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Tao Te Ching Chapter 28-6
Baby
You will return to a baby. (Ch.28)


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A baby doesn't reason.


A baby doesn't analyze, either.


Be like a baby.


Be like water, too.


Then, you will return to the state of Tao's attainment.


"Gentoku" 玄徳


It can be roughly translated as Dark Depth Attainment.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 28-7
White
Know its white.

(Ch.28)


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Please give me some object that is genuinely white.


A thing like this doesn't exist.


"Can I have something perfectly black, please?"


"Excuse me, sir, but we don't have anything like that."


«Smile»


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 28-8
Protect Darkness
Protect its darkness. (Ch.28)


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Stay with Dark Depth 玄 [gen], which is Tao.


How can we do that?


1. Learn the limit of male attitude. No direct action.


2. Keep female attitude. Do nothing, and your hologram will transform itself.


3. Be the valley. Be void. Being void means accepting all.


4. Then, you will remember that you are Tao. This is constancy.


5. Be like a baby.


6. There is neither black nor white. No dichotomy 二見なし [niken nashi].


(The male and female attitudes above have nothing to do with men and women. They are simply expressions used by Lao Tzu to express certain types of behavior.)


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 28-9
Valley, male, female
Be the valley under the sky. (Ch.28)


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The valley is the point where the male meets the female.


When we touch the nothingness, our mind is totally void.


We are happy to be empty.


All of them are saying the same thing.


Accept all.


If you cannot cherish this nothingness, it is no use talking about Zen.


Isn't it right, Master Ikkyu?


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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 28-10
Under the sky
Be the valley under the sky. (Ch.28)


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Valley = Void


Under the sky = Hologram


So, "Be the valley under the sky" means "Be one with Tao the nothingness while living in your hologram".


Don't look down on your hologram you are living with.


It is the manifestation of Tao.


Zen Master Dogen says:


"The true prayers are «ten nooks and crannies of the whole world», «mountains, rivers and lands», «grasses, trees, you, and non-you»". (Jishozanmai 自証三昧, «Shobogenzo»)


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