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Straw Dogs’ mercy

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 5-1
Straw Dogs’ mercy / No mercy
Heaven and earth have no mercy.


They treat everything as straw dogs.


(Ch.5)


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What do you think about these sentences which inspired the director Sam Pekinpah to make a film called "Straw Dogs" with Dustin Hoffman?


Mercy is subjective, and Tao doesn't like preferential treatment for anyone.


The sun showers its light to anyone no matter how bad he is according to the judgement of man.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 5-2
True wisdom
The sage has no mercy.


He treats everyone as straw dogs.


(Ch.5)


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Straw dogs are discussed in detail in the chapter with the same name.


When I read Chuang Tzu's explanation on straw dogs, it reminds me of the paper gods (wakazari?) in Japan.


We put them at all the corners of our house for the preparation to New Year's day.


Our little gods somehow adore nooks and crannies, especially places like a toilet booth and a kitchen corner.


We put paper on leaves (and make a wakazari) and offer it to gods, wishing the safety of the house.


Once New Year holidays are over, we throw them away like Chuang Tzu's straw dogs.


It symbolizes renewal and rebirth.


Too much mercy may block the natural process of renewal. The sage doesn't like that.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 5-3
Is a bellows a hologram?
Between heaven and earth, isn't it a

bellows? (Ch.5)


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Lao Tzu chose this word "bellows" as a metaphor in order to tell us about

holography?


I think he did.


It must have been extremely difficult to explain the world projected in our mind without the help from the concept of holography.


Personally I think this is the missing link between Zen and Taoism.


Dogen the Japanese Zen master wrote a voluminous work called Shobogenzo. What does Shobogenzo mean?


Shobo means "right teachings". Gen means "eye". Zo means

"storage".


An eye storage?


Am I wrong if I interpret it as a hologram?


Here, Taoism despised by Dogen and the Japanese master himself shake hands.


The title of his book could be translated "The right teaching about the holography in one's mind".


Shobogenzo@wiki


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 5-4
Never exhausted
It's empty, but will never be exhausted.

(Ch.5)


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By any chance, do you know Chuang Tzu's famous saying "the frog in the well"?


People normally use it to say that the person is as ignorant and narrow-minded as "the frog in the well", who doesn't know anything about outside his own small

world.


But who is ignorant, really?


Isn't Chuang Tzu talking about holography there?


It is a fantastic metaphor of a holographic movie if you interpret the wall of the well as a three-dimensional Cinerama screen around you, the frog.


Surely, the hologram you are seeing is empty, but your movie will never be exhausted.


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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 5-5
Give more, receive more
The more it moves, the more comes out. (Ch.5)


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"The world is your

hologram. It exists as a catalyst."


When I say this, please don't take those words as a pejorative.


The hologram is as important as what we call the reality.


It moves our emotion.


We get agitated in a sublime way.


Then, we emit the fundamental energy Tao.


Consequently, the more energy you give to your hologram, the more energy you receive through it.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 5-6
More words, more exhausted
The more words you use, the more

exhausted you get. (Ch.5)


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The more words you use, the more analytical you are.


Analyzing the world is a sort of refusing it.


The more you analyze, the more conscious you are of your own self.


Then, you are stuck in the world, which is your hologram.


When you analyze and get exhausted, you are simply wasting your fundamental energy Tao.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 5-7
Stay empty
The best way is to stay empty. (Ch.5)


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To stay empty isn't to think nothing.


Can you really think nothing?


In Zen Buddhism, it is called "Bumo misho izen".


Literally, it means "before Father and Mother are born".


It is the state before things are created, or your hologram is projected (in the “brain”).


It is Tao.


So, to stay empty means to stay with Tao.


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Tariki = Jiriki,


Aikido = Life


Hiroyuki Itsuki, Japanese novelist, confesses his childhood experience of escape in «Tariki».


Morihei Ueshiba was one of the great masters of Aikido. Read «The Secret Teachings of Aikido».

If you find Tao Te Ching or Master Dogen's Shobogenzo a bit too difficult to understand, you might be stuck in the gap between the Eastern and Western philosophies. Try Rene Egli's «LOL2A-Principle, or the perfectness of the world» and Hermann Hesse's «Siddhartha», and use them as a bridge between them. They are reliable ones.