Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 74-3 Fear of End
If people are always afraid of the end of life, I can arrest those who do something strange and end their life. Who dares? (Ch.74)
Don't be fooled by strange stories.
"After the decomposition of your body, your soul goes to the sea of eternity."
Has anyone told you something like that?
Those who say something strange as this are worth being arrested, Lao Tzu insists.
Zen Master Dogen repeatedly cautions us:
"We must not think that our individual spirit goes somewhere after life.
There is no such thing as the sea of eternity."
(Soku shin ze butsu 即心是仏 and Bendowa 弁道話, «Shobogenzo». ☞See also The body decomposes 16-17)
There is no such a thing as an individual spirit.
Life is like a stack of cards.
Holograms are the cards and life is a stack of them, we can think.
Life does not exist as a being.
It is a name for the combination of holograms.
If life doesn't exist, no one can scare us, telling the end of it.
-End of Life 74-1
-Don't terrify them 74-2
-Fear of End 74-3
-Big's carpenter 74-5
-Carved or uncarved block 74-6
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 74
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