Tao by Matsumoto

Taoism videos / Chapter 14 15-19.

Big Bang

Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-15
Tao’s face
When you face it, you don't see its head.

(Ch. 14)

♦  ♦  ♦

I wonder why we cannot see our face.

If our appearance is quite important, why don't we have eyes on our hands, or somewhere we can see the face without a help from a mirror.

An inevitable conclusion:

Why can't we see our face?

Because it is not important at all to know what others think of us.

Well, they are part of your hologram, aren't they?

Zen Master Dogen seems to think we are a mirror itself, and says: "If a roof tile were not to become a mirror, a man could not become Buddha". (Kokyo 古鏡, «Shobogenzo»)

Tile = Mirror = Man = Buddha

See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog

Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube


  [Related Articles]


Masuji Ibuse, the author of «Salamander» and «John Manjiro, the Cast-away» was born in a village near Hiroshima. Having survived Great Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo in 1923, he used his vivid memories to write the novel «Black Rain». Shohei Imamura, the winner of two Cannes Festival Grand Prix with «The Ballad of Narayama» and «The Eel», shot the film «Black Rain» in black and white. Ridley Scott's «Black Rain» relates the birth of modern Yakuza to the black rain after the historic moment in 1945.

« Previous                              Quick guide                              Next »

  [Chapter 14]  Tao is evasive                     Go to YouTube Playlist

Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-16
Tao’s rear
When you follow it, you don't see its rear. (Ch. 14)

♦  ♦  ♦

Can you see your


No, we can't.

"Tao's rear" symbolizes our feelings.

It is not important to know how your feelings are composed.

Do you know why the clouds in the sky move this way and that?

It is a useful tool in life to think that feelings are like the clouds.

You are not responsible for them.

Zen Master Dogen says:

You own self is like mountains, rivers, and lands. (Keiseisanshoku 谿声山色, «Shobogenzo»)

See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog

Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-17
Distant past
Stick to Tao of the distant past, and control the existence of the present by doing so. (Ch. 14)

♦  ♦  ♦

Tao has no time.

Past, present, and future is our memory, which is being created simultaneously now.

So, "stick to Tao" means "accept the present".

Zen Master Dogen says:

"A pine tree is time. A bamboo tree is time. You must not learn that time only flies away".

(Uji 有時, «Shobogenzo»)

Time is attached to your hologram.


Forget about past. Forget about control.

See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog

Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube

Tao Te Ching Chapter 14-18
Big Bang
Then, you can see the beginning of the distant past. (Ch. 14)

♦  ♦  ♦

Ha, ha, ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha, ha.

This is the way actors laugh in a Kyogen play.

Laughter is your personal Big Bang.

When you do "ha, ha, ha, ha", you can change your emotional cosmos immediately.

"The beginning of the distant past" is the world-famous Big Bang.

But when did the beginning of the world take place?

Tao doesn't have time.

So, it has to be now.


Kyogen is a comic counterpart to the serious Noh theatre of Japan, in which characters rarely laugh. You don't have to worry about falling asleep during a Kyogen performance.

And, you know, it is you who is creating the world, your hologram.

See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog

Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube


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 14-19
Tao’s quintessence
It is called the quintessence of Tao. (Ch. 14)

♦  ♦  ♦

Tao is you.

What are you afraid of?

Of future? Of others? Of your own mind?

Don't be afraid. You are all right.

"Your life itself is Buddha!"

Master Dogen says so.

You are the quintessence of Tao.

You don't have to look for it somewhere else.


The Chinese Character (Kanji) 紀 [ki] is translated as "quintessence" here. It can be understood as "the hub" in the sense that is discussed at Thirty spokes 11-1 and Wheel 11-2.

See the post with a photo at «Tao by Matsumoto» blog

Watch the video and read its comments at YouTube