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The name To Infinity and Beyond in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Enso - Japanese Zen Circle

  2. Eternal / Eternity

  3. Eternity / Forever

  4. Eternity / Always and Forever

  5. Sky / Ether / Void / Emptiness / Unreality

  6. Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless

  7. To Infinity and Beyond

  8. Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded


Enso - Japanese Zen Circle

 en sou
Enso - Japanese Zen Circle Scroll

〇 is the famous Enso symbol, which you will see widely used by Japanese Zen Buddhists.

In a twist, I am starting to see Enso used more and more by Chinese Buddhists.

Enso Circle


Here is the typical appearance of Enso artwork by Japanese calligrapher Kougetsu.

Enso is not a Japanese Kanji character. It falls more into the category of a symbol. There is some debate, but many consider Enso to be a religious symbol.

Some call this “The Circle of Enlightenment.” Others call it the “Infinity Circle.” If you actually took the meanings of the two Kanji (円相) that make up the word “En-so,” you could read it as “Mutual Circle” or “Circle of Togetherness.” I think the Enso symbol can simply mean different things to different people. Therefore, you should let it have the meaning that you perceive.

The appearance of your Enso will be determined by the artist's personal style, feeling, mood, etc.


Eternal / Eternity

 yǒng héng
Eternal / Eternity Scroll

永恆 is the Chinese word for eternity.

The first character means always, forever, and perpetual. The second character holds the meaning of permanent. Together, they create a word that means eternal, eternally, or infinite time.


See Also:  Immortality

Eternity / Forever

 yǒng
 ei
 
Eternity / Forever Scroll

永 is the simplest form of eternity or “always and forever.”

永 can sometimes mean forever, always, perpetual, infinite, or “without end,” depending on context.

Note: Not often seen as a single Kanji in Japanese. Best if your audience is Chinese.


See Also:  Forever | Ever Lasting

Eternity / Always and Forever

 yǒng yuǎn
 ei-en
Eternity / Always and Forever Scroll

永遠 is the Chinese, Korean and Japanese word for forever.

If we take this word apart, the first character means always, forever, or perpetual. While the second character means far or distant.


See Also:  Immortality

Sky / Ether / Void / Emptiness / Unreality

(Used in Japanese version of five elements)

 kōng
 kuu / kara / sora / ron
 
Sky / Ether / Void / Emptiness / Unreality Scroll

空 is a single character that means empty, void, hollow, vacant, vacuum, blank, nonexistent, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, and being unreal.

In the Buddhist context, this relates to the doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. The doctrine further explains that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution.

From Sanskrit and/or Pali, this is the translation to Chinese and Japanese of the title śūnya or śūnyatā.

In Japanese, when pronounced as “ron” (sounds like “roan”) this can be a given name. It should be noted that this Kanji has about 5 different possible pronunciations in Japanese: kuu, kara, sora, ron, and uro. 空 is also an element in the Japanese version of the five elements.

Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless

(Chinese / Korean)

 wú qióng
 mu kyuu
Infinity / Infinite / Endless / Boundless Scroll

無窮 is the Chinese and Korean word meaning infinity, eternity, infinitude, infinite or endless.

無窮 literally translates as “without [ever becoming] exhausted/poor,” and in that context, can mean “inexhaustible” or “boundless” but this is usually read as “without end.” Some extended definitions include eternity, infinitude, or immortality.

In certain contexts, it can mean “immortality.”

The first character means “never” or “not.” The second means “exhausted,” “finished,” or “ending.”

Note: 無窮 is a Japanese word but rarely used in modern Japan.

To Infinity and Beyond

 chāo yuè wú xiàn
To Infinity and Beyond Scroll

超越無限 means “to infinity and beyond,” in Chinese.

This is how the slogan/phrase from Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear was translated from the movie into Chinese.

To Infinity and Beyond

 mugen no kanata e
To Infinity and Beyond Scroll

無限の彼方へ means “to infinity and beyond,” in Japanese.

This is how the slogan/phrase from Toy Story's Buzz Lightyear was translated from the movie into Japanese.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded

Japanese = Infinity / Chinese = No limits

 wú xiàn
 mu gen
Infinity / Infinite / Unlimited / Unbounded Scroll

無限 is the Chinese and Japanese word meaning infinity, unlimited or unbounded.

無限 literally translates as “without limits” or “without [being] bound.”

The first character means “never” or “not,” like the prefix “un-.”

The second means “limited,” “restricted,” or “bound.”

Please note that the Japanese definition leans more toward “infinity” and the Chinese is more about being “boundless” or “without limits.”

In Korean, this means infinity, infinitude, or boundlessness. But in Korean, this term has many interpretations or contexts, so your intended meaning might be vague or ambiguous.


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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Enso - Japanese Zen Circleen sou / ensou / en so
Eternal
Eternity
永恆
永恒
yǒng héng
yong3 heng2
yong heng
yongheng
yung heng
yungheng
Eternity
Forever
eiyǒng / yong3 / yongyung
Eternity
Always and Forever
永遠
永远
ei-enyǒng yuǎn
yong3 yuan3
yong yuan
yongyuan
yung yüan
yungyüan
Sky
Ether
Void
Emptiness
Unreality
kuu / kara / sora / ron
ku / kara / sora / ron
kōng / kong1 / kongk`ung / kung
Infinity
Infinite
Endless
Boundless
無窮
无穷
mu kyuu / mukyuu / mu kyuwú qióng / wu2 qiong2 / wu qiong / wuqiongwu ch`iung / wuchiung / wu chiung
To Infinity and Beyond超越無限
超越无限
chāo yuè wú xiàn
chao1 yue4 wu2 xian4
chao yue wu xian
chaoyuewuxian
ch`ao yüeh wu hsien
chaoyüehwuhsien
chao yüeh wu hsien
To Infinity and Beyond無限の彼方へmugen no kanata e
mugennokanatae
Infinity
Infinite
Unlimited
Unbounded
無限
无限
mu gen / mugenwú xiàn / wu2 xian4 / wu xian / wuxianwu hsien / wuhsien
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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