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Body or money

Tao Te Ching Chapter 44-1
Body or name
Name or body, which is more familiar?


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A: "Master Bonbon, I

wanna be famous. Will

you help me?"

B: "Meditate for sixty

years, and you will be


A: "Master Bonbon, I wanna have a perfect body."

B: "Donate us your annual salary, and I will send you to the best

cosmetic surgeon's clinic."

Name or body.

Fame or silicon.

Which is more familiar to you?

Which is more important to Tao?

The answer is:

"Neither. You should not be attached to either".

What others think about you and what you think about your own self

are the same.

What you think and what your body looks like are the same.

All of them are part of your hologram.

No attachment to your reputation or appearance.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 44-2
Body or money
Body or money, which is more?


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Can you say "Hello" to

your illness?

Can you say

"Welcome" to your

financial problem?

You want to fight against them, right?

No. If you do so, you are not courageous.

If you are truly courageous, you must have the guts to accept them

as they are no matter how difficult it is.

Don't fight against your illness.

Just love your financial problem.

Health and money are part of your hologram.

You project them.

So, all you have to do is to do nothing.

Don't be attached to health or money.

Then, your hologram will transform itself.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 44-3
Gain or loss
Gain or loss, which

is more harmful?


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Don't be attached to


"When the Attainment peaks, it is the same

as the

beginning." («Chuang Tzu», 12-8)

Chuang Tzu teaches us that gain leads you to loss and loss leads

you to gain.

It is exactly like Yin and Yang.

Yin, the shadow, leads you to Yang, the light, and vice versa.

It is exactly like the head and the tail of a coin.

Gain and loss are the two sides of the same thing.

They exist as a catalyst in order to stimulate you.

If you know it, everything is easy.

Whether you gain or lose something, you react the same way.

"Thank you for stimulating me!"

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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 44-4
"Love" too much?
That's why, if you

love too much, surely

you lose a lot.


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"Love" here signifies

an obsessive



Kanji / Chinese character 愛 [ai] can be used to express both love

and attachment.

In this context it does not mean "love" in the English sense.

Don't be attached to anything.

Attachment creates resistance.

The desire to retain something blocks the natural flow of Tao.

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