Monday, December 31, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 79 Grudge (playlist)




When you pacify a big grudge, there is always a remaining grudge. (79-1)

That's why the sage takes the contract, but doesn't ask the person to pay. (79-3)

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"Practically speaking, we have only one true Good, which is to find out the true Self. That's all." (Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida 西田幾多郎, ☞See 79-4)

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What is the true Self?

"It is the true body of the cosmos", Nishida answers.

The true body of the cosmos is the Tao/hologram mechanism, Shin 心. (☞See 79-4)

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 78 Resistance (playlist)




Nothing in the world under the sky is softer and weaker than water. (78-1)

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If you don't know what to do, be like water.

Let's summarise the water-like attitude.

1. Believe you are influencing all like flooded water. (☞See Flooded water 34-1)

2. Give benefit to all. (☞See Water benefits all 8-2)

3. Stay at the bad place. (☞See Water stay at the bad place 8-3)

4. Believe true You are Tao. (☞See Water is close to Tao 8-4)

5. Don't compete. (☞See Water never errs 8-5)

6. Don't worry even if you feel as confused as muddy water. (☞See Muddy water 15-10)

7. Treat your hologram as if water treats a fish. (☞See Fish and Water 36-7)

8. Be soft and weak. (☞See Soft and Weak 76-6)

9. Accept all.

10. Don't resist. No resistance!

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 77 No excess (playlist)




Heaven's Tao is like bending a bow! (77-1)

Heaven's Tao reduces excess and supplies what it lacking. (77-6)

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"If you practice Tao sincerely, they will come into being naturally." (Dogen, ☞See 77-5)

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 76 Soft & Weak (playlist)




"Life is a momentary phase.
 The end of life is a momentary phase."
(Dogen, ☞See 76-2)

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Mujoseppo 無情説法: the preaching of non-living beings.
"What kind of people can hear the preaching of non-living beings?".
(☞See 76-5)

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Karoshi 過労死: death from overwork (☞See 76-8)

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Soku shin ze butsu 即心是仏: The very mechanism is Buddha (=Tao).
Issai ho isshin 一切法一心: All the manifestations are one mechanism.
(☞See 76-7)

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Hossho 法性: the nature of manifestation. (☞See 76-9)

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Hoben mon 方便門: the gate of Buddha's tool to enlighten people. (☞See 76-10)

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 75 Starvation (playlist)




People starve because their king taxes them too much. That's why they starve. (75-1)

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"I am always doing this desperately."
(Tozan Ryokai 洞山良价 Tung-shan Liang-chieh, ☞See 75-3)

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"A painted rice-cake cannot satisfy hunger"
is like saying:
"No one can ever do anything evil. Everyone is doing the right thing."
(Dogen, ☞See 75-2)

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No matter what we do, we are sending Love.
Likewise, no matter what they do, they are sending Love to you.
(☞See 75-4)

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 74 Reincarnation (playlist)




"(One can find his true Self) by eliminating your false self. In Christianity, it is called reincarnation. In Buddhism, it is called Kensho 見性, seeing into one's nature"
(Kitaro Nishida, ☞See 74-4)

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"If you have Buddha between the beginning of life and the end of it, there is neither the beginning of life nor the end of it."

"If you don't have Buddha between the beginning of life and the end of it, you will not be lost between the beginning of life and the end of it."

(Dogen, ☞See 74-5)

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"We must not think that our individual spirit goes somewhere after life. There is no such thing as the sea of eternity."
(Dogen, ☞Véase 74-3)

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"不生 不滅 [fusho fumetsu] No life. No end of life." (☞See 74-2)

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 73 Heaven's net (playlist)




Why is understanding Taoism or Zen Buddhism considered difficult? It's simple. It is because of the ambiguous English translations.

The Kanji / Chinese character 心 [shin] is often translated as heart or mind.

Like the English word "heart", it also signifies "the center".

The word 心 [shin] suggests the center of the mechanism.

I shin den shin means "by the mechanism, transmit the mechanism".

In this Tao/hologram mechanism, everything comes about by itself, 自然 [ji nen].

(☞See 73-7)

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Heaven's net is vast. Its mesh is not fine, but it doesn't lose any. (73-9)

What is "Heaven's net"?

It is the net of Tao's energy, which covers everything in your hologram.

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There are some other metaphors of the hologram.

"30 spokes share one hub."
(☞See 30 spokes 11-1)

"When the uncarved block scatters, it becomes vessels."
(☞See Vessels 28-13)

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 72 Fear (playlist)




Don't be afraid of anything.
Even fear itself.
Fear is part of the world, which is your hologram.

"When the manifestation fills up the body and mind mechanism, it feels that something is missing somehow."
(Dogen, ☞See 72-1)

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"無我 [mu ga], No Self."
(☞See 72-4)

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Emit Love and turn the wheel of manifestation (=転法輪 [tenborin]).
Satori is not an act of looking for a refuge.
(☞See 72-6)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 71 Knowing (playlist)




To know "not knowing" is the best. (71-1)

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"Knowing" is part of a hologram, which Zen Buddhists call Inmo. (☞See Inmo and No mind 49-10)

Knowledge is a sort of information that you receive from "outside". (71-2)

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The world is the hologram you project.

A seemingly difficult situation is a catalyst.

Every time you face so-called adversities, you should say "thank you, my hologram" because they are stimulating you. (71-4)

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 70 Actor (playlist)




"Once your superficial clothes are torn apart, Buddha's clothes appear."
(Dogen, ☞See 70-6)

You don't need exoticism. You don't need a Kesa made in Japan (or China).

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The everyday clothes of Senbyaku bikuni became her Kesa.
(☞See 70-6 y 40-17)

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The words have got the centre. The acts have got an actor. (70-3)

All the acts you see are played by holographic actors in order to stimulate true You. True You are the projector in the center, but you are not responsible for the content of the movie.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 69 Enemy (playlist)




No disaster is as big as underestimating the enemy.

If you underestimate the enemy, you have almost lost my treasures.

(from this chapter)

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"What is the sound of one hand?"
(Zen Buddhist Hakuin's Koan, ☞See The sound without a sound 14-4)

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Can we advance without advancing?

Yes.

Act no act. 為無為 Can we really act without acting?

(☞See Act without acting 3-7)

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What is the solution to this imaginary isolation?

Lao Tzu says: "Therefore, if two facing armies look like each other, the one sending Love wins". (69-7)


That is to say, "Send Love, and you will win against the isolation".

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 68 No fight (playlist)




A true samurai doesn't fight.

A true warrior doesn't get angry.

A true winner doesn't compete.

(from this chapter)

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A true samurai doesn't fight. He accepts all.

If you are angry, you are already defeated.

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"Simply, he doesn't compete. That's why no one under the sky can compete with him."
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Ch.22)

This is the essence of Aiki-do 合気道, or Tao of synchronized energy.
(☞See Aikido 22-12, Don't compete 66-7, and Aikido & Tariki / Other people's power 68-6)

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 67 Sending Love (playlist)




"Above heave, below heaven, I am the only respectable being."
(Baby Buda, ☞See 67-3)

It is what baby Buddha said right after his birth. What does this mean?

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"Ten nooks and crannies of the whole world are your light."
(Zen Buddhism, ☞See 67-10)

Ten nooks and crannies of the whole world = so-called "reality" = Hologram
The world is your own light.

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Now, if you are brave without sending Love, if you are vast while wasting all, or if you want to be the first without being the last, you will end your life. (67-12)

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 66 Lower yourself (playlist)




"Now these three worlds are certainly my own existence." (Buda, ☞See 66-4)

Three world = so-called "reality" = Buddha's manifestation = the manifestation of true You

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"There is a mechanism before the body. There is a mechanism after the body." (Dogen, ☞See 66-5)

It is about Tao/Hologram mechanism 心 Shin. The body signifies the hologram.

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If you want to be before people, be after them physically. (66-3)

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 65 Integration (playlist)




"Miracle is the tea and rice of a Buddhist." (Dogen, ☞See 65-6)

"Eating food is a miracle. Going to the bathroom is a miracle." (Dogen, ☞See 65-7)

Life is a miracle because it is a hologram.

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"If it is not a painted rice-cake, it must not be a remedy to satisfy hunger." (Dogen, ☞See 53-5 y 65-7)

If it is not part of your hologram, it cannot help you in the hologram.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 64 Easy (playlist)




"When you are lost, you are like ice."
(Bassui Tokusho, ☞See 15-7)

"Among all the pieces of ice, there is no ice that does not become water."
(Bassui Tokusho, ☞See 64-3)

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Whether you are literally sitting or running around, you are doing Zazen 坐禅 (=so-called "meditation"), which is what Zen Buddhists call "sitting".

You don't have to meditate because life itself is your meditation.

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When Seppo Gison 雪峰義存 [Hsueh-feng I-tsun] asked Gensha Shibi 玄沙師備 [Hsuan-sha Shih-pei] why he would not go on a pilgrimage, the latter answered:
"Daruma / Bodhidharma 達磨 did not come to East Land (=China). The Second Ancestor did not go to West Heaven (=India)."

"Gensha's answer 'Daruma / Bodhidharma 達磨 did not come to East Land' was not a ridiculous remark of whether he came or not. It is the principle that lands have no earth at all". (Dogen)

(☞See 64-9)

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 63 Use Tao (playlist)




Act no action.

Work no work.

Taste no taste.

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Learn: "Whatever you do, you are doing nothing"!

"Interfere no interference"

Taste a taste of "no taste".

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What is «no taste»?

Did you forget it? «No taste» is Tao.

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We have not only the barrier between the languages but also the lapse of time. Beside, many notes have been added to the text of Tao Te Ching by later hands, wrongly transforming the original messages into notions acceptable to the societies of those who wrote them. By respecting the concept of Tao/Hologram mechanism Shin 心, we must avoid their errors.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 62 Treasure (playlist)




In this chapter, we discuss the treasure. What is the treasure? Very often I quote Zen Master Dogen's «Shobogenzo 正法眼蔵». "Shobo 正法" means authentic manifestation (=right teachings); "gen 眼", an eye; "zo 蔵", a storage.

The treasure is your hologram (=eye storage).

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There are some spiritual treasures in Chapter 62.

One of them is Shinran and Honen's Akunin shoki setsu 悪人正機説: the Doctrine of Evil Persons as the Object of Salvation.

"Even good people will become Buddha, not to mention evil people". (Shinran)

(☞See 62-3)

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Another is 自未得度先度他 [Ji mi toku do, sen do ta].

"Though you haven't crossed it yet, let others cross it first."

(☞See 62-7)

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There is also a maxim of Chuang Tzu.

"Don't move until you are forced to".

(☞See 62-7)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 61 Country (playlist)




A big country is the lower reaches of the river. It's the intercourse of the world under the sky. (Ch.61)

Some people don't want to accept that this very reality is the state of Satori. It is not something that you obtain after long painful hard work. At "the lower reaches of " a river, which means your hologram, your life, or this world, you are one with Tao.

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"I go on board the boat and make it be a boat."
Boat = Hologram
(Dogen, ☞See 61-10)

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 60 Control (playlist)




Governing a big country is like boiling a little fish. (60-1)

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An object is not a hologram.
It is part of a hologram.
Don't think that an object is a hologram independently.
A hologram includes all the beings, including feelings and thoughts.

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Do you know the Zen concept of 是什麼物恁麼来 [ze inmo butsu inmo rai]: Where on earth did this «what on earth» thing come from? (☞See 60-4)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 59 Attainment & Cycle (playlist)




"Life has nothing to do with death."
(Dogen ☞See 59-8)

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"Blue mountains walk constantly. 青山常運歩"
(Fuyo Dokai 芙蓉道楷 Fu-jung Tao-k'ai)

This is «Hokke ten hokke 法華転法華: Buddha's manifestation turns Buddha's manifestation»?

It is Tenborin 転法輪: turning the wheel of manifestation.
(☞See 59-6)

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Don't think like others that Juki will take place after we have completed our self-mortification.
(Dogen ☞See 59-7)

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 58 Government (playlist)




When the government is dark and obscure, the people are naive.

When the government is brilliant, the people are imperfect.

(Lao Tzu, Tao Te King, Chapter 58)

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No fish can live in the clear water of White River.

They miss the muddy water of good ole Paddy Pond.

(Ota Nanpo, ☞See 58-11)

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"Good and evil, cause and result will make you create Buddha."

(Dogen, ☞See 58-6)

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 57 Intelligence (playlist)




The more annoying prohibitions there are in the world under the sky, the poorer the people get. (57-5)

The more intelligent the people are, the more evil acts take place. (57-7)

The more laws and decrees are known, the more robbers there are. (57-8)

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 56 How to be one with Tao (playlist)




Block the openings. Close the gate.

Dull the sharpness.

Untangle the entanglement.

Soften the light.

Be like dust.

This is called being one with Dark Depth.

(From Chapter 56)

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"Buddha is a dry [excrement] stick." (56-7)

Be like dust.

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"No one can ever do anything evil." (Zen Master Dogen / 56-12)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 55 Baby's safe (playlist)




Although he doesn't know the intercourse of a male and a female yet, his male organ erects itself. (Tao Te Ching 55-6)

If you are against Tao, you come to an early end.
(Tao Te Ching 55-16)

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"Because of the self there is the foe; when there is no self there is no foe."

"You make no choice between right and wrong, like and dislike."

(Daisetz Suzuki, «Zen and Japanese Culture»)

☞See Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-3 No attack

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Mind! It's the mind that confuses the mind.

Mind! Don't let the mind take over the mind.

(Japanese Zen Master Takuan)

☞See Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-13 Takuan / Mind & Ki

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 54 Learn Attainment (playlist)




What is Satori?
If you want it, you have to listen to what Zen Master Dogen says:
"It doesn't matter if you have reached Satori or not.
It doesn't matter if you reached Satori a long time ago or not.
If you have a hologram, you are Buddha."

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Do you know a Zen expression called 尽十方界 [jin jippo (juppo) kai]? It means "ten nooks and crannies of the whole world".

"Ten nooks and crannies of the whole world are the only eye of a one-eyed monk.

That is to say, they are the only eye of the one-eyed Monk Gautama Buddha.

Monk Gautama Buddha's eye is «Shobogenzo / the authentic manifestation of holography», which I have got." (Dogen)

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There is a famous Koan: What is the meaning of Daruma / Bodhidharma coming over from the West?

Dharma 法 signifies manifestation.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 53 Thief's luxury (playlist)




In this «Tao Te Ching Chapter 53 Thief's luxury», We discuss an important Zen concept about the hologram. It is «Gabyo 画餅 / a painted rice-cake».

First, let's hear what Zen Master Kyogen Chikan (香厳智閑 [Hsing-yen Chih-hsien / Xiangyan Zhixian]) say.

"A painted rice-cake does not satisfy hunger."

You may agree, but Zen Master Dogen doesn't really.

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Dogen says in his Shobogenzo 正法眼蔵: "If it is not a painted rice-cake, it must not be a remedy to satisfy hunger."

What does this mean?

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 52 Enlightenment (playlist)




What is the enlightenment or Satori. How can you get it? Many people have these questions. In the original text, the Kanji / Chinese character 常 [jo], which means constancy, is used to express "enlightenment".

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In Chapter 16, Lao Tzu says:
"Going back to the destiny is called constancy. Learning constancy is called enlightenment."

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The "beginning" is the mother of the hologram.
In Zen Buddhism, it is called Bumo misho izen 父母未生以前, which means "the state before the father and the mother are born".

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"Pine trees are time. Bamboo trees are time, too."
(Zen Master Dogen, Uji 有時, «Shobogenzo»)

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 51 Attainment (playlist)




Let's review Dark Depth Attainment (=the attainment of Tao).

1. You give birth to the world, which is your hologram. But you do not possess it.

2. Let it work by itself. Don't be attached to its outcome.

3. Remember that you are Tao. Nevertheless, do not dare try to control your hologram.

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Let's check a few things about Self.

1. Your own self is not true You.

2. True You are Tao.

3. Self is part of your hologram.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 50 Life (playlist)




Leave life and enter non-life/death. (50-1)
What does Lao Tzu want to tell us with this sentence?
Zen Master Dogen helps us to answer the question, by using an excellent metaphor of a fish in the water.

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Zen master Sozan Honjaku 曹山本寂 [Ts'ao-shan Pen-chi] told his disciple that when a mule looks at the well, the well looks at the mule. (Egenroku 会元録, Book 13)

Dogen wrote: "Not just that."

"The well looks at the well. The mule looks at the mule. A man looks at the man himself. A mountain looks at the mountain itself." (Shoakumakusa 諸悪莫作, «Shobogenzo» ☞See 50-8)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 49 No heart (playlist)




In this Chapter 49 No heart, two important Buddhist concepts are explained.
One is Tariki 他力 / Other Power (49-6);
the other is Inmo Butsu 恁麼物 / a "what on earth" thing (49-10).

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What is the good?
Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida answers:
"We have only one true good, which is to find out the true Self."
(Book III Chapter 13, «A Study of the Good»)

He was a high school mate of the well-know Zen scholar Daisetz Suzuki.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 48 Reduce & reduce (playlist)




"When you study, you accumulate your knowledge everyday. When you do Tao, you reduce everything every day." (48-1)

They are ones of the best known sentences in Tao Te Ching. When you think about what the Taoist/Buddhist economy is, they will tell us many things. For the academics, it might be difficult to accept them, I imagine. Let's live Taoism and Zen Buddhism instead of just studying them. Watch all the five videos of «Tao Te Ching Chapter 48 Reduce & reduce».

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"By doing nothing, you can do everything." (48-3)

This expression "do nothing" has been confusing the occidental world for a fairly long time.The question is "Can you really do nothing?".

"Do nothing" means "Accept all and emit Love (=Tao, =Zen, =Buddha)".

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 47 No outside (playlist)




There are two key things. There is no such thing as Self. Therefore, there is no objective world outside you. In this chapter, we learn Kensho Jobutsu 見性成仏 (=See one's nature and become Buddha).

First, you learn that your own self and the rest of the world are part of the hologram. (1)

Then, your hologram will teach you what Tao and Buddha is. (2)

This exchange between (1) and (2) is precisely the cycle of Yin and Yang, Tao's cycle,  the prayer wheel, or the wheel of the manifestation (Horin 法輪).



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Monday, November 26, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 46 Be content (playlist)




"No one can ever do anything evil," says Zen Master Dogen, "Even if all the evils had covered the whole world in many layers and swallowed all, you could emancipate yourself by doing nothing." (Shoakumakusa 諸悪莫作, «Shobogenzo»)

We also discuss Joushu's 趙州 famous Koan: "What is the intention of Bodhidharma's coming from the West?".

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tao Te Ching Chapter 45 Perfection (playlist)




For some people, it might be too difficult to accept Lao Tzu's teachings in this Chapter 45 Perfection because he teaches you that your life and the world are perfect: "You (are) the master of the world under the sky."
 That's why Zen Master Tozan Ryokai says: "When it's cold, make yourself feel cold completely".
Zen Master Dogen paraphrases this: "Cold is the very living holography of Buddha ancestors."
As for the quotes of the two masters, read or watch Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-8 Cold / Tozan Ryokai.



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