Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-9 Confused about time?
Since the old days people have been confused. (Ch.58)
Zen Master Dogen says:
"Don't think that time only flies away."
(Uji 有時, «Shobogenzo»)
People have been confused about Tao partly because of the concept of time.
Dogen also says:
"Future is past and present".
(Juki 授記 , «Shobogenzo»)
Past, present, and future are the same.
Time is just a parameter that accompanies your hologram.
You are creating past, present, and future right now.
Dogen painstakingly explains:
"(The transmission) creates Tao. It creates Buddha. It creates past. It creates present. It creates future."
"It is authentically transmitted from future to present. It is authentically transmitted from future to past."
(Den'e 伝衣, «Shobogenzo»)
You are not only creating present and future.
You are creating past as well.
So, if you are confused, it creates confusion among people in the past, doesn't it?
-Dark Government 58-1
-Brilliant government 58-2
-Fortune = Misfortune 58-3
-Misfortune = Fortune 58-4
-Eternal cycle 58-5
-Odd criterion 58-7
-Confused about time? 58-9
-Don't tear it! 58-10
-Kyoka (crazy song) hurts 58-11
-Straight = Bent 58-12
-Amida (Amitābha) shines 58-13
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 58
Tao answers your question!
☞One of the greatest myths about Japan is that the Japanese have been eating rice since the beginning of the nation. It may be true if you are talking about the Japanese "establishment". But, for a humble peasant, rice had been a currency rather than food. According to Kunio Yanagita, thanks to the ration system during WW2, most Japanese started eating rice as staple. This Manga comic book «Oishinbo / The Joy of Rice» teaches us a lot about rice and organic farming. It will be more interesting if you read it along with «Oishinbo / Vegetables». Besides, rice bran / komenuka is good for your beauty and health care.