The Chinese character for "listening attentively" consists of five characters: - the character for ear - for standing still - for ten - for eye, and - for heart and mind. Chinese characters are really picturegrams: they are pictures that have evolved to describe a certain situation. Therefore, listening attentively means: "When in stillness, one listens with the heart. The ear is worth ten eyes." -- Zen Master Dae Gak, "The Practice of Listening"
Chinese Numbers by sinosplice, via Flickr. In the following chart, the first column is European numerals (that’s right, I didn’t say Arabic numerals, and I did it on purpose), the second column is the standard Chinese character, and the third column is the “capital” Chinese character.