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Fate / Opportunity / Chance

Buddhist idea of Fate
yīn yuán
in nen
Fate / Opportunity / Chance Vertical Wall Scroll

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

guuzen no hakken
Serendipity / Chance Discovery Vertical Wall Scroll

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

yuán fèn
Fate / Chance Meeting Vertical Wall Scroll

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

緣份 / 緣分 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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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Fate
Opportunity
Chance
因緣
因缘 / 因縁
in nen / innenyīn yuán / yin1 yuan2 / yin yuan / yinyuanyin yüan / yinyüan
Serendipity
Chance Discovery
偶然の発見guuzen no hakken
guuzennohakken
guzen no haken
guzennohaken
Fate
Chance Meeting
緣份 / 緣分
缘份 / 缘分
yuán fèn / yuan2 fen4 / yuan fen / yuanfenyüan fen / yüanfen
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

偶然

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ǒu rán / ou3 ran2
ou jan
 guuzen / guzen / ぐうぜん
Fate / Chance Meeting Vertical Wall Scroll
incidentally; occasional; occasionally; by chance; randomly
(n,adj-na,adj-no) (1) (ant: 必然・1) coincidence; chance; accident; fortuity; (adverb) (2) by chance; unexpectedly; accidentally; (3) contingency (philosophy)

因緣


因缘

see styles
yīn yuán / yin1 yuan2
yin yüan
 innen
Fate / Chance Meeting Vertical Wall Scroll
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

時機


时机

see styles
shí jī / shi2 ji1
shih chi
 jiki / じき
Fate / Chance Meeting Vertical Wall Scroll
fortunate timing; occasion; opportunity
opportunity; chance; time; occasion

機會


机会

see styles
jī huì / ji1 hui4
chi hui
opportunity; chance; occasion; CL:個|个[ge4]

浪人

see styles
làng rén / lang4 ren2
lang jen
 rounin / ronin / ろうにん
Fate / Chance Meeting Vertical Wall Scroll
vagrant; unemployed person; rōnin (wandering masterless samurai)
(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

偶然性

see styles
ǒu rán xìng / ou3 ran2 xing4
ou jan hsing
Fate / Chance Meeting Vertical Wall Scroll
chance; fortuity; serendipity

see styles
ǒu / ou3
ou
 gu / たまたま
accidental; image; pair; mate
(adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance; (adj-no,adj-na,n) (kana only) occasional; rare
An image; a mate; unexpectedly; an image

see styles
zhé / zhe2
che
 setsu / さがり
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
(1) opportunity; chance; occasion; time; (n,ctr) (2) fold; pleat; crease; (3) small food box (wooden or cardboard); (personal name) Sagari
Tear open, break down.; To snap, break; decide; compound; fold; to fold


see styles
còu / cou4
ts`ou / tsou
 minatozaki / みなとざき
to gather together, pool or collect; to happen by chance; to move close to; to exploit an opportunity
harbour; harbor; port; (surname) Minatozaki

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

see styles
lài / lai4
lai
 yanagise / やなぎせ
Japanese variant of 瀨|濑
(1) shallows; shoal; (2) rapids; current; torrent; (3) position; place; (4) chance; opportunity; (surname) Yanagise

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

see styles
féng / feng2
feng
 ai / あい
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
(female given name) Ai

see styles
/ yu4

 gū
to meet; to encounter; to treat; to receive; opportunity; chance
to meet


see styles
shì / shi4
shih
 teki / てき
to fit; suitable; proper; just (now); comfortable; well; to go; to follow or pursue
(adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance; (adj-no,adj-na,n) (kana only) occasional; rare; (given name) Teki
To go to, reach; happen; follow, accord with; suddenly, now, then; to go to

see styles
zāo / zao1
tsao
 sō
to meet by chance (usually with misfortune); classifier for events: time, turn, incident
to meet with

see styles
/ xi4
hsi
 geki / ひま
crack; crevice; gap or interval; loophole; discord; rift
gap; space; (1) gap; space; (2) break; interlude; interval; (3) chink (in one's armor, armour); chance; opportunity; weak spot; (1) gap; space; (2) chink (in one's armor, armour); chance; opportunity; weak spot; (3) breach (of a relationship between people)
A crack, crevice, rift; translit. kha.


see styles
jiū / jiu1
chiu
 kuji / くじ
lots (to be drawn); lot (in a game of chance)
(kana only) lottery; lot
A lot, tally, ballot, ticket, made of wood, bamboo, or paper; To cast lots for good or ill fortune.

ご縁

see styles
 goen / ごえん (1) (polite language) fate; chance; (2) (polite language) relationship; tie

やだ

see styles
 yada / やだ (interjection) (1) (See いやだ) not a chance; not likely; no way; (2) fault; defect; weak point

万一

see styles
 manichi(p);banichi(ok);manitsu(ok);banitsu(ok) / まんいち(P);ばんいち(ok);まんいつ(ok);ばんいつ(ok) (1) (lit. 1 in 10,000) emergency; unlikely event; (adverb) (2) by some chance; by some possibility; (given name) Man'ichi

仄聞

see styles
 sokubun / そくぶん (noun/participle) hearing casually; hearing by chance; learning by hearsay

伺機


伺机

see styles
sì jī / si4 ji1
ssu chi
to wait for an opportunity; to watch for one's chance

側聞

see styles
 sokubun / そくぶん (noun/participle) hearing casually; hearing by chance; learning by hearsay

偶々

see styles
 tamatama / たまたま (adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance

偶偶

see styles
 tamatama / たまたま (adverb) (kana only) casually; unexpectedly; accidentally; by chance

偶遇

see styles
ǒu yù / ou3 yu4
ou yü
a chance encounter; to meet accidentally

出会

see styles
 shukkai / しゅっかい (noun/participle) (See 出会い・であい・1) encounter; chance meeting; (surname) Deai

出端

see styles
 deha / では (1) chance of going out; opportunity (to succeed); (2) musical accompaniment for an actor going on stage; (surname) Debata

切掛

see styles
 kirikake / きりかけ (kana only) chance; start; cue; excuse; motive; impetus; occasion; (place-name) Kirikake

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