一切

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一切

Post by Coëmgenu » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:44 pm

Why, in Chinese, is "all" expressed as something analagous to "one-cut"?

I have seen in older Chinese words, 一切(X), with X standing in for a character meaning "myriad" or "many".

Does "one-cut-X" mean "(from) one (to) many"? Is that the meaning of "cut" here?
世尊在靈山會上拈華示眾眾皆默然唯迦葉破顏微笑世尊云
The Lord dwelt at the Vulture Peak with the assembly and plucked a flower as a teaching. The myriad totality were silent, save for Kāśyapa, whose face cracked in a faint smile. The Lord spoke.
吾有正法眼藏涅槃妙心實相無相微妙法門不立文字教外別傳付囑摩訶迦葉。
I have the treasure of the true dharma eye, I have nirvāṇa as wondrous citta, I know signless dharmatā, the subtle dharma-gate, which is not standing on written word, which is external to scriptures, which is a special dispensation, which is entrusted to Mahākāśyapa.

नस्वातोनापिपरतोनद्वाभ्यांनाप्यहेतुतः
उत्पन्नाजातुविद्यन्तेभावाःक्वचनकेचन

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Re: 一切

Post by Admin_PC » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:22 pm

This is by no means definitive. My book of Chinese character etymology doesn't cover this one in depth.

There appear to be 2 pronunciations for the character 切. The pronunciation affects the meaning. The 切 in 一切 seems to come from the 2nd pronunciation (qiè - qie4), which has the following meanings:
1. to be close to
2. to bite tightly; to clench
3. to correspond to; to match
4. (traditional Chinese medicine) to feel the pulse
5. eager; ardent
6. urgent; pressing
7. all; entire
8. must; by all means
9. main point
10. (phonetics) Short for 反切 (fǎnqiè, “fanqie”).

REF: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/%E5%88%87

一切(X) would be "all of (X)" (all of the myriad....).
月影の いたらぬ里は なけれども 眺むる人の 心にぞすむ
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