Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-10 Do & Defeat
If you do something to it, you will defeat it. (Ch.64)
This sentence is identical to the one in Chapter 29. (☞See Defeat it 29-3)
According to Osamu Kanaya, a Japanese Orientalist specialized in Chinese philosophy,
this chapter might be a patchwork of maxims.
It is not logically well constructed.
Some sentences might be original;
others might be added by later hands.
When you read Tao Te Ching, you cannot treat it as if it was written by a modern judge.
Having said that, the message here is quite clear.
Handle your hologram with care.
Or rather, handle your hologram with Love.
Don't act on it directly.
If you do, you will simply block the natural flow of Tao. (☞See Chuang Tzu's teachings 42-8)
-Something stable 64-1
-Before materialization 64-2
-While fragile 64-3
-While minute 64-4
-Before existence 64-5
-In order 64-6
-Tree from a hair 64-7
-Nine-story tower 64-8
-A thousand league travel 64-9
-Do and Defeat 64-10
-Stick and Lose 64-11
-Defeat nothing 64-12
-Don't stick 64-13
-Before completed 64-14
-Careful end 64-15
-Desire no desire 64-16
-Rare coins 64-17
-Learn no learn 64-18
-Don't dare 64-21
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 64
Tao answers your question!
☞Think twice before you pick up a Zen book and take it to the cashier. Ask yourself whether you are not looking for a refuge. Zen Buddhism is not an alternative. They are talking about the same essence of life with a bit more exotic words. You can find exactly the same teachings in what you are familiar with. Look for Hermann Hesse's «Siddhartha» and browse it. Compare the book you have chosen with the poet's masterpiece, and make sure that the book in your hand is easier to understand than «Siddhartha». If you want something more authentic as for Buddha's life and more visually helpful, Osamu Tezuka's cartoon «Buddha» is recommended.