Tao by Matsumoto

Taoism videos / Chapter 62

C. Why Taoism?


Why did they appreciate this Tao in the old days?

Lao Tzu or the person who inserted this sentence is lamenting that once Chinese people had appreciated the original Taoism a lot but, at the time of writing, they no longer did so.

Why did they change their attitude towards Taoism?

Was the text of Tao Te Ching not so pure as it was? Has anyone intentionally distorted the teachings?

Since there are several texts now and we don't even know whether Lao Tzu was an individual or a name for the collective wisdom, it is difficult to answer the question.

But one thing is historically clear.

In Japanese there are two words, Doka (Doké) 道家 and Dokyo 道教, which are translated as "Taoism" in English. (cf. 道家 [daojia] and 道教 [daojiao] respectively in Chinese)

Doka / Doké / Daojia 道家 is the philosophical study of Lao Tzu's «Tao Te Ching» 老子「道徳経」and «Chuang Tzu»「荘子」(pronounced [soji / soshi] in Japanese).

Dokyo / Daojiao 道教 is a religion based on celestial worship. In Japan it is interestingly mixed with Shintoism.

Didn't they say: "You get what you want. Even when you are guilty, you can get away"?

If someone tells you: "If you believe in Tao, you can get what you want", do you believe it?

The sentence should be rephrase it as "If you believe in Tao, you are aware that you are the one who is projecting all".

Modern people need a "complicated" and "sophisticated" way of speech, it seems.

In Lao Tzu's days (the 6th century BC), things were much easier and simpler.

You could get whatever you wanted. If you believed in Tao, no one was guilty and anyone could get away from punishment.

Why was it like that?

For they had no doubt. Therefore, they didn't judge.

One thing has to be emphasized here: It is still the same.

Therefore, it's appreciated by the world under the sky.

What is the treasure? It's Tao.

What is "the world under the sky"? It is your hologram which you project.

So, this sentence is paraphrased: "Tao is appreciated by your hologram".

Your hologram includes everything: your own self, other people and living beings, all the material beings, and even thoughts and feelings.

Everything exists in order to appreciate, love, and accept Tao (=Love, =Buddha, =Zen) through other beings and non-beings.

No elements in the hologram interfere with each other. That is to say, there is no cause and effect inside the hologram.

The sole cause and effect takes place between "you" and Tao. ("you" as conventional you. / True You are Tao. The cause and effect only takes place between Tao and Tao itself, using its hologram as catalyst)

  [Related Articles]


Some Samurai fight; some don't. On the right, you find the famous banner of Takeda, Shingen: Fu 風, Rin 林, Ka 火, Zan 山, which means Wind, Forest, Fire, and Mountain, respectively. Be swift like a wind. Be silent like forest. Be fierce like fire. Be stable like a mountain. On the left, Shusaku Endo portrays the contradiction of being a Christian Samurai under the prohibition of Christianity. A remarkable literary achievement by the Japanese Christian novelist.

« Previous                              Quick guide                                  Next »

  [Chapter 62 Treasure]  C. Why Taoism?