Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tao Te Ching Chapter 80-12 Moonlight & Dewdrops / Dogs & Roosters
People in one country can hear the voices of dogs and roosters in another country. (Ch.80)
What is the relation between your hologram and those of other people?
How do yours and theirs interact?
Today's Tao sentence is the answer to the question.
"People in one country" signifies your hologram.
"The voices of dogs and cocks in another country" suggests another hologram.
Firstly, you think that others exist independently, but they are part of your hologram.
They are 他己 [tako], your own self beyond your control, that is to say, the extended part of yourself (=non-you).
Secondly, you think that your own self exists, but it is also part of your hologram.
The self doesn't exist. It is a name given to some collective information. (☞See Tao Te Ching / Chapter 33 / Self and Tao Te Ching / Chapter 7 / No Self)
Then, a question arises.
Who in the world is projecting the hologram?
It is true You.
Zen Buddhists cherish the beautiful metaphor of the dewdrops reflecting the moonlight.
The moonlight is Tao.
The image of the moon on the dewdrops is your hologram.
The light is called 無碍光 [mugeko], the light without obstacles.
How many dewdrops or holograms are there in the world?
The answer is one.
You and non-you are the same manifestation of Tao.
Let's overcome the trap of individuality.
-Small country 80-1
-"110 vessels" 80-2
-Don't travel 80-3
-Boats and Cars 80-4
-Armor and Arms 80-5
-Tie the rope 80-6
-Hunger and Food 80-7
-Face transmission / Menju / Beauty 80-8
-Out-Tao (Heresy) Seniya / Gedo Senni / Settled 80-9
-Enjoy your customs 80-10
-Moonlight and Dewdrops / Dogs and Roosters 80-12
-Life without intervention 80-13
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 80
Lao Tzu answers your question!
☞«Recommended Books 9» "Which country do you like the most?" USA? Mexico? Spain? China? France? Argentin? Or Japan? The answer is: "Snow country". «Snow Country» is unarguably the best novel written by Yasunari Kawabata. Probably, the most popular Japanese novel in the last one hundred years. "Be like Komako" is the novelist's answer to Lao Tzu's "Be like water". When you face a difficult situation and don't know what to do, check «Snow Country» and make decisions as if you were Komako the Geisha. Water is a little too abstract. Komako is a woman and artist of life. If you are interested in Kawabata's literature but do not have enough time to read all his works, «Palm-of-the-Hand Stories» are strongly recommended. They are shorter than most ordinary short stories. There are plenty of them in the book. Therefore, it is ideal to read the book in the bed before you fall asleep.