Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 30-8 No arrogance

Today's Tao

It's just a result. Don't be arrogant. (Ch.30)

Lao Tzu keeps on asking us not to be arrogant.

Then, to him, what is being arrogant?

He says:

"Being a good man is just a result. Don't be arrogant".

It seems that Lao Tzu thought being good is arrogant.

Well, being good is bad. Being bad is good.

Sounds a bit like Honen and Shinran's Akunin shoki setsu 悪人正機説 (The Doctrine of Evil Persons as the Object of Salvation).

It is logical, isn't it?

There is neither good nor bad in Tao.

If you try to distinguish something from another, it won't work with Tao.

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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 30

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-We don't really know why you call it «Ise monogatari / The tales of Ise». It is about an aristocrat's life when the samurai did not yet grasp the power. If you buy a packaged tour to Japan, chances are that you will visit Ise Shrine. Then, you can think about the Japanese man in the ancient times who might have visited the princess offered to Shintoist god of Ise.


Anonymous said...

It's beyond good and evil, that's perhaps it's pointless to search all the time for it, it's not here nor there. Or something like that... :D

I've missed your posts. Thank you (:

NaotoMatsumoto said...

Tao has nothing to do with good and evil. It is pointless. You are right, Quixotica-san.