Sunday, January 17, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 22-2 Bent
Bent (like an inchworm) therefore straight. (Ch.22)
In Taoism, returning to Tao is important.
What does "returning" mean?
One can say that it means getting out of his hologram and going into the state of Tao, or Bumo misho izen 父母未生以前, in Zen.
Another can say that it means turning around the Yin Yang circle, which is equivalent to a Tibetan prayer wheel.
How can you return to Tao, then?
One of the answers is to use Reverse Thinking.
If you want to be straight, bend yourself.
-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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-One of the biggest contributions to Japanese literature by Master Dogen is to have written a chapter of Hokke Ten Hokke 法華転法華 in Shobogenzo 正法眼蔵. It is a literary equivalent to the Tibetan prayer wheel. Please look at the five Kanji characters carefully. It is, in fact, two sets of the identical pair connected by the character 転 [ten], which means "to change / to turn". It is a visual presentation of the prayer wheel. Traditionally, the Japanese are awed by Kotodama 言霊, the spirits of words, in other words, the phonetical aspests of their expressions. Zen monks and their calligraphy changed the tendency a little.