Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tao Te Ching Chapter 76-2 Hard end

Today's Tao

The end of the life of man is hard and strong. (Ch.76)

What is the end of life?

Zen Master Dogen answers the question clearly:

"Life is a momentary phase.

The end of life is a momentary phase."



(Genjokoan 現成公案, «Shobogenzo»)

He particularly uses the expression "a phase in the manifestation / Ho-i 法位" in order to describe the same stages.

Every moment of life is a phase in the manifestation and part of one hologram you project.

The important thing is that each hologram is independent of the others as an individual image (=a frame) in a film has nothing to do with the ones before and after it.

That is to say, the end of life has nothing to do with the beginning of life.

There is no cause and effect between holograms.

The true cause and effect takes place between a hologram and Tao, which is true You.

The projected holographic image stimulates the circulation of energy.

The circulation is called Tao.


-A hologram does not affect another.

-A hologram is a momentary phase.

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-Strong army, no win 76-7
-Karoshi / Snapped branch 76-8
-Hossho stays low 76-9
-Hoben gate / Soft and Weak 76-10
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 76

Tao answers your question!

☞«Tao Te Ching» Key word comparison (2) / -Dark Depth 玄 [gen]- Let's see how they translate 玄之又玄 in Chapter 1. / "Darkness within darkness" On the left, «Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics)» translated by Stephen Mitchell. / "The hidden within hidden" On the right, «Tao Te Ching: The New Translation from Tao Te Ching: The Definitive Edition (Tarcher Cornerstone Editions)» translated by Jonathan Star.

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