Ge in Chinese
of renge is hua in Chinese. It is composed of two characters
both pronounced hua.
|Hua1 is the same hua
used in ren of renge. It means vegetation.
|Hua2 is a composite. The modern
looks like a square net on a pole. The primitive images yu and hua3
compose hua2. They are unrecognizable in the modern form.
Yu is breath spreading freely
after overcoming an obstruction. It means expansion and liberty, similar
to the English idiom
Hua3 means to change, to convert
by teaching, and evolution.
The flower (hua) is the expansion
(yu) of vegetal (hua1) evolution (hua3).
This expansion of evolution in flowers
begins with han, the flower bud. Han is composed of characters
meaning "the external manifestation of an interior force."
|Flowers are clusters of blessings.
The Sutra says "Mandara flowers fall like rain," (U mandara ke,
Gongyo book, p. 33), covering the believer in blessings.
The Fourth Buddha of the Lotus Sutra
(hua) is the external manifestation of an interior force, fully
evolved, completely expanded, the Buddha of liberation.
here for a full-size printable version of the explanation of Ge
The next section: Kyo
Chinese Characters: Their origin, etymology, history,
classification, and signification, by L. Weiger (1965) Paragon Books.
The smaller Chinese characters (at top) are all from http://zhongwen.com/,
the premiere Internet source for Chinese characters.
The colored characters in the Diagram (above) were drawn
by Angela Pun and Elizabeth Wang, without whose help this project would