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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-10
Muddy water
Mixed, as if he were muddy water. (Ch.15)

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If you know Tao, you have no discrimination.

You are mixed, as mixed as muddy water.

Isn't it nice? If you know Tao, you are as confused as muddy water.

Hhhh. What a relief!

Muddy water is something very close to Dark Depth.

If you are confused and your head is mixed up like muddy water, congratulations!

You are one with Tao.

So, do not judge, especially, yourself.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-11
Muddy but clear
Who can keep Tao calm and gradually make it clear while it is muddy? (Ch.15)

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No one can keep Tao calm, but it is calm.

Tao is an energetic

chaos without form or


So, it is still and vibrant, muddy and clear at the same time.

It is a mess perfectly organized.

You may be sick and tired of hearing this contradiction.

I am sorry.

We can't help explaining Tao this way.

Words are not good enough.

But, why don't we use this?

For example, we don't hesitate to be confused in order to have a clear idea.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-12
Restructured World
Who can move it and gradually have it give birth while it is at rest? (Ch.15)

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Tao gives birth to all, and no one can force it to do so.

You cannot touch Tao.

But you can touch things in your hologram projected in the “head”.

Our brains need a restructured world (=a hologram) to comprehend what we are seeing and doing.

In other words, you can touch only illusions.

Dogen says:

If it is not a picture of cake, it cannot fill a hungry man's stomach. [it is not a medicine to satisfy hunger.] (Gabyo 画餅, «Shobogenzo»)


Only holographic cake can fill the holographic stomach of a hungry


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-13
Break your mirror
He who keeps this Tao doesn't want to be full. (Ch.15)

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"Break your mirror."

"Break your face."

These are famous Zen sayings.

The mirror and the face are metaphors for your hologram.

A man who knows he is one with Tao doesn't want his hologram "to be full".

With desire and resistance, the hologram gets bigger and bigger, in a


The bigger it is, the harder it is to break it.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 15-14
Break your face
It doesn't fill up. So, you can wear it out, and it will not be created again. (Ch.15)

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No matter how big your ego is, it cannot fill your hologram.

As Zen Master Dogen said, you can polish a tile and make a mirror.

You can "wear out" your hologram.

When you have polished it completely and "worn it out", your face is broken.

"Break your mirror!"

"Break your face!"

All right.

But it is worth thinking what kind of state it is when your face is broken.

Lao Tzu drops a hint:

"It will not be created again".

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