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Sutra - Other Characters of Interest to Buddhists
Rufu in Chinese
All references to Wieger are to Chinese Characters: Their
origin, etymology, history, classification and signification, by Dr.
L. Wieger, S.J. (1965), published by Dover.
is composed of a roof on top. Under the roof is a hand on the left and
an elbow on the right. The elbow extends the hand beyond the reach of the
household. It means “vast,” “ample,” “spacious” (Wieger, p. 412); suggesting
extension, “vast,” “grand” (http://zhongwen.com).
is the image of a roof (on top) over a swirling expanse (below). The images
below the roof mean: “To make a complete revolution, either on oneself
or through and through, or from one end to the other” (Wieger, p. 198);
“swirling between top and bottom” (http://zhongwen.com).
The whole character means: “to promulgate” (Wieger, p.694), “to announce,”
or “to proclaim” (http://zhongwen.com).
||On the left of Ru
is the image of a stream with swirls of water. On the right is a plant
bursting through the ground and dividing into more plants. It means: “flowing”
and “copious” (Wieger, p. 730); “abundant” (http://zhongwen.com).
||On the right of Fu
is a piece of coarse cloth that has been woven together. At the left top
is a phonetic primitive (it is the image of a hand with a staff, with the
meaning to instruct or to guide). The whole character means “to spread
out,” “to display,” to “explain” (Wieger, p. 96); “announce,” “deploy”
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