Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 46-6 Content x 3
Therefore, if you know the contentment of being content, you are always content. (Ch.46)
Please don't think that the truth has to be beyond our comprehension.
On the contrary, the truth is simple.
"The contentment of being content" means "accepting the world happily and love it dearly".
At the moment of their final teachings before they left this world, Buddha and Dogen talked about 八大人覚 [hachi dainin gaku] / Eight Satori of great men.
The second of them is 知足 [chi soku] "Know contentment." and the last 不戯論 [fu ke ron] "Don't argue casually".
"Don't argue casually" means "to learn to completely accept everything as it is 究尽実相", said Dogen. (Hachidainingaku 八大人覚, «Shobogenzo»)
-Arms / Joshu 46-2
-Greed / Shoaku makusa 46-3
-Not content? 46-4
-Want no gain 46-5
-Content x 3 46-6
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 46
Tao answers your question!
☞When you swim, do you jump straight into the cold water without any warm-ups? Well, it is not recommendable, is it? When you try to understand Eastern philosophies, it is not recommendable to start reading Tao Te Ching or Master Dogen's Shobogenzo right away, either. You will simply be lost in their contradiction and frustrated by the incoherence. To depart for a spiritual adventure, why don't you begin with «LOL2A-Principle, or the perfectness of the world» and Hermann Hesse's «Siddhartha: An Indian Tale» and warm yourself up a bit?