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Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-1
The highest attainment
The highest

attainment is not

attaining. That's

where there is attainment. (Ch.38)


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This is the first sentence of the second half of Tao Te Ching.


The word "Te" of Tao Te Ching comes from this sentence.


Osamu Kanaya (1920 - 2006, Japanese Orientalist specialized in Chinese philosophy) thinks that the Te of 徳 [moral] is the same as the Te of 得 [attainment].


I agree with this late academic totally.


Don't try to attain Tao, Satori, or enlightenment.


If you don't try it, you will simply remember that you are already

there.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-2
The lowest attainment
The lowest

attainment is trying not to lose

attainment. That's

why there is no attainment. (Ch.38)


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A: "Oh, my god,

Master Bonbon. I'm losing my Satori. What can I do?"


B: "Fight and control yourself. Stick to your Satori."


Master Bonbon, you must be joking.


Don't be obsessed with Satori.


This is the worst attitude.


If you try to do something in order to attain Satori, you will never get

it.


Just remember that you are already in the state of Satori or

enlightenment.


You are looking outside in order to get what you have already got.


You see? This is a mental short circuit.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-3
No trace of act
The highest

attainment is doing nothing and leaving no trace of act.

(Ch.38)


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"You are great because you did this."


Can you ignore this kind of sweet praise?


One wants to be excellent.


One wants to be accepted and loved.


I am afraid to tell you, but Lao Tzu doesn't agree at all.


He thinks the best way to attain Tao is not to show the cause and the effect.


The moment you think about causation, the magic of doing nothing disappears and the resistance of discontent appears.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-4
Mercy
The highest mercy is doing it and leaving no trace of the act. (Ch.38)


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"I am doing something good for humanity."


"I am helping poor children."


Some people want to show off their mercy.


Even though you are able not to show your virtue, can you avoid thinking that you are acting some kind of mercy?


Mercy isn't mercy the moment you think it's merciful.


"Heaven and earth have no mercy. They treat everything as straw dogs" (No mercy 5-1)


Mercy is not natural because you judge that it is good.


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A: Why don't you think the other way round?

Reverse Thinking


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A: Before you invest a hefty sum of money on your appearance, there are a few things to think about.

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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 38-5
The highest righteousness
The highest

righteousness is

doing it and leaving the trace of the act.

(Ch.38)


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"I am saving the planet. What are you doing now?"


"I am helping the poor children. What are you doing now?"


"I am fighting against injustice. What are you doing now?"


"I am fighting for my country's righteousness. What are you doing now?"


When people shout them at you, can you really say:


"I am doing nothing."


Let's practice.


"Uh, uh, you are saving the planet. Fine, but for what? I am doing nothing."


"Uh, uh, you are saving the poor children. Fine, but for what? I am doing nothing."


"Uh, uh, you are fighting against injustice. Fine, but for what? I am doing nothing."


"Uh, uh, you are fighting for your country's righteousness. Fine, but why do you have to cry it out?"


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