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Tao Te Ching Chapter 21-1
Tao only
The characteristic of the great attainment is to follow Tao and Tao only. (Ch.21)

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"Follow Zen and Zen only! Otherwise, you will never get Satori."

"Follow Tao and Tao only! Otherwise, you will never attain Tao."

Sorry. I don't want to sound like a fundamentalist.

A fundamentalist-like attitude is far from Lao Tzu's way.

Plus, the attainment of Tao or Satori is, in fact, very easy because you don't have to do anything.

All you have to do is to remember that you are already in the state of Satori and you are always one with Tao.

Lao Tzu, the old man, just wanted to tell you:

"Do not doubt it".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 21-2
As an object, Tao is vague and elusive. (Ch.21)

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Here, Lao Tzu approaches Tao as an object.

But Tao is not an object.

It is invisible and intangible.

You cannot touch Tao.

What you see is your hologram.

Still, Lao Tzu tries hard to explain it.

Probably the least harmful comparison is radio waves.

Tao is information in waves in this analogy.

The world, which is your hologram, is the sounds on the radio.

You are the radio and speaker.

The most important thing is that you, the radio and speaker is part of the hologram or the sounds in this context.

Of course, neither Lao Tzu nor Dogen was able to use radio waves as a metaphor.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 21-3
Formed objects
Though it is vague and elusive, there are yet formed objects inside it. (Ch.21)

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Here you are! This is one of the key sentences in Tao Te Ching.

Please picture the image.

First, you have Tao, the energy, the essence and in-form-ation. (Its etymology is interesting. The word knows what it means.)

Second, you have formed objects inside Tao the energy /


This second part includes your own self and the rest of the world, in other words, you (=your own self, not true You) and non-you.

In Tao and Zen, the radio receiver (=your own self, =«you» in the conventional sense) and the sounds it creates (=non-you) belong to the same sphere, which is your hologram.

Dogen taught it to us clearly.

Kitaro Nishida repeated it with modern terminology.

Daisetz Suzuki repeated it again in English.

We are not supposed to have a problem of «self», are we?

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 21-4
Though it is elusive and vague, there are images inside it.


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Images are projected in your mind.

Well, it is understandable. Right?

Tao is the energy and information which create and "transmit" the


Well, it is acceptable. Right?

You are the TV set which receives the energy and information and projects the images.

Well, well. It is still comprehensible.

What do you think if I say: "You, the TV set, are an illusion as well as the images you see on the TV set, which are what we call the


"It is not logical."

"It is contradictory."

All right. All right.

But do you remember what people said to Galileo Galilei?

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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 21-5
Though it is deep and dark, and dim, there is the essence, or the root of energy, (as clean as polished rice), inside it. (Ch.21)

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Tao is deep, dark, and dim.

Dark Depth is another name of Tao.

Tao is the essence.

All existence is created and projected right here.

All energy comes from this source.

Tao is the root of everything.

Tao is nothing since it doesn't have space.

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