In “Between In and Yeon” I have been examining the concept of “Inyeon (因緣)”, which is one of the most fundamental concepts in Buddhism. In means “cause” and Yeon means “effect”. It refers to the view that everything in life is interdependent and interconnected.
A seed is a good example to demonstrate this relationship. A fate of a seed, which has its pre-determined property (In), is dependent on the external environment - soil condition, climate (Yeon). Much like a seed, our human life is interdependent -your own DNA, familial situation, geographical environment, life situations influence and shape our sense of being. We undergo the continuous change throughout our lifetime, both physically and emotionally; our sense of self is being shaped and re-shaped as we negotiate between fate and will, and push and pull.