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  1. Desire

  2. Aspire / Burning Desire

  3. Desire / Longing / Craving

  4. Desire / Craving

  5. Desire / Wish / Aspiration

  6. Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment

  7. Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire

  8. Lust / Desire / Passion

  9. Omoi / Desire

10. Great Expectations

11. Hope

12. Romantic Passion


Desire

China kě wàng
Desire Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese word can mean desirous, wishful, or simply desire.

The first character means to thirst for [something], or to be thirsty. The second character means to hope for, to expect, to gaze (into the distance) or to look for something. The combined meaning of these two characters changes a bit but I think it's nice to know the individual meanings to give you a better understanding of where a word comes from.

Korean definitions of this word include craving, longing, and thirst for knowledge.

Desire

China dé xī léi
Desire Vertical Wall Scroll

德西雷 is the transliteration to Mandarin Chinese for the Latin / Spanish name Desire.

Aspire / Burning Desire

China rè wàng
Japan netsubou
Aspire / Burning Desire Vertical Wall Scroll

This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word means, to aspire, longing for, or burning desire.

The first character means hot, heated, or burning.

The second character means hope, expectations, aspiration, or desire.

Desire / Longing / Craving

China
Japan yoku
Desire / Longing / Craving Vertical Wall Scroll

慾 means desire, longing, appetite, wish, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, avarice, and craving.

慾 is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

The context in which this character is used, determines whether the meaning is good or bad. As a single character on a wall scroll, you get to decide what the definition is to you (hopefully more toward desire than greed).


Japanese DesirePlease note that Japanese use a simplified version of this character - it also happens to be the same simplification used in mainland China. Click on the character to the right if you want the Japanese/Simplified version of desire.

Desire / Craving

China yù wàng
Japan yokubou
Desire / Craving Vertical Wall Scroll

The first character of this word means desire, longing, hunger, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, craving, or wish. The second character means to hope for, ambition, to desire, to aspire, to expect, to gaze (into the distance) or to look for something.

Together, they create a word that means strong desire, while some might translate it as "lust."

Desire / Wish / Aspiration

China yuàn wàng
Japan gan bou
Desire / Wish / Aspiration Vertical Wall Scroll

願望 means desire, wish, or aspiration in Chinese and Japanese.

Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment

Samudaya
China jí dì
Japan jittai
Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment Vertical Wall Scroll

At the core of suffering is often the concept of desire or attachment.

This can be carnal desire, monetary desire, or the attachment you have to something that you are unwilling to part with (such as a fancy car). 集諦 is a simplification of the second noble truth which is really and exploration into the root causes of suffering - it's deeper than I can go in a few sentences.


This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Chinese, Japanese and Korean people.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire

Nirodha
China miè dì
Japan mettai
Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire Vertical Wall Scroll

Once you eliminate desire or attachment to worldly things, only then can you achieve enlightenment.


This term is exclusively used by devout Buddhists. It is not a common term, and is remains an unknown concept to most Japanese, Korean, and Chinese people.


See Also:  Buddhism | Enlightenment

Lust / Desire / Passion

China qíng yù
Japan jouyoku
Lust / Desire / Passion Vertical Wall Scroll

情欲 can be defined as lust, sexual desire, sensual desire, carnal desire, carnal passions, sexual desire, and passion.

The first character means feeling, emotions, passionate, sympathy, affection, love, compassion, tender feelings, and sometimes circumstances or facts.

The second character means desire, longing, appetite, wish, covetousness, greed, passion, desire, and craving.

情欲 is universal in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja.

Omoi / Desire

Japan omoi
Omoi / Desire Vertical Wall Scroll

想い is a Japanese word that is often translated as desire.

Other definitions include: thought; imagination; mind; heart; wish; hope; expectation; love; affection; feelings; emotion; sentiment; experience. The context in which this word is used determines how it is understood.

Great Expectations

China wàng
Japan bou / nozomi
Great Expectations Vertical Wall Scroll

望 holds the ideas of ambition, hope, desire, aspiring to, expectations, looking towards, to gaze (into the distance), and in some context full moon rising.

望 is one of those single characters that is vague but in that vagueness, in also means many things.

望 is a whole word in Chinese and old Korean but is seldom seen alone in Japanese. Still, it holds the meanings noted above in all three languages.

Hope

China xī wàng
Japan ki bou
Hope Vertical Wall Scroll

Besides "to hope" this also means "to wish for" or "to desire."

It can also mean expectation or aspiration depending on context.


Note: Also considered to be one of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.


See Also:  Faith | Desire

Romantic Passion

China jī qíng
Japan gekijou
Romantic Passion Vertical Wall Scroll

Also means "strong emotion" or "fervor."


The meaning in Japanese is a little more radical, as beyond "passion" it can be understood as "violent emotion" or "fury."




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Desire渴望kě wàng / ke3 wang4 / ke wang / kewangk`o wang / kowang / ko wang
Desire德西雷dé xī léi
de2 xi1 lei2
de xi lei
dexilei
te hsi lei
tehsilei
Aspire
Burning Desire
熱望
热望
netsubou / netsuborè wàng / re4 wang4 / re wang / rewangje wang / jewang
Desire
Longing
Craving

yokuyù / yu4 / yu
Desire
Craving
欲望yokubou / yokuboyù wàng / yu4 wang4 / yu wang / yuwangyü wang / yüwang
Desire
Wish
Aspiration
願望
愿望
gan bou / ganbou / gan bo / ganboyuàn wàng
yuan4 wang4
yuan wang
yuanwang
yüan wang
yüanwang
Four Noble Truths: Desire and Attachment集諦
集谛
jittaijí dì / ji2 di4 / ji di / jidichi ti / chiti
Four Noble Truths: Elimination of Desire滅諦
灭谛
mettaimiè dì / mie4 di4 / mie di / miedimieh ti / miehti
Lust
Desire
Passion
情欲jouyoku / joyokuqíng yù / qing2 yu4 / qing yu / qingyuch`ing yü / chingyü / ching yü
Omoi
Desire
想いomoi
Great Expectationsbou / nozomi
bo / nozomi
bo/nozomi
wàng / wang4 / wang
Hope希望ki bou / kibou / ki bo / kiboxī wàng / xi1 wang4 / xi wang / xiwanghsi wang / hsiwang
Romantic Passion激情gekijou / gekijojī qíng / ji1 qing2 / ji qing / jiqingchi ch`ing / chiching / chi ching
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.