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.


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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