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Tao Te Ching Chapter 12-1
Five colors
Five Colors make man's eyes blind. (Ch.12)


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Too much visual information blinds people's mind, for sure.


But what Lao Tzu wants to tell you here is something more than that.


One should not be fooled by something you see because it is just a hologram, which is a catalyst.


You have only to accept it.


There is no point of getting annoyed by it.


It is there only to stimulate you to emit more of the fundamental energy Tao.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 12-2
Five notes
Five Notes make man's ears deaf.

(Ch.12)


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Don't be fooled by sounds.


They are part of your hologram.


It is there as a catalyst.


But precisely because of this, don't despise your hologram.


Love your hologram.


Accept the world as it is.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 12-3
Five tastes
Five Tastes make man's mouth injured. (Ch.12)


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Do you like hot chili?


Do you like hot Tom Yam Kung?


Do you like hot Wasabi?


They are delicious, but Lao Tzu may not agree with you.


Don't be fooled by tastes.


They are part of your hologram.



[Note]

“Taste no taste. “ (Chapter 63 Use Tao)



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Tao Te Ching Chapter 12-4
Riding and hunting
Riding and hunting make man's mind go crazy. (Ch.12)


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Let's decode this.


It means:


Don't let your hologram excite you unnecessarily.



In Zen, they often talk about detachment.


A great Chinese Zen master Rinzai [Linji] said:


"If you meet a buddha, kill the buddha...


"If you meet your parents, kill your parents…" (Rinzai-roku).


A buddha and parents are holograms, of course.


You must not be bothered by them.


Then, what does it mean by "kill"?


Discard and love.


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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 12-5
Coins
The coins hard to get make man's behavior bothered. (Ch.12)


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Let's decode this.


If you are attached to material things, it is more difficult to acknowledge that the world is a hologram that you project in your mind.



"This is a rare item."


"This is a rare opportunity."


"This is a rare coin, Monsieur."


The word "rare" excites our desire to obtain the object, doesn't it?


Well, it is not a good idea.


I am not talking about moral, but Tao and Zen.


The "rare" object is just a part of the hologram you project.


If you are attached to material things, isn't it more difficult to acknowledge it?


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 12-6
Kyogen belley
That's why the sage does the belly but doesn't do the eye. (Ch.12)


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You should

concentrate on Hara, the belly.


Then, no colors, no sounds, no tastes can fool you.


No superficial thing can fool you.


About the art of the belly, Hara gei, check Chapter 3a Hara gei the belly art.


It is interesting especially if you are a businessman in Japan.



Though it is useful, this is simply a physical technique like a Kyogen actor's laughter.


We must be aware of it.


Both of them have a certain result in terms of influencing your mind.


Nevertheless, we have to remember that both our body and mind are part of the hologram.


The desire to control our mind physically itself is part of it like the mountains, rivers, and lands, as Master Dogen says.


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No absolute truth If you are interested in teaching English in

    Japan, read this funny story in Tokyo.

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 12-7
Not that one, but this one
Therefore, he leaves that and takes this.

(Ch.12)


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"That" means the world of objects.


"This" means Tao.


Take Tao instead of

objects.


That's what Lao Tzu wanted to say.


Nevertheless, it doesn't mean that you should despise things.


They are Tao's manifestations.


Cherish them and love other people.



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Kyogen 狂言 literally means «crazy words». Only a fool can tell the truth, Sir William? It doesn't matter if it is true or not. Let's laugh. Just laugh like a fool or a crazy Kyogen actor. This young gentle man in the photo above is a well-know Kyogen actor. You cannot become a Kyogen actor. You have to born as the scion of a Kyogen family. A nice can of coffee he sells might warm you up on a cold day. A nice laughter of a Kyogen actor will loosen your Cartesian mind a bit.

Michio Kushi, an advocate of modern macrobiotics, wrote «Your Face Never Lies» in 1983. His «Your Body Never Lies» was published in 2006.


Try Kikkoman's organic soy sauce. The birth place of Kikkoman Corp., the biggest soy sauce maker in Japan, is Noda City. The town is also known for the Dojo of Masaaki Hatsumi, the most respected Ninja Sensei. Visit Noda-shi when you come to Japan. It is just a train ride away from Tokyo. The town still keeps the atmosphere of an old commercial village with soy sauce breweries. Very photogenic.