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.

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