Monday, November 9, 2009
Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-12 Back to nothingness
It goes back to nothingness. (Ch.14)
The word "nothing" confuses new comers of Zen and Taoism.
It is because it's difficult to eliminate the concept of time and space from our head.
If there is no time or space, everything is taking place simultaneously in one place, which is Tao.
Everything is generated in Tao and goes back to Tao the nothingness.
Check Zen master Dogen's essay on existence-time.
Master Dogen says:
Time and space exist in mountains, rivers, and lands.
Naoto Matsumoto says:
It would have been much easier for Master Dogen if had had the word "holography". He could have said: "Time and space exist only in your hologram".
Zen Master Dogen helps us a lot about how to deal with time and space.
He wrote a masterpiece essay called «U-ji», which can be roughly translated as existence-time.
-You can't see Tao 14-1
-The form without a form 14-2
-You can't hear Tao 14-3
-The sound without a sound 14-4
-You can't grasp Tao 14-5
-The minute being 14-6
-You can't find out Tao 14-7
-Mixed and one 14-8
-Not brilliant 14-9
-Yama Uba under it 14-10
-Tao has no name 14-11
-Back to nothingness 14-12
-The shape without a shape 14-13
-Evasive being 14-14
-Tao's face 14-15
-Tao's rear 14-16
-Distant past 14-17
-Big Bang 14-18
-Tao's quintessence 14-19
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 14
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