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B. You and non-you


Your body, mind, and self are part of your hologram.

If you think you can control them, you divide your hologram into two: you and non-you. (☞See also Chapter 56)

This act is contrary to accepting your hologram (=the world) as one.

It makes it more difficult to see the world as a hologram.

You are the creator of your hologram. You are the hologram. You are you and non-you.

To make easier the transitional period between refusal and acceptance of the world being hologram, the people of Zen invented very useful mental tools.

They are <yourself under your control> (="jiko" in Japanese 自己) and <yourself beyond your control> (="tako" 他己).

<Yourself under your control> should be called <yourself seemingly under your control>, to be more precise.

It signifies your body and mind, which you THINK you can control. It is a yourself in a conventional sense.

<Yourself beyond your control> means the rest of the world.

You create your hologram. Your hologram defines you.

Like a hen and an egg in the species' evolution, it is an infinite cycle of «Who comes first?». (☞See also Chapter 2a Yin Yang circle)

If you are able to abandon the conventional notion of time and space, you will realize that both happen simultaneously at the identical point.

You and the rest of the world (=non-you) are the same thing, but, for convenience's sake, Zen monks call the rest of the world <yourself beyond your control>.

For most of us, who live in an industrialized society, it is very daring to declare in public that you can control clouds, winds, flowers, and other people's mind.

Some people do it in so-called primitive civilizations.

Even in robotized countries, it was not so long ago when they believed many kinds of sorcery, and, probably, they practice some in hiding still nowadays.

You can see human beings' admiration towards superhuman potency in almost all established religions.

Many people in the occidental and oriental worlds alike think that mystic Buddhist monks obtain supernatural power after their mortification.

Even some Zen monks themselves hope that after the millions' hours of meditation they will reach the state of Satori.

A Zen master may laugh at them, saying, "That's exactly because of your desire, you will never reach Satori".

Satori is the acceptance of <fundamental energy - hologram> cycle.

They create each other without time, without space.

The cycle takes place simultaneously with no distance in-between.

In short, the energy and the hologram is one.

Satori has nothing to do with a psychedelic altered state.

It is more like an attitude to live with this <before> and <after> equation, by emitting the maximum of the energy. (By thanking, for example. ☞See [Practical uses] Reverse Thinking)

It is the absolute acceptance of the fact that there is no objective world.

You don't need to go anywhere to be in the state of Satori because you are already there.

All you have to do is just remember it.

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«An Inquiry into the Good», or «A Study of the Good» is the translation of «Zen no Kenkyu» originally written in Japanese by Kitaro Nishida, a rare philosopher in the floating world of Ukiyo. He is a bridge between Occidental and Oriental philosophies. If Zen Buddhism and Taoism confuse you, read Nishida's philosophy first. 善の研究 西田幾多郎 浮世

-See no evil. Hear no evil. Say no evil. See Chapter 56a Nikko's 3 monkeys.

-Chapter 33 Self. "Knowing people is wisdom. Knowing himself is enlightenment", says Lao Tzu.

-Chapter 13 Love your trouble. "Big trouble is like your body."

-Chapter 3 Do nothing

-Chapter 3a Hara gei the belly art

-Chapter 3c Act without acting

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