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Tozan Ryokai

Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-6
Capable = Incapable
Big's capability

seems incapable.


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"If Tao is the almighty

creator of everything,

what on earth did it

do to create such a

world as this!"

Today's episode is another Kanreisu 関捩子 (a bar / spring) to understand Tao and Zen better.

Tao creates your hologram.

Tao is the source of your hologram.

Then, is Tao responsible for your hologram, that is to say, your life?

The answer is "No".

Tao has no intention.

It does not control any.

Therefore, Zen Buddhists use the expression 恁麼 [inmo], which

means «what on earth».

Dogen quotes Sokei Eno's words to Nangaku Ejo (曹谿慧能 to 南嶽懐譲):


[ze inmo butsu inmo rai]

Where on earth did this «what on earth» thing come from?"

(Inmo 恁麼, «Shobogenzo»)

It means:

"Don't think about the cause of your hologram. Just accept it." (By

accepting it, you emit Buddha's Love.)


Sokei Eno's words to Nangaku Ejo appear in Book 5 of «Record of

the Transmission of the Lamp / 景徳伝燈録».

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-7
Poor speech
Big's speech seems poor. (Ch.45)

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A: "Master Bonbon,

why are you so

serious all the time? "

B: "I am talking

something sacred. I

have to be serious.

Otherwise, people will not believe it."

No, Master Bonbon, if you are talking about true Tao, people have

to laugh at you.

Lao Tzu says in Chapter 40:

"When a low man hears about Tao, he laughs out loud.

If he doesn't laugh, it is not worth being Tao."

(Laughable Tao 40-3 and If not laughable 40-4, respectively)

When you talk about Tao, don't try to convince others because your speech must sound very poor.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-8
Tozan Ryokai / Cold
Movement defeats

cold. (Ch.45)

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In summer, it is hot.

In winter, it is cold.

Whether it is hot

or cold, Tao's "movement" is hidden


Dogen says:


[kan ha kore sosou no katsu ganzei nari]

Cold is the very living holography of Buddha ancestors."

(Shunjuu 春秋, «Shobogenzo»)

Like other holograms, cold is a manifestation of Tao.

You accept it with gratitude.

That's why Tozan Ryokai 洞山良价 said:

"When it's cold, make yourself feel cold completely".


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 45-9
Stillness defeats

heat. (Ch. 45)

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As we discussed it

yesterday, heat is part

of your hologram.

Tao's "stillness" is

behind the heat.

What is the "stillness", then?

Please check Tao Te Ching Chapter 16 Go back.

Lao Tzu says:

"Going back to the root is called stillness". (Stillness 16-6)

It is also called "going back to their destiny (=life)". (Destiny 16-7)

A moving hologram goes back to Tao's stillness.

Then, a new life / destiny of a hologram will be born.

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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 45-10
Clear & Still
Being clear and still

makes you the

master of the world

under the sky.


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Be still.

Be clear.

Then, you will be the master of the world.

In other words, when you are calm, you can easily remember the

most important fact, which is that true You are Tao itself.

Zen master Dogen says clearly:

"«The highest Bodhi / wisdom 無上菩提 [mujo bodai]»


«Authentic manifestation of holography 正法眼蔵 [Shobogenzo]»,


«Stillness 寂静 [jaku jo]»,



«Do nothing 無為 [mu i]»."

(Inmo 恁麼, «Shobogenzo»)

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