Monday, January 17, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 62-3 Akunin shoki setsu / Feel safe
It's the place where not so good people feel safe. (Ch.62)
Tao is the place where everyone feels safe, even a not-so-good person.
Shinran 親鸞 answered:
[zennin naomote ojo o togu, iwan-ya akunin o ya]
"Even good people will become Buddha, not to mention evil people".
(«Tannisho 歎異抄», Chapter 3)
This summarizes the idea of Shinran and Honen's Akunin shoki setsu 悪人正機説: the Doctrine of Evil Persons as the Object of Salvation.
It sounds like bad people have a better chance of salvation, doesn't it?
Some people have thought so.
But, please remember there is neither good nor evil in Tao.
Don't impose judgment on Tao.
Besides, salvation is "right here right now".
True You are Tao, so you are the one who saves all by sustaining the circulation of Tao's energy.
-Hidden Tao 62-1
-Akunin shoki setsu / Feel safe 62-3
-Adorned words 62-4
-Adorned acts 62-5
-Don't abandon 62-6
-An emperor enthroned 62-7
-Why Taoism? 62-8
-Highly appreciated 62-10
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 62
-State filth 78-8 That's why the sage says, "Those who accept the filth of the country are called the master of the state". «Akunin shoki setsu 悪人正機説: the Doctrine of Evil Persons as the Object of Salvation» is also discussed here.
Tao answers your question!
☞Let's review Dogen and Shinran roughly and vulgarly.
✒Japanese Soto Zen Buddhism - Dogen - «Shobogenzo» - Jiriki / Self-power.
✒Jodo Shin Buddhism - Shinran - «Tannisho» by Yuien - Tariki / Other-power.
☞You can find Shinran's Akunin shoki setzu in «Tannisho», which is not so abstract as Dogen's «Shobogenzo». If you still need some modern help, Hiroyuki Itsuki's «Tariki» will be handy.