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  1. wabi-sabi(Noun)

    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

    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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