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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-6
Hologram’s birth
Everything attained One and was born.

(Ch.39)


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This is one of the key sentences in Tao Te Ching.


Step 1 There is nothing. It is Tao the fundamental energy.


Step 2 A thing before its birth (=Bumo misho izen) gets Tao.


Step 3 The thing will be projected, be born, and become a hologram and catalyst.


Step 4 The hologram stimulates Tao the energy.


Step 5 Go back to the first step. There is nothing.


Step 6 More holograms will be created.


Tao emits Tao. The energy emits more energy. Nothing emits nothing. You emits you. They are saying the same thing.


This cycle is the reincarnation, the prayer wheel, the wheel of manifestation 法輪 [horin] or the Yin Yang circle.



«Advice»

Don't mix the element of "self" with the idea of the Tao/hologram cycle before you fully accept it. Your own self does not create holograms, and is projected along with the rest of the world. ☞See also Chapter 3b You and non-you.



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«Manual of Zen» and «Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist» are both written by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki. His works are an excellent bridge between the East and the West in religion and philosophy.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-7
Hologram’s master
Lords and kings attained One and became the masters of the world under the sky. (Ch.39)


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Let's decode Today's Tao sentence step by step.


What is "the world under the sky"?


It's holograms.


What are "the masters"?


They are those who project the holograms.


Who project them?


You do. "Lords and kings" mean true You, Tao.


That's why Buddha said:


"Above heave, below heaven, I am the only respectable being".

天上天下唯我独尊

[tenjo tenge yuiga doku son]


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-8
One = Tao
It is One who did these. (Ch.39)


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One = Tao.


Tao creates all. That means you create all.


Creation of everything.


Projection of holograms.


They are the same.


Where do you project them?


In Mind with a capital M as Daisetz Suzuki put it.


In you the energy.


In Tao. We haven't got anywhere else.



[Note]

Mind with a capital M. In Daisetz Suzuki's «Manual of Zen», the words of Obaku Ki-un 黄檗希運 (Huang-po) are quoted: "This Mind is no other than Buddha; there is no Buddha outside Mind, nor is there any Mind outside Buddha." [«Manual of Zen»; IV. From the Chinese Zen Masters, 6. Obaku's (Huang-po) Sermon from "Treatise on the Essentials of the Transmission of Mind (Denshin Hoyo)]


Mind is Shin/Kokoro 心 in Japanese. It is less misleading if it is interpreted as center/mechanism.



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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-9
Heaven torn apart
If heaven were not clear, it might be torn apart. (Ch.39)


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"Oh, my god! Heaven got dark. It is a bad omen. Something bad

is gonna happen.

Heaven is gonna be torn apart."


Don't worry. The world is safe.


Because you are the one who is projecting it.


Here Lao Tzu is not scaring you. On the contrary, he is assuring you.


Heaven is always clear because it is the manifestation of Tao.


Your world will be always safe because it exists within you.


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Need help?


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

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A: Zen Masters asks you to forget about statistics.

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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.

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A: Zen is nothing special. It is something you know well.

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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.

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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 39-10
Earth unstable
If earth were not stable, it might collapse. (Ch.39)


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A: "Oh, my god, my god. Heaven will be

torn apart. Earth will collapse. Do something

for us, Master

Bonbon!"


B: "This is God's punishment. You are bad, so God is punishing

you."


C'mon, Master Bonbon. You must not say things like that.


No one is bad. No one will punish you.


The world is safe because it exists within you.


It is your hologram. It is the manifestation of Love.


How can it be unstable!


Let's look at Nikko's three wise monkeys every time we feel like complaining about the imperfection of the world.


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