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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.
In Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja, this means overcome, surpass, transcendence, excel, to exceed, go beyond, to rise above, or to transcend.
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
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."
Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji (Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Tranquility Yields Transcendence||寧靜致遠|
|níng jìng zhì yuǎn|
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ning jing zhi yuan
|ning ching chih yüan
|超越||chou etsu / chouetsu / cho etsu / choetsu||chāo yuè / chao1 yue4 / chao yue / chaoyue||ch`ao yüeh / chaoyüeh / chao yüeh|
|Excellence||卓越||taku etsu / takuetsu||zhuó yuè / zhuo2 yue4 / zhuo yue / zhuoyue||cho yüeh / choyüeh|
|True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence||眞空妙有||shin kuu myou u|
shin ku myo u
|zhēn kōng miào yǒu|
zhen1 kong1 miao4 you3
zhen kong miao you
|chen k`ung miao yu
chen kung miao yu
|When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied||三人寄れば文殊の知恵||san nin yore ba monju no chie |
|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.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your transcendence search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| zhuó yuè / zhuo2 yue4
takuetsu / たくえつ
outstanding; surpassing; distinguished; splendid
(noun/participle) preeminence; excellence; superiority; transcendence
| chāo yuè / chao1 yue4
ch`ao yüeh / chao yüeh
chouetsu / choetsu / ちょうえつ
to surpass; to exceed; to transcend
(1) transcendence; transcendency; (can act as adjective) (2) transcendental; (noun or participle which takes the aux. verb suru) (3) to transcend; to rise above
Surpassing, supreme; to pass over, be exempt from; the past
| níng jìng zhì yuǎn / ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ning ching chih yüan
tranquility yields transcendence (idiom); quiet life of profound study; cf Still waters run deep.
|chouzetsu / chozetsu / ちょうぜつ||
(noun/participle) transcendence; excellence; superiority
| nèi zài chāo yuè / nei4 zai4 chao1 yue4
nei tsai ch`ao yüeh / nei tsai chao yüeh
inner transcendence (perfection through one's own inner moral cultivation, as in Confucianism, for example)
| wài zài chāo yuè / wai4 zai4 chao1 yue4
wai tsai ch`ao yüeh / wai tsai chao yüeh
outer transcendence (perfection through the agency of God)
| fǎ huā sān mèi / fa3 hua1 san1 mei4
fa hua san mei
The samādhi which sees into the three 諦 dogmas of 空假中 unreality, dependent reality and transcendence, or the noumenal, phenomenal, and the absolute which unites them; it is derived from the "sixteen" samādhis in chapter 24 of the Lotus Sutra. There is a法華三昧經 independent of this samādhi; dharma-flower absorption
| niè pán bā wèi / nie4 pan2 ba1 wei4
nieh p`an pa wei / nieh pan pa wei
nehan no hachimi
The eight rasa, i.e. flavours, or characteristics of nirvāṇa-permanence, peace, no growing old, no death, purity, transcendence, unperturbedness, joy; eight flavors of nirvāṇa
|jikochouetsu / jikochoetsu / じこちょうえつ||
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