Saturday, May 8, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-1 The highest attainment
The highest attainment is not attaining. That's where there is attainment. (Ch.38)
This is the first sentence of the second half of Tao Te Ching.
The word "Te" of Tao Te Ching comes from this sentence.
Osamu Kanaya (1920 - 2006, Japanese Orientalist specialized in Chinese philosophy) thinks that the Te of 徳 [moral] is the same as the Te of 得 [attainment].
I agree with this late academic totally.
Don't try to attain Tao, Satori, or enlightenment.
If you don't try it, you will simply remember that you are already there.
-The highest attainment 38-1
-The lowest attainment 38-2
-No trace of act 38-3
-The highest righteousness 38-5
-Lost Tao 38-7
-Lost attainment 38-8
-Lost mercy 38-9
-Lost righteousness 38-10
-Thick and Thin 38-13
-Tao's Flower 38-14
-Leave it 38-15
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 38
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