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China kuān róng
Japan kanyou
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


China wǒ màn
Japan 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

China rěn nài
Japan 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

China 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.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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


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Japanese shinobi / しのび
Acceptance / Tolerate Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (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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Mandarin wǒ màn / wo3 man4
Taiwan wo man
Japanese gaman / がまん
Acceptance / Tolerate Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese (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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Mandarin sān rěn / san1 ren3
Taiwan san jen
Japanese sannin
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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Mandarin gōng chāi // gōng chā / gong1 chai1 // gong1 cha1
Taiwan kung ch`ai // kung ch`a / kung chai // kung cha
Japanese kousa / kosa / こうさ
Chinese official errand; bailiff in a yamen; tolerance (allowed error); common difference (of an arithmetic series)
Japanese (1) {math} common difference; (2) tolerance (in engineering, manufacturing, etc.); allowance; allowable error


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


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


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Mandarin qì liàng / qi4 liang4
Taiwan ch`i liang / chi liang
Japanese kiryou / kiryo / きりょう
Chinese tolerance
Japanese (1) looks; features; personal beauty; (2) ability; talent; calibre; caliber; capability; capacity; (3) dignity; credit; estimation


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Mandarin ren  / ren3 
Taiwan ren 
Japanese kannin / かんにん
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) patience; patient endurance; forbearance; tolerance; (2) forgiveness; pardon
sahā; to bear, patiently endure; forbearance


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Japanese oome / おおめ Japanese (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; (place-name, surname) Oome


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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Mandarin líng róng rěn / ling2 rong2 ren3
Taiwan ling jung jen
Chinese zero tolerance


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Japanese taiyousenryou / taiyosenryo / たいようせんりょう Japanese tolerance dose

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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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