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Zendo / The Zen Way

 chán dào
 zen dou
Zendo / The Zen Way Scroll

禪道 is a title used in certain contexts but is not widely known by the general population of China or Japan.

In Japanese, you will see this title romanized as “zendo,” which is the brand name of a board game, and also a title used by some martial arts studios and karate dojos. Oddly, many translate this as “zen fist,” although there is no “fist” in the title. If you literally translated this title, it would be “meditation way” or “meditation method.”

In Chinese, this would be “chan dao” with the same literal meaning as the Japanese title. It's used in China by just a handful of martial arts styles/studios.

You should only order this title if you really understand the meaning, and it has some personal connection to you (such as practicing a martial art style that uses this title, or if you love the board game Zendo). Many who see your wall scroll will not be familiar with this title, and you'll have some explaining to do.

禪The first character can also be written in a more complex traditional way as shown to the right. Let us know in the special instructions for your calligraphy project if you want this style.

禅If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, the first character will automatically be written with an extra dot on top. This is the variant form of the original Chinese character which is commonly used in modern Japan Kanji. See sample to the right.

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition


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 zendou / zendo

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Zendo / The Zen Way
(1) Zen ascetic practices; Zen meditation; (2) Zen teachings; Zen


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quán tóng
    quan2 tong2
ch`üan t`ung
    chüan tung


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whole nation; whole land; whole country


see styles
 zendou / zendo
all Hokkaido; (given name) Zendō



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qián dǎo
    qian2 dao3
ch`ien tao
    chien tao
to precede; to guide
to guide forward



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shàn dǎo
    shan4 dao3
shan tao
 zendou / zendo
(noun, transitive verb) proper guidance; (given name) Zendou


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zhī kè
    zhi1 ke4
chih k`o
    chih ko
{Buddh} (See 禅堂) head monk in charge of the administrative section of a zendo (Zen)
The director of guests, i.e. the host; greeter


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 zendou / zendo
zendo (Zen meditation hall)



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chán táng
    chan2 tang2
ch`an t`ang
    chan tang
meditation room (in Buddhist monastery)
Meditation-hall of the Chan sect. A common name for the monastic hall; meditation hall



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rú dòng
    ru2 dong4
ju tung
 zendou / zendo
to wiggle; to squirm; peristalsis (wave movement of gut wall)
(n,vs,adj-no) vermiculation; peristalsis; crawling like a worm
To wriggle, etc; to wriggle


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sān shàn dào
    san1 shan4 dao4
san shan tao
 san zendō
(or 三善趣) The three good or upward directions or states of existence: 天 the highest class of goodness rewarded with the deva life, or heaven; 人 the middle class of goodness with a return to human life; 阿修羅 the inferior class of goodness with the asura state. Cf. 三惡道; v. 智度論 30; three good destinies



see styles
wéi qián dǎo
    wei2 qian2 dao3
wei ch`ien tao
    wei chien tao
 i zendō
as a guide


see styles
dà zhàng shàn dào
    da4 zhang4 shan4 dao4
ta chang shan tao
 daishō zendō
great impediment to the virtuous way



see styles
ruǎn dòng zhī lèi
    ruan3 dong4 zhi1 lei4
juan tung chih lei
 zendō no rui
creeping species

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
The Zen Way
禅道 / 禪道
zen dou / zendou / zen dochán dào / chan2 dao4 / chan dao / chandaoch`an tao / chantao / chan tao
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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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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single-character wall scroll.
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A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

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A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.

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