The Name Truth in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Appreciation of Truth by Meditation

  2. Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism

  3. Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment

  4. Honesty

  5. Honesty / Fidelity

  6. Respect, Honor, Truth

  7. Seeking Truth

  8. Sincerity and Devotion

  9. Thirst for Truth

10. The Three Truths

11. True Religion / Buddha Truth

12. Truth Flashed Through The Mind

13. Truth Goodness and Beauty

14. Truth

15. In Wine there is Truth

16. Walk in the Way


Appreciation of Truth by Meditation

xīn yìn
shin nin
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation Scroll

心印 is a Buddhist concept that simply stated is "appreciation of truth by meditation".

It's a deep subject, but my understanding is that you can find truth through meditation, and once you've found the truth, you can learn to appreciate it more through further meditation. This title is not commonly used outside of the Buddhist community (your Asian friends may or may not understand it). The literal translation would be something like "the mind seal", I've seen this term translated this way from Japanese Buddhist poetry. But apparently, the seal that is stamped deep in your mind is the truth. You just have to meditate to find it.

Soothill defines it this way: Mental impression, intuitive certainty; the mind is the Buddha-mind in all, which can seal or assure the truth; the term indicates the intuitive method of the Chan (Zen) school, which was independent of the spoken or written word.


Reference: Soothill-Hodous Dictionary of Chinese Buddhism


See Also:  Zen

Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism

ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyou na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba houshi to omoi yari no seishin
Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism Scroll

人間性を再生するのは寛容な心親切な言葉奉仕と思いやりの精神 is the Triple Truth of Buddhism in Japanese.

The Buddha ordered that all should know this triple truth...
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

人間性を再生するのは寛容な心親切な言葉奉仕と思いやりの精神 is the English translation most commonly used for this Japanese Buddhist phrase. You might have seen this on a coffee cup or tee-shirt.


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

Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment

bù bǐ bù zhī dào yī bǐ xià yì tiào
Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally means: [If one not does] not make comparisons, [one will] not know [the truth] when [one] compares, [one will be] greatly surprised.

This goes to the idea that if you do not know bad times, you cannot know what good times are.
...And...
You can not know light without experiencing darkness.

Another way to translate this would be: If you wish to be enlightened, you need to make comparisons and analyze every aspect (of a situation, issue or problem).

chéng
makoto
Honesty Scroll

誠 means truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.

As a single-character wall scroll, this suggests that you believe "honesty is the best policy", as your personal philosophy.


This is also a virtue of the Samurai Warrior
See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Sincerity | Sincere

Honesty / Fidelity

xìn
shin
Honesty / Fidelity Scroll

信 is another character that expresses the idea of honesty.

It can also mean truth, faith, believe in, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.

Some have included this in the list for the Bushido, although "makoto" is probably more common/popular.

Note: In some context, this character can mean letter, news or envoy. However, alone, it will generally be read with the honesty-meaning.


See our page with just Code of the Samurai / Bushido here


See Also:  Loyalty Trustworthiness Trustworthy

Respect, Honor, Truth

zūn zhòng róng yù zhēn shí
Respect, Honor, Truth Scroll

尊重, 榮譽, 真實 means "Respect, Honor, Truth" in Chinese.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Chinese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

Respect, Honor, Truth

keii meiyo shinjitsu
Respect, Honor, Truth Scroll

This means "Respect, Honor, Truth" in Japanese.


This is a word list, which is not the most natural kind of composition in Japanese (usually there is a subject, object, and verb - or a single word).

Seeking Truth

qiú dào
gu dou
Seeking Truth Scroll

求道 means seeking for truth, or to seek (practice for, strive for) enlightenment.

求道 is used mostly in a Buddhist context, so some non-Buddhists may not recognize it.

Sincerity and Devotion

zhì chéng
shisei
Sincerity and Devotion Scroll

至誠 is the idea that you enter into something with the utmost sincerity and fidelity. Ideas such as devotion, honesty, and "one's true heart" are also contained in this word.

至誠 is a universal word as the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja are all identical.

Thirst for Truth

kě fǎ
katsuhō
Thirst for Truth Scroll

渴法 means to thirst for the truth, or for the Buddha-way.

渴法 is the internal need to seek the way of the truth in Buddhism.

The Three Truths

sān dì
san dai / san tai
The Three Truths Scroll

三諦 is a Buddhist term that means "threefold truth" or "three dogmas".

The three truths are:
1. All things are void (卽空).
2. All things are temporary (卽假).
3. All things are in the middle state between these two (卽中).

True Religion / Buddha Truth

The way of the truth

shí dào
jitsu dou
True Religion / Buddha Truth Scroll

This Buddhist title means, "The true way", "The true religion", "The way of the truth", or "The absolute Buddha-truth".

Truth Flashed Through The Mind

cān wù
Truth Flashed Through The Mind Scroll

參悟 is a Chan / Zen Buddhism concept that means "to understand (mystery) from meditation", or "to see truth flash through the mind".

參悟 is a pretty deep idea, therefore, your own study and contemplation may be required before you can fully appreciate it.

Truth Goodness and Beauty

zhēn shàn měi
shin zen bi
Truth Goodness and Beauty Scroll

真善美 means truth, goodness and beauty in Chinese and Japanese.

These can also be read as "the true, the good, and the beautiful".

In Japanese, this can be the female given name Mazemi or the personal name Shinzenbi.

zhēn xiàng
shin sou
Truth Scroll

Beyond "truth" in Chinese, this can also be used to say "the actual facts" or "genuine" depending on context.


This also means "truth" in Japanese, just not as commonly used.


See Also:  Honesty

shinjitsu / sana
Truth Scroll

真実 means "truth", "actual" or "reality" in Japanese.

The second character is modified or no longer used in Chinese vocabulary - so this is Japanese only.

In Wine there is Truth

jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
In Wine there is Truth Scroll

This is a nice Asian proverb if you know a vintner or wine seller - or wine lover - although the actual meaning might not be exactly what you think or hope.

The literal meaning is that someone drinking wine is more likely to let the truth slip out. It can also be translated as, "People speak their true feelings after drinking alcohol".

It's long-believed in many parts of Asia that one can not consciously hold up a facade of lies when getting drunk, and therefore the truth will come out with a few drinks.

I've had the experience where a Korean man would not trust me until I got drunk with him (I was trying to gain access to the black market in North Korea which is tough to do as an untrusted outsider) - so I think this idea is still well-practiced in many Asian countries.

后 VS 後

Please note that there are two common ways to write the second character of this phrase. The way it's written will be left up to the mood of the calligrapher, unless you let us know that you have a certain preference.


See Also:  Honesty

Walk in the Way

The Way of Buddha Truth

xíng dào
yukimichi
Walk in the Way Scroll

In Taoist and Buddhist context, this means to "Walk in the Way". In Buddhism, that further means to follow the Buddha truth. In some Buddhist sects, this can mean to make a procession around a statue of the Buddha (always with the right shoulder towards the Buddha).

Outside of that context, this can mean route (when going somewhere), the way to get somewhere, etc.

In Japanese, this can be the surname or given name Yukimichi.




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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Appreciation of Truth by Meditation心印shin nin / shinninxīn yìn / xin1 yin4 / xin yin / xinyinhsin yin / hsinyin
Triple Truth of Japanese Buddhism人間性を再生するのは寛容な心親切な言葉奉仕と思いやりの精神ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyou na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba houshi to omoi yari no seishin
ningensei o saisei suruno wa kanyo na kokoro shinsetsu na kotoba hoshi to omoi yari no seishin
ningenseiosaiseisurunowakanyonakokoroshinsetsunakotobahoshitoomoiyarinoseishin
Comparison Leads to Truth and Enlightenment不比不知道一比嚇一跳
不比不知道一比吓一跳
bù bǐ bù zhī dào yī bǐ xià yì tiào
bu4 bi3 bu4 zhi1 dao4 yi1 bi3 xia4 yi4 tiao4
bu bi bu zhi dao yi bi xia yi tiao
pu pi pu chih tao i pi hsia i t`iao
pu pi pu chih tao i pi hsia i tiao
Honesty
makotochéng / cheng2 / chengch`eng / cheng
Honesty
Fidelity
shinxìn / xin4 / xinhsin
Respect, Honor, Truth尊重, 榮譽, 真實
尊重, 荣誉, 真实
zūn zhòng róng yù zhēn shí
zun1 zhong4 rong2 yu4 zhen1 shi2
zun zhong rong yu zhen shi
zunzhongrongyuzhenshi
tsun chung jung yü chen shih
tsunchungjungyüchenshih
Respect, Honor, Truth敬意, 名譽, 真実
敬意, 名誉, 真実
keii meiyo shinjitsu
keiimeiyoshinjitsu
kei meiyo shinjitsu
keimeiyoshinjitsu
Seeking Truth求道gu dou / gudou / gu do / gudoqiú dào / qiu2 dao4 / qiu dao / qiudaoch`iu tao / chiutao / chiu tao
Sincerity and Devotion至誠
至诚
shiseizhì chéng
zhi4 cheng2
zhi cheng
zhicheng
chih ch`eng
chihcheng
chih cheng
Thirst for Truth渴法katsuhōkě fǎ / ke3 fa3 / ke fa / kefak`o fa / kofa / ko fa
The Three Truths三諦
三谛
san dai / san tai
sandai / santai
sān dì / san1 di4 / san di / sandisan ti / santi
True Religion
Buddha Truth
實道
实道
jitsu dou / jitsudou / jitsu do / jitsudoshí dào / shi2 dao4 / shi dao / shidaoshih tao / shihtao
Truth Flashed Through The Mind參悟
参悟
cān wù / can1 wu4 / can wu / canwuts`an wu / tsanwu / tsan wu
Truth Goodness and Beauty真善美shin zen bi
shinzenbi
zhēn shàn měi
zhen1 shan4 mei3
zhen shan mei
zhenshanmei
chen shan mei
chenshanmei
Truth真相shin sou / shinsou / shin so / shinsozhēn xiàng
zhen1 xiang4
zhen xiang
zhenxiang
chen hsiang
chenhsiang
Truth真實
真実
shinjitsu / sana
In Wine there is Truth酒后吐真言 / 酒後吐真言
酒后吐真言
jiǔ hòu tǔ zhēn yán
jiu3 hou4 tu3 zhen1 yan2
jiu hou tu zhen yan
jiuhoutuzhenyan
chiu hou t`u chen yen
chiuhoutuchenyen
chiu hou tu chen yen
Walk in the Way行道yukimichixíng dào / xing2 dao4 / xing dao / xingdaohsing tao / hsingtao
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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