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kuān róng
Tolerance Vertical Wall Scroll

Being tolerant is accepting differences. You don't expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you. You are free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams. Tolerance is also accepting things you wish were different with patience and flexibility.

寬容 can also be translated as magnanimity, generosity, or leniency.

Note: There is a tiny deviation in the first character when written in Japanese. If you choose our Japanese master calligrapher, the little dot on the lower right of the first character will be omitted. With or without the dot, this can be read in Chinese, Japanese, and old Korean.

See Also:  Patience

wǒ màn
ga man
Gaman Vertical Wall Scroll

Gaman is a Zen Buddhist term from Japan that means "enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity".

This title can also be translated as patience, perseverance, tolerance, or self-denial.

我慢 is also a Chinese Buddhist term with a different pronunciation. It comes from Sanskrit abhimāna or ātma-mada. Chinese Buddhism defines this very differently as, "Egoism exalting self and depreciating others", "self-intoxication", or "pride". Alone, the first character means "Me, I, or Self", and the second character in a Buddhist context comes from Sanskrit māna and means pride, arrogance, self-conceit, looking down on others, supercilious, etc.

I’m currently working with Japanese and Chinese translators to try and reconcile the true meaning or any commonality of this word between languages. For now, please only consider this if your audience is Japanese.

Patience / Perseverance / To Endure / Tolerant

rěn nài
nin tai
Patience / Perseverance / To Endure / Tolerant Vertical Wall Scroll

Patience is quiet hope and trust that things will turn out right. You wait without complaining. You are tolerant and accepting of difficulties and mistakes. You picture the end in the beginning and persevere to meet your goals.

忍耐 can also mean "to endure", "restrain oneself", "forbearance", and in some context it can mean "perseverance" or "endurance".

忍耐 is also used as a tenet of Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, and other Korean martial arts where it's titled "Endurance" and romanized as "In Neh".

忍Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this Kanji form (yes, it’s just one stroke that is slightly different in location, crossing another stroke in the Japanese Kanji form).

See Also:  Peace | Harmony | Perseverance

Acceptance / Tolerate

róng nà
Acceptance / Tolerate Vertical Wall Scroll

容納 speaks of being tolerant of other opinions or being accepting of other people's ideas or ways of doing things.

Other definitions of this word: have the capacity for; to accommodate; to tolerate.

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

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
kanyou / kanyokuān róng
kuan1 rong2
kuan rong
k`uan jung
kuan jung
Gaman我慢ga man / gamanwǒ màn / wo3 man4 / wo man / woman
To Endure
忍耐nin tai / nintairěn nài / ren3 nai4 / ren nai / rennaijen nai / jennai
róng nà / rong2 na4 / rong na / rongnajung na / jungna
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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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 yousha / yosha / ようしゃ
Acceptance / Tolerate Vertical Wall Scroll
(noun/participle) (1) pardon; forgiveness; tolerance; overlooking; (2) leniency; mercy; going easy (on someone)


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 shinobi / しのび
Acceptance / Tolerate Vertical Wall Scroll
(1) stealth; (2) (abbreviation) (See 忍び歩き) travelling incognito (traveling); (3) (abbreviation) (See 忍びの術) ninjutsu; (4) (abbreviation) (See 忍びの者) ninja; (5) sneak theft; sneak thief; (6) (See 忍びない) tolerance


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wǒ màn / wo3 man4
wo man
 gaman(p);gaman / がまん(P);ガマン
Acceptance / Tolerate Vertical Wall Scroll
(noun/participle) patience; endurance; perseverance; tolerance; self-control; self-denial; (surname) Gaman
abhimāna, ātma-mada. Egoism exalting self and depreciating others; self-intoxication, pride; identity

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liàng / liang4
 ryou / ryo / りょう
capacity; quantity; amount; to estimate; abbr. for 量詞|量词[liang4 ci2], classifier (in Chinese grammar); measure word
(n,n-suf) (1) quantity; amount; volume; capacity; portion (of food); (2) (See 度量・1) generosity; magnanimity; tolerance; (3) {Buddh} pramana; (in Indian philosophy) means by which one gains accurate and valid knowledge; (surname, female given name) Ryou
pramāṇa. Measure, capacity, length, ability; to measure, deliberate; a syllogism in logic, v. 比量. A syllogism, consisting of 宗 pratijñā, proposition; 因 hetu, reason; 喩 udāharaṇa, example; but the syllogism varies in the number of its avayava, or members. There are other divisions from 2 to 6, e.g. 現量 and 比量 direct or sense inferences, and comparative or logical inferences; to these are added 聖教量 arguments based on authority; 譬喩量 analogy; 義准 postulation, or general assent; and 無體 negation, or non-existence.


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sān rěn / san1 ren3
san jen
The tree forms of kṣānti, i.e. patience (or endurance, tolerance). One of the groups is patience under hatred, under physical hardship, and in pursuit of the faith. Another is patience of the blessed in the Pure Land in understanding the truth they hear, patience in obeying the truth, patience in attaining absolute reality; v. 無量壽經. Another is patience in the joy of remembering Amitābha, patience in meditation on his truth, and patience in constant faith in him. Another is the patience of submission, of faith, and of obedience; three kinds of tolerance


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gōng chāi / gong1 chai1
kung ch`ai / kung chai
 kousa / kosa / こうさ
official errand; bailiff in a yamen
(1) {math} common difference; (2) tolerance (in engineering, manufacturing, etc.); allowance; allowable error


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 kannin / かんにん (noun/participle) (1) patience; patient endurance; forbearance; tolerance; (2) forgiveness; pardon


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bāo róng / bao1 rong2
pao jung
 houyou / hoyo / ほうよう
to pardon; to forgive; to show tolerance; to contain; to hold; inclusive
(noun/participle) toleration; magnanimity; comprehension


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qì liàng / qi4 liang4
ch`i liang / chi liang
 kiryō / きりょう
(1) looks; features; personal beauty; (2) ability; talent; calibre; caliber; capability; capacity; (3) dignity; credit; estimation
Capacity; capacity


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kān rěn / kan1 ren3
k`an jen / kan jen
 kannin / かんにん
(noun/participle) (1) patience; patient endurance; forbearance; tolerance; (2) forgiveness; pardon
sahā; to bear, patiently endure; forbearance


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 oome / おおめ (noun or adjectival noun) (1) (See 大目に見る・おおめにみる) magnanimity; tolerance; (2) (obscure) large eyes; (surname) Daime


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 kanyou / kanyo / かんよう (n,adj-na,vs) tolerance; open-mindedness; forbearance; generosity; magnanimity; (personal name) Hiroyasu


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dù liàng / du4 liang4
tu liang
 doryou / doryo / どりょう
measure; tolerance; breadth; magnanimity; (math.) metric
(1) generosity; magnanimity; tolerance; (2) length and capacity; measures


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xīn yǎn / xin1 yan3
hsin yen
 shingan / しんがん
heart; intention; conscience; consideration; cleverness; tolerance
the mind's eye
The eye of the mind, mental vision; mind's eye


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xīn lù / xin1 lu4
hsin lu
 shinro / こころ
scheme; artifice; tolerance; intention; motive; train of thought; brains; wit; ideas
(female given name) Kokoro
The mind-road, i. e. the road to Buddhahood.


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cí rěn / ci2 ren3
tz`u jen / tzu jen
 jinin / じにん
(personal name) Jinin
Compassion and patience, compassionate tolerance; compassion and tolerance



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qì liàng / qi4 liang4
ch`i liang / chi liang
(lit. quantity of spirit); moral character; degree of forbearance; broad-mindedness or otherwise; tolerance; magnanimity


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nài xìng / nai4 xing4
nai hsing
 taisei / taise / たいせい
patience; endurance
(noun - becomes adjective with の) resistance (e.g. to antibiotics); tolerance (e.g. drug tolerance)


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yù dù / yu4 du4
yü tu
 yuudo / yudo / ゆうど
margin; allowance
electrical tolerance


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 kyoyou / kyoyo / きょよう (n,vs,adj-no) permission; allowance; acceptance; tolerance; pardon


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yǎ liàng / ya3 liang4
ya liang
 garyou / garyo / がりょう
magnanimity; tolerance; high capacity for drinking
magnanimity; generosity; tolerance; (given name) Masakazu



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yú liàng / yu2 liang4
yü liang
remnant; leftover; tolerance (i.e. allowed error)


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 houyouryoku / hoyoryoku / ほうようりょく tolerance; broad-mindedness


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chéng shòu lì / cheng2 shou4 li4
ch`eng shou li / cheng shou li
tolerance; capability of adapting oneself


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nài shòu lì / nai4 shou4 li4
nai shou li
tolerance; ability to survive; hardiness


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nài shòu xìng / nai4 shou4 xing4
nai shou hsing
tolerance (to heat, acid etc); resistance


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 taikukkyoku / たいくっきょく flexibility; bend-tolerance


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 taibyousei / taibyose / たいびょうせい disease resistance; disease tolerance



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nài yào xìng / nai4 yao4 xing4
nai yao hsing
drug resistance; drug tolerance (medicine)


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 kyoyousa / kyoyosa / きょようさ allowable difference; tolerance; leeway

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