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Fate / Opportunity / Chance

Buddhist idea of Fate
China yīn yuán
Japan in nen
Fate / Opportunity / Chance

因緣 is the Buddhist concept of a chance meeting or an opportunity that presents itself by fate.

Sometimes this is used to describe a cosmic chain of events or cause and effect.

It also is used to describe predestined relationships between people - and sometimes married couples (although if you want one about marriage, try this: Fate / Destiny of Lovers.

因緣 can also be translated as origin, karma, destiny, affinity, connection, and relation. This all depends on context - seen alone on a wall scroll, this will be read with a "fate / chance" meaning by a Chinese person, or a Korean person who can read Hanja.

The more complex definition of this word would be, "Direct causes and indirect conditions, which underlie the actions of all things."

This concept is known as nidana in the original Sanskrit. Also sometimes presented as hetupratyaya (or "hetu and prataya") which I believe is Pali.

Note: Japanese will tend to use this version of the second Kanji: 縁
If you order this from the Japanese master calligrapher, expect that you'll get this version. However, this word often carries a negative connotation in Japanese (bad things happen), as it is used that way in a certain Japanese idiom. Therefore, this may not be the best choice if Japanese is your target language.

See Also:  Buddhism | Opportunity

Serendipity / Chance Discovery

Japan guuzen no hakken
Serendipity / Chance Discovery

偶然の発見 is a way to express serendipity in Japanese. This title is more about discovery by chance like the melting candy bar in a Bell radar/communications laboratory that led to the invention of the microwave oven.

The first two Kanji mean incidentally, by chance, randomly, unexpectedly, suddenly, accident, fortuity, or by coincidence.

In the middle is a possessive article that connects these words/ideas together.

The last two Kanji mean discovery, detection, or finding.

Fate / Chance Meeting

China yuán fèn
Fate / Chance Meeting

These two characters contain the ideas of fate. But this is specifically the fate or destiny that brings two people together.

This is like the chance meeting of two people that leads some time later to marriage.

This could also be the chance meeting of two business people, who become partners and build a huge and successful company.

Basically, this is an idea often associated with a fateful meeting leading to good fortune.

Some will define this word as, "The destiny brings you two together," or "Meant to be."

分 Note: The second character can also be written without the left radical, as shown to the right. If you have a preference, please let use know in the special instructions for your project. There is no difference in meaning or pronunciation, just two (alternate) ways to write the same character.

See Also:  Soulmates | Good Fortune

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Mandarin/ ji1
Taiwan chi
Japanese hata はた
 hakaru はかる
 takumi たくみ
Chinese machine; engine; opportunity; intention; aircraft; pivot; crucial point; flexible (quick-witted); organic; CL:臺|台[tai2]; surname Ji
Japanese loom; (1) chance; opportunity; (n,n-suf) (2) machine; (3) aircraft; (counter) (4) counter for aircraft; (5) counter for remaining lives (in video games); (surname) Hata; (given name) Hakaru; (personal name) Takumi; (surname) Ki
The spring, or motive principle, machine, contrivance, artifice, occasion, opportunity; basis, root or germ; natural bent, fundamental quality; key
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Mandarin ǒu rán / ou3 ran2
Taiwan ou jan
Japanese guuzen / guzen ぐうぜん
Chinese incidentally; occasional; occasionally; by chance; randomly
Japanese (adj-na,adj-no,n-adv,n) (by) chance; unexpectedly; suddenly; accident; fortuity; by coincidence
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Mandarin yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2
Taiwan yin yüan
Japanese innen
Chinese chance; opportunity; predestined relationship; (Buddhist) principal and secondary causes; chain of cause and effect
hetupratyaya. Cause; causes; 因 hetu, is primary cause, 緣 pratyaya, secondary cause, or causes, e. g. a seed is 因, rain, dew, farmer, etc., are 緣. The 十二因緣 twelve nidānas or links are 'the concatenation of cause and effect in the whole range of existence'; cause and conditions
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Mandarin jī huì / ji1 hui4
Taiwan chi hui
Chinese opportunity; chance; occasion; CL:個|个[ge4]

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Mandarin làng rén / lang4 ren2
Taiwan lang jen
Japanese rounin / ronin ろうにん
 namindo なみんど
Chinese vagrant; unemployed person; rōnin (wandering masterless samurai)
Japanese (n,vs,adj-no) (1) ronin; wandering samurai without a master to serve; (2) out of work; (3) waiting for another chance to enter a university; (given name) Rounin; (given name) Namindo
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Mandarin shí jī / shi2 ji1
Taiwan shih chi
Japanese jiki じき
Chinese fortunate timing; occasion; opportunity
Japanese opportunity; chance; time; occasion
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Mandarin ǒu rán xìng / ou3 ran2 xing4
Taiwan ou jan hsing
Chinese chance; fortuity; serendipity
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Mandarin biàn / bian4
Taiwan pien
Japanese bin びん
 tayori たより
Chinese see 便宜|便宜[pian2 yi5]; plain; informal; suitable; convenient; opportune; to urinate or defecate; equivalent to 就[jiu4]: then; in that case; even if; soon afterwards
Japanese (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) something to rely on; aid; clue; way; means; (2) someone to rely on; relative; (3) reminder; memento; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) convenience; service; facility; accommodation; (2) excreta (esp. faeces); excrement; stool; (n,n-suf) (1) flight (e.g. airline flight); trip (e.g. train trip); service; (2) mail; post; letter; (3) opportunity; chance; (surname) Bin; (given name) Tayori
Convenient, convenience; then, so; easy; cheap; occasion

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Mandarin ǒu / ou3
Taiwan ou
Japanese tamatama たまたま
 tama たま
Chinese accidental; image; pair; mate
Japanese (adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance; (adj-no,adj-na,n) (kana only) occasional; rare
An image; a mate; unexpectedly.

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Mandarin tuān / tuan1
Taiwan t`uan / tuan
Japanese se
Chinese to rush (of water)
Japanese (1) shallows; shoal; (2) rapids; current; torrent; (3) position; place; (4) chance; opportunity

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Mandarin còu / cou4
Taiwan ts`ou / tsou
Japanese minatozaki みなとざき
 minato みなと
 hata はた
 sou / so そう
 susumu すすむ
 shin しん
 atsumu あつむ
Chinese to gather together, pool or collect; to happen by chance; to move close to; to exploit an opportunity
Japanese harbour; harbor; port; (surname) Minatozaki; (p,s,f) Minato; (surname) Hata; (surname) Sou; (surname) Susumu; (surname) Shin; (given name) Atsumu

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Mandarin zhé / zhe2
Taiwan che
Japanese sagari さがり
 orisaki おりさき
 ori おり
Chinese to break; to fracture; to snap; to suffer loss; to bend; to twist; to turn; to change direction; convinced; to convert into (currency); discount; rebate; tenth (in price); classifier for theatrical scenes; to fold; accounts book; to turn something over; to turn upside down; to tip something out (of a container); to break (e.g. stick or bone); a loss
Japanese (1) opportunity; chance; occasion; time; (n,ctr) (2) fold; pleat; crease; (3) small food box (wooden or cardboard); (personal name) Sagari; (surname) Ori
Tear open, break down.; To snap, break; decide; compound; fold; to fold

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Mandarin shí / shi2
Taiwan shih
Japanese tozaki とざき
 tokimune ときむね
 tokisue ときすえ
 tokizaki ときざき
 tokisaki ときさき
 toki とき
 taimu たいむ
 shin しん
 aki あき
Chinese o'clock; time; when; hour; season; period; surname Shi
Japanese (suffix noun) time for -; time of -; - time; (suitable) time to -; (1) time; hour; moment; (2) occasion; case; (3) chance; opportunity; season; (4) the times; the age; the day; (5) (linguistics terminology) tense; (suffix) (1) hour; o'clock; (suf,adj-no) (2) (specified) time; when ...; during ...; (surname) Tozaki; (personal name) Tokimune; (personal name) Tokisue; (surname) Tokizaki; (surname) Tokisaki; (female given name) Toki; (female given name) Taimu; (personal name) Shin; (female given name) Aki
Time, hour, period; constantly; as kāla, time in general, e.g. year, month, season, period; as samaya, it means kṣaṇa, momentary, passing; translit. ji.

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Mandarin/ qi4
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Japanese migin みぎん
 migiri みぎり
Chinese to build by laying bricks or stones
Japanese (kana only) time; age; chance; moment; occasion

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Mandarin lài / lai4
Taiwan lai
Japanese yanagise やなぎせ
 yanagiuchi やなぎうち
 sera せら
 setaka せたか
 sezaki せざき
 sesaki せさき
 iwata いわた
Chinese Japanese variant of 瀨|濑
Japanese (1) shallows; shoal; (2) rapids; current; torrent; (3) position; place; (4) chance; opportunity; (surname) Yanagise; (surname) Yanagiuchi; (surname) Sera; (surname) Setaka; (surname) Sezaki; (surname) Sesaki; (surname) Se; (surname) Iwata

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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese teki てき
 kanou / kano かのう
Chinese to fit; suitable; proper; just (now); comfortable; well; to go; to follow or pursue; surname Shi
Japanese (adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance; (adj-no,adj-na,n) (kana only) occasional; rare; (given name) Teki; (female given name) Kanou
To go to, reach; happen; follow, accord with; suddenly, now, then.

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Mandarin zāo / zao1
Taiwan tsao
Chinese to meet by chance (usually with misfortune); classifier for events: time, turn, incident
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin/ yu4
Chinese to meet; to encounter; to treat; to receive; opportunity; chance; surname Yu
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Mandarin jiū / jiu1
Taiwan chiu
Japanese kuji くじ
Chinese lots (to be drawn); lot (in a game of chance)
Japanese (kana only) lottery; lot
A lot, tally, ballot, ticket, made of wood, bamboo, or paper; To cast lots for good or ill fortune.

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Mandarin/ xi4
Taiwan hsi
Japanese hima ひま
 sukike すきけ
 suki すき
 geki げき
Chinese crack; crevice; gap or interval; loophole; discord; rift
Japanese gap; space; (1) gap; space; (2) break; interlude; interval; (3) chink (in one's armor, armour); chance; opportunity; (1) gap; space; (2) chink (in one's armor, armour); chance; opportunity; (3) breach (of a relationship between people)
A crack, crevice, rift; translit. kha.

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Mandarin féng / feng2
Taiwan feng
Japanese ai あい
Chinese to meet by chance; to come across; (of a calendar event) to come along; (of an event) to fall on (a particular day); to fawn upon
Japanese (female given name) Ai

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Japanese goen ごえん
Japanese (1) (polite language) fate; chance; (2) (polite language) relationship; tie

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Japanese yada やだ
Japanese (interjection) (1) not a chance; not likely; no way; (2) fault; defect; weak point

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Japanese manichi まんいち
 kazundo かずんど
 kazuichi かずいち
Chinese See: 萬一
Japanese (1) emergency; unlikely event; (adverb) (2) by some chance; by some possibility; (out-dated or obsolete kana usage) (1) emergency; unlikely event; (adverb) (2) by some chance; by some possibility; (given name) Man'ichi; (personal name) Kazundo; (personal name) Kazuichi

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Mandarin sì jī / si4 ji1
Taiwan ssu chi
Chinese to wait for an opportunity; to watch for one's chance

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Japanese tamatama たまたま
Japanese (adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance

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Japanese tamatama たまたま
Japanese (adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance

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Mandarin ǒu yù / ou3 yu4
Taiwan ou yü
Chinese a chance encounter; to meet accidentally

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Japanese kouki / koki こうき
Japanese good opportunity; chance; (given name) Kouki

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Mandarin qì jī / qi4 ji1
Taiwan ch`i chi / chi chi
Japanese keiki / keki けいき
Chinese opportunity; turning point; juncture
Japanese opportunity; chance

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
因缘 / 因縁
in nen / innenyīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuan yin yüan / yinyüan
Chance Discovery
偶然の発見guuzen no hakken
guzen no haken
Chance Meeting
緣份 / 緣分
缘份 / 缘分
yuán fèn / yuan2 fen4 / yuan fen / yuanfen yüan fen / yüanfen
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