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'''Sien-Tchan''' (also spelled Sien-Tchang, Tsien-Tchan or Sien-chan) is a word found in the [[Stanzas of Dzyan#Stanza VI|Stanzas of Dzyan]] said to come from the Chinese language. According to [[Helena Petrovna Blavatsky|H. P. Blavatsky]], the term refers to "our universe"<ref>Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, ''The Secret Doctrine'' vol. I, (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 136.</ref></blockquote> and "the universe of form and matter."<ref>Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, ''The Theosophical Glossary'' (Krotona, CA: Theosophical Publishing House, 1973), 345.</ref>
 
'''Sien-Tchan''' (also spelled Sien-Tchang, Tsien-Tchan or Sien-chan) is a word found in the [[Stanzas of Dzyan#Stanza VI|Stanzas of Dzyan]] said to come from the Chinese language. According to [[Helena Petrovna Blavatsky|H. P. Blavatsky]], the term refers to "our universe"<ref>Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, ''The Secret Doctrine'' vol. I, (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 136.</ref></blockquote> and "the universe of form and matter."<ref>Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, ''The Theosophical Glossary'' (Krotona, CA: Theosophical Publishing House, 1973), 345.</ref>
  
David Reigle suggests that this term may be related to the Tibetan ''sems-can'' (a sentient being).<ref>David Reigle, ''Blavatsky's Secret Books'' (San Diego, CA: Wizards Bookshelf, 1999), 64</ref> However, Jon Fergus proposes that this is the Chinese ''tiānxià'' (天下), which means "all that is under heaven" and philosophically/metaphysically signifies the manifested universe.<ref>Personal communication on Jan 17, 2020.</ref>
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It has been difficult to identify any of the spellings with known Chinese words. David Reigle suggests that this term may be related to the Tibetan སེམས་ཅན (''sems-can'', "sentient being," or "animated being.").<ref>David Reigle, ''Blavatsky's Secret Books'' (San Diego, CA: Wizards Bookshelf, 1999), 64</ref> However, Jon Fergus proposes that ''sien-tchan'' refers to the Chinese 天下 (''tiānxià'', "all that is under heaven"), which philosophically and metaphysically signifies the manifested universe.<ref>See [https://universaltheosophy.com/research/research-sien-tchan-and-related-terms# Research: Sien-Tchan and Related Terms.]</ref>
  
 
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*[http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/the-orthography-of-sien-tchan The Orthography of Sien-Tchan] by Ingmar de Boer
 
*[http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/the-orthography-of-sien-tchan The Orthography of Sien-Tchan] by Ingmar de Boer
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*[https://universaltheosophy.com/research/research-sien-tchan-and-related-terms# Sien-Tchan and Related Terms] by Jon Fergus
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:31, 21 January 2020

Sien-Tchan (also spelled Sien-Tchang, Tsien-Tchan or Sien-chan) is a word found in the Stanzas of Dzyan said to come from the Chinese language. According to H. P. Blavatsky, the term refers to "our universe"[1] and "the universe of form and matter."[2]

It has been difficult to identify any of the spellings with known Chinese words. David Reigle suggests that this term may be related to the Tibetan སེམས་ཅན (sems-can, "sentient being," or "animated being.").[3] However, Jon Fergus proposes that sien-tchan refers to the Chinese 天下 (tiānxià, "all that is under heaven"), which philosophically and metaphysically signifies the manifested universe.[4]

Online resources

Articles

Notes

  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine vol. I, (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1993), 136.
  2. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Theosophical Glossary (Krotona, CA: Theosophical Publishing House, 1973), 345.
  3. David Reigle, Blavatsky's Secret Books (San Diego, CA: Wizards Bookshelf, 1999), 64
  4. See Research: Sien-Tchan and Related Terms.