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  1. wabi-sabinoun

    A Japanese aesthetic that derives from imperfection and transience


  1. Wabi-sabi

    Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence, the other two being suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

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  1. Wabi-Sabi

    IN essence, it means seeking to find beauty in imperfection, with the implication that since the world is nothing but imperfection this is the only natural way to live.

    I'm all about wabi-sabi these days- perfection is so overrated.

    Etymology: wabi stems from wabishii (lonely, wretched), while sabi touches both sabiru (to age and mature) and sabishii (lonely, inconsolable).

    Submitted by LivingDictionary on October 22, 2021  
  2. wabi-sabi

    Include a component of HONORING the stage of decay in the Great Cycle of Nature, as well as birth, flourishing, and death.

    cherry blossoms FALLING.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 24, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wabi-sabi in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wabi-sabi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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    incapable of being atoned for
    • A. usurious
    • B. flabby
    • C. inexpiable
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