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Tao Te Ching Chapter 24-6
Boasting man
A boasting man is never the best.


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Don't boast. Don't say you are the best.

All right. Conventional teachings say the same thing, but it is more subtle here.

You really have to know that you are the best because you are the creator of your hologram, in other words, the creator of the world.

What's going to happen if you declare:

"I am the creator of the universe"?

Well, you can imagine all sorts of difficulty in your life.

But, why difficulty?

Because this declaration is an act to influence others, that it to say, your hologram.

By boasting that you are the best, you are creating a short-circuit-like effect in your hologram.

Master Dogen says:

In order to practice the heart of Bodhi (Bodai shin), you had better not wish that people will know you have made up your mind to do it and are practicing it. You should try not to let them know it. You must not tell them about it.

This is called "to double your Mayoi while you are in your Mayoi (=being lost)".

(Keiseisanshoku 谿声山色, «Shobogenzo»)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 24-7
Excessive food
From the point of view of Tao, they are excessive food and unnecessary conduct. (Ch.24)

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Well, today, we have an useful short list of no-nos in Taoism (not all, though).

1, Don't show off.

2, Don't live a fast life.

3, Don't try to convince others.

4, Don't judge.

5, Don't brag.

6, Don't tell you are creating your hologram.

All of them are excessive and unnecessary.

They are contrary to the attitude of Dark Depth Female 玄牝 [gen pi], with which you can smooth the flow of the fundamental energy Tao.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 24-8
Things may detest them. (Ch.24)

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"Things may detest «excessive food and unnecessary


They don't like excess.

Well, Tao prefers to be a minimalist, it seems.

"Things" here mean everything in your hologram.

They do not work as you think.

No worries. Your very thoughts are part of your hologram.

When things don't work out as we wish, we get frustrated.

This is perfectly all right.

Your feelings, including frustration, are like the clouds in the sky. You don't possess them.

Or, if you wish, we can say that you create the most suitable frustration for your spiritual development.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 24-9
Mayoi / After Satori
Therefore, a man with Tao doesn't stay there. (Ch.24)

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A man with Tao gets out of his hologram.

A man with Satori breaks his mirror.

Where do they go after that?

They don't go anywhere but right here.

Because no one is captured in the hologram, or the mundane world, from the beginning.

Everyone is with Tao.

All of us are in the state of Satori.

We have simply forgot about it.

Master Dogen says:

Great Satori has neither beginning nor end. Neither has Mayoi (=being lost). Mayoi never interferes Great Satori.

(Daigo 大悟, «Shobogenzo»)

Naoto Matsumoto adds:

Getting out of your hologram means accepting all of it.

Mayoi is a catalyst.

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