Sunday, May 23, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-1 Attain One
Once upon a time, somebody attained One. (Ch.39)
One signifies Tao.
"Once upon a time, somebody attained Tao."
Masters in the olden days used such an expression as this.
A little too often, I suppose.
It is called Hoben 方便 in Zen Buddhism.
It means a tool to explain about a highly metaphysical concept.
I don't want to blame old masters, but it is clear that their Hoben the thought tools have created many misunderstandings among latter-day seekers of the truth.
All right, let's go straight to Today's point.
It is you who attained Tao.
In fact, you didn't even attain it because you didn't need to. You are Tao.
-Attain One 39-1
-Filled valley 39-5
-Hologram's birth 39-6
-Hologram's master 39-7
-One = Tao 39-8
-Heaven torn apart 39-9
-Earth unstable 39-10
-Gods rest 39-11
-Inexhaustible valley 39-12
-Lords and Kings = Masters 39-14
-Noble = Mean 39-15
-High = Low 39-16
-Lords and Kings = Less virtue 39-17
-Mean = Root 39-18
-No honor 39-19
-No jade 39-20
-Like stone 39-21
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 39
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