Nihongo no Benkyou
By Alexis Franks
Today’s Topic: Japanese proverb
Romaji: Sannin yoreba Monju no chie.
Literal meaning: If three people gather, it`s Monju`s wisdom.
Closest English equivalent: Two heads are better than one.
English: three people
English: to gather
English: Monju (Buddhist bodhisattva)
- N.1 + の + N.2 = N.1’s N.2
- V + え + ば = if V
Mahayana Buddhism’s Monju Bosatsu is also called the Guardian of Buddhist Law. He is considered to be the wisest of the bodhisattva. In Japan, Monju is often depicted riding a shishi (mythical lion). In his left hand he holds the Sutra of Wisdom and in his right he holds a sword that he uses to cut through illusion. Many Japanese students ask Monju’s help in passing their school examinations.