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Birth Old-Age Sickness Death

Born to Suffer

shēng lǎo bìng sǐ
shou rou byou shi
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生老病死 means "to be born, to grow old, to get sick and to die" or "birth, aging, sickness, and death".

生老病死 is an old somewhat-morbid Chinese proverb that is also used in Korean and Japanese. It figuratively means the fate of humankind (i.e. mortality) or suggests that we are all born to suffer.

In the Buddhist context, there are the "four inevitables in human life" or "four afflictions that are the lot of every human" known as "四苦" (literally "four afflictions"). Sometimes this proverb is written with that affliction character, 苦, at the end like 生老病死苦.




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五官

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wǔ guān
    wu3 guan1
wu kuan
 gokan
    ごかん
five sense organs of TCM (nose, eyes, lips, tongue, ears 鼻目口舌耳); facial features
the five sense organs; (place-name) Gokan
The five controlling powers, v. 五大使, birth, old age, sickness, death, and the (imperial) magistrate; five organs

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Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Birth Old-Age Sickness Death生老病死shou rou byou shi
shouroubyoushi
sho ro byo shi
shēng lǎo bìng sǐ
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sheng lao bing si
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