Friday, January 15, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 21-10 By Tao's name
How do I know that all the roots of material beings are like that?
By the name of Tao. (Ch.21)
What do we mean by that?
These individual selves are not ours.
They are just holograms.
Our personal feelings are part of our hologram, which is an illusion.
So, who are you?
True You are Tao.
It doesn't matter what you call it.
The name is not important.
Tao, Love, Buddha, Zen, or whatever you like. You can even call it "you".
-Tao only 21-1
-Formed objects 21-3
-Sure thing 21-7
-Tao's name 21-8
-Tao supervises all 21-9
-By Tao's name 21-10
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 21
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-Dogen means "the root of Tao". Shobogenzo Zuimonki (the book on the right) was not written by the master himself. It is much easier to understand. There are quite a few English translations of Shobogenzo. They may be helpful to understand Dogen's teachings, but I cannot recommend any, the one on the left included. My best and honest recommendation is, though I know it is too demanding, to learn Japanese and read the original. A Japanese man can learn English and read Shakespeare. Why can't an English-speaking person learn Japanese and read Dogen? Shobogenzo is written in old Chinese and Japanese. It is an amazing mixture of two different grammars. While Chinese has a word order closer to English (in principle, Subject - Verb - Object and others), Japanese has the one completely different from English (Subjets, Object, or others followed by a suffix which functions as a preposition - Verb often followed by suffixes which function as an auxiliary verb or "not") Dogen is truly a Jackson Pollock of Japanese literature.