Saturday, February 13, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 24-6 Boasting man
A boasting man is never the best. (Ch.24)
Don't boast. Don't say you are the best.
All right. Conventional teachings say the same thing, but it is more subtle here.
You really have to know that you are the best because you are the creator of your hologram, in other words, the creator of the world.
What's going to happen if you declare:
"I am the creator of the universe"?
Well, you can imagine all sorts of difficulty in your life.
But, why difficulty?
Because this declaration is an act to influence others, that it to say, your hologram.
By boasting that you are the best, you are creating a short-circuit-like effect in your hologram.
Zen Master Dogen says:
In order to practice the heart of Bodhi (Bodai shin), you had better not wish that people will know you have made up your mind to do it and are practicing it. You should try not to let them know it. You must not tell them about it.
This is called "to double your Mayoi while you are in your Mayoi (=being lost)".
(Keiseisanshoku 谿声山色, «Shobogenzo»)
-Express nothing 24-3
-True righteousness 24-4
-Bragging man 24-5
-Boasting man 24-6
-Excessive food 24-7
-After Satori 24-9
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 24
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