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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-1
Dark Depth
In the old days, a man who knew well about Tao comprehended Dark Depth minutely and subtly. (Ch.15)

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Dark Depth is a literal translation of the Chinese character 玄. (Hopefully, your browser can show the character correctly.)

Dark Depth is synonymous with Tao. This is the message that the sentence above wants to tell you.

When you are one with Tao, you can really see that your act of doing nothing transforms the world (=your hologram).

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  1. See also Chapter 10e Dark Depth Female 玄牝 [gen pi]


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Read «Tannisho» by Yuien to find out what Shinran and Honen's «Akunin shoki setsu: the Doctrine of Evil Persons as the Object of Salvation» is. They are Jodo (Pureland) Buddhists.

To understand Tao and Zen, Buddhist Master Dogen’s «Shobogenzo» is quite helpful. It is ideal to read it in Japanese.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-2
How profound!
We cannot tell how profound he was. (Ch.15)

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A man who knew Tao was profound.

Tao is profound.

Dark Depth is


Zen masters are profound.

Zen Buddhism is profound.

Buddhism is profound.

Tao is profound.

Zen is profound.

Love is profound.

You know it instinctively.

You feel it.

That's enough.


Though I use the expressions "Dark Depth" and "Dark Depth Female", please don't relate them to any sort of spacial relationship. The words "Dark Depth" are chosen in order to express the darkness you get when you put many layers of colours one upon another.

It is a translation of the word 玄 [gen / xuan].

Since Tao has no space, it doesn't have any depth.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-3
You are Buddha / Mr I-know-Tao?
Though we can't understand him, let us force ourselves to picture what he is like. (Ch.15)

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We cannot understand the person who knows Tao, Lao Tzu says.

How does he look?

Nahhh, you don't have to know it.

Excuse me?

You really have to know how he looks?


He looks exactly like you because you know Tao.

You don't need any super human exercise to know Tao.

You know it already.

Zen Master Dogen says:

"Buddha and you are the same."


[jiko wa shobutsu nari]

(Genjokoan 現成公案, «Shobogenzo»)


Stop doubting. You are Mr I-know-Tao, 100% guaranteed, because true You are Tao itself.

Let's start saying: "I am all right because I know Tao".

To learn Tao, you don't have to read any reading materials, this blog included.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-4
Take time
Taking time, as if he walked across a river in winter. (Ch.15)

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Be lazy!

When someone

criticizes you for being

lazy, here is the best


"A great Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu said: «Move only when you are forced to move»."

Take your time, especially when you eat.

Chew food well and receive its life.

Zen Master Dogen says:

"Cut the nails of your ten fingers." (Senjo 洗浄, «Shobogenzo»)

"We don't really know neither inside nor outside our body/mind because we don't know the limit of any existence or the elements of material beings."


If there is no limit between inside and outside the body, keeping your body clean is keeping this world clean.

Chewing food well is another way to show respect to life, a very good way to emit the fundamental energy Tao.

Plus, you may be able to eat less by chewing each mouthful of food 30 - 50 times. You get tired before you finish your third Big Mac.

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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 15-5
Hesitant, as if he were afraid of four neighbors. (Ch.15)

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If you know Tao, you hesitate to influence the world.

You had better not change the world.

You don't have to correct the wrong-doings of other fellow citizens, especially your neighbors.

They may forget to give food to their dog.

They make too much noise during the sacred act of love.

All right, all right. You are right. You are righteous. I understand how you feel.

But, please think before you act.

Who creates them?

Who projects those holograms in your “mind”?

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