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10. Peace of Mind
In the most basic translation, this means road through the middle, or middle road.
The expanded meaning can be moderation, golden mean.
But if you are looking for this title, you are probably seeking the Buddhist definition, which is more complex.
中道 is the middle way or middle path of Buddhism. 中道 has various interpretations. In general, it denotes the mean between two extremes and has special reference to the mean between realism and nihilism, or eternal substantial existence and annihilation.
The Buddha teaches that one should not take things to extremes. Don't be extremely evil, and engage in debauchery and murder. But do not spend every waking out trying to be a perfect saint. Instead, take the middle path, try to help others, show loving kindness wherever you can, try not to do harm. If you do inadvertently harm another being, make amends if you can, and move on. Realize you are not perfect, but in time, a path of moderation lead toward proper living and enlightenment.
指圧道 is the title for Shiastu-Do, the Japanese way of finger pressure.
Shitsu-Do is about applying special figure pressure to points on the body thought to be connected to pathways called "meridians". Shiatsu is a healthful way to get your 気 or 氣 (ki energy) flowing properly.
Note: This title can also be written in the older 指壓道 form (just the middle character has an ancient/traditional form used before WWII).
You might even see 指压道 which uses the Simplified Chinese form of the second character.
美麗的公主 is how to write beautiful princess in Chinese.
The first two characters mean feminine beauty or rather a way to say beautiful that only applies to women. The middle character is just a connecting character. The last two characters mean princess.
See Also: Queen
力量與榮譽 is, "strength and honor" in Chinese.
The first two characters are usually understood as (physical) strength but can also mean power or force.
The middle character is a connecting particle like, "and".
The last two characters are a way to say, honor but can also be understood as honorable reputation, honorary, or glory.
素敵な偶然 is a common way to express serendipity in Japanese.
The first two characters mean nice, lovely, dreamy, beautiful, great, fantastic, superb, or cool.
In the middle is a Japanese Hiragana character that serves to connect these words/ideas together.
The last two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.
偶然の発見 is a way to express serendipity in Japanese. This title is more about discovery by chance like the melting candy bar in a Bell radar/communications laboratory that led to the invention of the microwave oven.
The first two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.
In the middle is a possessive article that connects these words/ideas together.
The last two Kanji mean discovery, detection, or finding.
內心的寧靜 is the longer way to express the idea of "peace of mind" in Chinese.
The first two characters mean heart or "innermost being".
The middle character is a connecting modifier.
The last two characters mean peace, tranquility, or serenity.
Some may also translate this as "inner peace" but I like our other inner-peace options for that idea.
This kind of makes sense in Korean but will have an archaic read - even by those who can understand Korean Hanja.
Hapkido or 合氣道 is a mostly-defensive martial art of Korea.
Hapkido has some connection to Aikido of Japan. In fact, they are written with the same characters in both languages. However, it should be noted that the Korean Hanja characters shown here are the traditional Chinese form - but in modern Japan, the middle character was slightly simplified.
Note: You can consider this to be the older Japanese written form of Aikido. Titles on older books and signs about Aikido use this form.
The connection between Japanese Aikido and Korean Hapkido is a bit muddled in history. The issue is probably due to the difficult relationship between the two countries around the time of WWII. Many Koreans became virtual slaves for the Japanese during that period. After WWII, many things in Korea were disassociated from having any Japanese origin. The relationship has greatly mellowed out now.
Looking at the characters, the first means "union" or "harmony".
The second character means "universal energy" or "spirit".
The third means "way" or "method".
One way to translate this into English is "Harmonizing Energy Method". This makes since, as Hapkido has more to do with redirecting energy, rather that fighting with strength against strength.
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1. Sometimes Hapkido is Romanized as "hap ki do", "hapki-do" "hab gi do" or "hapgido".
2. Korean Hanja characters are actually Chinese characters that usually hold the same meaning in both languages. There was a time when these characters were the standard and only written form of Korean. The development of modern Korean Hangul characters is a somewhat recent event in the greater scope of history. There was a time when Chinese characters were the written form of many languages in places known in modern times as North Korea, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mainland China, and a significant portion of Malaysia. Even today, more people in the world can read Chinese characters than English.
3. While these Korean Hanja characters can be pronounced in Chinese, this word is not well-known in China and is not considered part of the Chinese lexicon.
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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|
|The Middle Way||中道||chuu dou / chuudou / chu do / chudo||zhōng dào|
Person from England
|ei koku jin|
|yīng guó rén|
ying1 guo2 ren2
ying guo ren
|ying kuo jen
|Shiatsu-Do||指圧道||shiatsudou / shiatsudo|
|Morera||莫雷拉||mò léi lā|
mo4 lei2 la1
mo lei la
|měi lì de gōng zhǔ|
mei3 li4 de gong1 zhu3
mei li de gong zhu
|mei li te kung chu
|Strength and Honor||力量與榮譽|
|lì liàng yǔ róng yù|
li4 liang4 yu3 rong2 yu4
li liang yu rong yu
|li liang yü jung yü
|Silent Warrior||沉默的武士||chén mò de wǔ shì|
chen2 mo4 de wu3 shi4
chen mo de wu shi
|ch`en mo te wu shih
chen mo te wu shih
|素敵な偶然||Su teki na guu zen|
Su teki na gu zen
|偶然の発見||guuzen no hakken|
guzen no haken
|Peace of Mind||內心的寧靜|
|nèi xīn de níng jìng|
nei4 xin1 de ning2 jing4
nei xin de ning jing
|nei hsin te ning ching
|ai ki do / aikido||hé qì dào|
he2 qi4 dao4
he qi dao
|ho ch`i tao
ho chi tao
|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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