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Tao Te Ching Chapter 30-6
Don’t show off
It's just a result. Don't show off. (Ch.30)

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Don't show off.

You don't need Lao Tzu to tell you that.

Any result is a catalyst, or a trigger.

It will give you an opportunity to emit more of the fundamental energy


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 30-7
Don’t boast
It's just a result. Don't boast. (Ch.30)

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Once again Lao Tzu asks us not to boast, but boast about what?

In the previous sentences of this chapter, Lao Tzu says that being a good man is just a result.

War is a good example.

A good man in this side of the border is a bad man in the other side.

In the history of human beings, we know plenty of individuals who boasted, "I am good", and regretted it the day after.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 30-8
No arrogance
It's just a result. Don't be arrogant. (Ch.30)

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Lao Tzu keeps on

asking us not to be


Then, to him, what is being arrogant?

He says:

"Being a good man is just a result. Don't be arrogant".

It seems that Lao Tzu thought being good is arrogant.

Well, being good is bad. Being bad is good.

Sounds a bit like Honen and Shinran's Akunin shoki setsu 悪人正機説 (The Doctrine of Evil Persons as the Object of Salvation).

It is logical, isn't it?

There is neither good nor bad in Tao.

If you try to distinguish something from another, it won't work with


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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 30-9
Can’t help it
It's just a result. Say you couldn't help it. (Ch.30)

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Please ask old Sai (Favour 13-4) if losing his horse is a good result or not.

Then, ask him if his son breaking the leg is a bad result or not.

His answer is always the same:

"You never know".

He is right because there is neither good nor bad.

One cannot help the result.

Thinking about another result hypothetically is a waste of energy.

We cannot help the result because it is the best result no matter how awful it seems.

Let's believe it.

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