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First Born

souryou
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惣領 is a Japanese title for the eldest child, the oldest child, first born child, or child who carries on the family name.

In more ancient times, this was used to refer to the head of a warrior clan. It can also be a place name or given name "Souryou" or "Soryo" in Japanese.

First Born Daughter

zhǎng
choujo
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長女 is a Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for eldest daughter or first born daughter.

This can also be a given name "Osame" in Japanese.

First Born Son

zhǎng nán
chounan
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長男 is a Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji title for eldest son (may be the only son), first born son.

This can also be the Japanese personal name "Nobuo."

We are not born with knowledge, how does one achieve maturity?

rén fēi shēng ér zhī zhī zhě shú néng wú huò
We are not born with knowledge, how does one achieve maturity? Vertical Wall Scroll

This figuratively means, "Without a teacher, how can we learn/mature?"

This is a philosophic pondering by Han Yu, a Tang Dynasty essayist and philosopher (618-907 A.D.). This Chinese proverb can be translated as, "Knowledge is not innate to man, how can we overcome doubt?" or, "We are not born with knowledge, how does one achieve maturity?."

This infers that we need the guidance of a teacher if we wish to learn, mature, and become better.




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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
First Born惣領souryou / soryo
First Born Daughter長女
长女
choujo / chojozhǎng
zhang3 nu:3
zhang nu:
zhangnu:
chang nü
changnü
First Born Son長男
长男
chounan / chonanzhǎng nán
zhang3 nan2
zhang nan
zhangnan
chang nan
changnan
We are not born with knowledge, how does one achieve maturity?人非生而知之者熟能無惑rén fēi shēng ér zhī zhī zhě shú néng wú huò
ren2 fei1 sheng1 er2 zhi1 zhi1 zhe3 shu2 neng2 wu2 huo4
ren fei sheng er zhi zhi zhe shu neng wu huo
jen fei sheng erh chih chih che shu neng wu huo
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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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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shēng / sheng1
sheng
 fu / ふ
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to be born; to give birth; life; to grow; raw; uncooked; student
(n,n-suf) (See 芝生) area of thick growth (of trees, grass, etc.); (surname) Yanao
jāti 惹多; life; utpāda means coming forth, birth, production; 生 means beget, bear, birth, rebirth, born, begin, produce, life, the living. One of the twelve nidānas, 十二因緣; birth takes place in four forms, catur yoni, v. 四生, in each case causing: a sentient being to enter one of the 六道 six gati, or paths of transmigration; arising

惣領

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 souryou / soryo / そうりょう
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(1) eldest child; oldest child; first-born child; (2) child who carries on the family name; (3) (archaism) pre-ritsuryo official established in key provinces, responsible for administration of his home and surrounding provinces; (4) (archaism) head of a warrior clan (Kamakura period); (place-name, surname) Souryou

永生

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yǒng shēng / yong3 sheng1
yung sheng
 eisei / ese / えいせい
to live forever; eternal life; all one's life
eternal life; immortality; (personal name) Hisaki
Eternal life; immortality; nirvana is defined as 不生 not being born, i. e. not reborn, and therefore 不滅 not dying; 永生 is also perpetual life; the Amitābha cult says in the Pure Land; eternal life

長女


长女

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zhǎng nǚ / zhang3 nu:3
chang nü
 choujo / chojo / ちょうじょ
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eldest daughter
(may be the only daughter) eldest daughter; first-born daughter; (given name) Osame

長男


长男

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zhǎng nán / zhang3 nan2
chang nan
 chounan / chonan / ちょうなん
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eldest son
eldest son (may be the only son); first-born son; (personal name) Nobuo

阿修羅


阿修罗

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ā xiū luó / a1 xiu1 luo2
a hsiu lo
 ashura;asura / あしゅら;あすら
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Asura, malevolent spirits in Indian mythology
{Buddh} Asura; demigod; anti-god; titan; demigods that fight the Devas (gods) in Hindu mythology; (female given name) Ashura
asura, 修羅 originally meaning a spirit, spirits, or even the gods, it generally indicates titanic demons, enemies of the gods, with whom, especially Indra, they wage constant war. They are defined as 'not devas', and 'ugly', and 'without wine'. Other forms are 阿須羅 (or 阿蘇羅, or 阿素羅); 阿修倫 (or羅須倫 or 阿修輪 or 羅須輪); 阿素洛; 阿差. Four classes are named according to their manner of rebirth-egg, born, womb-born, transformation-born, and spawn- or water-born. Their abode is in the ocean, north of Sumeru, but certain of the weaker dwell in a western mountain cave. They have realms, rulers, and palaces, as have the devas. The 阿修羅道 is one of the six gatis, or ways of reincarnation. The 修羅場 or 修羅巷 is the battlefield of the asuras against Indra. The 阿修羅琴 are their harps.

釋迦牟尼


释迦牟尼

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shì jiā móu ní / shi4 jia1 mou2 ni2
shih chia mou ni
 Shakamuni
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Siddhartha Gautama (563-485 BC), the historical Buddha and founder of Buddhism; Sakyamuni Buddha (Sanskrit: sage of the Sakya)
釋迦文 (釋迦文尼); 釋伽文 Śākyamuni, the saint of the Śākya tribe. muni is saint, holy man, sage, ascetic monk; it is: intp. as 仁 benevolent, charitable, kind, also as 寂默 one who dwells in seclusion. After '500 or 550' previous incarnations, Śākyamuni finally attained to the state of Bodhisattva, was born in the Tuṣita heaven, and descended as a white elephant, through her right side, into the womb of the immaculate Māyā, the purest woman on earth; this was on the 8th day of the 4th month; next year on the 8th day of the 2nd month he was born from her right side painlessly as she stood under a tree in the Lumbinī garden. For the subsequent miraculous events v. Eitel. also the 神通遊戲經 (Lalitavistara), the 釋迦如來成道記, etc. Simpler statements say that he was born the son of Śuddhodana, of the kṣatriya caste, ruler of Kapilavastu, and Māyā his wife; that Māyā died seven days later, leaving him to be brought up by her sister Prājapati; that in due course he was married to Yaśodharā who bore him a son, Rāhula; that in search of truth he left home, became an ascetic, severely disciplined himself, and finally at 35 years of age, under a tree, realized that the way of release from the chain of rebirth and death lay not in asceticism but in moral purity; this he explained first in his four dogmas, v. 四諦 and eightfold noble way 八正道, later amplified and developed in many sermons. He founded his community on the basis of poverty, chastity, and insight or meditation, ad it became known as Buddhism, as he became known as Buddha, the enlightened. His death was probably in or near 487 B.C., a few years before that of Confucius in 479. The sacerdotal name of his family is Gautama, said to be the original name of the whole clan, Śākya being that of his branch, v. 瞿, 喬.; his personal name was Siddhārtha, or Sarvārthasiddha, v. 悉.

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niè / nie4
nieh
 getsu
son born of a concubine; disaster; sin; evil
Retribution; an illicit son; son of a concubine; bastard

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shù / shu4
shu
 sho / ゆたか
numerous; common people (or populace); born of a concubine
(personal name) Yutaka
A multitude; all; the; a concubine; so that; nearly so.


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kuì / kui4
k`uei / kuei
born deaf; deaf; obtuse

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bāo / bao1
pao
 hō
placenta; womb; born of the same parents
Placenta, womb; bladder.

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/ du2
tu
still-born chick (in unhatched egg); variant of 殰|㱩[du2]

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ē / e1
o
 a / ほど
flatter
(1) corner; nook; recess; (2) a shadow; a shade; (surname) Hodo
M077477 羅陀補羅 Anurādhapura, a northern city of Ceylon, at which tradition says Buddhism was introduced into the island; cf. Abhayagiri, 阿跋.; M077477 樓馱 v. 阿那律Aniruddha.; a or ā, अ, आ. It is the first letter of the Sanskrit Siddham alphabet, and is also translit. by 曷, 遏, 安, 頞, 韻, 噁, etc. From it are supposed to be born all the other letters, and it is the first sound uttered by the human mouth. It has therefore numerous mystical indications. Being also a negation it symbolizes the unproduced, the impermanent, the immaterial; but it is employed in many ways indicative of the positive. Amongst other uses it indicates Amitābha, from the first syllable in that name. It is much in use for esoteric purposes; short Sanskrit a and the long Sanskrit ā

ロコ

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 roko / ロコ person born in Hawaii (eng: loco, local); resident of Hawaii; (female given name) Roko

一女

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 ichijo / いちじょ (1) one daughter; (2) (See 長女) eldest daughter; first-born daughter; (female given name) Hime

三世

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sān shì / san1 shi4
san shih
 sanze;miyo(ok) / さんぜ;みよ(ok)
the Third (of numbered kings)
(1) {Buddh} past, present and future existences; (2) (さんぜ only) three generations; (female given name) Miyo
The three periods, 過去, 現在, 未來or 過, 現, 未, past, present, and future. The universe is described as eternally in motion, like flowing stream. Also 未生, 巳生,後滅, or 未, 現, 過 unborn, born, dead The 華嚴經 Hua-yen sūtra has a division of ten kinds of past, present, and future i.e. the past spoken of as past, present, and future, the present spoken of in like manner, the future also, with the addition of the present as the three periods in one instant. Also 三際; three times

三樂


三乐

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sān lè / san1 le4
san le
 sanraku
The three joys— the joy of being born a deva, the joy of meditation, the joy of nirvana.

下世

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xià shì / xia4 shi4
hsia shih
 shimoyo / しもよ
to die; future incarnation; next life; to be born; to come into the world; future generation
(surname) Shimoyo

下品

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xià pǐn / xia4 pin3
hsia p`in / hsia pin
 gehin / げひん
(noun or adjectival noun) vulgar; indecent; coarse; crude; (place-name) Shimoshina
The three lowest of the nine classes born in the Amitābha Pure Land, v. 無量壽經. These three lowest grades are (1) 下品上生 The highest of the three lowest classes who enter the Pure Land of Amitābha, i.e. those who have committed all sins except dishonouring the sūtras. If at the end of life the sinner clasps hands and says "Namo Amitābha", such a one will be born in His precious lake. (2) 下品中生 The middle class consists of those who have broken all the commandments, even stolen from monks and abused the law. If at death such a one hears of the great power of Amitābha, and assents with but a thought, he will be received into paradise. (3) 下品下生 The lowest class, because of their sins, should have fallen into the lowest gati, but by invoking the name of Amitābha, they can escape countless ages of reincarnation and suffering and on dying will behold a lotus flower like the sun, and, by the response of a single thought, will enter the Pure Land of Amitābha; lower level

下地

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xià dì / xia4 di4
hsia ti
 shitaji / したじ
to go down to the fields; to get up from bed; to leave one's sickbed; to be born
(1) groundwork; foundation; (2) inclination; aptitude; elementary knowledge (of); grounding (in); (3) undercoat; first coat; (4) (See お下地) soy sauce; (surname) Shimodzi
The lower regions of the 九地 q. v.; also the lower half of the 十地 in the fifty-two grades of bodhisattva development; lower levels

下根

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xià gēn / xia4 gen1
hsia ken
 gekon / しもね
(place-name, surname) Shimone
Those (born) with base character, or of low capacity; lesser capacity

不生

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bù shēng / bu4 sheng1
pu sheng
 fushō / ふしょう
(place-name) Fushou
anutpatti; anutpāda. Non-birth: not to be reborn, exempt from rebirth; arhan is mistakenly interpreted as 'not born', meaning not born again into mortal worlds. The 'nir' in nirvana is also erroneously said to mean 'not born'; certain schools say that nothing ever has been born, or created, for all is eternal. The Shingon word 'a' is interpreted as symbolizing the uncreated. The unborn or uncreated is a name for the Tathāgata, who is not born, but eternal ; hence by implication the term means "eternal". ādi, which means"at first, " "beginning","primary", is also interpreted as 不生 uncreated; unproduced

二天

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èr tiān / er4 tian1
erh t`ien / erh tien
 ni ten / にてん
(place-name) Niten
The two devas. (1) 日天 and 月天Sun-deva and Moon-deva. (2) 同生天A deva born simultaneously with the individual and 同名天 a deva with the same name as the individual; both devas have the duty of watching over the individual. (3) 梵天 and 帝釋天 Brahma and Indra; two celestials

二業


二业

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èr yè / er4 ye4
erh yeh
 nigyou / nigyo / にぎょう
(archaism) restaurants and geisha establishments
Two classes of karma. (1) (a) 引業 leads to the 總報, i.e. the award as to the species into which one is to be born, e.g. men, gods, etc.; (6) 滿業 is the 別報 or fulfillment in detail, i.e. the kind or quality of being e.g. clever or stupid, happy or unhappy, etc. (2) (a) 善業 and (b) 惡業 Good and evil karma, resulting in happiness or misery. (3) (a) 助業 Aids to the karma of being reborn in Amitābha's Pure—land e. g. offerings, chantings, etc.; (b) 正業 thought and invocation of Amitābha with undivided mind, as the direct method; two kinds of karmic activity

人因

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rén yīn / ren2 yin1
jen yin
 ninin
The causative influences for being reborn as a human being, i.e. a good life. Those in positions of honour have obtained them by former deeds of benevolence, reverence to Buddhas and monks, patience, humility, devotion to the sutras, charity, morality, zeal and exhortation, obedience, loyalty - hence they have obtained affluence, long life, and are held in high regard. Those in mean condition are thus born because of the opposite characteristics in previous incarnation; causes of human rebirth

今宮

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 imamiya / いまみや (1) newly born imperial prince; (2) newly constructed (branch) shrine; (place-name, surname) Imamiya

佛刹

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fó chà / fo2 cha4
fo ch`a / fo cha
 bussetsu
buddhakṣetra. 佛紇差怛羅 Buddha realm, land or country; see also 佛土, 佛國. The term is absent from Hīnayāna. In Mahāyāna it is the spiritual realm acquired by one who reaches perfect enlightenment, where he instructs all beings born there, preparing them for enlightenment. In the schools where Mahāyāna adopted an Ādi-Buddha, these realms or Buddha-fields interpenetrated each other, since they were coexistent with the universe. There are two classes of Buddhakṣetra: (1) in the Vairocana Schools, regarded as the regions of progress for the righteous after death; (2) in the Amitābha Schools, regarded as the Pure Land; v. McGovern, A Manual of Buddhist Philosophy, pp. 70-2; buddha field

佛鳴


佛鸣

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fó míng / fo2 ming2
fo ming
 Butsumyō
Buddhaghoṣa, the famous commentator and writer of the Hīnayāna School and of the Pali canon. He was "born near the Bo Tree, at Buddha Gayā, and came to Ceylon about A.D. 430". "Almost all the commentaries now existing (in Pali) are ascribed to him". Rhys Davids.

依報


依报

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yī bào / yi1 bao4
i pao
 ehou / eho / えほう
{Buddh} (See 正報) circumstantial retribution; circumstances (e.g. geographical, societal) one is born into because of karma in previous lives
v. 依正; circumstantial reward

傍生

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bāng shēng / bang1 sheng1
pang sheng
 bōshō
tiryagyoni, 'born of or as an animal' (M. W.); born to walk on one side, i.e. belly downwards, because of sin in past existence; rebirth as an animal

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