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Mindfulness

China niàn
Japan nen
Mindfulness Vertical Wall Scroll

念 is the simplest way to write "mindfulness" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

念 can be defined these ways: To read; to study (a degree course); to read aloud; to miss somebody (keeping them in your mind); idea; remembrance; sense; thought; feeling; desire; concern; attention; recollection; memory; to think on/about; reflect; repeat, intone; a moment.

Obviously, the context in which the character is used determines which definition or meaning is perceived. As a single character, it's open and perhaps ambiguous. Thus, it can be read with any or all of these meanings.

念 is used in a Buddhist context (often written as 正念 or "right mindfulness") with similar meanings of thought and contemplation.

In Japanese, this character is sometimes used as a name "Nen."


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness

Samyak Smriti / Samyak Smrti / Samma Sati
China zhèng niàn
Japan sei nen
7. Right Mindfulness / Right Memory / Perfect Mindfulness Vertical Wall Scroll

正念 is one of the Noble Eightfold Paths of Buddhism. Right Mindfulness, along with Right Effort and Right Concentration constitute the path to Concentration or Perfect Thought.

Right Mindfulness is about remaining focused on one's body, feelings, mind and mental qualities. It's also about being ardent, aware, and mindful, and supposes that you've already put aside worldly desire and aversion.

Monk Bhikkhu Bodhi described this as: The mind is deliberately kept at the level of bare attention, a detached observation of what is happening within us and around us in the present moment. In the practice of right mindfulness the mind is trained to remain in the present, open, quiet, and alert, contemplating the present event.

Another definition: Ongoing mindfulness of body, feelings, thinking, and objects of thought.


This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese and Chinese people.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment | Noble Eightfold Path

Heart / Mind / Spirit

China xīn
Japan kokoro
Heart / Mind / Spirit Vertical Wall Scroll

心 would often be translated as "heart".

However, because it was believed in Chinese culture thousands of years that your consciousness and thoughts came from the big red organ in the middle of your chest, it also means "mind" or "spirit" and sometimes even "soul."

In Korean, beyond heart, mind, and spirit, this character can mean moral, nature, mind, affections, intentions, core, and center. In fact, it is used in Chinese to mean "center" as well but only with another character in front of it. For instance, "medical center" or even "shopping center." Separately and alone, it will not be read with that "center" meaning unless thought of as "the center of your soul."

Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused

China zhuān xīn
Japan sen shin
Devotion / Dedication / Attentive / Focused Vertical Wall Scroll

The first character means "for a particular person, occasion, or purpose," "focused on one single thing," "concentrated" and sometimes, "special."

The second character means "heart" or "mind" by itself.

Together, these two characters make a word that means, "paying attention with your heart." It's often translated as, "dedication," as in "be absorbed in" or "concentrate one's efforts." It's also used to mean, "with single mind," "whole-heartedly," "paying attention," "undivided attention," "concentration (-ed)," "engrossed," "devotionally (listening/watching)," and/or "attentive."

My favorite translation, which comes from the Oxford Advanced Chinese/English Dictionary is, "wholehearted devotion."

If it seems like the meaning of this word is quite open, you are correct. The context in which the word is used matters a lot. It can mean different things depending on how you use it. This makes it kind of nice as you can decide what this means to you (within some limits). This word is always positive in meaning, so even if a Chinese person reads it differently than you, it will still have a good meaning.


専In Japanese, they tend to use a variation of the second character which has one less stroke. If you want your calligraphy written this Japanese form, please click on the Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note: Japanese and Chinese people will recognize either form.


See Also:  Faith | Devotion

Determination

China jué xīn
Japan kesshin
Determination Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese, and Korean word holds the dictionary definition of "determination" but literally means, "determined heart."

The first character means "to determine" or "determined."

The second character means "heart," "mind" or "soul," so you can imagine that this form of "determination" partially means to put your heart into something. It can also be translated as resolve, resolution, or decision (as in a decision made and followed).


See Also:  Devotion | Tenacious | Passion | Dedication | Will-Power

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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

正念

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Mandarin zhèng niàn / zheng4 nian4
Taiwan cheng nien
Japanese shounen / shonen / しょうねん
Chinese correct mindfulness (Buddhism)
Japanese (1) {Buddh} (See 八正道) right mindfulness; (2) true faith (in rebirth in the promised land); (place-name) Shounen
samyak-smṛti, right remembrance, the seventh of the 八正道; 'right mindfullness, the looking on the body and the spirit in such a way as to remain ardent, self-possessed and mindful, having overcome both hankering and dejection. ' Keith; correct mindfulness

讃歎

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Japanese sandan / さんだん    santan / さんたん Japanese (noun/participle) (1) (Buddhist term) praising Buddha; sermon; (2) (Buddhist term) praise (second of the five gates of mindfulness); (3) (Buddhist term) style of Buddhistic song of praise, usually praising Buddha, the Bodhisattva, the Buddhistic teachings, etc.; (4) (archaism) rumor; rumour; hearsay; (n,vs,adj-no) praise; extolment; extollment

讃談

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Japanese sandan / さんだん Japanese (noun/participle) (1) (Buddhist term) praising Buddha; sermon; (2) (Buddhist term) praise (second of the five gates of mindfulness); (3) (Buddhist term) style of Buddhistic song of praise, usually praising Buddha, the Bodhisattva, the Buddhistic teachings, etc.; (4) (archaism) rumor; rumour; hearsay

讚歎

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Mandarin zàn tàn / zan4 tan4
Taiwan tsan t`an / tsan tan
Japanese sandan / さんだん
Japanese (noun/participle) (1) (Buddhist term) praising Buddha; sermon; (2) (Buddhist term) praise (second of the five gates of mindfulness); (3) (Buddhist term) style of Buddhistic song of praise, usually praising Buddha, the Bodhisattva, the Buddhistic teachings, etc.; (4) (archaism) rumor; rumour; hearsay
to praise

讚談

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Japanese sandan / さんだん Japanese (noun/participle) (1) (Buddhist term) praising Buddha; sermon; (2) (Buddhist term) praise (second of the five gates of mindfulness); (3) (Buddhist term) style of Buddhistic song of praise, usually praising Buddha, the Bodhisattva, the Buddhistic teachings, etc.; (4) (archaism) rumor; rumour; hearsay

五念門


五念门

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Mandarin wǔ niàn mén / wu3 nian4 men2
Taiwan wu nien men
Japanese gonenmon / ごねんもん
Japanese {Buddh} five gates of mindfulness: worship, praise, vows, observation, prayers for the dead
The five devotional gates of the Pure-land sect: (1) worship of Amitābha with the 身 body; (2) invocation with the 口 mouth; (3) resolve with the 意 mind to be reborn in the Pure-land; (4) meditation on the glories of that land, etc.; (5) resolve to bestow one's merits, e. g. works of supererogation, on all creatures; five gates of mindfulness

六念處


六念处

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Mandarin liù niàn chù / liu4 nian4 chu4
Taiwan liu nien ch`u / liu nien chu
Japanese rokunenjo
The six stages of the six kinds of mindfulness 六念; six bases of mindfulness

四念處


四念处

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Mandarin sì niàn chù / si4 nian4 chu4
Taiwan ssu nien ch`u / ssu nien chu
Japanese shinenjo
Four objects on which memory or the thought should dwell— the impurity of the body, that all sensations lead to suffering, that mind is impermanent, and that there is no such thing as an ego. There are other categories for thought or meditation.; (四念處觀); 四念住 smṛtyupasthāna. The fourfold stage of mindfulness, thought, or meditation that follows the 五停心觀 five-fold procedure for quieting the mind. This fourfold method, or objectivity of thought, is for stimulating the mind in ethical wisdom. It consists of contemplating (1) 身 the body as impure and utterly filthy; (2) 受 sensation, or consciousness, as always resulting in suffering; (3) 心 mind as impermanent, merely one sensation after another; (4) 法 things in general as being dependent and without a nature of their own. The four negate the ideas of permanence, joy, personality, and purity 常, 樂, 我, and 淨, i. e. the four 顚倒, but v. 四德. They are further subdivided into 別 and 總 particular and general, termed 別相念處 and 總相念處, and there are further subdivisions.

意生身

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Mandarin yì shēng shēn / yi4 sheng1 shen1
Taiwan i sheng shen
Japanese ishoushin / ishoshin / いしょうしん
Japanese {Buddh} mind-made body; body as born out of a certain kind of intent or mindfulness
A body mentally produced, or produced at will, a tr. of manomaya. Bodhisattvas from the first stage 地 upwards are able to take any form at will to save the living ; also 意生化身 ; 意成身; mind-made body

臨終正念


临终正念

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Mandarin lín zhōng zhèng niàn / lin2 zhong1 zheng4 nian4
Taiwan lin chung cheng nien
Japanese rinjuushounen / rinjushonen / りんじゅうしょうねん
Japanese (yoji) {Buddh} holding the proper state of mindfulness at the moment of death
to hold the proper state of mindfulness at the moment of death; to hold the proper state of mindfulness at the moment of death

讃談;讃歎;讚談;讚歎

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Japanese sandan / さんだん Japanese (noun/participle) (1) {Buddh} praising Buddha; sermon; (2) {Buddh} (See 五念門) praise (second of the five gates of mindfulness); (3) {Buddh} style of Buddhistic song of praise, usually praising Buddha, the Bodhisattva, the Buddhistic teachings, etc.; (4) (archaism) rumor; rumour; hearsay

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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
Mindfulnessnenniàn / nian4 / niannien
7. Right Mindfulness
Right Memory
Perfect Mindfulness
正念sei nen / seinenzhèng niàn
zheng4 nian4
zheng nian
zhengnian
cheng nien
chengnien
Heart
Mind
Spirit
kokoroxīn / xin1 / xinhsin
Devotion
Dedication
Attentive
Focused
專心 / 専心 / 耑心
专心
sen shin / senshinzhuān xīn
zhuan1 xin1
zhuan xin
zhuanxin
chuan hsin
chuanhsin
Determination決心
决心
kesshin / keshinjué xīn / jue2 xin1 / jue xin / juexinchüeh hsin / chüehhsin
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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