Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-19 No honor

Today's Tao

Therefore, if they often do something honourable, there is no honour. (Ch.39)

Honor must have been quite important to Confucius, but not at all to Lao Tzu.

It was not important at all to Zen Master Dogen as well. He thought it was rather dangerous.

After his disciple Genmyo came back joyfully from the then capital Kamakura with the letter of a grant of land by Shikken Tokiyori, the most powerful man in the country, Master Dogen castigated him and made him leave the temple.

It was not enough for the pious master. He made the disciple's seat taken away and the soil beneath it thrown away.

They had to dig as deep as seven feet.

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-The Japanese adore simplicity of colour and form. The art in Kamakura period is an antonym of Baroque. It is just a 40-minute-train-ride away from the center of Tokyo. Kamakura is worth visiting especially when you don't have time enough to go to Nikko or Kyoto but have an afternoon free.

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