Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tao, Zen and Math

Tao: By asking people to pursue a moral life, you also teach the gratification of being vice (天下皆知美之為美,斯惡已。): Tao Te Ching chapter 2

Zen: Subhuti, what do you think, can Tathagata (如來) be viewed as a discrete person (sentient being)? (No, World Most Honored, one can't view Tathagata as an absolute being.) Why so? (When Buddha refers to physical body, he does not refer to any concrete physical body).(須菩提,於意云何,可以身相見如來不?不也,世尊。不可以身相得見如來。何以故,如來所說身相,即非身相。): Diamond Sutra chapter 5

Let A = moral life

A implies negation of A
Negation of A implies A
Hence A is equivalent to negation of A

And in conclusion: the promotion of A is equivalent to a promotion of negation of A.

Let B = Buddha, where B = summation {i} i= attributes (like moral or vice) etc.

Since each i is equivalent to negation i
Hence summation {i} is equivalent to negation of summation {i].

It follows that B is equivalent to negation of B

And in conclusion: you can't perceive (experience) B when you perceive B.

Paul's comment: Hope you will not be more confused after seeing my mathematical rendition of Tao and Zen using the above examples. The gist of the matter is: You either get it or don't get it, there is no grey-area.

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