Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 66

Lower yourself

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  66-2 Verbally
  66-3 Physically
  66-4 Never heavy
  66-5 Harmless
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  [Tao Te Ching Chapter 66]  Lower yourself / English translation

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The reason why big rivers and the sea can be the king of hundreds of valleys is that the former is well down the latter. Therefore, they can be the king of hundreds of valleys.

Hence, if you want to be above people, lower yourself below them verbally.

If you want to be before people, be after them physically.

Therefore, the sage puts himself above people, but they don't find him heavy.

He puts himself before people, but they find him harmless.

Therefore, the world under the sky is happy to support him and never hates him.

He doesn't compete, so no one in the world under the sky can compete with him.



Lower yourself, and you will be void. If you are as void as Tao, you can "reign" over holograms. They are like dewdrops reflecting the moon. They are individual, but you find the same moon on each of them. In Buddhism, the mechanism is called Mugeko 無碍光: the light that lights up everything. "The king of hundreds of valleys" suggests this.

"People" indicates your hologram, one of the above-mentioned dewdrops. Hence, if you want to be detached from your hologram (=the world), accept it as it is.

What is it "before" your hologram? It is the state called "Bumo-misho-izen" in Zen. It is Tao. What is it "after" your hologram? Everything returns to Tao, so it is Tao. After all, "before" and "after" are the same. (☞See Chapter 2 Do not judge)

Therefore, even though you project everything in your hologram, people in there don't know you are the creator. It is exactly like the characters in a movie who never talk about its director in the drama.

Even though you are the Almighty in your hologram (=the world), people there don't know it. Even your own self doesn't know it. That's the origin of suffering.

Therefore, your hologram (=the world) is perfect. Everything there is a character who "supports" it. No one can really "hate" you. "Support" and "hatred" are your judgement, which is absolutely useless.

Do you want to compete? But with who? Everyone in the world is part of your hologram. Do you want to compete with yourself? It is useless, too.

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Japanese Soto Zen Buddhism 日本曹洞宗 -Dogen 道元 - «Shobogenzo 正法眼蔵» - Jiriki 自力 / Self-power.

Jodo (Pure Land) Shin Buddhism 浄土真宗 -Shinran 親鸞 - «Tannisho 歎異抄» by Yuien 唯円 - Tariki 他力 / Other-power.

You can find Shinran's Akunin shoki setzu 悪人正機説 (the Doctrine of Evil Persons as the Object of Salvation) in «Tannisho», which is not so abstract as Dogen's «Shobogenzo». Use Hiroyuki Itsuki's «Tariki» 五木寛之「他力」as a supplement. When you find that Self-power and Other-power are the same, your spiritual quest is over.

-Chapter 1b Life is a movie. Life is a hologram you project.

-Chapter 80 Small country. Mugeko is also discussed there.

-Taoism videos / Chapter 66 1-7 100 valleys

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