Tao by Matsumoto

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A. What is Tao?


If you can talk about Tao, that Tao is not Tao itself.

If you can name something, the word does not stand for what it really is.

Forget about names. You call "it" whatever you like. Tao is the fundamental energy. The word Tao is often translated as "way". It is confusing.

If you can, you should forget our 3-dimensional idea about space. If you try to understand Tao as a being with a starting-point and an ending-point, it will make it harder to grasp what it is.

Tao is not a way.

It is a non-spacial field. If it is too difficult to picture it, imagine a point rather than a vast space. It is less misleading.

What you cannot name is the beginning of heaven and earth.

"The beginning of heaven and earth" indicates Tao while "heaven and earth" does a hologram. Tao is the source of your hologram.

What you can name is the mother of all the material beings.

Therefore, without mind, you can see the surprising Tao.

With mind, you can see its manifestation.

"What you cannot name" corresponds to "without mind". So does "What you can name" to "with mind".

Likewise, "all the material beings" corresponds to "its manifestation"(=the manifestation of Tao).

What is it said here?

It is that what we see in front of us; seas, mountains, or towns; so-called "reality", is the manifestation of Tao.

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-This section summarizes the whole Tao Te Ching. So, all the pages in this site are the related articles. But if you pick out only one article, it should be Chapter 5 Hologram.

If you are able to accept what is written in the chapter, you have already reached the state of the attainment, and don't need further reading.

-The people in Zen call this state of the attainment "Satori". See Chapter 2b Satori.

-For more information concerning Taoism, check Taoism Directory. It has a comprehensive list of useful sites on Taoism.

-Chapter 58b Be like Dust. It is Taoist equivalent to "Buddha is a dry [excrement] stick" in Zen Buddhism.

-Chapter 14 Tao is evasive. "Big Bang" is taking place now. You are the one who is creating the world now.

-Chapter 5c Hologram and Tao. You will find a comprehensive explanation on the relation between the two.

-Chapter 5b What's a Hologram?. Here comes Lao Tzu's answer. "Between heaven and earth, isn't it a bellows?"

-Chapter 1 Gateway to Tao

-Chapter 1b Life is a movie

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