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Your birth

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 51-1
Your birth
Tao gives birth to

this. (Ch.51)


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Let's check a few

things about Self.


1. Your own self is not true You.


2. True You are Tao.


3. Self is part of your hologram.


Now we are ready to discuss Today's Tao sentence.


"Tao gives birth to" you.


In other words, Tao creates your own self.


Then, your life begins.


It begins and ends simultaneously since time doesn't exist in Tao.


That's why they say "no life and no end of life 不生不滅 [fusho

fumetsu]" in Buddhism.


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Is it possible to "comprehend" Tao and Zen in English? While explaining how Tao and Zen functions in an Indo-European language, we cannot avoid the existence / contradiction of the subject in a sentence. One has to discuss the non-existence of Self by using a language that requires him to use the very symbol of the existence of Self, which is the word "I". On the other hand, there are several languages that do not impose the rule, such as Pacific islands languages, among others. Then, we remember that Japanese language is one of them. We do not necessarily use a subject in a Japanese sentence.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 51-2
Attainment
Attainment raises this. (Ch.51)


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Dark Depth Attainment raises you.


Dark Depth is another

name of Tao.


When you attain Tao,

you grow up spiritually.


What do we have to do to grow up spiritually?


Do we have to buy exotic costumes or join an organization?


No.


All you have to do is to remember that you are Tao.


This is the attainment of Tao.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 51-3
They form you
Things form this.

(Ch.51)


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"Things form" your

own self.


Zen master Dogen

says:


"Your own self is like

mountains, rivers, and lands".


(Keiseisanshoku 谿生山色, «Shobogenzo»)


When you look at the world in front of you, you can tell what kind of

person you are.


You create holograms, and the holograms define you.


In other words, you project a hologram in your "mind", and the

objects in your hologram (=the things in the world) define you.


That's why you are not supposed to judge.


You are perfect.


Remember?


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 51-4
Vessel = Hologram
Vessels complete this. (Ch. 51)


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"When Tao (=the

uncarved block)

scatters, it becomes

vessels." (☞See Vessels 28-13)


"The world under the sky is a god's vessel. Don't do anything to it." (☞See A god's vessel 29-2)


"A Vessel" suggests your hologram.


The important point is that your hologram "completes" you.


Your own self is not independent of the hologram.


Your own self, mind and body included, is part of your hologram.


You and non-you constitute your hologram. Both you and non-you

need each other.


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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 51-5
Respect Tao
That's why everything

never fails to respect

Tao and look up to

the attainment.

(Ch. 51)


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Everything in the world,

which is your

hologram, is a

manifestation of Tao.


Why don't we think that everything has got a seed of Tao no matter

how it looks on its surface.


Tao's attainment is to accept the seed.


It is Dark Depth Attainment 玄徳 [gen toku].


We accept the fundamental energy Tao through the hologram and

emit the same energy "back" to the circulation of the energy Tao.


Respect the world for its role as a catalyst.


Thank the world.


Love the world.


That's how we keep Tao's circulation flowing.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 51-6
Honor attainment
The respect to Tao,

the honor to the

attainment. (Ch.51)


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Respecting Tao is one

thing.


Honoring your own

ability to attain Tao is

another.


We have a tendency to doubt it.


"Not yet! I am not ready. I have to meditate more to comprehend

Zen. I must study more to understand Tao", say many people.


You don't have to do anything to participate in the process of

recycling Tao's energy.


Give yourself more credit!


You appreciate the fact that you are alive, right?


Well, you are emitting the energy now.


It's much better if you can live your life in order to thank someone.


Gratitude is one of the easiest ways of loving.


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