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Tao Te Ching Chapter 49-1
No heart
The sage always has no heart. (Ch.49)


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無心 [mu shin] / no

heart.


First, let's read this as

"there is nothing called

«heart»".


We can accept that our feelings do not belong to us and come from

somewhere else.


They are part of our hologram.


Second, let's read the sentence as "nothingness is our heart".


We can accept that our feelings are manifestations of Tao.


No matter how we feel, we cherish our feelings as something sacred.



[Note]


[shin]: the Tao/hologram mechanism in Zen Buddhism,

sometimes translated as mind or heart. It means the center. Picture

the center of the Yin Yang circle. (☞See By going down 61-8) In this

sense, 無心 [mu shin] can be interpreted as "no mechanism".

Nothingness is the mechanism. The mechanism is nothingness. In

other words, the mechanism is the manifestation of Tao.



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Tao Te Ching Chapter 49-2
People’s heart
He takes people's

heart as his own. (Ch.49)


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In Zen Buddhism, we

call this


尽十方界無一人不自己


[jin juppo (jippo) kai

jiko ni arazarumono hitorimo nashi].


That is to say, "in ten nooks and crannies of the whole world, there is no one who is not your own self."


(Jippo 十方, «Shobogenzo»)


People's feelings are yours.


Their thoughts are yours, too.


You and non-you are the same.


Why don't we call them "yourself under your control" and "yourself

beyond your control".


Other people are "yourself beyond your control" like your stomach

and intestines.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 49-3
A study of the Good
I think something good is good.

(Ch.49)


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What is the good?


Let's ask a good friend,

a high school mate of

the well-know Zen

scholar Daisetz Suzuki.


He is Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida, the author of «A Study of the Good». (☞ See Kitaro Nishida@wiki)


He says:


"We have only one true good, which is to find out the true Self."


(Book III Chapter 13, «A Study of the Good»)


Watch out.


Nishida is not talking about a self that comes and goes.


He is talking about the true You.


The readers of Today's Tao surely know what it is.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 49-4
Non-good
I think something not

good is good, too.

(Ch. 49)


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Good is good.


Non-good is good, too.

That is to say, evil is

good, too.


Shinran said:


"Even good people will become Buddha, not to mention evil people".


(«Tannisho», Chapter 3)


「善人なおもて往生をとぐ、いはんや悪人をや」


This is Akunin shoki setsu (The Doctrine of Evil Persons as the

Object of Salvation / becoming Buddha).


Dogen wrote:


"It is not that something evil does not exist. Just do nothing. It is not

that something evil exists. Just do nothing."


(Shoakumakusa 諸悪莫作, «Shobogenzo»)


「諸悪なきにあらず、莫作なるのみなり。諸悪あるにあらず、莫作なるのみなり」


To Lao Tzu it was much clearer.


If you don't judge, there is neither good nor evil.


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Need help?


Q: "I am frustrated! Will Tao help me?"


A: Why don't you think the other way round?

Reverse Thinking


Q: "I am not happy about how I look. Do I need a cosmetic surgery?"


A: Before you invest a hefty sum of money on your appearance, there are a few things to think about.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall


Q: "I am scared of seeing my reports. What’s gonna happen if the numbers are not good enough"


A: Zen Masters asks you to forget about statistics.

No Numbers


Q: "We need to change our way to grow foods. I am worried about the future of my children. What should we do?"


A: If you are interested in organic foods, read about the modern-day Lao Tzu of “Do nothing” farming, late Masanobu Fukuoka.

Tao Agriculture


Q: "People talk about Zen, but what the heck is it indeed?"


A: Zen is nothing special. It is something you know well.

Zen is Love


Q: "I am desperate. I need some solutions right away."


A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

10 points to be One with Tao


Q: "I am confused when people tell me to face reality. What is reality?"


A: A good question! Zen masters have been tackling the question for ages, but our old man, Lao Tzu, knows the answer.

No Absolute Truth


Q: "Is a geisha truly a p,........., a lady of the oldest profession of human beings?"


A: No, it means "artist", literally. She is an artist of the Taoist way of living.

Kawabata's Onsen Geisha


Q: "What Does Nintendo mean?"


A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 49-5
Goodness
I attain goodness.

(Ch. 49)


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What is goodness?


Let's ask again the

author of "A Study of

the Good", Kitaro Nishida.


He answers:


"It is to find out the true Self".


Don't we ask him how, do we?


His answer is:


"By eliminating your false self."


In Christianity, it is called reincarnation.


In Buddhism, it is called Kensho 見性, seeing into one's nature, says

Nishida.


How can we eliminate our false self?


Simple.


You do nothing.


Because you don't have the false self from the beginning.


It is just part of your hologram.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 49-6
Tariki / faithful
I think someone

faithful is faithful.

(Ch.49)


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Why don't we regard

faith as a tool?


If you have faith in

something, you are

less prone to be fooled

by your gigantic ego or Self in Mayoi.


Shinran shonin's Tariki / Other-power is an excellent “tool” in order to activate Dark Depth Female 玄牝 [gen pi] and change the world

(=your hologram).


By asking Tariki / Other-power to do all the work, logically you do

nothing.


You create no resistance while your hologram, which is the world, is

transforming itself.


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«Tariki: Embracing Despair, Discovering Peace». The subtitle of the book is a nice and correct way to explain the word "Tariki / Other Power". Of course, the Other Power embraces happiness and joy, too. But the idea is that you should embrace something hard to embrace. For the very hardship is a manifestation of Buddha's love as well as a miracle. Japanese novelist Hiroyuki Itsuki talks about his teenage experience of the Japanese repatriation from the Korean Peninsula. "Even good people will become Buddha, not to mention evil people." (Shinran's Akunin Shoki Setsu)