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Greed / Shoaku makusa

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 46-1
Sowing
If the world under the

sky has Tao, horses

carrying messengers

are demoted to

sowing. (Ch.46)


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"The world under the

sky" means your

hologram.


"Horses carrying messengers" are working for the army.


Therefore, if you are one with Tao, there are no message about war

declaration.


The horses can be used to cultivate the fields peacefully.


Wars excite people.


These are a test you create in your mind.


Please be courageous enough to say they are happening only in

your hologram.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 46-2
Arms / Joshu
If the world under

the sky has no Tao,

arms and horses

appear just outside

the capital. (Ch.46)


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"If your hologram has

no Tao"?


This is a strange

conditional clause because you are always one with Tao.


It seems that Lao Tzu are saying:


"If you forget that you are Tao, you may foolishly project such an

image as armed horses and soldiers running around in your town".


Wars and disasters on TV test you.


They are a modern day equivalent to Joushu's 趙州 Koan:


"What is the intention of Bodhidharma's coming from the West?".


如何是祖師西来意


The answer is:


"Accept and love your hologram".


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 46-3
Greed / Shoaku makusa
No crime is bigger

than greed. (Ch.46)


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Stop wanting too

much.


That's for sure.


Then, why don't we go

a step farther?


Is greed a crime?


Is crime something evil?


Can we really commit anything evil?


Zen master Dogen spots a light on this issue.


悪 莫 作 [sho aku maku sa] each / evil / no / make


These words of Old Buddha are often interpreted as something like

"Don't do anything evil".


Dogen laughs at this interpretation and reads the same sentence as

this:


"No one can ever do anything evil".


(Shoakumakusa 諸悪莫作, «Shobogenzo»)


「つくられざりけるをつくりける」(諸悪莫作,『正法眼蔵』)


Besides, he says:


"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»)


「諸悪たとひいくかさなりの尽界に弥綸(みりん)し、いくかさなりの尽法を呑却せりとも、これ莫作の解脱なり。」(同上)


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 46-4
Not content?
No calamity is bigger

than not knowing

contentment.

(Ch. 46)


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A: "Master Bonbon, I

want to be happy?

What should I do?"


B: "Be content, and

you will be happy."


A: "But, Master Bonbon, tell me how I can be content."


B: "Pay your annual income, and you can buy contentment from our

organization."


What is contentment, really?


It is the same as doing nothing.


All of us are here to sustain the system, which is the cycle of the

fundamental energy with many different names.


But our task is very simple.


We accept and love what we experience, with contentment, by doing nothing.


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A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 46-5
Want no gain
No fault is more

miserable than

wanting to gain.

(Ch. 46)


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Learn that gain and

loss are the same.


If you want to only

gain, you will be lost in Mayoi.


But, please remember there is nothing wrong with Mayoi.


You may feel frustrated, but that's all.


You don't have to detest the state of Mayoi.


Dogen thinks:


"You get lost by prayers. Prayers never make you get lost."


なんぢ経にまどふ、経なんぢをまよはさず


(Bukkyo 仏経, «Shobogenzo»)


As for gain, if you cannot help wanting it, try to gain as much as possible.


Your desire is a prayer.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 46-6
Content x 3
Therefore, if you know the contentment of

being content, you

are always content.

(Ch.46)


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Please don't think that

the truth has to be

beyond our

comprehension.


On the contrary, the truth is simple.


"The contentment of being content" means "accepting the world

happily and love it dearly".


At the moment of their final teachings before they left this world,

Buddha and Dogen talked about 八大人覚 [hachi dainin gaku] / Eight Satori of great men.


The second of them is 知足 [chi soku] "Know contentment." and the

last 不戯論 [fu ke ron] "Don't argue casually".


"Don't argue casually" means "to learn to completely accept

everything as it is 究尽実相", said Dogen. (Hachidainingaku 八大人

, «Shobogenzo»)


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