Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-9 Empty

Today's Tao

Empty, as if he were a valley. (Ch.15)

A: "Be empty."

B: "Sir,... Excuse me, sir. How can I be empty?

A: "Empty your mind."

B: "Yes, sir."

B tries to empty his mind.

B: "No, sir, I can't do it. I can't do it. Oh, my god! There must be something wrong with me. Something wrong with me!"

Don't worry.

Nobody needs to empty his mind.

Don't waste your time and energy. It doesn't matter if you can do it or not.

Your mind and body are a hologram. In a sense, you are already empty.

Then, what does "Be empty." mean really?

It means:

"No resistance. Accept all".

☞See Tao by Matsumoto / Chapter 6 / Valley God. The word "valley" is always associated with emptiness, vacuum, and void in Tao Te Ching.

Buddhists say:

Colour is justly equal to emptiness. Emptiness is justly equal to colour.


[Shiki soku ze ku. Ku soku ze shiki.]

Dogen adds:

Colour is colour. Emptiness justly emptiness.


(Makahannya Haramitsu 摩訶般若波羅蜜, «Shobogenzo»)

Naoto Matsumoto says:

You say Potato. I say Potahto.

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