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Wood

(One of the five elements)

ki
Wood Scroll

木 is the symbol for wood in Japanese, Korean and Chinese.

This can sometimes mean “tree” depending on context. In fact, the character comes from a pictogram that is supposed to resemble a tree.


Wood is one of the five elements that ancient Chinese believed all things were composed of. These elements are also part of the cycle of Chinese astrology. Every person has both an animal sign, and one of the five elements according to the date of their birth. See also Five Elements and Chinese 12 Animals / Zodiac.

wǔ dé
Wood Scroll

伍德 is the name Wood in Chinese (Mandarin).

wuuddo
Wood Scroll

ウーッド is the name Wood in Japanese (Katakana).


Note: Because this title is entirely Japanese Katakana, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Before enlightenment or after, chores remain.

dùn wù zhī qián kǎn chái tiāo shuǐ dùn wù zhī hòu kǎn chái tiāo shuǐ
Chop Wood, Carry Water Scroll

頓悟之前砍柴挑水; 頓悟之後砍柴挑水 means “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water; After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.

This is a Chinese proverb that is attributed to 吴力 (Wú Lì) who lived between 1632 and 1718 - living part of his life as a devout Buddhist, and many years as a Catholic Jesuit Priest in China - what an interesting life!

This has been explained many times in many ways. I am a Buddhist, and here is my brief take on this proverb...

Before enlightenment, one may find daily chores mundane, tedious, and boring. However, upon reaching enlightenment one is not relieved of the details of daily life. An enlightened person will, however, see such chores as a joy, and do them mindfully.


There is another version floating around, which is 在你領悟之前砍柴、運水。在你領悟之後,砍柴、運水。
If you want this other version, just contact me. The meaning is the same, just different phrasing.

Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water

An utterly inadequate measure

bēi shuǐ chē xīn
Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water Scroll

杯水車薪 is a warning against a futile effort.

This proverb literally refers to one who is “trying to put out a burning cart of wood with a cup of water,” or “throw a cup of water on a cartload of wood.” The lesson to be learned is about using the right measure or tool for the job and not wasting your effort if you are inadequately equipped for the task at hand - in other words the postscript should be “go get a bucket or a fire hose.”




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Forest

Forest Bathing

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Small Forest

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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    mu4
mu
 moku
    もく

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Wood
tree; wood; coffin; wooden; simple; numb; one of the eight categories of ancient musical instruments 八音[ba1 yin1]
(1) (abbreviation) (See 木曜) Thursday; (2) (See 五行・1) wood (first of the five elements); (female given name) Moku
Wood; a tree; kāṣṭha, a piece of wood, wood, timber.

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lín
    lin2
lin
 rin
    りん

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Small Forest
woods; forest; CL:片[pian4]; circle(s) (i.e. specific group of people); a collection (of similar things)
(1) wood; woods; forest; grove; copse; thicket; (2) bunch (of something); cluster; line; collection; (surname, female given name) Rin
A grove, or wood; a band; forest; grove

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shì
    shi4
shih
 kokera
    こけら

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Persimmon
persimmon
(irregular kanji usage) (1) chopped wood; wood chips; (2) (abbreviation) thin shingles; kaki; Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki); (surname) Kokera
persimmon

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    li3
li
 wataru
    わたる

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Science
texture; grain (of wood); inner essence; intrinsic order; reason; logic; truth; science; natural science (esp. physics); to manage; to pay attention to; to run (affairs); to handle; to put in order; to tidy up
(1) reason; principle; logic; (2) {Buddh} (See 事・じ) general principle (as opposed to individual concrete phenomenon); (3) the underlying principles of the cosmos (in neo-Confucianism); (given name) Wataru
siddhānta; hetu. Ruling principle, fundamental law, intrinsicality, universal basis, essential element; nidāna, reason; pramāṇa, to arrange, regulate, rule, rectify.

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shēn
    shen1
shen
 misaki
    みさき

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Body
body; life; oneself; personally; one's morality and conduct; the main part of a structure or body; pregnant; classifier for sets of clothes: suit, twinset; Kangxi radical 158
(1) one's body; one's person; (2) oneself; one's appearance; (3) one's place (in society, etc.); one's position; (4) main part; meat (as opposed to bone, skin, etc.); wood (as opposed to bark); blade (as opposed to its handle); container (as opposed to its lid); (surname) Misaki
kāya; tanu; deha. The body; the self.; Two forms of body; there are numerous pairs, e. g. (1) (a) 分段身 The varied forms of the karmic or ordinary mortal body, or being; (b) 變易身 the transformable, or spiritual body. (2) (a) 生身 The earthly body of the Buddha; (b) 化身 hinirmāṇakāya, which may take any form at will. (3) (a) 生身 his earthly body; (b) 法身 his moral and mental nature—a Hīnayāna definition, but Mahāyāna takes his earthly nirmāṇakāya as the 生身 and his dharmakāya or that and his saṃbhogakāya as 法身. (4) 眞應二身 The dharmakāya and nirmāṇakāya. (5) (a) 實相身 The absolute truth, or light, of the Buddha, i. e. the dharmakāya; (b) 爲物身 the functioning or temporal body. (6) (a) 眞身 the dharmakāya and saṃbhogakāya; (b) 化身 the nirmāṇakāya. (7) (a) 常身 his permanent or eternal body; (b) 無常身 his temporal body. (8) (a) 實身 and 化身 idem 二色身.

丁丁

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zhēng zhēng
    zheng1 zheng1
cheng cheng
 toutou / toto
    とうとう
    chouchou / chocho
    ちょうちょう

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Tintin
sound of chopping wood, chess pieces hitting the board etc
(adv,n) clashing of swords; felling of trees; ringing of an ax

五行

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wǔ xíng
    wu3 xing2
wu hsing
 gogyou / gogyo
    ごぎょう

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Five Elements
five phases of Chinese philosophy: wood 木, fire 火, earth 土, metal 金, water 水
(1) (See 五大・ごだい・1) the five elements (in Chinese philosophy: wood, fire, earth, metal and water); the five phases; wu xing; (2) {Buddh} five practices of the Bodhisattvas; (3) (See 六信五行) the five pillars of Islam; (surname, given name) Gogyou
The five lines of conduct. I. According to the 起信論 Awakening of Faith they are almsgiving; keeping the commandments; patience under insult; zeal or progress; meditation. II. According to the 涅槃經 Nirvana Sutra they are saintly or bodhisattva deeds; arhat, or noble deeds; deva deeds; children's deeds (i. e. normal good deeds of men, devas, and Hinayanists); sickness conditions, e. g. illness, delusion, etc.; — into all these lines of conduct and conditions a Bodhisattva enters. III. The five elements, or tanmātra— wood, fire, earth, metal, and water; or earth, water, ire, air, and ether (or space) as taught by the later Mahāyāna philosophy; idem 五大; five practices

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    ji1
chi
curved wood graver

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mǎo
    mao3
mao
 bou / bo
    ぼう
mortise (slot cut into wood to receive a tenon); 4th earthly branch: 5-7 a.m., 2nd solar month (6th March-4th April), year of the Rabbit; ancient Chinese compass point: 90° (east); variant of 鉚|铆[mao3]; to exert one's strength
(1) the Rabbit (fourth sign of the Chinese zodiac); the Hare; (2) (See 卯の刻) hour of the Rabbit (around 6am, 5-7am, or 6-8am); (3) (obsolete) east; (4) (obsolete) second month in the lunar calendar; (personal name) Bou


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cóng
    cong2
ts`ung
    tsung
 sou / so
    そう
cluster; collection; collection of books; thicket
(n-suf,n) {anat} plexus; rete; (surname) Sou
A copse, grove, wood; crowded; a copse

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xùn
    xun4
hsün
 yuzuru
    ゆずる
to obey; one of the Eight Trigrams 八卦[ba1 gua4], symbolizing wood and wind; ☴; ancient Chinese compass point: 135° (southeast)
xun (one of the trigrams of the I Ching: wind, southeast); (given name) Yuzuru


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    lu4
lu
to carve wood

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zhuó
    zhuo2
cho
 shaku
to chop; to hack; to carve wood
To chop; translit. ca, cha; to chop


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zhuó
    zhuo2
cho
to chop; to carve wood
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zhá
    zha2
cha
 fuda
    ふだ
thin piece of wood used a writing tablet (in ancient China); a kind of official document (in former times); letter; note; plague
armor platelet; (place-name) Fuda
slip of wood; slip of wood

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cái
    cai2
ts`ai
    tsai
 motoki
    もとき
material; timber; ability; aptitude; a capable individual; coffin (old)
(n,n-suf) (1) wood; lumber; timber; (2) (raw) material; stuff; (3) talent; ability; capable person; (personal name) Motoki

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yùn
    yun4
yün
wood streaks

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duò
    duo4
to
wood scraps

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guàng
    guang4
kuang
woven wood and bamboo utensil; classifier for threads and strings


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zhàn
    zhan4
chan
 kakebashi
    かけばし
a wooden or bamboo pen for sheep or cattle; wood or bamboo trestlework; a warehouse; (computing) stack
(surname) Kakebashi

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fēn
    fen1
fen
aromatic wood; perfume; fragrance

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    gu3
ku
 hoda
    ほだ
    hota
    ほた
scraps of wood
(obscure) kindling; small bits of scrap wood used to fuel a stove

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gǎo
    gao3
kao
 takakou / takako
    たかこう
dried up (wood); dead tree
(surname) Takakou

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chá
    cha2
ch`a
    cha
a raft made of bamboo or wood; to fell trees; to hew

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    xi2
hsi
a hard wood


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sēn
    sen1
sen
lush growth (trees); fishing using bundled wood (archaic)


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biāo
    biao1
piao
 maaku / maku
    まあく
mark; sign; label; to mark with a symbol, label, lettering etc; to bear (a brand name, registration number etc); prize; award; bid; target; quota; (old) the topmost branches of a tree; visible symptom; classifier for military units
(1) (rare) mark; sign; target; (2) (archaism) plain wood showing the seating order of officials at court; (3) (archaism) nameplate; (female given name) Maaku
Signal, flag, banner; the troops under a particular banner; a notice, list, signboard, ticket; to publish; to explain

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qiáo
    qiao2
ch`iao
    chiao
 kikori
    きこり
firewood; gather wood
woodcutter; lumberjack; logger; (surname) Kikori


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shù
    shu4
shu
 mitsuru
    みつる
tree; CL:棵[ke1]; to cultivate; to set up
(1) tree; shrub; bush; (2) wood; timber; (personal name) Mitsuru
vṛkṣa, a tree; to stand, erect, establish.

樿


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zhǎn
    zhan3
chan
(wood)

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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
Woodkimù / mu4 / mu
Wood伍德wǔ dé / wu3 de2 / wu de / wudewu te / wute
Woodウーッドwuuddo / wuddo
Chop Wood, Carry Water頓悟之前砍柴挑水頓悟之后砍柴挑水
顿悟之前砍柴挑水顿悟之后砍柴挑水
dùn wù zhī qián kǎn chái tiāo shuǐ dùn wù zhī hòu kǎn chái tiāo shuǐ
dun4 wu4 zhi1 qian2 kan3 chai2 tiao1 shui3 dun4 wu4 zhi1 hou4 kan3 chai2 tiao1 shui3
dun wu zhi qian kan chai tiao shui dun wu zhi hou kan chai tiao shui
tun wu chih ch`ien k`an ch`ai t`iao shui tun wu chih hou k`an ch`ai t`iao shui
tun wu chih chien kan chai tiao shui tun wu chih hou kan chai tiao shui
Put out a burning wood cart with a cup of water杯水車薪
杯水车薪
bēi shuǐ chē xīn
bei1 shui3 che1 xin1
bei shui che xin
beishuichexin
pei shui ch`e hsin
peishuichehsin
pei shui che hsin
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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