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The Path

by Terry Fan

Rug

DESCRIPTION

Using 100% woven polyester, these premium quality area rugs boast an exceptionally soft touch and high durability. Available in three versatile sizes (2' x 3', 3' x 5', 4' x 6') they are the perfect accent to any room in your home, featuring thousands of designs from your favorite artists on a subtle chevron pattern. Machine washable; non-skid pad not included.

This Chinese calligraphy was done by my dad, Kuang-Ti Fann or "Kuni" as he is known, using a large brush made from the tail of a horse. With his permission I have created this design using his original calligraphy.

‎"Wu Wei" is the essence of Taoist philosophy. A better translation is "Nothing Doing". "Wei" in ancient China also meant "artificial"; thus in it's negative sense, it means "Nothing Artificial" and in it's positive sense it means "Doing what comes natural".

~ Kuni Fann



Terry Fan commented on February 17, 2012 7:44am
This Chinese calligraphy was done by my dad, Kuang-Ti Fann or "Kuni" as he is known, using a large brush made from the tail of a horse. With his permission I have created this design using his original calligraphy. My dad is an authority on Taoism and has been published for his english translation of the "Tao Te Ching", written by the sage Lao Tzu.

In this calligraphy the first character translates into "nothing" while the second character represents "action", together espousing the Taoist philosophy of "non action". This has a deeper layer of meaning when analyzed, because the character of "action" is actually a picture of a man leading an elephant, which is a forced or "unnatural" action. So this warns specifically against any action which works in opposition with nature. It also teaches that deciding to do nothing is a choice or action in itself and can be the wisest decision at times.

A little about Taoism:

Taoism is a philosophy that emphasize living in harmony with the Tao (道), the mysterious source and essence of everything that exists. The Chinese word Tao roughly translates as "way" or "path" (hence the name of this design), although this usage takes its meaning from "reality" or "nature", which the word Tao can also mean. The proper path in life, says Taoism, is one that works in harmony with the natural universe.

The keystone work of literature in Taoist philosophy is the Tao Te Ching, a concise book containing teachings attributed to Lao Tzu, or "the Old Teacher", in ancient China.
gwenola de muralt commented on February 17, 2012 7:46am
Great, thanks for this interesting explain!
Mat Miller commented on February 17, 2012 7:47am
That was a nice read with my cup of tea! Thanks for sharing and nice design!
Calvin Wu commented on February 17, 2012 7:52am
道常無為而無不為 ;)
Nyxaboneflowers commented on February 17, 2012 7:58am
Excellent Terry ~ a perfect way to end the week [and start a new one]
Nyxaboneflowers commented on February 17, 2012 8:00am
Your "fei bai" is perfect, by the way : )
Geoffrey Agrons commented on February 17, 2012 8:21am
Beautiful art, a fascinating and instructive introduction to Taoism, and a meaningful glimpse into your family history that clearly informs your work.
Terry Fan commented on February 17, 2012 9:56am
Thanks everyone!

I was worried the intro was way too long, glad some people find it interesting. :)
PAUL PiERROt commented on February 17, 2012 9:58am
thumbs up again! terry! strong beautiful written!
Terry Fan commented on February 17, 2012 10:00am
Cheers Paul! :)
Angelo Cerantola commented on February 17, 2012 10:02am
thank you for the very interesting description of your work!
María Massó commented on February 17, 2012 10:06am
Good design and very interesting.
Heather Goodwind commented on February 17, 2012 12:38pm
Wow, he has such beautiful brush-strokes, and the design looks fantastic!
Leah Flores commented on February 17, 2012 2:36pm
Beautiful. Great collaboration with your father!
Olivia Joy StClaire commented on February 17, 2012 5:21pm
So beautiful & unique! Wonderful collaboration.
Aaron Randy commented on February 17, 2012 8:09pm
love it
micheleficeli commented on February 18, 2012 12:50am
Interesting meanings behind this great piece. Congrats to you and your father!
Daniel Hughes commented on February 18, 2012 7:30am
Nice work with your father! I'd like to see more collaborations!
Terry Fan commented on February 19, 2012 9:22am
Thanks so much everyone from both me and my dad!

He just sent me his own definition on the meaning of the characters which I've added to the description:

‎"Wu Wei" is the essence of Taoist philosophy. A better translation is "Nothing Doing". "Wei" in ancient China also meant "artificial"; thus in it's negative sense, it means "Nothing Artificial" and in it's positive sense it means "Doing what comes natural".
Ming Myaskovsky commented on February 19, 2012 10:36am
Outstanding, I love it!
Daniel Bevis commented on February 19, 2012 11:28am
Sweet work, and great meaning behind it.

Currently reading a book on Buddhism - Taoism is also one I've wanted to learn about too!