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Dogen on Illusion

Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-11
Tao has no name
It is omnipresent and has no name. (Ch. 14)

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You say: "Buddha".

I say: "Tao".

You say: "Zen".

I say: "Love".

Tao has no name.

So, any name can be its name.

Even if you don't know the word Tao, you can live happily.


Don't you think some Buddhists are too concerned about terminology, Daisetz Suzuki and Master Dogen included? In this sense, Master Ikkyu is much more original. This drunken Zen bonze is a poet rather than an academic.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-12
Back to nothingness
It goes back to nothingness. (Ch. 14)

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The word "nothing" confuses new comers of Zen and Taoism.

It is because it's difficult to eliminate the concept of time and space from our head.

If there is no time or space, everything is taking place simultaneously in one place, which is Tao.

Everything is generated in Tao and goes back to Tao the


Check Zen master Dogen's essay on existence-time.

Master Dogen says:

Time and space exist in mountains, rivers, and lands.


It would have been much easier for Master Dogen if had had the word "holography". He could have said: "Time and space exist only in your hologram".

Zen Master Dogen helps us a lot about how to deal with time and space.

He wrote a masterpiece essay called «U-ji», which can be roughly translated as existence-time.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-13
The shape without a shape
This is called the

shape without a

shape, an image

without a thing.

(Ch. 14)

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Tao doesn't have a shape.

Anything that has a shape belongs to the sphere of your hologram.

But a thing needs Tao's energy to exist.

So, Tao is the essence of an object with a shape.

Where do we have images?

In our mind, isn't it?

We use time and space to decode our holographic images according to our own social perspective of life.

Well, with or without time and space Tao is the origin of a shape or an image.

Zen Master Dogen might say: “Don't waste your time, and learn «Time doesn't exist.» as soon as possible”.

Zen Master Dogen's practical contradiction is wonderful.

Why don't we think that the concept of time and space is like grammar to understand a language?

We need it in order to interpret the world.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-14
Zen Master Dogen on illusion / The evasive being
This is called the evasive being.

(Ch. 14)

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You cannot get hold of Tao.

Can you touch the magnetic field?

Can you touch radio waves?

We can only perceive things projected in our mind, that is to say, holograms.

Words are quite ironical, but one has to say: "Only illusions are perceivable".

Zen Master Dogen says:

You must not think that mountains, rivers, and lands are only mountains, rivers, and lands. (Keiseisanshoku 谿声山色, «Shobogenzo»)


Cherish your illusions (=holograms, =the world). Herman Hesse says the same thing in his «Siddhartha».

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