Saturday, March 20, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 32-1 Nameless
Tao is constantly nameless. (Ch.32)
"What is Tao?"
Many people ask this question.
Excuse me, but Tao refuses to have a name.
We just call it Tao for the sake of our discussion.
What do you do you when someone asks you questions like:
"What is a Calvin Klein? What is a Starbucks?"
The easiest way to answer the questions is to point out the underpants or the double mokachino.
I will do the same.
Tao is this.
Tao is constant and omnipresent.
It is bigger than a name.
-Small uncarved block 32-2
-Lords and Kings 32-3
-Fertile raindrops 32-4
-Cuts and Names 32-6
-No danger 32-8
-Valleys and the Sea 32-9
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 32
-The beginning 1-3
Tao answers your question!
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-To while away the idle hours seated the livelong day before the ink-slab, by jotting down without order or purpose whatever trifling thoughts pass through my mind, verily this is a queer and craze thing to do! (Translated by George Bailey Sansom) «Tsurezuregusa / Essays in Idleness» begins like this. Kenko Yoshida, its author in the Samurai era, might be facing a computer terminal and spending his time playing on Internet if he lived now.