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Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-11
What you call

politeness is the

thinness of loyalty

and trust, and the

neck of disorder.


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Right here, Lao Tzu says that politeness is the worst form of loyalty and trust.

He even says that politeness is the earliest sign of disorder.

But why?

Because politeness is fake.

The moment you think about communication skills, your act is not spontaneous.

It is not natural.

The present state, right here, right now, is always perfect.

It is perfectly in order.

If you try to add something to it, it will be the beginning of disorder.

Of course, you can be polite, righteous, or merciful without trying.

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One of the biggest contributions to Japanese literature by Master Dogen is to have written a chapter of Hokke Ten Hokke 法華転法華 in «Shobogenzo 正法眼蔵». It is a literary equivalent to the Tibetan prayer wheel. Please look at the five Kanji characters carefully. It is, in fact, two sets of the identical pair connected by the character 転 [ten], which means "to change / to turn". It is a visual presentation of the prayer wheel. Traditionally, the Japanese are awed by Kotodama 言霊, the spirits of words, in other words, the phonetical aspests of their expressions. Zen monks and their calligraphy changed the tendency a little.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-12
Hokke 1 / Foreknowledge
What you call foreknowledge is the flower of Tao and the beginning of

stupidity. (Ch.38)

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Foreknowledge, telling something before it happens, has been fascinating men for a long time.

But, right here Lao Tzu says it is the beginning of stupidity.

It is logic because there is no time in Tao.

Foretelling doesn't exist. Don't let stupidity reign over your mind.

"Flower" suggests superficiality and holography.

In Buddhism, they use the expression of 法華 Hokke, the flowers of manifestation.

It is you who are creating your hologram.

Why do you need someone else to tell you about it?

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-13
Hokke 2 / Thick and Thin
Therefore, a great man remains in its thickness and stays away from its thinness. (Ch.38)

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Thickness means Tao.

In Chapter 15 Man who knew Tao, Lao Tzu says:

"Thick, as if he were an uncarved block."

Thickness = an uncarved block = Tao

(☞See also Chapter  28 Uncarved block)

Thinness means a hologram.

A hologram is superficial.

Besides, Lao Tzu asks you to stay away from the thin hologram, which we call the world.

You should detach yourself from your world. Don't get stuck in there.

Nevertheless, we must not despise it.

Because it is the flower of Tao's manifestation (=法華 Hokke)

It stimulates you to emit more Love / Tao energy to turn the wheel of manifestation, 法輪 Horin.

The act is called 転法輪 Tenborin.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 38-14
Hokke ten Hokke / Tao’s flower
He remains in its fruit and stays away from the flower. (Ch.38)

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Certainly, "its fruit" means Tao, and "the flower" its hologram.

You always remain in Tao's "fruit" because true You are Tao itself.

Nevertheless, holograms are important, too.

In Dogen's «Shobogenzo» 道元の正法眼蔵, he explains 法華 転 法華 [hokke ten hokke]:

the flowers of manifestation / turn / the flowers of manifestation.

It is a beautiful way to describe "holograms provoke holograms".

This makes a circle or a cycle, which is the wheel of manifestation 法輪 Horin.

Keeping the cycle is precisely turning the wheel of manifestation 転法輪 Tenborin.

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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

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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.

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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

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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 38-15
Leave it
Therefore, he leaves that and takes this. (Ch.38)

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Therefore, leave your hologram and remember that you are Tao.

That's for sure.

But can we leave Tao and go into the floating world of holograms?

Yes, that's what great masters do.

Knowing that this fragile world of holograms is just a catalyst, you play there.

You have fun and appreciate the holographic world for existing right here right now.

"This" and "that" are interchangeable. This exchange makes a circle. It is the act of turning Tao's wheel. (=転法輪 [tenborin])

Let's do it. We are masters of life, too.

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