Chinese – a lifelong devotion

庵 or 菴, pronounced ān, with either of two radicals, the first being the shelter radical, 广 guǎng, and the second being the grass radical, 艹 căo. Ān here means a hut, a small Buddhist temple, monastery, or retreat.

Below the radicals is the element 奄 yān or yăn, having several meanings, including, as yān, to remain or to tarry; and, as yăn, fully or grandly, or cover or overspread, or suddenly – suddenly, because this element is a combination of the characters 大 dà, big, and 电 diàn, electricity, or more elementally, lightning.

So our hut is not only a shelter and a retreat, but a protection.

奄, as a phonetic, has two pronunciations, an and yan.

唵 ăn, means to eat food with the hand; 鹌 ān, is a quail; 掩 yăn, to cover over, to conceal, to shut; 淹 yān, to drown, to overflow; 阉 yān, to castrate; 腌 or 醃 yān, to salt or to pickle; and 黤 yăn, blue-black.

To look up 庵 by stroke order, the short downward stroke or dot on the top is the first stroke; with 菴, it is the first short upper horizontal stroke.

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