Sounds sort of like “Six Degrees of Separation”, which refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction from any other person on the Earth.

Iris Zhang

There is one word in Chinese that I could hardly find any equivalent to it in English — Yuan Fen. If you look it up in a translator, it’s shown as “fate.” Yet it’s more delicate and much subtler than that. To my best understanding, yuan means the invisible connection between different people. Everyone has some kind of yuan with everyone else in the world, it’s fen, the degree to which this connection could reach, that decides the relationship between two people, whether it’s strangers, acquaintances, friends, families or loved ones.

Yuan, as abstract as it may sound, is an important concept in Chinese culture and Buddhism. In Buddhism, everything in the world is born with yuan. The being exists with yuan and turns into ashes without it. We should accept it as it comes and goes. The biggest taboo is to cling to it and never let it go.

View original post 138 more words

Advertisements

Comments are welcome — pro or con. However, comments must focus on the topic of the post, be civil and avoid ad hominem attacks.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: