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Tao Te Ching Chapter 53-1
No intelligence
If I have the least

intelligence while

traveling big Tao, I

am fearful of going

sideways. (Ch.53)


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Intelligence is

misleading.


So is knowledge.


When you have both, you cannot help analyzing things, which is

worse.


To follow Tao, you don't need intelligence.


It is a hindrance.


That's why Lao Tzu says:


"When you do Tao, you reduce everything every day." (Reduce 48-1)


If you have too much intelligence, you will go sideways.


Thank you, Master Lao Tzu!


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Dogen was a pure product of Buddhist educational system of his days. He was fluent in Chinese and knowledgeable about classical literature in Japanese; a perfect exchange student in China. When he was young, Ikkyu was educated in the same sort of system as Dogen's although he didn't go to China. Nevertheless, in the second half of their lives, they were totally different. Dogen continued his secluded way of living while Ikkyu frequented with artists and predecessors of geisha girls. I wonder if this master of Rinzai Zen Buddhism could be a punk rock star and Zen preacher like Mr Brad Warner. Warner-san was born in Akron, Ohio, USA, in 1964.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 53-2
Flat Tao
Big Tao is very flat,

but people prefer

small shortcuts.

(Ch.53)


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The word "Tao" is

sometimes translated

as "a way".


When you follow Tao,

your big way is flat, and it is easy to advance there.


Following Tao or practicing Zen is easy. Period.


Who says it is difficult!


"Sir, practicing Zen is very difficult, so you have to buy this Japanese

kimono. With our kimono, you will reach Satori immediately"


"Madam, following Tao is very difficult, so you have to buy this hi-

tech headset. This miraculous headset will give you the same effect

as thirty years' meditation."


Don't listen to them.


No shortcuts are better than doing nothing.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 53-3
Clean court
The court is very

clean. (Ch.53)


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"This is the

government's fault!"


"This president is

horrible!"


People tend to blame

the king and his court.


But don't judge them even if they are rich and powerful.


The government and the classes are part of your hologram.


是什麼物恁麼来 [ze inmo butsu inmo rai]


Your hologram just comes and goes.


"Although everyone in the county wants to buy it, there is no way 蓋

國買門無," said Master Sekimon Etetsu / Shimen Huiche 石門慧徹.

(Kuge 空華, «Shobogenzo»)


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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 53-4
Wild field
The field is very wild.

(Ch.53)


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"Who destroyed the

beautiful rice field!"


"Globalization and

multi-nationals are

responsible for the

desertification of the

world!"


All right, all right.


You need someone to blame.


But, if you follow Tao or Zen, you have got no one to blame.


Don't judge anyone even if nature is being destroyed.


Ask yourself what the world and its nature are.


Buddha said:


"It is like a man with bleary-eyed vision seeing the flowers in the

middle of emptiness."


亦如翳人見空中華


(Shuryogonkyo / Suramgama Sutra 首楞厳経 10-4; also Kuge 空華,

«Shobogenzo». ☞See 64-5 Before existence for Dogen's Caution.)


They are your hologram.


Master Dogen says:


"The flowers of emptiness have everything on the lands blossom."


従華開の尽地あり。(空華は地空ともに開発せしむる)


(Kuge 空華, «Shobogenzo»)


The flowers of emptiness stimulate you to project other flowers.


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