Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tao Te Ching Chapter 62-6 Don't abandon

Today's Tao

How can you abandon someone because he is no good. (Ch.62)

A: "Master Bonbon, I am sorry. I cannot contribute donation this month. It's horrible. Stock prices don't go up. You don't abandon me, do you?"

B: "I am afraid I have to abandon you. Love lasts as long as money endures."

Don't worry.

Nobody can abandon you, nor can you abandon anyone.

Though someone seems to have abandoned you at the level of your hologram, he didn't in reality.

Because he is an extended part of your own self.

The extended part of your own self, or yourself beyond your control, is called 他己 [tako] in Zen Buddhism.

This 他己 [tako] and 自己 [jiko], yourself under your control, are part of the same hologram. (☞See also Tao by Matsumoto / Chapter 7 / No self)

Therefore, it is useless to judge.

Therefore, there is neither "good" nor "no good".

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-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 62

Tao answers your question!

☞Jiko / yourself under your control and Tako / yourself beyond your control are useful concepts used in Zen Buddhism. You can find these expressions in Genjo Koan Chapter of Dogen's «Shobogenzo», for example. If you find it too absurd, it might be worth checking Kitaro Nishida's «An Inquiry into Good». Although Nishida was a close friend of Daisetz Suzuki, he was rather a philosopher than a Zen priest. Nishida is another bridge between the East and the West. In the book, Part II Chapter 10 The Sole Reality and Part III Chapter 27 Perfect Good Conduct are interesting and helpful as preparatory reading material.

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