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Ikkyu’s Yama Uba

Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-6
The minute being
It is called the minute being. (Ch. 14)

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Tao is not tangible.

It is too minute to touch


It is so small that it doesn't have volume.

It is not good idea to regard Tao as a quantum particle.


Quantum physics and the theory of Zero Point Field may be good

tools for occidental and occidentalized minds to approach the

seemingly far-fetched idea from Far East. (☞See Chapter 4a Masters hit your face)

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Yama Uba has often been used as a motif in Ukiyo-e. Although Yama Uba was considered grotesque and scary at the beginning, the Japanese started liking her supernatural power. Later on, she was associated with Kintoki, a powerful baby, and regarded as his mother. On the other hand, Zen Master Ikkyu gave her a different interpretation.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-7
You can’t find out Tao
You cannot find out what these three things are. (Ch. 14)

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Tao is the form without a form.

It is the sound without a sound.

It is also called the minute being.

There is no use trying to find out what Tao is because you will never find out what it really is.

It is much better if we can stop calling it Tao.

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  1. Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

  1. See also Chapter 1a What is Tao?

Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-8
Mixed and one
They are mixed and one. (Ch. 14)

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All you can see are, in fact, mixed and one.

All of them are your hologram.

Tao is the energy that creates it.

Tao can be the world around you, the people around you, and even your own self.

Everything is one.

No discernment, please.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-9
Not brilliant
It is not brilliant even if it is above it.

(Ch. 14)

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Tao the fundamental energy is everywhere.

It lies inside and

outside the objects we


Even though Tao lies "above" something, it is invisible. It is not


You can interpret what Tao is this way if it is too hard to accept that the world is a hologram.

There is no point forcing yourself to think that we are living in a floating world, or an illusion, unless you are very unhappy about it.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-10
Ikkyu’s Yama Uba / «Yama Uba» under it
It is not dark even if it is under it. (Ch. 14)

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Japanese Zen Master Ikkyu supposedly wrote a Noh play called «Yama Uba» in order to explain how Tao (=Zen, =Buddha, =Love) functions.

Behind any human or natural activity lies Tao.

Tao's function is symbolized by an old woman roaming in the mountains, who helps working people without letting them know her presence.

Master Ikkyu wrote it in the fifteenth century.

I wonder if it was easier then to receive Tao's energy by cherishing the holographic world.

Please read «Yama Uba the Zen play» (a modern English adaptation by Naoto Matsumoto) and get used to Zen Buddhist metaphors of how Yama Uba (=Tao, =Zen, =Buddha, =Love) works. The message is quite simple and clear, but they have too many ways to explain the essence and it confuses many beginners, it seems.

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