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Tao Te Ching Chapter 35-5
Expressed "Tao" is plain and has no taste. (Ch.35)

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We try hard to explain Tao, but words are not good enough.

I just wonder why.

Probably Tao and its function are too simple.

And people might say:

"C'mon! It cannot be that simple."

They may prefer some complicated jargons to the simple way to express Tao.

They find it tasteless.

Nevertheless, it has the taste called «no taste».

It is not exactly the same as «tasteless».

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 35-6
Invisible Tao
Even if you try to see Tao, you can't see it. (Ch.35)

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You cannot see Tao.

All what you see is the manifestation of Tao.

Japanese Zen Master Dogen says:

"If one emits Truth and goes back to the source, the false emptiness of ten directions will emit Truth and go back to the source."


(Tenborin 転法輪, «Shobogenzo»)

It means:

"When one emits Love the fundamental energy (=Tao) and goes back to Tao, his hologram will emit Love and go back to Tao, too".

Every hologram can be Tao the nothingness.

Love = Tao = Buddha

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 35-7
Inaudible Tao
Even if you try to hear Tao, you can't hear it. (Ch.35)

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You cannot hear Tao. It is not sound waves.

Some might want to think that Tao is a sort of field where the interactions of waves take place.

The idea is seductive, but I find it a trap.

If you mix Tao with the idea of an objective space, surely you will get confused sooner or later.

The famous three monkeys at Toshogu temple in Nikko, Japan, know a little better.

"See nothing. Say nothing. Hear nothing."

It is not only about something evil.

In Japanese, we say that the monkeys of wisdom see, say, or hear nothing at all.

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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 35-8
Inexhaustible Tao
Even if you use Tao, you can't exhaust it. (Ch.35)

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Probably, this is one of

the most encouraging

sentences in Tao Te


Once you accept that so-called "Self" is just a concept,

Once you become free from cause and effect,

You are eternal.

Tao is unlimited.

So are you.

Tao is the inexhaustible fountain of energy.

All you have to do is to keep emitting and receiving the energy.

The rest?

It is not worth worrying about.

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