi of the nine degrees, i.e. the four dhyānas 四禪, the four realms beyond form 四無色, and the samādhi beyond sensation and thought 滅受想定; see 九有情居 and 九地.


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shí lì cì dì
    shi2 li4 ci4 di4
shih li tz`u ti
    shih li tzu ti
 jūriki shidai
the sequential relationship of the ten powers


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sì dà míng shān
    si4 da4 ming2 shan1
ssu ta ming shan
 shidai myōsan
The four famous 'hills' or monasteries in China: 普陀 P'u-t'o, for Guanyin, element water; 五臺 Wu-tai, Wen-shu, wind; 峨眉 O-mei, P'uhsien, fire; and 九華 Chiu-hua, Tizang, earth.



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sì dà shēng wén
    si4 da4 sheng1 wen2
ssu ta sheng wen
 shidai shōmon
The four great śrāvakas, idem 四大弟子.


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sì dà bù zhōu
    si4 da4 bu4 zhou1
ssu ta pu chou
 shidai bushū
The four great continents. See 四洲.



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yuán mǎn cì dì
    yuan2 man3 ci4 di4
yüan man tz`u ti
    yüan man tzu ti
 enman shidai
completion stage


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duō zǐ zhī tí
    duo1 zi3 zhi1 ti2
to tzu chih t`i
    to tzu chih ti
 tashi shidai
tower of many children


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rú qí cì dì
    ru2 qi2 ci4 di4
ju ch`i tz`u ti
    ju chi tzu ti
 nyoki shidai
in this sequence


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rú shì cì dì
    ru2 shi4 ci4 di4
ju shih tz`u ti
    ju shih tzu ti
 nyoze shidai
this ordering



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shǔ zhī cì dì
    shu3 zhi1 ci4 di4
shu chih tz`u ti
    shu chih tzu ti
 shu no shidai
calculate its order


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cì dì qǐ shí
    ci4 di4 qi3 shi2
tz`u ti ch`i shih
    tzu ti chi shih
 shidai kotsujiki
begging for food in order


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cì dì jiā xíng
    ci4 di4 jia1 xing2
tz`u ti chia hsing
    tzu ti chia hsing
 shidai kegyō
sequential applied practices


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cì dì ān bù
    ci4 di4 an1 bu4
tz`u ti an pu
    tzu ti an pu
 shidai anfu
to arrange in order


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cì dì jiàn lì
    ci4 di4 jian4 li4
tz`u ti chien li
    tzu ti chien li
 shidai kenryū
established in sequential order

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
四大shi dai / shidaisì dà / si4 da4 / si da / sidassu ta / ssuta


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