Hermit 仙

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Kanji: 仙
Hiragana: せん
Pronunciation: Sen
Meaning: Hermit

Compounds:
仙骨 (senkotsu) sacrum

神仙思想 (shinsen-shiso, shinsen-shisou) Shinsen thought; an important concept in ancient Chinese philosophy and religion, referring to the beliefs and ideas about “神仙 Shinsen”, beings with immortality and supernatural powers

Shinsen thought is associated with Chinese Taoism and Confucianism, as well as Buddhism. ”神仙 Shinsen beings” are usually considered to have supernatural powers, achieving longevity and immortality through practice and discipline. They transcend the laws of nature and may offer spiritual teachings and advice to people.

In Taoism, the idea of the Divine Immortal plays a particularly important role, and practitioners who pursue long life and spiritual growth aspire to become Divine Immortals.

Confucianism, on the other hand, does not emphasize the idea of the Divine Immortal, but it did influence the entire ancient Chinese culture. Buddhism was also introduced to China, and themes related to immortality and spiritual evolution are included in some Buddhist doctrines.

Shinsen thought is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and history, influencing moral and philosophical themes in the pursuit of immortality and spiritual development. It has also had a profound influence on literature and the arts, with many works and stories being created that depict Shinsen. These philosophy, works and stories were imported to Japan.

仙人 (sen-nin) mountain man (esp. a hermit); immortal mountain wizard; 神仙 Shinsen

神仙郷 (shinsenkyo) place where 神仙 Shinsen live

仙境、仙郷 (senkyo, senkyou) place where 神仙 Shinsen live; place of purity away from the mundane world

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