Sunday, May 8, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 73-9 Tao = Net
Heaven's net is vast. Its mesh is not fine, but it doesn't lose any. (Ch.73)
天網恢々疏にして失せず [tenmo kaikai so ni shite shissezu]
In Japan, this is one of the best known sentences in Tao Te Ching.
What is "Heaven's net"?
It is the net of Tao's energy, which covers everything in your hologram.
In Chapter 11, Lao Tzu said: "30 spokes share one hub". (☞See 30 spokes 11-1)
In Chapter 28: "When the uncarved block scatters, it becomes vessels". (☞See Vessels 28-13)
Can you picture the images?
All of them are metaphors in order to explain the relation between Tao and a hologram, the projector and the projected.
In Buddhism, it is symbolized by the infinite light of Amida Butsu (Amitāba Buddha).
What is the infinite light, then?
It is the movement of Tao and true You.
And this is the light that projects your holographic world in the 360 degree movie theater, so to speak.
The content of the film is not important.
The light of the projector is.
-Act without living 73-1
-Live without acting 73-2
-Heaven's Tao wins 73-5
-I shin den shin / No call 73-7
-Tao = Net 73-9
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 73
Tao answers your question!
☞On the left, «The Promise of Amida Buddha: Honen's Path to Bliss». Honen is the teacher of Shinran. Amida Buddha is the pillar of Jodo Shin Shu / Pure Land Shin School of Buddhism. / On the right, «Living in Amida's Universal Vow: Essays on Shin Buddhism» is edited by Alfred Bloom and has some articles by him and Daisetz Suzuki among others. Later in his life, Suzuki, the author of «Zen and Japanese Culture», got interested in Jodo Buddhism as Zen Master Ikkyu did.