Hanja for Cimi: 天 sky 천

天 sky, heaven, day 천

I chose the character 天 because of a Zen poem “An Answer on Behalf of Heaven and Earth”  代天地答.  We learned soil/earth is 土.  See 土 (earth) in the character 地 ? 答 is answer and 代 is on behalf of others.

An Answer on Behalf of Heaven and Earth
The myriad and thousand differences
Are all born of false thought.
If you can abandon these distinctions,
There is no creature that is not equal.
代天地答
萬別千差事 皆從妄想生 若離此分別 何物不齊平
Seon Monk Muujia (1178–1234)

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Here is an example from the Naver dictionary of how the Chinese letters help clarify which meaning for a Korean word 천자.  See how an emperor is “son of heaven” 天 (heaven) 子 (child)?  But it also might mean Thousand (千) Character (字).

emperor

When you put two together 天天, you get ‘every day’.

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According to ChinEasy, “In different contexts, 天 can have different meanings such as sky, heaven, god, nature, weather, and day. When 天 means day, it has the same meaning as Sun (日). Chinese people write every single day as 天天 or 日日.”

I got confused between the character sky 天 and big 大.  When you want to describe something as big as the sky, 天 大 means “extremely big”.  Isn’t that awesome?

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My humble attempts at calligraphy included ‘sky’.  A small gift to someone who has helped me, which she appreciated because it was from the heart.  I added the stamp for ‘happiness’.  Heaven, blue skies, and happiness go together ^^.

sky

 

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2 Responses to Hanja for Cimi: 天 sky 천

  1. Cimi says:

    I see the “sky” as the line across the stop of the character for big. I also picture the “sky” “sky” meaning every day as two skies for day after day. Funny how we mentally create ways to associate the character with its meaning.

    What lovely words this week! As always, thanks Julia.

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