Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-9 A thousand league travel
A travel of a thousand leagues starts from beneath the feet. (Ch.64)
Don't be fooled by size or distance.
Space doesn't exist in Tao.
There is a famous story used as a Zen koan concerning space.
When Seppo Gison 雪峰義存 [Hsueh-feng I-tsun] asked Gensha Shibi 玄沙師備 [Hsuan-sha Shih-pei] why he would not go on a pilgrimage, the latter answered:
"Daruma / Bodhidharma 達磨 did not come to East Land (=China).
The Second Ancestor did not go to West Heaven (=India)."
（Keitoku dento roku / Record of the Transmission of the Lamp, No. 18 景徳伝燈録第十八）
"Gensha's answer 'Daruma / Bodhidharma 達磨 did not come to East Land' was not a ridiculous remark of whether he came or not.
It is the principle that lands have no earth at all".
(Hensan 遍参, «Shobogenzo»)
Lands are a hologram.
So are East and West.
Therefore, there is "no earth", that is to say, no space.
All of them exist as catalysts.
The earth beneath your feet and the land thousands of miles away are asking you the same thing:
"Send Love (=Tao)."
-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
-Bodhidharma from the West 54-21
Tao answers your question!
☞«No Longer Human» is not a bad English title, but the title of Osamu Dazai's masterpiece is called «Ningen Shikkaku» in Japanese. A Japanese-English dictionary will tell you that the word "shikkaku" signifies failure or disqualification. Its antonym in Japanese is "gokaku". It is undoubtedly the happiest Japanese word in February and March, when most entrance examinations are held. "Ningen" means a human being. Dazai is declaring: "I flunked the examination as a human being!". What will happen if you fail it? Shusaku Endo, the author of «The Sea and Poison», «Silence», and «The Samurai», may answer: "Whether we succeed or fail, all of us go to «Deep River» eventually".