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Tao Te Ching Chapter 23-1
Say no words
Saying no words makes things come about by themselves.

(Ch.23)


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You don't have to express yourself in order to make a thing come about.


You had better not act on it directly.


For the occidental minds and oriental Cartesians, this may be one of the most difficult concepts of Lao Tzu's.


By doing nothing, you can put Dark Depth in action.


It is called Dark Depth Female.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 23-2
High wind II
Therefore, a noisy high wind doesn't last all morning.

(Ch.23)


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Nature gives us a very good example.


A noisy high wing doesn't last long, even all morning.


It is about a Nine Days' wonder. We all know it.


In Japan, we say:


hito no uwasa mo sichi juu go nichi 人の噂も七十五日.


Literally it means "people's rumor lasts only for seventy five days".


Nine days and 75 days!


Certainly, the Japanese have learned Lao Tzu's patience for more than one thousand years.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 23-3
Downpour
A noisy downpour doesn't last all day. (Ch.23)


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There are some maxims to which our conventional wisdom will agree.


When we face an adversity, let's remember this.


"A noisy downpour doesn't last all day."


We can even go a step further.


Let's say "thank you" to that noisy downpour.


There is no bad weather unless you judge it.


It rains for us.


To give us a chance to thank and emit the fundamental energy Tao.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 23-4
Heaven’s responsibility
Who is doing these? Heaven and earth are. (Ch.23)


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Who is causing the

high wind and

downpour?


Of course, heaven and earth, the Nature is.


Who is provoking the global warming?


I know some people want to blame someone else.


Here, you can test yourself whether you truly embrace Lao Tzu's teachings.


Can you say:


"I am responsible for everything"?


True You are Tao, which is the source of your hologram.


"It is the government's fault!"


"Multinational companies are responsible!"


When you stop saying so, you truly make a step forward in Zen and Taoism.


There is no objective world to blame outside you.


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A: Why don't you think the other way round?

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A: Before you invest a hefty sum of money on your appearance, there are a few things to think about.

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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.

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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


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A: Zen is nothing special. It is something you know well.

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A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

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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


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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 23-5
Man’s responsibility
How can man keep on doing it for a long time if heaven and earth cannot do it. (Ch.23)


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You are not responsible at all.


"Wait a minute, Matsumoto-san! You said: «I am responsible for everything.» yesterday."


Certainly I did.


I said: "true You are responsible because true You are Tao".


Please do not mix true You and your own self.


Your own self, or ego, not true You, is part of your hologram along with man, heaven, and earth.


The Today's Tao sentence means:


"Even heaven and earth's influence is ephemeral. How can a man or your own ego affect other objects in your hologram!".


Your own self is not responsible for anything.


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