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No Mind / Mushin

China wú xīn
Japan mu shin
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In Japanese, this word means innocent, or one with no knowledge of good and evil. It literally means "without mind."

無心 is one of the five spirits of the warrior (budo), and is often used as a Japanese martial arts tenet. Under that context, places such as the Budo Dojo define it this way: "No mind, a mind without ego. A mind like a mirror which reflects and dos not judge." The original term was "mushin no shin," meaning, "mind of no mind." It is a state of mind without fear, anger, or anxiety. Mushin is often described by the phrase, "mizu no kokoro," which means, "mind like water." The phrase is a metaphor describing the pond that clearly reflects it's surroundings when calm but whose images are obscured once a pebble is dropped into its waters.

This has a good meaning in conjunction with Chan / Zen Buddhism in Japan. However, out of that context, it means mindlessness or absent-minded. To non-Buddhists in China, this is associated with doing something without thinking.
In Korean, this usually means indifference.

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Mandarin wú xīn / wu2 xin1
Taiwan wu hsin
Japanese mushin / むしん
Chinese unintentionally; not in the mood to
Japanese (adj-na,n,adj-no) (1) innocence; (2) insentient (i.e. plants, inanimate objects, etc.); (3) {Buddh} (See 有心) free from obstructive thoughts; (vs,vt) (4) to pester someone (for cash, etc.)
Mindless, without thought, will, or purpose; the real immaterial mind free from illusion; unconsciousness, or effortless action; lacking (defiled) thought



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Mandarin wú xìn / wu2 xin4
Taiwan wu hsin
Japanese mushin / むしん
Japanese (noun or adjectival noun) irreligion; atheism
no faith



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Mandarin wú chēn / wu2 chen1
Taiwan wu ch`en / wu chen
Japanese mushin
free from wrath



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Mandarin wú xìn nǚ / wu2 xin4 nv3
Taiwan wu hsin nü
Japanese mushin nyo
faithless women



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Mandarin wú xīn dì / wu2 xin1 di4
Taiwan wu hsin ti
Japanese mushin chi
state of no-thought



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Mandarin wú xīn dìng / wu2 xin1 ding4
Taiwan wu hsin ting
Japanese mushin
thought-free concentration



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Mandarin èr wú xīn dìng / er4 wu2 xin1 ding4
Taiwan erh wu hsin ting
Japanese ni mushin
two kinds of no-thought absorption



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Mandarin wǔ wèi wú xīn / wu3 wei4 wu2 xin1
Taiwan wu wei wu hsin
Japanese goi mushin
five instances of no-mind



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Mandarin wú xīn sān mèi / wu2 xin1 san1 mei4
Taiwan wu hsin san mei
Japanese mushin zanmai
無心定 The samādhi in which active thought has ceased; thought-free concentration



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Mandarin wú xīn mēn jué / wu2 xin1 men1 jue2
Taiwan wu hsin men chüeh
Japanese mushin monzetsu
thoughtless swoon



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Mandarin wú xīn shuì mián / wu2 xin1 shui4 mian2
Taiwan wu hsin shui mien
Japanese mushin suimin
state of thoughtless sleep



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Mandarin wú xīn dào rén / wu2 xin1 dao4 ren2
Taiwan wu hsin tao jen
Japanese mushin dōnin
The hermit or saint in ecstatic contemplation, as with emptied mind he becomes the receptacle of mystic influences; person of the Way who is without thoughts



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Mandarin wú niàn wú xīn / wu2 nian4 wu2 xin1
Taiwan wu nien wu hsin
Japanese munen mushin
absence of deluded thought



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Mandarin wú xīn mēn jué wèi / wu2 xin1 men1 jue2 wei4
Taiwan wu hsin men chüeh wei
Japanese mushin monzetsu i
state of thoughtless fainting



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Mandarin wú xīn shuì mián wèi / wu2 xin1 shui4 mian2 wei4
Taiwan wu hsin shui mien wei
Japanese mushin suimin i
state of thoughtless sleep

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No Mind
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