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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-1
High samurai
When a high man hears about Tao, he tries hard to do it.

(Ch.40)


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[jo]: high


[shi]: man, samurai


In Japanese, this word 士 [shi] has a special connotation.


When you say 武士 [bushi], he is a samurai with swords.


When you say 文士 [bunshi], he is a samurai with pens. He uses a pen instead of a sword to fight.


Are you a seeker of Truth?


Are you a true seeker of Tao?


Everyone is kind of a samurai of life in his own way.


We simply try hard to attain something; Tao or Satori.


It is exactly because of that we will never get it.


Seeking Satori like a samurai is a mental Hara kiri.


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The word "Samurai" somehow fascinates the Japanese. All of them want to embrace the values of samurai although their population represented 10% of the Japanese population at most. The majority of the islanders in this floating world had nothing to do with severe reasonings of world-famous warriors.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-2
Samurai in doubt
When a middle man hears about Tao, he is half in doubt.

(Ch.40)


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In the old days, an ordinary person would be half in doubt when he heard of airplanes.


An ordinary person would be half in doubt when he heard of Internet.


An ordinary person would be half in doubt when he heard of Sony's flexible TV screen.


An ordinary person would be half in doubt when he heard of Karl Pribram's Holonomic brain theory.


An ordinary person will be half in doubt when he hears of Tao.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-3
Laughable Tao
When a low man hears about Tao, he laughs out loud.

(Ch.40)


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This is encouraging, isn't it?


Even more than 2500 years ago, people were not so innocent.


Certainly, when Lao Tzu talked about Tao, some of them laughed at

him.


He called them "low". His little ego might have been hurt.


But, when people laugh at us, we know a better way to handle the situation, right?


We say "Thank you for laughing".


People laughing at you are your holograms testing if you truly believe in Tao. We can interpret it this way.


Or, as Lao Tzu will tell us in tomorrow's episode, if they don't laugh, you are not talking about true Tao.


Something or someone lower is much closer to Tao.


Truth must be funny. (☞ See Poor Speech 45-7)


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-4
If not laughable
If he doesn't laugh, it is not worth being Tao. (Ch.40)


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Have you laughed out loud today?


Uh, uh, you have been serious, right?


If you are too serious, you may have to ask yourself whether you are talking about something true.


Lao Tzu says, "If they don't laugh at you, you are not talking about true Tao".


Please don't underestimate the power of laughter.


When the lowest and basest man laughs at you like a Japanese Kyogen actor, you should remember that water stays in a lower place because it is close to Tao.


Then, his nasty laughter may have another signification.


Ha, ha, ha, ha.


Laughter and truth go hand in hand.


  1. See also Poor Speech 45-7


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-5
Chien yen?
Therefore, the Chien yen has it. (Ch.40)


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According to Osamu Kanaya, Chien yen, 建言 [ken gen] in Japanese, means "saying one's opinion clearly, therefore, it means the maxims that can be a model". (Roshi 老子, which signifies Lao Tzu and is commonly used in Japan as the title of Tao Te Ching; Osamu Kanaya, p136)


According to Gao Heng 高亨, Chien yen is supposed to be the title of an old book. («Tao: A New Way of Thinking», Chang Chung-yuan)


Unfortunately, there is no genuinely original text of Tao Te Ching.


Comments written by later hands are mixed with the original, and even the specialists are not able to perfectly distinguish Lao Tzu's writings from others'.


Inevitably, the teachings written with pure spirituality were tarnished by academic analyses.


On the other hand, Japanese Zen Master Dogen's «Shobogenzo» has not been modified by anyone. That's why I want to use the book as a reliable guide.


The truth must be one. It doesn't matter whether they call it Zen or

Tao.


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