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Ikkyu’s Waka poem

Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-1
Ikkyu’s Waka poem / Inner attainment
One who richly has inner attainment can be compared with a baby. (Ch.55)

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Don't try to look for Tao's attainment somewhere else.

You've already got it inside you.

Zen Master Ikkyu wrote a Waka poem about it.

Sono mama ni

Umare nagara no kokoro koso

Negawazu totemo hotoke narubeshi




As it is,

The very pure mind of a new-born

Is Buddha, whether you wish it or not

(☞See another translation in [Practical uses] No Numbers.)

Be like a baby.

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«Zen and Japanese Culture» was published in 1959 precisely a quarter of a dicace after the publication of «Manual of Zen» (in 1934 in Kyoto, Japan; in 1950 in London). The former includes the chapters on the story above and «Yama Uba». The latter has «Ten Ox-herding Pictures», which will tell you the ten steps of reaching Satori. Please remember that time is just a parameter. All the ten steps take place simultaneously.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-2
No stings
Bees, scorpions, and vipers don't sting him. (Ch.55)

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A: "Master Bonbon, bees are gonna sting me."

B: "Meditate for thirty years."

A: "Scorpions are gonna sting me."

B: "Buy our Japanese mandala."

A: "Vipers are gonna sting me."

B: "Stand up and fight like a man."


Please don't fight like a man.

Instead, be like a baby.

If you are like a baby, nothing will harm you.

The world is your hologram.

How can it do you harm unless you judge and refuse it like a so-called adult!

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-3
No attack
Violent animals don't attack him. (Ch.55)

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In your hologram, there is no danger.

Then, why are we fearful of the attack by our enemy or an animal?

Daisetz Suzuki tells us the story of a Japanese samurai swordsman and cats. (The swordsman and the cat, Appendices IV, «Zen and Japanese Culture»; Daisetz Suzuki@wiki)

Let's ask the wisest cat.

"Why do we have the enemy?"

"Because of the self there is the foe; when there is no self there is no foe."

The cat continues:

"You make no choice between right and wrong, like and dislike."

Both your own self and the enemy are part of the same hologram.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 55-4
No hitting
Eagles and hawks don't hit him.


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You are safe if you are like a baby.

Nothing can hurt you unless you judge it.

No one hits you.

He is hitting your hologram.

Why do they hit monks in Zen?

Dogen answers:

"Hitting a man means making the man."


[dajin to iu wa sajin to iwan ga gotoshi]

(Ganzei 眼睛, «Shobogenzo»)

That's how they make the monks conscious of their hologram.

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