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?
नस्वातो नापिपरतो नद्वाभ्यां नाप्यहेतुतः उत्पन्ना जातु विद्यन्ते भावाः क्वचन केचन
There absolutely are no things, nowhere and none, that arise anew, neither out of themselves, nor out of non-self, nor out of both, nor at random.
सर्वं तथ्यं न वा तथ्यं तथ्यं चातथ्यम् एव च नैवातथ्यं नैव तथ्यम् एतद् बुद्धानुशासनम्
All is so, or all is not so, both so and not so, neither so nor not so. This is the Buddha's teaching.

一切實非實亦實亦非實
非實非非實是名諸佛法

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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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