Answer F Albuquerque:
I read your post 3 times but I don't understand. I have to translate it into Vietnamese & I get you. Nevertheless, the thing I tell you only is to read what I post in this forum more. I quote my book Taoism: the Source of Happiness to post here. You may find the whole book by searching in lulu.com , free. What you write don't illustrate nor go the right way to Taoism. What to do is to reach the chaos by meditation (zen).
Now we turn to Daoism:
Another point is that Daoists never feel they are lonely. I must confess that I see around me, in real life, on internet, in books, I don’t see any Daoist. The only Vietnamese Daoist I know is Eastern philosophy professor Cao Xuan Huy, but he died. I want to exchange thought with another Daoist but I have’nt found anyone. However , I always feel calm inside, feel self confident inside, althought anything happens, as my mind is a chaotic mass of yin and yang, not yin only, or sadness, for me to feel bad as I have no heart to heart person to talk with. I am never sad. Even I want so, I can’t be sad. Always “happy”, and this happiness doesn’t depend on environment, on anything, and very strong, very realistic. I have a close friend who went to settle in US in 1994. We often exchange news via internet. I was enlightened; I informed him and described the truth in a friend forum in internet. He wrote that I was arrogant, and could not distinguish theories. I did not debate with him in a hurry, leaving his article in the forum more than a fortnight for everyone knew that somebody was talking about me with disadvantage. Then, I refuted that I had left the article on internet for more than 20 days to show that Dao has no form, and as Dao has no form, Dao is patient. Then I betted with him. I wrote:”You send to us 50 USD (cheap) to hire the cutest whore and let her stay in the same room with me; the room has sex video. The whore wears whatever, ao dai, or bikini. I will watch the video, my eyes open widely, but I won’t need the whore. Our friend will witness this and inform you by phone. You may test me times and times, whenever you want. The second test is about money, not to much. You know that I “love” internet (Daoists love nothing, so I put love in quotation marks) and “love” PC. You buy a second hand laptop Pentium III on net, 400 USD, send to Vietnam to me. I “like” laptops because I watch video, listen to music, read ebooks wherever, whenever I want. When tired of learning, I take the laptop, lying in bed to continue to learn, very comfortable. But even though you send the laptop to me to exchange the sentence “Hieu sees no nothingness,” you’ll fail. I can’t say that because it doesn’t express my mind.” My friend was forced to admit that I was enlightened, not to lie to myself, not to deceive myself. Needing no beautiful girls, Daoists are always happy. If I live among a group of beautiful girls, naked, still I am calm, not hot even I have an ordinary sex life, strong sex life. My sexual acts happen only when I want, so I can marry a woman but no beautiful woman, Britney Spears, Miss World, Miss Vietnam, … may have affects on me. That is a small test, perhaps it seems indifferent. But my big test is strong, like this: all treasures, all villas, good wine, all movie stars, luxury cars, private air planes, v.v… all that mankind considers good, worthing to dream of, all those used to exchange a declaration of mine:”Hieu sees no nothingness,” that person will fail as it doesn’t express my mind. A gold mine can’t exchange a “yes” of a Daoist. If someone gave me hundred of billions of USD to exchange my nothingness, for me to live an ordinary life, ignorant, I would not care. So Daoists never commit adultery or “beautiful woman plot” or to work as a gigolo. Living among a group of beautiful women around, I see I am happy already, very true. To have or to have not those women, doesn’t matter. And I see those beautiful women are the chaotic combines of yin and yang, the chaotic combine of goodness and badness, of glory and shame, having no firm nature, i.e, nothingness. It’s impossible to love and to die for a beautiful woman. So Romeo and Juliet were wrong. Shakespeare is refuted. He is not my genius. And Nguyen Du, the highest point of Vietnamese poetry, too, is refuted. I laugh at what Nguyen Du wrote. “When people are sad, landscapes are not happy,” oh, Daoists, they are never sad. I look at whatever lanscape, even gloomy mountains and forests, or the inside of a jail, I see they are all the same, all are “interesting’. Liet Tu, ancient Chinese Daoist, wrote this state of mind of a Daoist in the story Many Ways to do Sightseeing:
“Before now, Liet Tu liked going out to do sightseeing very much. Ho Khau Tu asked:
- You like to do sightseeing, but what does doing sightseeing deserve to like ?
Liet Tu answered:
- Gladness of sightseeing is to see things I haven’t seen before. Others do sightseeing, they only enjoy the appearance of things, but for me, I do sightseeing to enjoy inside changes of things. Oh, doing sightseeing! None can distinguish those two kinds of doing sightseeing.
Ho Khau Tu said:
- Your enjoyment of sightseeing is like others, why do you say not like ? Whenever you enjoy appearance of things, you also enjoy inside changes of things. You only know to enjoy changes of things outside but you do not know to enjoy changes of yourself. You only do sightseeing to things outside but not observe yourself. Doing sightseeing, all you have is perfection of things outside; observing you yourself is to do perfection to yourself. Attaining perfection of you yourself is the very perfect doing sightseeing and having perfection of things outside is the imperfect enjoyment of sightseeing.
After hearing that, all his life, Liet Tu did not go out to do sightseeing and he considered himself he did not understand the true doing sightseeing. Ho Khau Tu still said:
- That is the perfect doing sightseeing! The most perfect doing sightseeing is do not know where to go; the most perfect enjoyment is do not know what to enjoy. Thus, you may do sightseeing to anything, you may enjoy anything. That is the doing sightseeing I want to say. So, that is the most perfect doing sightseeing and that is also the most ideal doing sightseeing!”