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Tao Te Ching Chapter 27-5
Strings nor cords
Good tying doesn't need either strings nor cords, but no one can untie it. (Ch.27)

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If you want to keep something with you, let it go.

If you want to keep someone with you, let him go.

The best way to tie something is to do it without strings or cords.

The best strings are Dark Depth 玄 [gen].

This invisible string is the most effective of all.

Sounds like the story of «Emperor's New Dress»?

Try it, and you will see how effective it is.

To use Dark Depth, do nothing.

Let everything go.

This is called Dark Depth Female 玄牝 [gen pi].

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Dogen means "the root of Tao". Shobogenzo Zuimonki (the book on the right, «A Primer of Soto Zen: A Translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo Zuimonki») was not written by the master himself. It is much easier to understand than «Shobogenzo» on the left. It is an excellent preparatory reading material. As for «Shobogenzo», there are quite a few English translations of this Japanese Zen Buddhism masterpiece. They may be helpful to understand Dogen's teachings, but my best and honest recommendation is, though I know it is too demanding, to learn Japanese and read the original. A Japanese man can learn English and read Shakespeare. Why can't an English-speaking person learn Japanese and read Dogen? «Shobogenzo» is written in old Chinese and Japanese. It is an amazing mixture of two different grammars. While Chinese has a word order closer to English (in principle, Subject - Verb - Object and others), Japanese has the one completely different from English (Subjects, Object, or others followed by a suffix which functions as a preposition - Verb often followed by suffixes which function as an auxiliary verb or "not") Dogen is truly a Jackson Pollock of Japanese literature.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 27-6
Therefore, the sage always helps people very well. So, he abandons no people. (Ch.27)

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Help others especially when they try to cross their hologram (=the world).

In Zen Buddhism, it is called «Ji mi toku do, sen do ta 自未得度先度他». Though you haven't crossed it yet, let others cross it first.

You don't have to be a super master to help others.

You just help others realize that this world is their hologram projected in their head respectively.

But, please remember there is no difference between you and non-you. Your own self and others are both part of your hologram.

If they have crossed it, you have already crossed it, too.

Don't abandon others, your own self, or your hologram.

Just accept and love them.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 27-7
Things = Prayers
He helps things very well. So, he abandons no things. (Ch.27)

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Don't break things. They also have souls.

Don't waste their lives when you eat animals or plants. Chew them well and assimilate them into your body completely.

Don't hit the keys on your computer too hard even though you are frustrated.

Don't you hear their cry? "Please, master, don't hit me like your enemy."

Like living beings, objects are prayers.

When you accept them as they are, you turn the prayer wheel.

In order to give you opportunities to turn your prayer wheel, everything exists.

So, don't abandon things, please.


Please take time when you eat. Chew food well and appreciate the life that it once had (or still has when you eat sushi or sashimi at a very good establishment). (☞ See Take time 15-4)

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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 27-8
Enter enlightenment
This is called


enlightenment, which means knowing the constancy of Tao. (Ch.27)

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Absolute acceptance is called Satori in Zen Buddhism.

Satori is not just a state.

Satori is rather an act.

Satori is not a hallucination or an altered state.

It is not just understanding the acceptance of all, either.

In Satori, you actively receive the fundamental energy by accepting the world.

Simultaneously you emit the energy by loving the world.

Thus, you can be aware that you are the very center of the constant circulation of Tao the energy.

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