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Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-13
The public is a king. (Ch.16)

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"The public" means the state without self.

"A king" signifies the creator of the


Without your own self, you are the creator of the hologram.

Well, that's not precise.

Whether you are aware of your own self or not, your own self does not belong to you.

So, you are constantly creating the world whether you think you are stuck in your own self or not.

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There are some black and white movies one should see at least once in his life time. No matter what is your nationality, whether you like films or not, you should see Akira Kurosawa's «Seven Samurai» 黒澤明「七人の侍」. But if you are a connoisseur of films or interested in Japanese traditional arts, you must not miss Kenji Mizoguchi's «Ugetsu» 溝口健二「雨月物語」. The letter "u 雨", which is also pronounced as "amé" means rain. The letter "getsu 月", also "tsuki", means the moon. The book on the left «Tales of moonlight and Rain» is the original of «Ugetsu». The book was written by Ueda Akinari 上田秋成 in the Samurai period. The title in Japanese is «Ugetsu Monogatari 雨月物語». In terms of the art of short-story-writing in Japanese, Akinari's tales are close to perfection. In one of the tales, «Aozukin 青頭巾 / A Blue Hood», a Buddhist monk falls in love with a young boy. Because of love, he eats his body.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-14
King = Heaven
A king is heaven. (Ch.16)

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"King" means the creator of the hologram.

At his birth, Buddha was believed to say:

"Above heaven, below heaven, I am the only important (respectable) one. 天上天下唯我独尊 [ten jo ten ge yui ga doku son]"

It is logical.

If you are the creator of the hologram called "the world", definitely you are the most important one.

A harder point to understand is that you are part of that hologram you create.

You create your hologram, and, at the same time, your hologram defines what you are and what you do.

Maybe, with a little help from the design of the Yin Yang circle, we can comprehend this twisted logic of the creator and the created.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-15
Heaven = Tao
Heaven is Tao.


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Heaven. The heavens. The sky. The firmament.

Do you remember what I am asking you all the time?

When you see those words in Tao Te Ching, please paraphrase them with «your hologram».

So, what happens with Today's Tao sentence?

It is interpreted as:

Your hologram is Tao.

That's it!

That's the most important thing.

Master Dogen says that this world is Buddha's prayer. (Jishozanmai 自証三昧 etc, «Shobogenzo»)

You don't have to look to somewhere else.

Life is the prayer.

Living itself is the Za-zen meditation.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 16-16
Tao is eternal. (Ch.16)

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A: "Would you like to see a football game tonight?"

B: "I am sorry I have no time."

A: "How about a cup of coffee before you leave?"

B: "No, I can't. Even if you buy me an organic Soya bean cream double mocachino from the Michelin three star restaurant downstairs, I can't. I have no time."

We know it very well, don't we?

We have no time.

No one possesses time.

Even Tao doesn't.

Tao has no time.

Time is just a parameter in order to organize incoming information in our brains.

It is like the speed of the wheel of a movie projector.

You are the one who decides the speed.

Everything takes place simultaneously in Tao.

So, everything is ephemeral and eternal.

Have a nice cup of coffee. You are eternal.

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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 16-17
Ugetsu / The body decomposes
The body

decomposes, but Tao has no danger.


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Do you like black and white Japanese film classics like Rashomon, Seven Samurai, and Tokyo story?

Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu; they are true master film makers, aren't they?

By any chance, do you know another classic film called «Ugetsu Monogatari» by Kenji Mizoguchi?

The original was written in the Samurai era. It is a collection of short stories.

In it, there is a beautiful story of love.

An old Buddhist priest adored a boy-monk. The boy-monk got sick and met his end.

The old priest could not bear the site that the body of his beloved was decomposing.

So, he ate it.

Now, his beloved is eternally safe in the stomach.

It is a story called «Aozukin (Blue hood)» in «Ugetsu Monogatari (Tales of Moonlight and Rain)» by Ueda Akinari.

Some people search an eternal life.

Would you like to live eternally?

In fact, you do.

Your hologram "decomposes", but true You are Tao.

Tao simply keeps on creating holograms.

Dogen's caution:

We must not think that our individual spirit goes somewhere after life.

There is no such thing as the sea of eternity.

(Soku shin ze butsu 即心是仏, «Shobogenzo»)


It is easier if we think our individual self does not exist. A so-called "self" is part of the rest of the world.

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