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Fuyo Dokai


Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-16
High = Low
The high make the

low their basis.


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Lao Tzu says

in Chapter 2 Do not judge:

"Highness and lowness need each other". (No lowness 2-5)

One should not tell something high from something low.

Don't judge.

They are both part of your hologram.

If you cannot help judging something and getting upset, what can you do?

Well, sometimes we cannot help it, can we?

Then, don't try to suppress your feelings. Don't try to blame yourself for being an imperfect Taoist.

Don't worry. Your feelings are part of your hologram. Just accept them with respect no matter how despicable or snobbish they are.

No judgement is the basis of Taoism, including no judgement on yourself.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-17
Lords & Kings = Less virtue
That's why lords and kings call themselves "orphans", "less virtue", and "no good". (Ch.39)

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A: "Master Bonbon, I have a question."

B: "Excuse me, but what did you call me?"

A: "«Master Bonbon», Master Bonbon."

B: "You are wrong, idiot. You have to address me as «Your Serene Holiness Master Bonbon»."

Master Bonbon, you have to learn how to be humble first.

Don't brag that you are the master of your hologram.

Nevertheless, you don't have to belittle yourself by calling yourself «less virtue» or «no good».

If you don't judge, neither virtue nor good exists.

How about calling yourself «Big Clumsy»?

Not too haughty. Not too humble.

It is a good name, Dr Daisetz Suzuki.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-18
Mean = Root
This act is making the mean their root, is it not? (Ch.39)

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Water stays in the lower place.

That's the idea of the mean = the root.

This is how you can remember that you are one with Tao.

"Though you haven't crossed it yet, let others cross it first."

«[Ji mi toku do, sen do ta] 自未得度先度他».

Let's say "After you." as often as you can.

Then you will see that your own self and others are in fact part of the same hologram.

The most humble way is being like the baby Buddha who said:

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

«[tenjo tenge yuiga doku son] 天上天下唯我独尊»

I hope you will understand this.

This is not haughty at all. He is saying everything is one.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-19
No honor
Therefore, if they often do something honorable, there is no honor. (Ch.39)

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Honor must have been quite important to Confucius, but not at all to Lao Tzu.

It was not important at all to Zen Master Dogen as well. He thought it was rather dangerous.

After his disciple Genmyo came back joyfully from the then capital Kamakura with the letter of a grant of land by Shikken Tokiyori, the most powerful man in the country, Master Dogen castigated him and made him leave the temple.

It was not enough for the pious master. He made the disciple's seat taken away and the soil beneath it thrown away.

They had to dig as deep as seven feet.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-20
No jade
They don't want to be like jade. (Ch.39)

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A: "Master Bonbon, if I meditate three hours a day, can I be a movie


B: "That is not


A: "Okey. I will meditate five hours a day. How about that?"

B: "There is something more important than meditation. All the stars make a generous donation to us. Then, we can invest in Treasury


Do we really want to be a star?

Do we really want to shine like jade?

Lao Tzu discourages you from standing out.

You don't have to be brilliant.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 39-21
Fuyo Dokai / Like stone
They are like stone.


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"Be like dust", says Lao Tzu.

In the chapter of Mountain Water Sutra 山水経 [san sui kyo] in his «Shobogenzo» 正法眼蔵, Dogen 道元 quotes Chinese Zen Master Fuyo Dokai (Fu-jung Tao-k'ai) 芙蓉道楷:

"Blue mountains walk constantly. A stone woman gives birth to a child at night." 青山常運歩、 石女夜生児。

The Japanese Zen Buddhist Dogen tells us not to doubt if mountains walk.

"While you are doubting mountains' walk, you don't know anything about your own walk", he says.

"Mountains" and "stone" as well as your own self are part of your hologram.

A stone woman gives birth to her child, and the child gives birth to the stone woman.

This is the Yin Yang cycle.

Nature and people are our prayer wheel.

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Jizo. I would like to address him as "O-jizo-san" as Japanese kids call this gentle deity of fertility with affection. Forget Buddhism. Forget its Hindu origin and so on. O-jizo-san simply protects kids. And they adore him until they grow up and start calculating cost per profit ratio. Then, adults grow out of their so-called harsh financial reality and go back to see the nice smile on O-jizo-san. Well, once again we see the cycle. (☞ See Jizo@wiki)