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Moral and Virtuous

China
Japan toku
Moral and Virtuous

德 is the simple way to express the ideas of having virtue, morals, kindness, benevolence, goodness etc. 德 also happens to be the first character of the Chinese word for Germany.


徳There is a slight deviation in the Japanese Kanji form. If you want the modern Japanese version, please click on the special Kanji shown to the right instead of the button above. Note that the traditional Chinese form is still readable and understood by Japanese people.


See Also:  Ethics | Chastity | Prudence | Benevolence | Morality

Goodness / Good Deed

China shàn
Japan zen
Goodness / Good Deed

善 means goodness, virtue, good deed, charitable, benevolent, well-disposed, nice, pleasant, kind, or simply, "good."

善 is the kind of good that applies to someone's good character, or a good person in general.

Referring to someone with this word means that they have a well-aimed moral compass, are charitable, giving, wise, and honest. Basically, this is a blanket statement for every good trait a human can have, or all the things that make someone good.

In another context, it can mean to improve or perfect something or refer to someone who is good at something.

The Five Tenets of Confucius

The Five Cardinal Rules / Virtues of Confucius
China rén yì lǐ zhì xìn
Japan jin gi rei tomo nobu
The Five Tenets of Confucius

These are the core of Confucius philosophy. Simply stated they are:
benevolence / charity
justice / rectitude
courtesy / politeness / tact
wisdom / knowledge
fidelity / trust / sincerity

Many of these concepts can be found in various religious teachings. Though it should be clearly understood that Confucianism is not a religion but should instead be considered a moral code for a proper and civilized society.

This title is also labeled, "5 Confucian virtues."


礼 If you order this from the Japanese calligrapher, expect the middle Kanji to be written in a more simple form (as seen to the right). This can also be romanized as "jin gi rei satoshi shin" in Japanese. Not all Japanese will recognize this as Confucian tenets but they will know all the meanings of the characters.


See Also:  Confucius Teachings | Ethics

Good Heart

A heart of kindness, benevolence, and virtuous intentions
China shàn xīn
Japan yoshinaka
Good Heart

This literally reads, "Good Heart" but is used to refer to the ideas of kindness, benevolence, philanthropy, virtuous intentions, moral sense, and conscience.

Some will also translate this as morality of mind (as the character for heart is often used to mean mind).

In Japanese, this can be the given name Yoshinaka.


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

善心

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Mandarin shàn xīn / shan4 xin1
Taiwan shan hsin
Japanese zenshin / ぜんしん
Chinese kindness; benevolence; philanthropy; virtuous intentions
Japanese virtue; moral sense; conscience; (given name) Yoshinaka
A good heart, or mind; good mind
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Good Heart

大義


大义

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Mandarin dà yì / da4 yi4
Taiwan ta i
Japanese taigi / たいぎ
Chinese righteousness; virtuous cause; a woman's marriage; main points of a piece of writing
Japanese great cause; moral law; justice; (personal name) Hiroyoshi; (surname) Taigi; (surname) Oogi
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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悪木盗泉

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Japanese akubokutousen / akubokutosen / あくぼくとうせん Japanese (expression) (yoji) A virtuous person does (should) not commit an act that offends his moral principles no matter how hard pressed he may be

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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
Moral and Virtuous
tokudé / de2 / dete
Goodness
Good Deed
zenshàn / shan4 / shan
The Five Tenets of Confucius仁義禮智信
仁义礼智信
jin gi rei tomo nobu
jingireitomonobu
rén yì lǐ zhì xìn
ren2 yi4 li3 zhi4 xin4
ren yi li zhi xin
renyilizhixin
jen i li chih hsin
jenilichihhsin
Good Heart善心yoshinakashàn xīn / shan4 xin1 / shan xin / shanxinshan hsin / shanhsin
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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