Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tao Te Ching Chapter 70-6 Shabby clothes

Today's Tao

That's why the sage wears shabby clothes and hides a jewel beneath them. (Ch.70)

Do you know a Kesa 袈裟, or a Kasaya?

Some call it a Zen robe as well.

Then, do you know it is also called excrement dust cloth, or Funzo-e 糞掃衣?

Can excrement dust cloth be silk?

Or, does it have to be "shabby clothes" authentically made by a certified monk as Master Bonbon insists in the No form 40-17 video?

Zen Master Dogen quotes the stories of the third patriarch Shonawashu 商那和修 (=Sanavasa) and Senbyaku bikuni 鮮白比丘尼 (=Rengeshiki bikuni, Uppalavannā 蓮華色比丘尼).

Their everyday clothes became their Kesa.

(Kesakudoku 袈裟功徳 , «Shobogenzo»)

It doesn't matter what material your "shabby clothes" or excrement dust cloth is.

Dogen also says:

"Once your superficial clothes are torn apart, Buddha's clothes appear".


(Den'e 伝衣 , «Shobogenzo»)

It means that "shabby clothes" are your hologram and you find Tao "beneath them".

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-Shabby clothes 70-6
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 70

Tao answers your question!

☞Kesa, O-kesa, or Kasaya. Whatever you call it, it has to be excrement dust cloth. But watch out. If you intentionally choose shabby materials, you are still stuck in the "material" world. One just has to accept any cloth as his hologram.

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