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It is difficult to Romanize Chinese words and concepts. A glossary has been provided to give the meaning of many of the important and perhaps unfamiliar words and phrases used in this book. The phonetic spelling is included where there may be some doubt about how to pronounce certain Chinese words. For example, I speak of Tao and Taoists but in a compound word I write Dao with a ‘D’, like

Meidao (pronounced: May Dow) – the Way of Beauty or Yuandao (pronounced: Yuwan Dow) – the Way of the Circle. This approach to writing Chinese often causes problems such as the word ‘ Taijiquan ’, which is the same as Tai Chi Chuan (pronounced: Tai Gee Chuwan). The spelling Qi (pronounced ‘chee’) is used, although it is the same as the word Chi.

Glossary of Terms

Bao Bao Chinese steamed buns filled with spicy meat or bean

paste, also called bao-dz.

Damo the Chinese name for the Indian Buddhist monk

Bodhidarma who came to China in the 6th century CE.

Daodejing also spelled Tao The Ching , means the 'Classic on the Way

and Virtue', which is the fundamental book of Taoism.

(pronounced dow deh jing)

Daruma the Japanese name for the monk Damo; also, the name

given to the round Japanese wish doll based on this person.

Feng shui means 'wind and water', which is the name for the

Chinese art of geomancy. ( pronounced fung shuay)

Guru means 'teacher'.

Guan-yin means 'She Who Contemplates the Sound' and is the

name of the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. Also spelled

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