Chapter 47 Dao De Jing
Without going out of the door
One may know all-under-the-sky
Without looking through the window
One may see the Dao of Heaven
The further one goes
The less one knows
Therefore the sage knows without going about
Understands without seeing
And accomplishes without taking action
Commentary by Wang Keping
quote]"What Lao tzu describes here may remind the reader of the experience of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, who once sat under a tree in
meditation for 48 days and nights.It was on the
evening of the 49th day that he finally gained an insight into truth and causality for over three generations ahead."
This also may explained why the Chinese viewed Buddhism as a brother ... more than a stranger ...
and assimilated some of it into Confucianism and
Taoism when it first entered Chinese territory. Contrast this response from the Chinese to Buddhism with the Chinese reaction to Christianity.[/quote]
Some may find fault with the above, and fault can be found with it in terms of what we in the western world consider a journey, but we experience outer directional journeys, because the trend is going out. Inner journeys are untrustworthy because of lack of how we define verification. The influence of the east was much more prevelant in early western thought, and in the east the movement away from it , caused by technological displacement is much less noticeable.
But eventually, regardless, the original authority will have less relevance, and futurism may truncate it where, to the point where causation will break the chain , and changes will occur. This is why tracing the successive forms is so muddy. Zen insists the chain to be unbroken, it is only our knowledge that's lacking.
Thanks for the paraphrase, very much, for me, it was a jewel of confirmation of interitoriality, of those missing pieces, which can not be outwardly confirmed.