Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tao Te Ching Chapter 17-2 The second highest


Today's Tao

The second highest is the one that they are familiar with and praise. (Ch.17)


If you can love all the world without being obsessed with it, it could be even better than the former.

Having said that, the misunderstanding of the word "Love" is a classical theme of discussion.

Obviously, many people think that to love someone is to virtually colonise him, saying, "I give everything, so he has to be mine".

Love is not possession at all.

Because of this risk, loving your hologram could be the second best in Taoism.

On the other hand, gratitude doesn't have any risk.

It is one of the best forms of Love.

Say "Thank you".


Naoto Matsumoto adds:


Shinran Shonin 親鸞上人 , the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, not Zen, asked his believers to site prayers not to become a buddha but to thank Buddha.

See Tao by Matsumoto / Chapter 17 / Taoism's best way for the spoken text.

It also has the chapter's entire English translation and Rapid Decoded.


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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 17


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2 comments:

krystal lange said...

thx for the help

NaotoMatsumoto said...

Thank you, krystal lange-san. I am glad that the article was useful for you.