Custom Profound Chinese & Japanese Calligraphy Wall Scroll

We have many options to create artwork with Profound characters on a wall scroll or portrait.
If you want to create a cool Profound Asian character tattoo, you can purchase that on our Chinese and Japanese Tattoo Image Service page and we'll help you select from many forms of ancient Asian symbols that express the idea of profound.

Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Clever / Superb / Wonderful
  2. Compassionate Heart / Benevolent Heart
  3. Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound
  4. Profound / Powerful Words
  5. Sangha
  6. Intense / Serious
  7. Tea Fate
  8. Tranquility Yields Transcendence
  9. Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books
10. I am Enough
11. Words Have Enormous Weight...


Clever / Superb / Wonderful

China miào
Japan myou
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This single character can mean a lot of things (a bit ambiguous). The meanings include: clever; wonderful; strange; unusual; superb; excellent; beautiful; mystic; supernatural; profound; mysterious; good; surpassing; fine, lovely, charming; special; outstanding; incomparable.

Compassionate Heart / Benevolent Heart

China cí xīn
Japan jishin
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This title means, "Compassionate Heart" or "Benevolent Heart". It's used in day-to-day speech to refer to someone who has the traits of benevolence, mercy, and compassion for their fellow humans.

This title is also used in Buddhism with the same profound meaning.

Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound

China shēn kè
Japan shinkoku / misa
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This Chinese word is the form of intense that describes a person who is deep, serious, and a true thinker. If you find yourself comtemplating the world and coming up with profound ideas, this might we the word for you. In some context (especially Korean), it can mean seriousness, gravity, or acuteness.

In Japanese, this can mean "serious problem", or can be a rare given name, Misa. You should not use this if your audience is Japanese.

Profound / Powerful Words

China rù mù sān fēn
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These four characters together translate in English to a strong form of "profound" or "written with a forceful hand".

But there is much more to the story...

The deep meaning behind this proverb comes from a man named Wan Xizhi who lived in the third century.

He was a great writer and calligrapher whose writing style influenced generations of other writers and calligraphers.

He once wrote words on a piece of wood to be taken to an engraver.
When the engraver began to carve the characters into the wood, he found that Wang Xizhi's writing had penetrated the wood about 3/8 of an inch.

Thus people believed that his words were so powerful, and so profound this it caused the ink from his brush to penetrate the wood deeply.

The proverb literally means "penetrated wood three fen" (fen is an ancient Chinese measurement a little over to 1/8 of an inch or almost 4mm).

Sangha

China sēng qié
Japan sougya
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In Buddhism, this term refers to a community of monks and/or nuns (one of the "Three Jewels"). In general terms, it can simply mean "all followers of the Buddha".

Notes: Though there are not vast numbers of Chinese Hindus, in the Hindu faith, this term means "community together".
The original Sanskrit word is also Romanized as samgha.
The first character means "monk". The second character means Buddha or Shakyamuni.
This is really a transliteration of the original Sanskrit, but it uses two very profound Chinese characters related to Buddhism.

Some may pronounce this as "seng qie" or "seng jia" in Mandarin (two possible pronunciations for second character). Note that "qie" would sound a bit like "chee-ah" using typical English pronunciation. Chinese Romanization is not actually designed to match English sounds.


僧僧Note that when writing this as Kanji, Japanese will tend to write the first character in the form shown to the right. If you select our Japanese master calligrapher, please expect this special Kanji form. However, it should also be noted that this is not a common term in Japanese (except by certain sects of Buddhism or perhaps devout Buddhists in Japan).

Intense / Serious

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Japan shin ken
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This Japanese word means intense, serious or earnest. It describes a person who is deep, serious, and a true thinker or dreamer.

Literally, this means "true sword", as compared to a sharpened wooden practice sword blank. It's real, true, and serious.

Tea Fate

China chá yuán
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This is a special title for the tea lover. This kind of means "tea fate", but it's more spiritual and hard to define. Perhaps the tea brought you in to drink it. Perhaps the tea will bring you and another tea-lover together. Perhaps you were already there, and the tea came to you. Perhaps it's the ah-ha moment you will have when drinking the tea.

I've been told not to explain this further, as it will either dilute or confuse the purposefully-ambiguous idea embedded in this enigma.

I happen to be the owner of a piece of calligraphy written by either the son or nephew of the last emperor of China, and this is the title he wrote. It was given to me at a Beijing tea house in 2001. This is where I learned to love tea after literally spending weeks tasting and studying everything I could about Chinese tea. I did not understand the significance of the authorship, or meaning of the title at all. Some 10 years later, I realized the gift was so profound and had such providence. Only now I realize the value of a gift that it is too late to give proper thanks for. It was also years later that I ended up in this business, and could have the artwork properly mounted as a wall scroll. It has been borrowed for many exhibitions and shows, and always amazes native Chinese and Taiwanese who read the signature. This piece of calligraphy which I once thought just a bit of ink on a thin and wrinkled piece of paper is now one of my most valued possessions. And by fate, it has taught me to be more thankful of seemingly simple gifts.

Tranquility Yields Transcendence

China níng jìng zhì yuǎn
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This is an ancient Chinese idiom which means "tranquility yields transcendence".

This suggests pursuing a quiet life of profound study.

The first two characters mean tranquility. The last two characters mean "go far" which suggests achieving much in your life or expanding beyond normal limits. The direct translation would read something like, "[With] tranquility [in your life, you'll] go far".

Compare this to the English idiom: Still waters run deep.

Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books

China xíng wàn lǐ lù shèng dú wàn juǎn shū
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This translates a few ways:
To travel ten-thousand miles beats reading ten-thousand books.
Better to travel ten thousand li than to read ten thousand books. (a "li" is an ancient Chinese mile)
Travelling thousands of miles is better than reading thousands of books.

No matter how you slice it, this Chinese proverb is claiming that experience is more profound and meaningful than what you can get from a book. Go do it! Don't just read about it.

I am Enough

China jǐ zú yǐ
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This is a profound and philosophical way to say "I am enough" in Chinese.

The first character means self or oneself.

The last two characters are a word that means sufficient or enough.

Words Have Enormous Weight
One Word Worth Nine Caldrons

China yī yán jiǔ dǐng
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Highly-Valued Bronze Tripod Caldron This is an ancient Chinese proverb used in modern times talk of profound or powerful words.

The literal meaning is, "one word [worth] nine [sacred] tripods". The tripod is actually a highly-prized three-legged (sometimes four-legged) metal pot or kettle of ancient China. They are often made of bronze, and the Emperor would have very large ones gilded in gold. See the image to the right for an example.


A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


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

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.



The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Romaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Clever / Superb / Wonderful
myou
myo
miào
miao
miao4
Compassionate Heart / Benevolent Heart慈心
慈心
jishincí xīn
ci xin
tz`u hsin
ci2 xin1
cixin
tzuhsin
tzu hsin
Intense / Serious / Deep / Profound深刻
深刻
shinkoku / misashēn kè
shen ke
shen k`o
shen1 ke4
shenke
shenko
shen ko
Profound / Powerful Words入木三分
入木三分
n/arù mù sān fēn
ru mu san fen
ju mu san fen
ru4 mu4 san1 fen1
rumusanfen
Sangha僧伽
僧伽
sougya
sogya
sēng qié
seng qie
seng ch`ieh
seng1 qie2
sengqie
sengchieh
seng chieh
Intense / Serious真剣
真剣
shin ken
shinken
n/a
Tea Fate茶缘
茶緣
n/achá yuán
cha yuan
ch`a yüan
cha2 yuan2
chayuan
chayüan
cha yüan
Tranquility Yields Transcendence宁静致远
寧靜致遠
n/aníng jìng zhì yuǎn
ning jing zhi yuan
ning ching chih yüan
ning2 jing4 zhi4 yuan3
ningjingzhiyuan
Better to Travel 10,000 Miles than Read 10,000 Books行万里路胜读万卷书
行萬里路勝讀萬捲書
n/axíng wàn lǐ lù shèng dú wàn juǎn shū
xing wan li lu sheng du wan juan shu
hsing wan li lu sheng tu wan chüan shu
xing2 wan4 li3 lu4 sheng4 du2 wan4 juan3 shu1
I am Enough己足以
己足以
n/ajǐ zú yǐ
ji zu yi
chi tsu i
ji3 zu2 yi3
jizuyi
Words Have Enormous Weight
One Word Worth Nine Caldrons
一言九鼎
一言九鼎
n/ayī yán jiǔ dǐng
yi yan jiu ding
i yen chiu ting
yi1 yan2 jiu3 ding3
yiyanjiuding

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