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Tao Te Ching Chapter 75-1
Tax and Starve
People starve

because their king taxes them too much. That's why they starve. (Ch.75)


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A: "Right on, Lao Tzu! People are starving because the king taxes us too much! You, too, Master Bonbon. You are asking us too much money. We've got no money left! We've got no bread to eat!"


B: "Don't ask a religious organization to feed you. You, people, are the ones who feed us. Besides, if you don't have bread, eat pancakes or French brioche."


Neither pancakes nor brioche will satisfy their hunger.


Zen Master Dogen would give them the pictures of «a painted rice-cake / Gabyo 画餅».


"If it is not a painted rice-cake, it must not be a remedy to satisfy hunger."


(Gabyo 画餅, «Shobogenzo»)


That is to say, if it is not a hologram, it cannot be a catalyst to stimulate you.


It is just asking you to send more Love.


So are taxes and starvation.


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Jiko / yourself under your control and Tako / yourself beyond your control are useful concepts used in Zen Buddhism. You can find these expressions in Genjo Koan Chapter of Dogen's «Shobogenzo», for example. If you find it too absurd, it might be worth checking Kitaro Nishida's «An Inquiry into Good». Although Nishida was a close friend of Daisetz Suzuki, he was rather a philosopher than a Zen priest. Nishida is another bridge between the East and the West. In the book, Part II Chapter 10 The Sole Reality and Part III Chapter 27 Perfect Good Conduct are interesting and helpful as preparatory reading material.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 75-2
Zen Master Kyogen Chikan / King & Zen Master Dogen
It's difficult to govern people because their king does something. That's why it's difficult to govern them. (Ch.75)


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Zen Master Kyogen Chikan 香厳智閑禅師

[Hsing-yen Chih-hsien / Xiangyan Zhixian] said:


"a painted rice-cake cannot satisfy hunger."


Of course, not. We cannot eat the picture of a rice-cake... Wait a

minute!


Master Dogen said:


"If it is not a painted rice-cake, it must not be a remedy to satisfy

hunger."


(Gabyo 画餅, «Shobogenzo»)


Didn't he? (☞See Painted rice-cake / Empty granary 53-5)


Can a painted rice-cake satisfy hunger?


Or, can it not?


Dogen answers the question with some key phrases in Zen.


"A painted rice-cake cannot satisfy hunger" is like saying:


"No one can ever do anything evil. Everyone is doing the right thing. (Don't do anything evil. Practice all the good things.) 諸悪莫作、衆善奉行 [shoaku makusa, shuzen bugyo]",


"Where on earth did this «what on earth» thing come from? 是什麼物恁麼来 [ze inmo butsu inmo rai]",


and


"I am always doing this desperately. 吾れ常に是に於いて切なり [ware tsuneni koreni oite setsu nari]".


(Gabyo 画餅, «Shobogenzo»)


Did you get Master Dogen's teachings?


You are the king in your hologram.


If you do something, everything is difficult.


If you do nothing, everything is easy.



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"I am always doing this desperately." 吾れ常に是に於いて切なり / 吾常於此切 [ware tsuneni koreni oite setsu nari], originally mentioned by Tozan Ryokai (807-869) 洞山良价 [Tung-shan Liang-chieh / Dongshan Liangjie].



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Tao Te Ching Chapter 75-3
Plenty of life?
People think lightly of ending life because they demand plenty of life. That's why they think lightly of ending life. (Ch.75)


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Life is just a hologram. It is just a painted rice-cake.


It exists as a catalyst to stimulate you to emit more Love (=Tao).


To satisfy your hunger for life, all you can do is to send more Love.


Or rather, we have to learn that, whatever we do, we are always sending Love.


That's why Tozan Ryokai 洞山良价 [Tung-shan Liang-chieh / Dongshan Liangjie] said:


"I am always doing this desperately."


(聯燈會要 [rento eyo] Book 20 / Dogen quoted this in his «Shobogenzo» as shown yesterday)


If everyone is sending Love, "No one can ever do anything evil. Everyone is doing the right thing", right?


"A painted rice-cake / Gabyo 画餅", a hologram, or life is a catalyst.


It is you who satisfy your hunger by sending Love.


Whether you still want a life of plenty or plenty of life, your life is asking you to do the same thing.


Send Love.


Respect your life, or your sweet piece of painted rice-cake.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 75-4
Value life?
Surely, those who do nothing by living are better than those who value life. (Ch.75)


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You respect your life as a painted rice-cake, that is to say, a hologram and catalyst.


Perfect!


You value your life a little.


All right.


You value your life a lot and try to achieve the maximum in there.


Lao Tzu might say: "Oh, my god! Surely, you have got a problem".


If you try to control your life, you will certainly be stuck in there.


No act in Life is better than doing nothing.


That's what Lao Tzu is saying.


Besides, we have to learn that, no matter what we do, we are doing nothing in our hologram, which we call Life.


Remember?


No matter what we do, we are sending Love.


Likewise, no matter what they do, they are sending Love to you.


All right?


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