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Tao Te Ching Chapter 2-1
No judgement
Everyone in the world knows what is beautiful, but it is just ugly.

Everyone knows what is good, but it is just no good.


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It is easy to agree. Lao Tzu is talking about the subjectivity of judgement.

When you judge, you create discontent. If you don't judge, everything is wonderful.

"C'mon, but a beautiful woman is a beautiful woman!", you might say.

I am not sure. See Practical uses of Tao / Mirror, mirror on the wall for a funny story about an ugly Japanese girl in a London night club.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 2-2
Everything and Nothing
Truly, Everything and Nothing give birth to each other. (Ch.2)

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Here comes the enigmatic oriental wisdom of "Nothing is Everything".

People talk about it, but no one tells you what it really means.

Please replace the word "Everything" with a hologram, and "Nothing" with the energy.

The sentence will be "A hologram and the energy give birth to each


Is it a little easier to understand?

Holography is the very key to decode Tao Te Ching.

It is amazing that Lao Tzu and Zen masters like Dogen explained the mechanism of Tao without using the word "hologram".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 2-3
No easiness
Difficulty and easiness need each other. (Ch.2)

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It is so true that we have never really thought about it.

But what does it mean really?

It means that it is you who decide what you are doing now is easy or difficult.

So, once you stop judging, everything becomes easy.

Well, that's not true because easiness also disappears along with difficulty.

Let's rephrase it.

Once you stop judging, everything becomes as it is.

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Need help?

Q: "I am frustrated! Will Tao help me?"

A: Why don't you think the other way round?

Reverse Thinking

Q: "I am not happy about how I look. Do I need a cosmetic surgery?"

A: Before you invest a hefty sum of money on your appearance, there are a few things to think about.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

Q: "I am scared of seeing my reports. What’s gonna happen if the numbers are not good enough"

A: Zen Masters asks you to forget about statistics.

No Numbers

Q: "We need to change our way to grow foods. I am worried about the future of my children. What should we do?"

A: If you are interested in organic foods, read about the modern-day Lao Tzu of “Do nothing” farming, late Masanobu Fukuoka.

Tao Agriculture

Q: "People talk about Zen, but what the heck is it indeed?"

A: Zen is nothing special. It is something you know well.

Zen is Love

Q: "I am desperate. I need some solutions right away."

A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

10 points to be One with Tao

Q: "I am confused when people tell me to face reality. What is reality?"

A: A good question! Zen masters have been tackling the question for ages, but our old man, Lao Tzu, knows the answer.

No Absolute Truth

Q: "Is a geisha truly a p,........., a lady of the oldest profession of human beings?"

A: No, it means "artist", literally. She is an artist of the Taoist way of living.

Kawabata's Onsen Geisha

Q: "What Does Nintendo mean?"

A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 2-4
No shortness
Longness and shortness need each other. (Ch.2)

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In modern China, there are girls who have surgery to make their legs longer.

In old China, there were girls whose feet were bandaged to keep them smaller.

In modern Japan, there are girls who have cosmetic surgery to make their eyes bigger.

In old Japan, girls with slit eyes were considered to be beautiful.

In the occidental world, more and more people are interested in Zen and Taoism.

In the oriental world, more and more girls get married in a white Christian wedding dress.

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"Which country do you like the most?" USA? Mexico? Spain? China? France? Argentin? Or Japan? The answer is: "Snow country". «Snow Country» is unarguably the best novel written by Yasunari Kawabata. Probably, the most popular Japanese novel in the last one hundred years. "Be like Komako" is the novelist's answer to Lao Tzu's "Be like water". When you face a difficult situation and don't know what to do, check «Snow Country» and make decisions as if you were Komako the Geisha. Water is a little too abstract. Komako is a woman and artist of life. If you are interested in Kawabata's literature but do not have enough time to read all his works, «Palm-of-the-Hand Stories» are strongly recommended. They are shorter than most ordinary short stories. There are plenty of them in the book. Therefore, it is ideal to read the book in the bed before you fall asleep.