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Tao Te Ching Chapter 32-6
Cuts and Names
After they start cutting things, there are names. (Ch.32)

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Tao splits up, and creates holograms, which are sometimes called vessels.

Holograms get their names.

Names create categories.

Categories fascinate human beings too much.

Why do you want to be among chosen people?

You and non-you are the same thing.

Jiko 自己 and Tako 他己 are the same hologram.

While giving a name, you are segregating one from another.

No name, please. We are one.

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Naoto Matsumoto is sincerely proud that he was born in a country where «The life of amorous woman» and «Five women who loved love» are considered to be part of our greatest literary achievement. The English titles may have been somehow "softened" for the public to think that it is a "serious" literary work. The titles in Japanese, «Koushoku Ichidai Onna» and «Koushoku Gonin Onna», mean more indecent than those in English. I may translate them as «The most lecherous woman in one life» and «The five most lecherous women» respectively.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 32-7
Once they have got names, they should know how to stop. (Ch.32)

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Are names bad?

Probably not.

We can better appreciate Tao's manifestation through each thing if it has a name.

But names come along with discernment.

Discernment leads you to judgement, right?

Isn't judgement the source of discontent?

One has to stop somewhere before he starts suffering from the lack of satisfaction.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 32-8
No danger
It is because, if they know where to stop, there is no danger. (Ch.32)

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If you don't want to

face any danger, stop


Well, conventional wisdom says contrarily, but that's the truth.

If you don't judge, you will not have any problem.

It is difficult to stop judging?


It is easy.

The best way to do so is to swap the cause and the result.

Instead of thanking someone for your well being, we can live to thank


This is "Reverse Thinking".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 32-9
Valleys and the sea
Tao is to the world under the sky as streams and valleys are to big rivers and the sea. (Ch.32)

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Here, some simple equations to decode Tao Te Ching.

Tao = Valley = vacuum

world under the sky = big rivers and the sea = holograms (= the manifestations of Tao)

Tao the vacuum sustains the holograms as Ikkyu's Yama Uba, the old woman in the mountains, helps the workers. (Zen master Ikkyu wrote the Japanese Noh play in order to explain how Zen functions)

Something invisible sustains something visible.

Something seemingly empty sustains something apparently


Now you know what they mean by:

"Colour is justly nothing. Nothing is justly colour. 色即是空。空即是色。[shiki soku ze ku. ku soku ze shiki]"

The holograms you see is, in fact, empty.

Tao the vacuum creates them.

[Note 1]

Please see 100 valleys 66-1 (Chapter 66 Lower yourself). "Hundreds of valleys" expresses the holograms filled with Tao's energy. There is a useful note to better understand the Tao/Hologram mechanism (Yin Yang circle) at the end of 100 valleys 66-1.

[Note 2]

See also Valley god 6-1 and Full = Empty 45-3 for the further explanation on Tao = Valley = Vacuum = Emptiness. You will find out the meaning of the Zen circle (or the cycle).

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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.