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Tao Te Ching Chapter 29-7
Judo
Some are strong. Some are weak.

(Ch.29)


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If you want to be strong, be weak.


Judo lost spirituality and has become a modern sport.


Judo lost politeness and has become a competition.


Judo lost its white Judo-gi costume and has become a merchandise.


In the old days, if you wanted to be tough in Judo, you needed to be soft.


Judo means soft Tao.


One day Judo will lose its name and become something else.


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This is the white Judo-gi costume. Isn't it beautiful when you see two judoka in white on the green Tatami mats. In this sense, I share the same sort of esthetics with British gentlemen who fought in vain to keep their cricket uniforms white. It is simply refreshing when we see cricket players in white playing on the green grass. You never know one day the British might allow coloured shirts at Wimbledon. I just hope that the Japanese will not allow a shiny rainbow coloured Mawashi band on the waist of a naked Sumo Rikishi wrestler at Ryogoku, Tokyo.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 29-8
Maximum = Minimum
Some grow. Some break. (Ch.29)


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The bigger, the better?


Lao Tzu is certainly against the idea.


If you try to make something too big, you will break it.


When it happens to you, what do you say?


"Oh, my god, all my effort is wasted!"


If so, it is high time you thought that the effort itself might be the origin of the setback.


Everything is part of a cycle.


Maximum = Minimum


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 29-9
Imbalance
Therefore, the sage stays away from imbalance. (Ch.29)


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A: "Master Bonbon, I don't know what to do."


B: "Meditate and think like a chosen super being, and you will see the answer."


A: "Yes, Master Bonbon, I will think. I will think. I will think… Oh, my god, I don't see the answer. I don't know what to do."


You don't need a superhuman effort.


You'd rather avoid any superhuman way.


No superhuman act is natural.


If you need an answer right now right here, ask water.


Let's think what water might do in the situation.


Water may avoid confrontation and try to look for balance.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 29-10
Luxury
He stays away from excessive luxury. (Ch.29)


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We know Tao doesn't like excess.


But how about luxury?


"Of course, I know how to stay away from luxury. I don't wear neither Gucci nor Brooks Brothers. I am happy to be in my cotton Samue "working Yukata" designed by a humble Japanese monk living in an authentic Buddhist temple in Kyoto, who respects the traditional materials and designs and, above all, made in Laos, not even in China. I don't think there is something less luxurious than my Zen outfit."


Don't worry.


I can guarantee you that you are in the state of Satori while wearing Levi's.


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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 29-11
Arrogance
He stays away from arrogance. (Ch.29)


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Be balanced.


Stay away from luxury.


Don't be arrogant.


That's for sure.


But did Lao Tzu need to emphasize them here?


I translated the Chinese character Kanji 去 [saru] as "stay away".


But the original meaning of the character is "to leave".


In order to leave, you have to go there once.


Be imbalanced.


Enjoy luxury.


Be arrogant.


Then, you leave.


This explains why Geishas in Kyoto have been patronized by many Buddhist monks historically.


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