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Sky / Ether / Void / Emptiness / Unreality

(Used in Japanese version of five elements)

 kōng
 kuu / kara / sora / ron
 
Sky / Ether / Void / Emptiness / Unreality Scroll

空 is a single character that means empty, void, hollow, vacant, vacuum, blank, nonexistent, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, and being unreal.

In the Buddhist context, this relates to the doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. The doctrine further explains that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution.

From Sanskrit and/or Pali, this is the translation to Chinese and Japanese of the title śūnya or śūnyatā.

In Japanese, when pronounced as “ron” (sounds like “roan”) this can be a given name. It should be noted that this Kanji has about 5 different possible pronunciations in Japanese: kuu, kara, sora, ron, and uro. 空 is also an element in the Japanese version of the five elements.

Nothing / Nothingness

 wú
 mu
 
Nothing / Nothingness Scroll

無 is the simple way to express “nothing.”

However, this single character leaves a bit of mystery as to what you might really mean if you hang it as a wall scroll. I'm not saying that's a bad thing; as you can decide what it means to you, and you won't be wrong if you stay within the general context.

More info: 無 is usually used as a suffix or prefix for Chinese and Japanese words (also old Korean). It can be compared to “un-” or “-less” in English. It can also mean “not to have,” no, none, not, “to lack,” or nothingness.

Nothingness / Empty / Void

 xū kōng
 kokuu
Nothingness / Empty / Void Scroll

虛空 means empty space, empty sky, or void.

In the Buddhist context, it can mean “emptiness of the material world.” This can also be used as an adjective to modify other words with a meaning of unreal or insubstantial.

 kōng wú
 kuu mu
Nothingness Scroll

空無 is “nothingness” in a Buddhist context.

The first character means empty but can also mean air or sky (air and sky have no form).

The second character means have not, no, none, not, or to lack.

Together these characters reinforce each other into a word that means “absolute nothingness.”

I know this is a term used in Buddhism, but I have not yet figured out the context in which it is used. I suppose it can be the fact that Buddhists believe that the world is a non-real illusion, or perhaps it's about visualizing yourself as “nothing” and therefore leaving behind your desire and worldliness.
Buddhist concepts and titles often have this element of ambiguity or, rather, “mystery.” Therefore, such ideas can have different meanings to different people, and that's okay. If you don't get it right in this lifetime, there will be plenty more lifetimes to master it (whatever “it” is, and if “it” really exists at all).

Soothill defines this as “Unreality, or immateriality, of things, which is defined as nothing existing of independent or self-contained nature.”

True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence

 zhēn kōng miào yǒu
 shin kuu myou u
True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence Scroll

According to Soothill 眞空妙有 means:
The true void is the mysteriously existing, truly void, or immaterial, yet transcendentally existing.

眞空妙有 is the state of being nonexistent after removing all errant worldly influences. 眞空妙有 is achieved when all forms of existence are seen for their real nature.




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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

Variations:
空き巣(P)
空巣
明き巣

see styles
 akisu
    あきす
(1) empty nest; (2) empty house; empty home; (3) (abbreviation) (See 空き巣狙い) burglary (of an empty house); burglar (who targets empty houses); sneak thief; prowler

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kòng
    kong4
k`ung
    kung
 kuu / ku
    くう
to empty; vacant; unoccupied; space; leisure; free time
(1) empty air; sky; (2) {Buddh} shunyata (the lack of an immutable intrinsic nature within any phenomenon); emptiness; (3) (abbreviation) (See 空軍) air force; (noun or adjectival noun) (4) fruitlessness; meaninglessness; (noun or adjectival noun) (5) (See 五大・1) void (one of the five elements); (can be adjective with の) (6) {math} empty (e.g. set); (female given name) Ron
śūnya, empty, void, hollow, vacant, nonexistent. śūnyatā, 舜若多, vacuity, voidness, emptiness, non-existence, immateriality, perhaps spirituality, unreality, the false or illusory nature of all existence, the seeming 假 being unreal. The doctrine that all phenomena and the ego have no reality, but are composed of a certain number of skandhas or elements, which disintegrate. The void, the sky, space. The universal, the absolute, complete abstraction without relativity. There are classifications into 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, and 18 categories. The doctrine is that all things are compounds, or unstable organisms, possessing no self-essence, i.e. are dependent, or caused, come into existence only to perish. The underlying reality, the principle of eternal relativity, or non-infinity, i.e. śūnya, permeates all phenomena making possible their evolution. From this doctrine the Yogācārya school developed the idea of the permanent reality, which is Essence of Mind, the unknowable noumenon behind all phenomena, the entity void of ideas and phenomena, neither matter nor mind, but the root of both.

がら空き

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 garasuki
    がらすき
    garaaki / garaki
    がらあき
(noun or adjectival noun) virtually empty; quite empty; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) virtually empty; quite empty; (2) inadequately defended; defenseless; defenceless

空心

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kòng xīn
    kong4 xin1
k`ung hsin
    kung hsin
 kūshin
on an empty stomach
An empty mind, or heart; a mind meditating on the void, or infinite; a mind not entangled in cause and effect, i.e. detached from the phenomenal.

虛言


虚言

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xū yán
    xu1 yan2
hsü yen
 kogon
empty words; false words
Empty words, baseless talk.

空屋敷

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 akiyashiki
    あきやしき
(1) empty residence; empty estate; (2) empty lot

空き屋敷

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 akiyashiki
    あきやしき
(1) empty residence; empty estate; (2) empty lot

Variations:
空屋敷
空き屋敷

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 akiyashiki
    あきやしき
(1) empty residence; empty estate; (2) empty lot

Variations:
空(P)
虚(rK)

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 kara(p); kara
    から(P); カラ
(noun - becomes adjective with の) (1) emptiness; being empty; (prefix) (2) not carrying anything; unburdened; empty-handed; (prefix) (3) dishonoured (bill, promise, etc.); false; no-show (reservation); put-on (cheeriness, courage, etc.); empty (compliments); insincere

空手

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kōng shǒu
    kong1 shou3
k`ung shou
    kung shou
 sorate
    そらて

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Karate
empty-handed; unarmed; (painting, embroidery etc) without following a model; (abbr. for 空手道[kong1 shou3 dao4]) karate
(1) karate; (2) empty handed; (surname) Sorate

虚空

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 kokuu / koku
    こくう

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Nothingness / Empty / Void
empty space; empty sky; (given name) Kokuu

虛空


虚空

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xū kōng
    xu1 kong1
hsü k`ung
    hsü kung
 kokū

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Nothingness / Empty / Void
void; hollow; empty
śūnya; empty, void, space; ākāśa, in the sense of space, or the ether; gagana, the sky, atmosphere, heaven; kha, space, sky, ether, 虛 is defined as that which is without shape or substantiality, 空 as that which has no resistance. The immaterial universe behind all phenomena.

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qìng
    qing4
ch`ing
    ching
 kyō
to use up; to exhaust; empty
empty


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    xu1
hsü
 kyo
emptiness; void; abstract theory or guiding principles; empty or unoccupied; diffident or timid; false; humble or modest; (of health) weak; virtual; in vain
śūnya. Empty, vacant; unreal, unsubstantial, untrue; space; humble; in vain.

三空

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sān kōng
    san1 kong1
san k`ung
    san kung
 sankū
The three voids or immaterialities. The first set of three is (a) 空, (b) 無相, (c) 無願, v. 三三昧. The second, (a) 我空 , (b) 法空 , (c) 倶空 the self, things, all phenomena as "empty" or immaterial. The third relates to charity: (a) giver, (b) receiver, (c) gift, all are "empty".

不空

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bù kōng
    bu4 kong1
pu k`ung
    pu kung
 fukuu / fuku
    ふくう
(given name, person) Fukuu
Amogha, Amoghavajra. 不空三藏; 智藏; 阿目佉跋折羅 Not empty (or not in vain) vajra. The famous head of the Yogācāra school in China. A Singhalese of northern brahmanic descent, having lost his father, he came at the age of 15 with his uncle to 東海, the eastern sea, or China, where in 718 he became a disciple of 金剛智 Vajrabodhi. After the latter's death in 732, and at his wish, Eliot says in 741, he went to India and Ceylon in search of esoteric or tantric writings, and returned in 746, when he baptized the emperor Xuan Tsung. He was especially noted for rain-making and stilling storms. In 749 he received permission to return home, but was stopped by imperial orders when in the south of China. In ?756 under Su Tsung he was recalled to the capital. His time until 771 was spent translating and editing tantric books in 120 volumes, and the Yogacara 密教 rose to its peak of prosperity. He died greatly honoured at 70 years of age, in 774, the twelfth year of Tai Tsung, the third emperor under whom he had served. The festival of feeding the hungry spirits 孟蘭勝會 is attributed to him. His titles of 智藏 and 不空三藏 are Thesaurus of Wisdom and Amogha Tripitaka.

倶空

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jù kōng
    ju4 kong1
chü k`ung
    chü kung
 kukū
Both or all empty, or unreal, i.e. both ego and things have no reality.

放空

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fàng kōng
    fang4 kong1
fang k`ung
    fang kung
to relax completely; to empty one's mind; (finance) to sell short; (of a commercial vehicle) to travel empty (no cargo or passengers); to deadhead

明店

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 akimise
    あきみせ
    akidana
    あきだな
(irregular okurigana usage) empty house; empty shop

白地

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 hakuchi
    はくち
(1) white cloth; (2) empty land; empty lot; (3) (archaism) respectable woman (as opposed to a prostitute); (place-name) Hakuchi

皆空

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jiē kōng
    jie1 kong1
chieh k`ung
    chieh kung
 kaikū
All is empty and void.

空巣

see styles
 akisu
    あきす
(1) empty house; (2) empty nest; (3) (abbreviation) prowler; sneak thief; cat burglar

空店

see styles
 akimise
    あきみせ
    akidana
    あきだな
(irregular okurigana usage) empty house; empty shop

空果

see styles
kōng guǒ
    kong1 guo3
k`ung kuo
    kung kuo
 kūka
Empty fruit; also fruit of freedom from the illusion that things and the ego are real.

空空

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kōng kōng
    kong1 kong1
k`ung k`ung
    kung kung
 kūkū
    くうくう
empty; vacuous; nothing; vacant; in vain; all for nothing; air-to-air (missile)
(noun or adjectival noun) empty; vacant; void
Unreality of unreality. When all has been regarded as illusion, or unreal, the abstract idea of unreality itself must be destroyed.

空聚

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kōng jù
    kong1 ju4
k`ung chü
    kung chü
 kūju
(1) An empty abode or place. (2) The body as composed of the six skandhas, which is a temporary assemblage without underlying reality.

空腹

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kōng fù
    kong1 fu4
k`ung fu
    kung fu
 kuufuku / kufuku
    くうふく
an empty stomach
(n,adj-na,adj-no) (ant: 満腹・1) empty stomach; hunger

空車

see styles
 kuusha(p); karaguruma / kusha(p); karaguruma
    くうしゃ(P); からぐるま
(1) (ant: 実車・1) empty conveyance; empty taxi; free taxi; (2) (くうしゃ only) (ant: 満車) having spaces available (of a parking lot)

素手

see styles
sù shǒu
    su4 shou3
su shou
 sude
    すで
white hand; empty-handed
(noun - becomes adjective with の) bare hand; empty hand

虚名

see styles
 kyomei / kyome
    きょめい
false reputation; empty title; empty name

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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
Sky
Ether
Void
Emptiness
Unreality
kuu / kara / sora / ron
ku / kara / sora / ron
kōng / kong1 / kongk`ung / kung
Nothing
Nothingness

muwú / wu2 / wu
Nothingness
Empty
Void
虛空
虚空
kokuu / kokuxū kōng / xu1 kong1 / xu kong / xukonghsü k`ung / hsükung / hsü kung
Nothingness空無
空无
kuu mu / kuumu / ku mukōng wú / kong1 wu2 / kong wu / kongwuk`ung wu / kungwu / kung wu
True Emptiness Yields Transcendent Existence眞空妙有shin kuu myou u
shinkuumyouu
shin ku myo u
zhēn kōng miào yǒu
zhen1 kong1 miao4 you3
zhen kong miao you
zhenkongmiaoyou
chen k`ung miao yu
chenkungmiaoyu
chen kung miao yu
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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