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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


そのままに


生まれながらの心こそ


ねがはずとても仏なるべし


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."


No.


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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A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

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A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

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

(Ch.55)


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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."


打人といふは作人といはんがごとし


[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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