Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tao Te Ching Chapter 19-6 Reduce desire

Today's Tao

Diminish self and reduce desire. (Ch.19)

"Reduce your desire and learn contentment."


"Meditate calmly and diminish your own self"


Even some Zen masters say so.

But there is no such thing called "self" from the beginning.

How can you reduce or diminish something that doesn't exist!

Don't worry about so-called self and desire.

If they seem to bother you, just leave them alone.

They are part of your hologram like the snow on the roof. They will melt eventually.

Self and desire are just part of a nice Christmas photo.

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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 19

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cwFrederick said...

self is what we are born with. by diminishing our sense of self we come closer to the commonality inherent in us all.

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Naoto Matsumoto said...


Thank you very much for your comment.

It inspired me to write the following blog entree about the floating world.

The concept of self hardly existed in Buddhist Japan until recently.

Soseki Natsume, a Japanese novelist in the transitional period from samurai to modernity, suffered from the idea of self and modern selfishness.

Naoto Matsumoto

Naoto Matsumoto said...

Mr Jesse Mendez san,

Thank you for the invitation.

See you later.

Naoto Matsumoto