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Emptiness

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-1
Do emptiness
Do emptiness perfectly. (Ch.16)


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When you first face an oriental philosophy, "emptiness" is kind of an obstacle, which may discourage you to approach it.


The idea is sometimes expressed as "sky" in Buddhism.



Shiki soku ze ku. Ku soku ze shiki. 色即是空。空即是色。


Sky is just color. Color is just sky.



It sounds enigmatically poetic, but it may mean nothing to you.


Emptiness is acceptance.


So, today's sentence means "Accept all".


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  1. See also Chapter 6 Valley God and Chapter 4b Color.

 

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-2
Guard stillness
Guard stillness firmly. (Ch.16)


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Let's decode this.


It means, "Do not act until it is really necessary".



Chuang Tzu's famous maxim:


«Do not move until you are forced to. 迫而後動»


--荘子 外篇 刻意第十五--



Let's repeat this sentence every time someone tells us we are lazy.


What's wrong with being lazy?



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  1. See also Chapter 3 Do nothing.

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-3
Material beings
All the material beings grow together. (Ch.16)


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Everything is being created here and now.


Material things, time, past and future, space, distance, even your own self; all of them are being created here and now.


In Zen Buddhism, they say the same thing.



[Note]

Time and space are just concepts in our head. (☞See Chapter 25 Manifestation.)



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Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-4
Go back
I see them go back again. (Ch.16)


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Holograms are

illusions.


Nevertheless, they are truly precious because they are Tao's manifestations.


Every time we receive Tao the fundamental energy through holograms, it goes back to the state before they were created.


The state is called Bumo misho izen in Zen Buddhism.


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  1. See also Chapter 22 Return to Tao, Chapter 23 Noises don’t last, Chapter 30 Result, and Chapter 63c Nothing is difficult.

 

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-5
Root
Though things grow thick, respectively they go back to their root. (Ch.16)


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The more you think about something, the more energy you feed to your hologram.


Then, it develops. Mutually holograms create (define) each other.


You create (define) others.


Others create (define) you.


But, in fact, all of them are the same because it is the fundamental energy Tao.


Don't be misled by the word "go back".


There is no time in Tao.


Time exists only in your head.


Everything happens simultaneously.


Even the future and the past are being created now.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-6
Stillness
Going back to the root is called stillness. (Ch.16)


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To return the root, which is Tao, is easy.


Use Reverse Thinking.


It is a simple

technique.


All you have to do is to switch the cause and the result.


You can easily go back to the state of stillness, the state before the things are projected in your hologram.


Reaching the state is called Satori in Zen Buddhism.



[Note]

The state before things are projected is called "Bumo misho izen" in Japanese. It means "before your father and mother were born". (☞See Bumo misho izen / Before parents' birth 22-4. The article has an extract from the chapter Buddha Nature in Zen Master Dogen's «Shobogenzo».)



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  1. See also Heat 45-9. “Stillness defeats heat.”

 

While Ikkyu seemed more a poet than a Zen Buddhist, Ryokan was a Zen Buddhist and poet at the same time. It is well known that he adored the fleas and lice that inhabited his clothes. In the post-washlet Japan, it is hard to imagine a  religious poet like him in terms of hygiene level and selflessness.