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Tao Te Ching Chapter 27-9
No good man
So, a good man is the teacher of a non-good one. (Ch.27)

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Don't judge anyone.

There is neither good man nor bad one.

Master Dogen says:

"It is not that something evil does not exist. Just do nothing. It is not that something evil exists. Just do nothing." (Shoakumakusa 諸悪莫作, «Shobogenzo»)

Today's Tao sentence should be read along with tomorrow's.

«Do nothing» is the creation of Tao's cycle.

If you read only this Today's sentence, you will make just a one-way street.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 27-10
No bad man
A non-good man is the resources of a good one. (Ch.27)

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In the article before

this, we talk about "a good man is the

teacher of a non-good one".

Please pay attention to the expression "non-good" man 不善人.

In the original of Tao Te Ching, it is not written as a "bad" man 悪人.

There is neither good nor bad in Tao.

Good is the source of non-good.

Non-good is the source of good.

It shows us the cycle of Yin and Yang.

It doesn't matter whether the hen or the egg comes first.

As long as it cycles, it is perfect.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 27-11
Lost completely
If you don't value your teacher, if you don't love your resources, no matter how wise you are, you will be lost completely. (Ch.27)

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As we have discussed them in the previous entries, "teacher" and "resources" mean a good man and a non-good man.

They suggest a cycle.

It is the cycle where the fundamental energy is emitted and received.

It is the cycle between Tao and your hologram.

But, don't separate the two.

Don't try to understand the cycle intellectually.

Just love the world, which is your hologram in front of you.

Don't despise the world, saying that it is just an illusion.

Otherwise, you will be profoundly lost in the abyss of


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A: If you are interested in organic foods, read about the modern-day Lao Tzu of “Do nothing” farming, late Masanobu Fukuoka.

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A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

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A: A good question! Zen masters have been tackling the question for ages, but our old man, Lao Tzu, knows the answer.

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A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 27-12
Nangaku Ejo / Profound truth
This is called the

profound truth.


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Yin and Yang. Satori and Mayoi, which means being lost. Birth and reincarnation.

These paired concepts have confused us, the occidentals and the orientals alike, for hundreds of years.

They are the results of our desperate attempts to convey the concept of the cycle between Tao and hologram. This is the prayer wheel.

Thanks to the invention of holography, we can comprehend it without any metaphors.

But, be careful.

Don't conceptualize it.

That makes it less easy to accept that Tao receives Tao through holograms.

Dogen quoted the words of Nangaku Ejo (Nan-yueh Huai-jang):

"I don't say that practice and the attainment of Satori do not exist, but we had better not tarnish them by meddling with them."


(jishozanmai 自証三昧, «Shobogenzo»)

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