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  1. Universe in Balance / Balanced Universe
  2. Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature
  3. Life in Harmony / Balanced Life
  4. Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature
  5. Peace and Tranquility
  6. Harmony / Balance
  7. Life in Balance / Balancing Life
  8. Harmony / Balance
  9. Balance / Peace
10. Daoism / Taoism
11. Balance / Equilibrium
12. Drunken Fist
13. Fair / Impartial
14. Feng Shui
15. Lingering Mind
16. Moderation
17. Peace of Mind
18. Peace / Peaceful
19. Yin Yang
20. Heijoshin / Presence of Mind
21. Immovable Mind
22. Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan

Universe in Balance / Balanced Universe

China yǔ zhòu píng héng
Japan u chuu hei kou
Universe in Balance / Balanced Universe

This proverb is simply Universe Balanced (we might say "Balanced Universe" in English).

The first two characters mean Universe. However, in some context, it can mean cosmic, cosmos, or outer space.
The second two characters mean balance or balanced (can also mean equilibrium).

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

China zì rán píng héng
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

自然平衡 means "nature balanced."

The first two characters mean nature (as in mother nature, or all biological life).
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

China shēng tài píng héng
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

This title is about the way and balance of nature.

The first two characters mean nature or the way of life.
The second two characters mean balance or balanced.

Note: We have two versions of this title on our website. 生態平衡 is the one we recommend, as it is a little more natural (no pun intended).

Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

Harmonious Life
China hé xié shēng huó
Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

This title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.

The first two characters regard the idea of balance, harmony, and peace.

The second two characters mean "life." More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living. Some would translate those two characters as "one's daily existence."


Note: We have a couple of titles for this idea. This version is more of a noun, thus "The Balanced Life" verses a verb form like "Balancing [Your] Life."

Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

Japan cho wa sei katsu
Life in Harmony / Balanced Life

This Japanese title suggests that you have, or want to get your life in balance.

The first two Kanji mean harmonious or in harmony.

The second two Kanji mean "life." More specifically this refers to your livelihood, career, and the daily activities that comprise your life or living.

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

Japan shizen no cho wa
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

自然の調和 means "nature in harmony" in Japanese.

The first two Kanji mean nature (as in mother nature, or the natural world).
The middle Hiragana is a possessive article that connects the two ideas.
The last two Kanji mean "in harmony" or "in balance."

Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

Japan shizenkai no kinkou
Nature in Balance / Balanced Nature

This is a verbose way to say "nature in balance" in Japanese

The first three Kanji have the meaning of "the natural world" or "the natural kingdom" (kind of like animal kingdom but including plants, and all things biological).
The third character is a Hiragana that acts to connect the two ideas here.
The last two Kanji mean equilibrium or balance.

Peace and Tranquility

China tài píng
Japan tai hei
Peace and Tranquility

太平 means "peace and tranquility" or "peace and security" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

The literal translation would be "very balanced" or "very peaceful."

The first character means very, much, too much, or extremely.
The second character means balanced, peaceful, calm, equal, even, level, or smooth.

Harmony / Balance

China hé xié
Harmony / Balance

和諧 means harmonious, harmony, concordant, or balanced in Chinese.

In Korean Hanja, it sometimes means reconciliation or compromise.


See Also:  Peace

Life in Balance / Balancing Life

The art of balancing your life
China píng héng rén shēng
Japan hei kou jin sei
Life in Balance / Balancing Life

This title suggests that you are actively trying to keep your life in balance. Think of this as being the action-verb of seeking or having a balanced life.

The first two characters mean balance, equilibrium or keeping things equal.

The last two characters mean "life." Literally "human life."

Harmony / Balance

China tiáo hé
Japan chou wa
Harmony / Balance

調和 is one of the several ways to express harmony in Chinese and Japanese.

Note: The first character means harmony, but also suggests a musical meaning. It can also be used to describe warriors marching in perfect cadence (in step) or to regulate something.
The second character carries the meaning of harmony and peace by itself.

Together, these characters create a word that can be defined as harmonious; to mediate; to reconcile; to compromise; mediation; temper; to mix; to blend; blended; to season; seasoning (getting the flavors of the food in balance); to placate; be in harmonious proportion.

The meaning obviously varies depending on context. However, when hanging as a wall scroll, this will refer to the person (you) being balanced and in harmony while rational and under control at the same time.


See Also:  Musician | Dance

Balance / Peace

China píng
Japan hira
Balance / Peace

平 is a single-character that means balance in Chinese but it's not too direct or too specific about what kind of balance.

Chinese people often like calligraphy art that is a little vague or mysterious. In this way, you can decide what it means to you, and you'll be right.

平 is also part of a word that means peace in Chinese, Japanese and old Korean.

Some alternate translations of this single character include: balanced, peaceful, calm, equal, even, level, smooth or flat.

Note that in Japanese, this just means "level" or "flat" by itself (not the best choice for balance if your audience is Japanese).

Daoism / Taoism

Literally: The Way or Road
China dào
Japan michi / -do
Daoism / Taoism

道 is the character "dao" which is sometimes written as "tao" but pronounced like "dow" in Mandarin.

道 is the base of what is known as "Taoism." If you translate this literally, it can mean "the way" or "the path."

Dao is believed to be that which flows through all things, and keeps them in balance. It incorporates the ideas of yin and yang (e.g. there would be no love without hate, no light without dark, no male without female.)

The beginning of Taoism can be traced to a mystical man named
Lao Zi (604-531 BC), who followed, and added to the teachings of Confucius.

More about Taoism / Daoism here.

Note that this is pronounced "dou" and sometimes "michi" when written alone in Japanese but pronounced "do" in word compounds such as Karate-do and Bushido. It's also "do" in Korean.

Alternate translations and meanings: road, way, path; truth, principle province.

Important Japanese note: In Japanese, this will generally be read with the road, way, or path meaning. Taoism is not as popular or well-known in Japan, so that Daoist/Taoist philosophy is not the first thing a Japanese person will think of then they read this character.


See our Taoism Page

Balance / Equilibrium

China jūn héng
Japan kin kou
Balance / Equilibrium

均衡 means balance or equilibrium.

This title is best for a Japanese audience where the word suggests that your life is in balance in all matters (or is a reminder for you to try and keep all matters in balance).

Drunken Fist

(A legitimate style of Kung Fu)
China zuì quán
Japan suiken
Drunken Fist

Drunken Fist is a traditional Chinese martial art / technique of Kung Fu.

It is a northern style of martial art that imitates a drunk person in its movements. Many staggering movements serve to deceive the opponent and keep them off-balance.

Some consider Drunken Fist to be among the harder styles of martial arts due to the need for powerful joints and fingers.


See Also:  Drunken Monkey

Fair / Impartial

China gōng píng
Japan kouhei
Fair / Impartial

公平 means impartial, fairness, and justice in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

This character, on your wall, should be used to remind yourself to be fair and just in all situations of life.


See Also:  Justice | Balance

Feng Shui

China fēng shuǐ
Japan fuu sui
Feng Shui

風水 is the famous technique and approach to arranging your home externally around natural features, and internally to create balance and peace.

These two characters literally mean "wind water." Obviously, the title is far more simple than the concept behind this subject.

It may enlighten you slightly to know that the character for "wind" can also mean "style," "custom" or "manner" in some context. This may apply somewhat to this title.

In a very technical sense, this title is translated as "Chinese geomancy."

Lingering Mind

Zanshin
China cán xīn
Japan zan shin
Lingering Mind

First off, this should only be used in context of Japanese martial arts. In Chinese, it's a rather sad title (like a broken heart). In Chinese, the first character alone means destroyed, spoiled, ruined, injured, cruel, oppressive, savage, incomplete, disabled. However, in Japanese, it's remainder, leftover, balance, or lingering.
The second character means heart, mind, soul, or essence in both languages.

殘心 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: The spirit of zanshin is the state of the remaining or lingering spirit. It is often described as a sustained and heightened state of awareness and mental follow-through. However, true zanshin is a state of focus or concentration before, during, and after the execution of a technique, where a link or connection between uke and nage is preserved. Zanshin is the state of mind that allows us to stay spiritually connected, not only to a single attacker but to multiple attackers and even an entire context; a space, a time, an event.


残In modern Japan (and Simplified Chinese), they use a different version of the first character, as seen to the right. Click on this character to the right instead of the button above if you want this modern Japanese version of lingering mind / zanshin.

Moderation

China jié zhì
Japan sessei
Moderation

Moderation is creating a healthy balance in your life between work and play, rest and exercise. You don't overdo or get swept away by the things you like. You use your self-discipline to take charge of your life and your time.

節制 can also be translated as sobriety, self-restraint, or temperance.

節制 is often used as part of the Seven Heavenly Virtues to represent sobriety and/or temperance.


See Also:  Prudence | Ethics | Humble | Humility

Peace of Mind

China hé píng
Japan wa hei
Peace of Mind

和平 is the Chinese order for these two characters which means peace but can also be translated as amicability, pacifically or mildness. 和平 is often translated as a simple way to say "peace of mind." This combination is used in Korean Hanja to mean "peace and harmony."

Alone, the first character means peace and harmony.
The second character means balance, when read by itself.

Note: 和平 are often seen in the opposite order in Japanese with the same meaning (You'll sometimes find them in this order in Japan, so either way is OK).

Peace / Peaceful

China píng hé
Japan hei wa
Peace / Peaceful

平和 is the Japanese and Korean order of these characters used most often to express the idea of peace, tranquility and harmony.

It's just the reverse order of the Chinese. In this order in Chinese, it means takes the "mild" definition, rather than "peace." In Korean, the combination keeps the same meaning in either order.

The second character also means balance, so there is an element of harmony and balance along with peace.

Yin Yang

China yīn yáng
Japan in you
Yin Yang

These are the characters that literally mean yin and yang in written form (versus the common yin yang symbol). The first character has the element of the moon, while the second character has the element of the sun, so you can see, even in written form, they suggest the balance of opposites (of night and day). You could also translate this title as "sun and moon."

Note: This title is often misspelled as Ying Yang instead of Yin Yang.


See Also:  Taoism

Heijoshin / Presence of Mind

China píng cháng xīn
Japan hei jou shin
Heijoshin / Presence of Mind

平常心 is the title Heijoshin, as associated with Kendo and Aikido schools of Japanese martial arts.

平常心 is also a word in Japanese which can be translated as "one's self-possession" or "presence of mind."

In Chinese and Korean, this means "simplicity heart," "composure," "calmness," or a "sense of orderliness." In Chinese and Korean, this implies that you enjoy what you have, keep your heart in balance, and have no over-blown ambitions.

Immovable Mind

fudoshin
Japan fu dou shin
Immovable Mind

不動心 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: An unshakable mind and an immovable spirit is the state of fudoshin. It is courage and stability displayed both mentally and physically. Rather than indicating rigidity and inflexibility, fudoshin describes a condition that is not easily upset by internal thoughts or external forces. It is capable of receiving a strong attack while retaining composure and balance. It receives and yields lightly, grounds to the earth, and reflects aggression back to the source.

Other translations of this title include imperturbability, steadfastness, keeping a cool head in an emergency, or keeping one's calm (during a fight).

The first two Kanji alone mean immobility, firmness, fixed, steadfastness, motionless, idle.

The last Kanji means heart, mind, soul, or essence.

Together, these three Kanji create a title that is defined as "immovable mind" within the context of Japanese martial arts. However, in Chinese it would mean "motionless heart" and in Korean Hanja, "wafting heart" or "floating heart."

Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan

China tài jí quán
Japan tai kyoku ken
Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan

太極拳 is the famous Taoist meditation and martial art exercise. The direct translation of these characters would be something like "grand ultimate fist" but that does not quite hit the mark for what this title really means.

An early-morning walk through any city in China near a park or open area will yield a view of Chinese people practicing this ancient technique.

The typical scene is an old man of no less than 80 years on this earth, with a wispy white beard and perhaps a sword in one hand. He makes slow moves that are impossibly smooth. He is steady-footed, and always in balance. For him, time is meaningless and proper form and technique is far more important than speed.

For the younger generation, faster moves may look impressive and seem smooth to the casual observer. But far more discipline and mental strength is needed to create perfectly smooth moves in virtual slow motion.

Note: There are two ways to Romanize these Chinese characters as seen in the title above. The pronunciation and actual characters are the same in Chinese. If you really used English sounds/words to pronounce this, it would be something like "tie jee chew-on" (just make the "chew-on" as one flowing syllable).

Search for Balanced in my Japanese & Chinese Dictionary


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

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Universe in Balance
Balanced Universe
宇宙平衡u chuu hei kou
uchuuheikou
u chu hei ko
uchuheiko
yǔ zhòu píng héng
yu3 zhou4 ping2 heng2
yu zhou ping heng
yuzhoupingheng
yü chou p`ing heng
yüchoupingheng
yü chou ping heng
Nature in Balance
Balanced Nature
自然平衡zì rán píng héng
zi4 ran2 ping2 heng2
zi ran ping heng
ziranpingheng
tzu jan p`ing heng
tzujanpingheng
tzu jan ping heng
Nature in Balance
Balanced Nature
生態平衡
生态平衡
shēng tài píng héng
sheng1 tai4 ping2 heng2
sheng tai ping heng
shengtaipingheng
sheng t`ai p`ing heng
shengtaipingheng
sheng tai ping heng
Life in Harmony
Balanced Life
和諧生活
和谐生活
hé xié shēng huó
he2 xie2 sheng1 huo2
he xie sheng huo
hexieshenghuo
ho hsieh sheng huo
hohsiehshenghuo
Life in Harmony
Balanced Life
調和生活cho wa sei katsu
chowaseikatsu
Nature in Balance
Balanced Nature
自然の調和shizen no cho wa
shizennochowa
Nature in Balance
Balanced Nature
自然界の均衡shizenkai no kinkou
shizenkainokinkou
shizenkai no kinko
shizenkainokinko
Peace and Tranquility太平tai hei / taiheitài píng / tai4 ping2 / tai ping / taipingt`ai p`ing / taiping / tai ping
Harmony
Balance
和諧
和谐
hé xié / he2 xie2 / he xie / hexieho hsieh / hohsieh
Life in Balance
Balancing Life
平衡人生hei kou jin sei
heikoujinsei
hei ko jin sei
heikojinsei
píng héng rén shēng
ping2 heng2 ren2 sheng1
ping heng ren sheng
pinghengrensheng
p`ing heng jen sheng
pinghengjensheng
ping heng jen sheng
Harmony
Balance
調和
调和
chou wa / chouwa / cho wa / chowatiáo hé / tiao2 he2 / tiao he / tiaohet`iao ho / tiaoho / tiao ho
Balance
Peace
hirapíng / ping2 / pingp`ing / ping
Daoism
Taoism
michi / -dodào / dao4 / daotao
Balance
Equilibrium
均衡kin kou / kinkou / kin ko / kinkojūn héng / jun1 heng2 / jun heng / junhengchün heng / chünheng
Drunken Fist醉拳suikenzuì quán / zui4 quan2 / zui quan / zuiquantsui ch`üan / tsuichüan / tsui chüan
Fair
Impartial
公平kouhei / koheigōng píng
gong1 ping2
gong ping
gongping
kung p`ing
kungping
kung ping
Feng Shui風水
风水
fuu sui / fuusui / fu sui / fusuifēng shuǐ
feng1 shui3
feng shui
fengshui
Lingering Mind殘心
残心
zan shin / zanshincán xīn / can2 xin1 / can xin / canxints`an hsin / tsanhsin / tsan hsin
Moderation節制
节制
sessei / seseijié zhì / jie2 zhi4 / jie zhi / jiezhichieh chih / chiehchih
Peace of Mind和平wa hei / waheihé píng / he2 ping2 / he ping / hepingho p`ing / hoping / ho ping
Peace
Peaceful
平和hei wa / heiwapíng hé / ping2 he2 / ping he / pinghep`ing ho / pingho / ping ho
Yin Yang陰陽
阴阳
in you / inyou / in yo / inyoyīn yáng / yin1 yang2 / yin yang / yinyang
Heijoshin
Presence of Mind
平常心hei jou shin
heijoushin
hei jo shin
heijoshin
píng cháng xīn
ping2 chang2 xin1
ping chang xin
pingchangxin
p`ing ch`ang hsin
pingchanghsin
ping chang hsin
Immovable Mind不動心fu dou shin
fudoushin
fu do shin
fudoshin
Tai Chi Chuan
Tai Ji Quan
太極拳
太极拳
tai kyoku ken
taikyokuken
tài jí quán
tai4 ji2 quan2
tai ji quan
taijiquan
t`ai chi ch`üan
taichichüan
tai chi chüan
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 professional Chinese Calligrapher

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

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