Regular / Usual (perpetual state)


无常 (wú cháng) Unpredictable / Erratic / Keeps changing Literal. Not the usual – often used to describe the intangibles. For examples:

In Buddhism, 无常 is the specific term for Impermanence, where all temporal (material or mental) matters are continuously changing and subject to decline or destruction. In short, nothing stays perpetually the same.

In Taoism folklore, Black and White Impermanence (黑白无常) refers to a pair of black and white deities who escort the spirits of the dead into Hell. They are also known separately as 黑无常 (hēi wú cháng) and 白无常 (bái wú cháng) as they have different characteristics. They are often depicted with long robes and tall hats.

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