Imagery of nichiren's Lotus Sutra: Other Chinese Characters of Interest
Kannen Mon (Silent Prayers) in Chinese
2004 The Imagery of Nichiren's Lotus Sutra website
means “honorable.” On the left is the left foot. This is the foot that
one advances with. It indicates the direction of the heart (which is on
the left side). On the right is a hill from which one can see in all directions.
The imagery of this character is similar to the English idiom “to take
the high road.”
means “to perceive.” On the right is an eye with legs. By itself, this
character means “to see” or “to appear before the eyes.” On the left is
a compound that is composed of a plant breaking through the surface of
the earth and a bird taking flight. Combined, the radical on the right
and the compound on the left form the image of perceiving with the power
of a plant breaking through the surface of the earth and the perspective
of a bird in flight.
is composed of three elemental characters. On top are three lines forming
a triangle. The triangle is a convergence of the elements of one’s life.
Under the triangle is a person bending to completely enclose an object.
Under the bending person is a heart. The heart combines with the bending
person to form a compound meaning the present moment. (All of one’s life
is enfolded in the present moment.) The heart, in this case, is the core
of intention. The derived meaning is to make present the heart’s intent,
bringing together the elements of one’s life.
is the image of two leaves of a door. It means “gate,” “passageway,” and