Chinese character: ‘仕’ (shi4) Left-hand ideogram = 亻(ren2) – a contraction of ‘人’ – meaning ‘people’ or ‘person’. Right-hand ideogram = 士 (shi4). The lower
Therefore the characters ‘慧剑’ (hui jian) represent a distinctly ‘Buddhist’ method of clearing the mind that is as decisive as a blow from a sharp sword used in scholarly self-defence. Despite its obvious Buddhist origin and undertones – the ‘sword’ is a clear concession to the Confucian establishment as it strove to integrate foreign Indian Buddhist thought, with that of Chinese indigenous understanding and belief.