Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-8 Tozan Ryokai / Cold

Today's Tao

Movement defeats cold. (Ch.45)

In summer, it is hot.

In winter, it is cold.

Whether it is hot or cold, Tao's "movement" is hidden behind.

Dogen says:


[kan ha kore sosou no katsu ganzei nari]

Cold is the very living holography of Buddha ancestors."

(Shunjuu 春秋, «Shobogenzo»)

Like other holograms, cold is a manifestation of Tao.

You accept it with gratitude.

That's why Tozan Ryokai 洞山良价 said:

"When it's cold, make yourself feel cold completely".


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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 45

Tao answers your question!

☞Yukio Mishima adapted some Noh plays into modern plays: «Kindai noh gaku shu / Five Modern No Plays». Many Japanese agree that «Sotoba komachi» is the most successful adaptation among others. You can read its original in «The Noh plays of Japan» and find out whether they are right or not. It seems that the adaptation is extremely difficult because, in the originals of most Noh plays, the confrontation of ideas and values, which is often the pillar of dramatic development of a story in a modern play, is crucially lacking. In the country of Zen, concepts are less important obviously.

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