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Masanobu Fukuoka


Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-6
Evident = Vague
Evident Tao seems vague. (Ch.40)

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident", said the founding fathers of the United States of America.

In Far East, things are a bit different.

A: "Would you like to buy our products, Mr Suzuki?"

B: "Yes, yes, yes."

A: "All right. Please sign this contract."

B: "No, no, no."

A: "But, you said 'yes', Mr Suzuki"

B: "Yes, I did. I meant 'Yes, I understood what you said just now', but 'No, I don't want to buy them."

Tao is evident.

Probably, it is too evident to accept.

So, people think it is vague.

Colors are justly nothing. Nothing is justly colors.

色即是空 空即是色

[siki soku ze kuu / kuu soku ze siki]

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"We've gotta do something to change the world!" Wrong, absolutely wrong! We have to do nothing to change the world. Late Masanobu Fukuoka, an agriculturist and botanist, has transformed deserts into green fields by doing nothing. It is about time we learned that, every time we act on something directly, we disturb the natural course of change. A truly courageous man knows how to do nothing. Please allow me to feel proud of sharing the same nationality as this late exceptional human being. You never know. One day Fukuoka might be compared with Dogen or Lady Murasaki.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-7
Advance = Retreat
Advancing Tao

seems retreating. (Ch.40)

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I really want you to understand this key sentence in Tao Te Ching.

Advancing is retreating.

Receiving is emitting.

While you are emitting Tao the fundamental energy, you are receiving it.

It is logical because there is neither space nor distance and everything is one.

If you want to go ahead, you go backwards.

In fact, they are the same.

This is the basis of Reverse Thinking.

If you accept it, you can easily comprehend the signification of Yin Yang cycle.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-8
Masanobu Fukuoka / Smooth = Tangled
Smooth Tao seems tangled. (Ch.40)

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Something that seems to be smooth and simple is, in fact, more uneven and tangled.

Our ecosystem is a good example.

We, insolent human beings, think we know all.

Then, we touch Nature and destroy it, and don't know what to do afterwards.

We need a modern Lao Tzu right now to stop us from making stupid mistakes.

Luckily, we have one. He is late Masanobu Fukuoka (☞ Tao Agriculture).

He teaches us an agriculture of doing nothing.

Don't worry. Something seemingly tangled is in fact simple, too.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 40-9
Highest attainment = Valley
The highest

attainment seems like a valley. (Ch.40)

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"A valley" means void.

As you all know, this is one of Tao Te Ching's key words.

If you are void, you have attained Tao.

"The highest attainment = Valley"


"Void = Tao = true You".

You don't have to do anything to attain Tao.

You already are.

But don't be misled by the word "void".

"Void" is plentiful.

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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 40-10
The vastest

attainment seems lacking in something. (Ch.40)

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People talk about Satori and Tao as if they were difficult to attain.

They are not at all something you get after many years of hardship.

Not at all.

They are something you have already got.

So all you have to do is to remember the fact.

Even then, you may feel that you are lacking in something.

This is a precious piece of advice by Lao Tzu.

Even great masters feel they are still lacking in something.

You don't have to feel perfect although you are.

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