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Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-1
Big's completion

seems missing

something. (Ch.45)

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The word "Big" implies


Tao has completed its

work, but it doesn't

look perfect.

This is Tao's perfection.

Look at the world in front of you.

This is a good example. It's perfect, isn't it? No?

Well, aren't you judging it by someone else's definition of a perfect

world? Not by yours?

Your hologram (=the world) is always perfect although it "seems"

missing something.

[Note 1]

Today's Tao sentence can be understood from the point of view of

Attainment = Beginning. (☞See Lose = Gain 42-7)

[Note 2]

As for the feeling of “something is missing”, Zen Master Dogen says: “When the manifestation fills up the body and mind mechanism, it feels that something is missing somehow.” 法もし身心に充足すれば、ひとかたはたらずとおぼゆるなり。(Genjokoan 現成公案, «Shobogenzo») Please also see Big's fear 72-1.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-2
Never tired
Its use never tires it out. (Ch.45)

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Tao never gets tired


Then, why do we get


Why don't we think that fatigue is a message your body is sending to you?

What kind of message does it send?

Your body is asking your mind not to work too hard.

It is asking you to do nothing.

In fact, everything in your world is asking you to do nothing.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-3
Full = Empty
Big's fullness seems

empty. (Ch.45)

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Even an "empty" space

is filled with Tao.

Watch out!

This word "empty" is

not the emptiness that

suggests Tao.

The world is full of colors, right?

Those colors are holograms, which are manifestations of Tao the


Let's review the cycle.

emptiness (Tao) → full of colors (hologram) → emptiness (Tao)

Therefore, emptiness = emptiness

full of colors (hologram) → emptiness (Tao) → full of colors


Therefore, colors = colors

To explain this cycle, Master Dogen says:


[shiki soku ze ku. ku soku ze shiki. shiki ze shiki nari. ku soku ku nari.]"

Colors are justly emptiness. Emptiness is justly colors. Colors are colors. Emptiness justly emptiness.

(Makahannyaharamitsu 摩訶般若波羅蜜, «Shobogenzo»)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-4
No exhaustion
Its use never exhausts it. (Ch. 45)

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"Oh, my god. Oh, my

god. All the human

beings are using Tao's

energy. One day it will

be completely


Don't worry.

It is not going to happen.

Tao the fundamental energy will never be "exhausted" because you

emit it all the time.

Everything exists for this purpose.

The constant recycling of the fundamental energy Tao.

The more you "use" your hologram, in other words, the more you

appreciate this world, the more energy "goes back" to Tao.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-5
Straight = Winding
Big's straight seems

winding. (Ch. 45)

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Does anything truly

straight exist on the



Straightness only

exists in concept.

What you see in the world is not exactly the same as what it really is.

After all, everything is part of your hologram.

In Tao, space does not exist.

Zen master Dogen says:


[gaku hannya kore kokuu nari. kokuu ha gaku hannya nari.]

To let us learn what Tao is, the hologram exists.

The very act of learning Tao is the hologram."

(Makahannyaharamitsu 摩訶般若波羅蜜, «Shobogenzo»)

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