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  1. Wisdom

  2. Wisdom comes from Experience

  3. Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom

  4. Experience is the Mother of Wisdom

  5. Great Wisdom

  6. Great Wisdom

  7. Seeker of Wisdom

  8. Door of Great Wisdom

  9. Seeker of Wisdom

10. Seeking Wisdom

11. Great Illumination of Wisdom

12. Wisdom and Insight of the Buddha

13. Inner Wisdom

14. The Wisdom of the Many

15. When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied

16. Wisdom Lotus

17. Wisdom / Intelligence

18. Wisdom / Brilliance

19. Wisdom / Intelligence

20. Wisdom comes from Experience

21. Mystic Lotus Wisdom of Amitabha

22. Power of Understanding and Wisdom

23. Learn from Wisdom

24. Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light

25. Wisdom from Hard Knocks

26. Each Time You Stumble and Fall, You Gain Experience and Wisdom

27. Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom

28. Wise and Virtuous


zhì
chi / tomo
Wisdom Scroll

智 is the simplest way to write wisdom in Chinese, Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.

Being a single character, the wisdom meaning is open to interpretation, and can also mean intellect, knowledge or reason, resourcefulness, or wit.

智 is also one of the five tenets of Confucius.

智 is sometimes included in the Bushido code but usually not considered part of the seven key concepts of the code.


See our Wisdom in Chinese, Japanese and Korean page for more wisdom-related calligraphy.


See Also:  Confucius

Wisdom

(All-Knowing)

zhì huì
chie
Wisdom Scroll

Beyond wisdom, 智慧 can be translated as knowledge, sagacity, sense, and intelligence.

The first character means, "wise" or "smart" and the second character means "intelligence".

Note: 智慧 is used commonly in Chinese and is a less-common word in Japanese and Korean. If your audience is Japanese, I suggest our other Japanese wisdom option.


This means intellect or wisdom in Japanese too but is a more unusual way to write this word (though both versions are pronounced the same in Japanese).

zhī huì
chie
Wisdom Scroll

The simple translation of 知惠 is wisdom, but the more expanded version is, "to know all things in their entirety".

The first Kanji represents "to know" or "to realize". Combined, these two Kanji mean "learn, know, and understand completely".

Note: While vaguely understood in Chinese, this is only a real word in Japanese.


惠 Ancient Japanese/Korean version: This is also a word in old Korean Hanja, with a slight difference in the last character - if you want that version (which is also the ancient Japanese version) please click on the character to the right, instead of the button above.

Wisdom comes from Experience

bù jīng yī shì
Wisdom comes from Experience Scroll

不經一事 means, "You can't gain knowledge without practical experience".

不經一事 is the short form (first half) of a longer Chinese proverb. These 4 characters remind you that wisdom only comes from experience.

Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom

dà lián huá zhì huì sān mó dì zhì

dai renge chie sanmajichi
Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom Scroll

大蓮華智慧三摩地智 is the title for "The wisdom of the great lotus, samādhi-wisdom".

大蓮華智慧三摩地智 is also the penetrating wisdom of Amitābha.

Experience is the Mother of Wisdom

jīng yàn shì zhì huì zhī mǔ
Experience is the Mother of Wisdom Scroll

It's been said that wisdom comes from good judgment, and good judgment comes from experience, while experience comes from a series of times when you used bad judgment.

This Chinese proverb makes the simplest connection between experience and wisdom.


See Also:  Failure is the Mother of Success

Great Wisdom

dà zhì
daichi
Great Wisdom Scroll

大智 is a Zen Buddhist title that means supreme wisdom, great wisdom, Buddha-wisdom, omniscience, or transcendental wisdom.

Great Wisdom

Prajñā

bō rě
hannya
Great Wisdom  Scroll

般若 means great wisdom or wondrous knowledge.

In the Buddhist context, this is prajna or prajñā, to know, to understand, to have the wisdom required to attain enlightenment.

Since this is a wisdom which transcends the realm of logic, the pure, absolute wisdom beyond the reach of words and concepts, it is not obtained through learning, but is realized for the first time through a religious experience.

Seeker of Wisdom

chi o motomeru mono
Seeker of Wisdom Scroll

智を求める者 means "seeker of wisdom" in Japanese.

To break it down:
智 is wisdom.
を is a particle that connects wisdom to the next idea.
求める is a transitive verb that means to want, to wish for, to ask for, to seek, to search for, to look for, or to pursue.
者 is a literary way to write "person".


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

Door of Great Wisdom

dà zhì huì mén
dai chi e mon
Door of Great Wisdom Scroll

大智慧門 is the title for, "The Great Wisdom Door", or "The Gate to Great Wisdom".

This refers to a portal to all wisdom and knowledge in Buddhism.

Seeker of Wisdom

xún zhì zhě
Seeker of Wisdom Scroll

尋智者 is a Chinese title that means "Seeker of Wisdom".

It's a little ambiguous, as you can also read this as "Seeking a Wise Person".

Whether you are the person seeking wisdom or in the process of seeking a wise person (you will probably gain wisdom from the wise) this short phrase should suit your needs.

Seeking Wisdom

chiomigaku
Seeking Wisdom Scroll

智を磨く is an old obscure Japanese phrase that means to refine, cultivate, or improve one's wisdom.

智を磨く is the mantra of one who is a seeker of wisdom. They will always want to polish, shine, refine, improve, and expand their knowledge and understanding.


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

Great Illumination of Wisdom

dà zhì míng
dai chi myou
Great Illumination of Wisdom Scroll

大智明 is a Zen Buddhist title that means the great illumination of wisdom.

This refers to wisdom so bright that it shines through obviously to all in its presence.

Wisdom and Insight of the Buddha

fó zhī jiàn
bucchiken
Wisdom and Insight of the Buddha Scroll

This title represents the wisdom and insight of the Buddha, or the penetrative power of Buddha's wisdom, or vision.

佛知見 is a term derived from the Lotus Sutra perhaps up to 1900 years ago.

Inner Wisdom

nèi zhì
nai chi
Inner Wisdom Scroll

內智 is a Buddhist term that means, "inner wisdom".

The Wisdom of the Many

shuchi
The Wisdom of the Many Scroll

衆智 is a Japanese word that means the wisdom of the many.

When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied

san nin yore ba monju no chie
When Three People Gather, Wisdom is Multiplied 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". 三人寄れば文殊の知恵 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.

Wisdom Lotus

miào lián huá
myō renge
Wisdom Lotus Scroll

妙蓮華 means the wonderful lotus and the symbol of the pure wisdom of Buddha.

This lotus is unsullied in the midst of the impurity of the world.

Wisdom / Intelligence

huì
e / kei
Wisdom / Intelligence Scroll

This single character can be translated as wisdom but it has more of an "intelligent" flavor. This can also mean cleverness or wit.

Japanese note: 慧 is understood in Japanese but seldom seen as a lone Kanji.


See Also:  Knowledge | Learning | Read

Wisdom / Intelligence

chie
Wisdom / Intelligence Scroll

This Japanese word means wisdom; wit; sagacity; sense; intelligence.

In Buddhist context, this is prajna (insight leading to enlightenment).

This can also be the Japanese female given name Norie.

Wisdom / Brilliance

cái zhì
sai chi
Wisdom / Brilliance Scroll

In Chinese, this means "ability and wisdom" or "ability and intelligence".
It can also be defined as brilliance, or genius.

In Japanese, it takes on a meaning more of "wit and intelligence".


才智Note that the ancient/traditional form is shown above. After WWII, in both Japan and China, the first character was simplified. If you want this reformed/simplified version, just click on the characters to the right, instead of the button above. This is a good choice if your audience is Japanese.

Wisdom / Intelligence

xián míng
ken mei
Wisdom / Intelligence Scroll

This Japanese word refers to wisdom, intelligence, and prudence.

It was originally a Chinese word which refers to a wise person or enlightened ruler. It means wise and able, sagacious now in China.

Wisdom comes from Experience

bù jīng yī shì bù zhǎng yī zhì
Wisdom comes from Experience Scroll

You can translate this Chinese proverb a couple of ways.
The first is: You cannot gain knowledge without practice.
The second, and perhaps more popular way is: Wisdom comes from experience.

It literally means if you are inattentive to your affairs or situations you encounter, you will not gain or grow any wisdom or intellect.

Mystic Lotus Wisdom of Amitabha

lián huá zhì
renge chi
Mystic Lotus Wisdom of Amitabha Scroll

蓮華智 is the lotus or mystic wisdom of Amitābha.

It's one of the five wisdoms of Buddhism.

Power of Understanding and Wisdom

wù xìng
gosei
Power of Understanding and Wisdom Scroll

悟性 means the power of understanding and insight in Chinese.

It is often associated with Neo-Confucianism. In that regard, it means to realize, perceive, or have the perception of man's true nature. It can also mean to find your soul, the soul of others, or the soul of the world. Some will translate this simply as the state of being "savvy".

In Japanese, this is often translated as wisdom and understanding.

Learn from Wisdom

(When you see a wise person, try to be like them)

jiàn xián sī qí
Learn from Wisdom Scroll

When you meet a wise person, you should learn from them and be inspired to become as wise as they are.

見賢思齊 is a pretty long proverb in English but in Chinese it's only four characters.
However, in Chinese the deeper meaning often surpass the dictionary definition of each character.

In this case, you should seek wise people to learn from throughout your life...
Always try to learn enough to become equal to them. It also suggests that the process of learning and seeking wisdom is a non-ending cycle.


See Also:  Knowledge

Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light

yī dào shén guāng
ichidou no shinkou
Intuitive Wisdom / Inner Light Scroll

一道神光 is a Buddhist term that means, "inner light", or "intuitive wisdom".

This actually reads, "[the] one path/way [of] spiritual light". It implies that your spirit knows the way, and will light the path for you.

Wisdom from Hard Knocks

The school of hard knocks

ái yī quán dé yī zhāo ái shí quán biàn zhū gě
Wisdom from Hard Knocks Scroll

This Chinese proverb literally translates as: Receive on blow, [and one] learns a lesson; Receive ten blows, [and one] becomes a great Zhuge [Liang].

You must first understand that a man named Zhuge Liang was one of the great strategists and philosophers in Chinese history. He's known as a man of great wisdom.

Figuratively, this phrase means:
One can learn much from failure or "hard knocks".

Each Time You Stumble and Fall, You Gain Experience and Wisdom

chī yí qiàn, zhǎng yí zhì
Each Time You Stumble and Fall, You Gain Experience and Wisdom Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "Fall into a moat and you will gain wisdom from the experience".

It really suggests that the failures, troubles, frustrations, and setbacks that you encounter in your life are actually helping you to find wisdom. Some would also translate this proverb as, "Learn from your mistakes" or "Learn from your experience".

If you are studying Chinese, you will recognize the first character as "eat" but in this case, it means to "experience" (as used in this proverb, it is suggesting that you have fallen into a moat and/or had a hard time crossing it).
Literally translated character by character, this whole proverb is, "Experience one moat, gain one wisdom/knowledge".

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean but it's not a commonly used phrase.

Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom

nèi xiù
Inner Beauty / Inner Wisdom Scroll

內秀 is an interesting word in Chinese that simultaneously means inner beauty and inner wisdom.

Some will translate it as "intelligent, but unassuming".
It's about having amazing abilities or traits on the inside which are not immediately obvious on the outside.

Wise and Virtuous

xián
ken
Wise and Virtuous Scroll

賢 is used to refer to being a wise, trustworthy and virtuous person. But it also contains the ideas of intelligence, genius, scholarship, virtue, sage, saint, good, excellent in character.

賢 is used in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja. Also used in a Buddhist context with same meaning.

Note: Can also be male given name, Masaru, in Japanese.




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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
Wisdomchi / tomozhì / zhi4 / zhichih
Wisdom智慧chiezhì huì / zhi4 hui4 / zhi hui / zhihuichih hui / chihhui
Wisdom知惠
知恵
chiezhī huì / zhi1 hui4 / zhi hui / zhihuichih hui / chihhui
Wisdom comes from Experience不經一事
不经一事
bù jīng yī shì
bu4 jing1 yi1 shi4
bu jing yi shi
bujingyishi
pu ching i shih
puchingishih
Great Lotus Wisdom - Samadhi Wisdom大蓮華智慧三摩地智
大莲华智慧三摩地智
dai renge chie sanmajichi
dairengechiesanmajichi
dà lián huá zhì huì sān mó dì zhì
da4 lian2 hua2 zhi4 hui4 san1 mo2 di4 zhi4
da lian hua zhi hui san mo di zhi
ta lien hua chih hui san mo ti chih
Experience is the Mother of Wisdom經驗是智慧之母
经验是智慧之母
jīng yàn shì zhì huì zhī mǔ
jing1 yan4 shi4 zhi4 hui4 zhi1 mu3
jing yan shi zhi hui zhi mu
jingyanshizhihuizhimu
ching yen shih chih hui chih mu
Great Wisdom大智daichidà zhì / da4 zhi4 / da zhi / dazhita chih / tachih
Great Wisdom 般若hannyabō rě / bo1 re3 / bo re / borepo je / poje
Seeker of Wisdom智を求める者chi o motomeru mono
chiomotomerumono
Door of Great Wisdom大智慧門
大智慧门
dai chi e mon
daichiemon
dà zhì huì mén
da4 zhi4 hui4 men2
da zhi hui men
dazhihuimen
ta chih hui men
tachihhuimen
Seeker of Wisdom尋智者
寻智者
xún zhì zhě
xun2 zhi4 zhe3
xun zhi zhe
xunzhizhe
hsün chih che
hsünchihche
Seeking Wisdom智を磨くchiomigaku
Great Illumination of Wisdom大智明dai chi myou
daichimyou
dai chi myo
dà zhì míng
da4 zhi4 ming2
da zhi ming
dazhiming
ta chih ming
tachihming
Wisdom and Insight of the Buddha佛知見
佛知见
bucchiken / buchikenfó zhī jiàn
fo2 zhi1 jian4
fo zhi jian
fozhijian
fo chih chien
fochihchien
Inner Wisdom內智
内智
nai chi / naichinèi zhì / nei4 zhi4 / nei zhi / neizhinei chih / neichih
The Wisdom of the Many衆智shuchi
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
Wisdom Lotus妙蓮華
妙莲华
myō renge / myōrengemiào lián huá
miao4 lian2 hua2
miao lian hua
miaolianhua
miao lien hua
miaolienhua
Wisdom
Intelligence
e / keihuì / hui4 / hui
Wisdom
Intelligence
智恵chie
Wisdom
Brilliance
纔智
才智
sai chi / saichicái zhì / cai2 zhi4 / cai zhi / caizhits`ai chih / tsaichih / tsai chih
Wisdom
Intelligence
賢明
贤明
ken mei / kenmeixián míng
xian2 ming2
xian ming
xianming
hsien ming
hsienming
Wisdom comes from Experience不經一事不長一智
不经一事不长一智
bù jīng yī shì bù zhǎng yī zhì
bu4 jing1 yi1 shi4 bu4 zhang3 yi1 zhi4
bu jing yi shi bu zhang yi zhi
bujingyishibuzhangyizhi
pu ching i shih pu chang i chih
puchingishihpuchangichih
Mystic Lotus Wisdom of Amitabha蓮華智
莲华智
renge chi / rengechilián huá zhì
lian2 hua2 zhi4
lian hua zhi
lianhuazhi
lien hua chih
lienhuachih
Power of Understanding and Wisdom悟性goseiwù xìng / wu4 xing4 / wu xing / wuxingwu hsing / wuhsing
Learn from Wisdom見賢思齊
见贤思齐
jiàn xián sī qí
jian4 xian2 si1 qi2
jian xian si qi
jianxiansiqi
chien hsien ssu ch`i
chienhsienssuchi
chien hsien ssu chi
Intuitive Wisdom
Inner Light
一道神光ichidou no shinkou
ichidounoshinkou
ichido no shinko
yī dào shén guāng
yi1 dao4 shen2 guang1
yi dao shen guang
yidaoshenguang
i tao shen kuang
itaoshenkuang
Wisdom from Hard Knocks挨一拳得一招挨十拳變諸葛
挨一拳得一招挨十拳变诸葛
ái yī quán dé yī zhāo ái shí quán biàn zhū gě
ai2 yi1 quan2 de2 yi1 zhao1 ai2 shi2 quan2 bian4 zhu1 ge3
ai yi quan de yi zhao ai shi quan bian zhu ge
ai i ch`üan te i chao ai shih ch`üan pien chu ko
ai i chüan te i chao ai shih chüan pien chu ko
Each Time You Stumble and Fall, You Gain Experience and Wisdom吃一塹長一智
吃一堑长一智
chī yí qiàn, zhǎng yí zhì
chi1 yi2 qian4 zhang3 yi2 zhi4
chi yi qian zhang yi zhi
chiyiqianzhangyizhi
ch`ih i ch`ien chang i chih
chihichienchangichih
chih i chien chang i chih
Inner Beauty
Inner Wisdom
內秀
内秀
nèi xiù / nei4 xiu4 / nei xiu / neixiunei hsiu / neihsiu
Wise and Virtuous
kenxián / xian2 / xianhsien
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