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  1. True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence

  2. Tranquility Yields Transcendence

  3. Overcome / Surpass / Rise Above

  4. Super

  5. Beyond / Exceed / Surpass

  6. Excellence

  7. When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied


True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence

zhēn kōng miào yǒu
shin kuu myou u
True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence Vertical Wall Scroll

According to Soothill 眞空妙有 means:
The true void is the mysteriously existing; truly void, or immaterial, yet transcendentally existing.

眞空妙有 is the state of being absolutely nonexistent after removing all errant worldly influences. 眞空妙有 is achieved when all forms of existence is seen for their real nature.


This is a complex Buddhist concept. Feel free to add to the conversation about this concept here: Asian Forum: Shinku Myou

Tranquility Yields Transcendence

níng jìng zhì yuǎn
Tranquility Yields Transcendence Vertical Wall Scroll

寧靜致遠 is an ancient Chinese idiom which means "tranquility yields transcendence."

This suggests pursuing a quiet life of profound study.

The first two characters mean tranquility. The last two characters mean "go far" which suggests achieving much in your life or expanding beyond normal limits. The direct translation would read something like, "[With] tranquility [in your life, you'll] go far."

Compare this to the English idiom: Still waters run deep.

Overcome / Surpass / Rise Above

chāo yuè
chou etsu
Overcome / Surpass / Rise Above Vertical Wall Scroll

In Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja, this means overcome, surpass, transcendence, excel, to exceed, go beyond, to rise above, or to transcend.

chāo
chou
Super Vertical Wall Scroll

超 is "super" in Chinese and Japanese Kanji.

It can also mean: to exceed; to overtake; to surpass; to transcend; to pass; to cross; to jump over. It can also be a suffix like ultra- hyper- super-

From Sanskrit, this can be the Buddhist "vikrama," meaning to leap over; surpass; exempt from; to save.

Beyond / Exceed / Surpass

yu
Beyond / Exceed / Surpass Vertical Wall Scroll

逾 means: to exceed; to go beyond; to transcend; to cross over; to jump over.

You'll see this character used in Buddhism (same meaning).

Technically, this single character is a Japanese word but seldom-used as a single Kanji in modern Japanese.

Excellence

zhuó yuè
taku etsu
Excellence Vertical Wall Scroll

Excellence is doing your best, giving careful attention to every task and every relationship.

卓越 can also be defined as excellence, remarkable, surpassing, splendid, transcendence, preeminence, or distinguished. Sometimes it can mean "superiority."


See Also:  Pride

When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied

san nin yore ba monju no chie
When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied Vertical Wall Scroll

This literally means, "when three people meet, wisdom is exchanged."

Some will suggest this means when three people come together, their wisdom is multiplied.

That wisdom part can also be translated as wit, sagacity, intelligence, or Buddhist Prajna (insight leading to enlightenment).

In the middle of this proverb is "monju," suggesting "transcendent wisdom." This is where the multiplication of wisdom idea comes from.


Note: This is very similar to the Chinese proverb, "When 3 people meet, one becomes a teacher."


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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
True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence眞空妙有shin kuu myou u
shinkuumyouu
shin ku myo u
shinkumyou
zhēn kōng miào yǒu
zhen1 kong1 miao4 you3
zhen kong miao you
zhenkongmiaoyou
chen k`ung miao yu
chenkungmiaoyu
chen kung miao yu
Tranquility Yields Transcendence寧靜致遠
宁静致远
níng jìng zhì yuǎn
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ning jing zhi yuan
ningjingzhiyuan
ning ching chih yüan
ningchingchihyüan
Overcome
Surpass
Rise Above
超越chou etsu / chouetsu / cho etsu / choetsuchāo yuè / chao1 yue4 / chao yue / chaoyuech`ao yüeh / chaoyüeh / chao yüeh
Superchou / chochāo / chao1 / chaoch`ao / chao
Beyond
Exceed
Surpass
yuyú / yu2 / yu
Excellence卓越taku etsu / takuetsuzhuó yuè / zhuo2 yue4 / zhuo yue / zhuoyuecho yüeh / choyüeh
When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied三人寄れば文殊の知恵san nin yore ba monju no chie
sanninyorebamonjunochie
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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