Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 22-5 Shinran / Jodo Buddhism
Less therefore attained. (Ch.22)
With "less", you can attain Dark Depth. (The attainment of Dark Depth is called 玄得 [gen toku])
"Thank God! I am alive."
It is not a bad attitude, but, if we want to attain Dark Depth, we will do it differently.
Instead of "Thank God! I am alive", why don't we say:
"I live to thank everyone and everything".
This is what Master Shinran 親鸞 asked us to do some eight hundred years ago.
Shinran (1173-1263) is not a Zen Buddhist. (☞See also Akunin shoki setsu / Feel safe 62-3)
He is the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in Japan. (And he is a contemporary of Zen Master Dogen.)
Instead of wishing to gain something, he asked the believers to cite prayers as a form of thanking Buddha.
It is a very intelligent way to reduce the resistance of your ego.
That's how we stop disturbing our hologram to transform itself.
Dark Depth will be attained.
-Before parents' birth 22-4
-Shinran / Jodo Buddhism 22-5
-Not "more" 22-6
-Clearly seen 22-8
-No bragging 22-10
-No boasting 22-11
-Empty words 22-13
-Return it! 22-14
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 22
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-In a rough understanding; Tariki 他力 (other-power) = Shinran; Jiriki 自力 (self-power) = Dogen; Some think that Jiriki and Tariki are contrary to each other. Not exactly. If you know that "Self" is just a concept and does not exist. The idea of Tariki is a very useful tool to reduce your resistance. Besides, Hiroyuki Itsuki, a good novelist, talks about his experience of evacuation from Manchuria at the end of WW2, relating it to Tariki of Amida.