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Tao Te Ching Chapter 54-6
Village
Learn it in the village, and its attainment lasts. (Ch.54)


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Love your village.


That is to say, love everything surrounding you.


Now, we know Lao Tzu's teachings here.


We start accepting and loving our own self first, and gradually expand the zone of love and acceptance.


This is one way to attain Tao.


Of course, you can accept and love all, at once.


In either way, the conclusion is the same.


Accept your hologram as a catalyst and keep Tao's energy cycling.


Remember?


Tao has no time.


So, if you do this once, Tao's cycle lasts forever.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 54-7
Country
Learn it in the country, and its attainment is rich. (Ch.54)


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Love your country no matter what its state is.


Don't criticize politicians.


Accept people in the media as they are.


If you get annoyed, you create unnecessary resistance and waste your energy.


"The country" is much smaller than the TV set next to you.


It is just a backdrop of your hologram.


It is not wise to cut the "rich" flow of Tao's energy by getting upset.


If you don't like what is going on in "the country", be like Nikko's three monkeys.


See nothing.


Say nothing.


Hear nothing.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 54-8
World
Learn it in the world under the sky, and its attainment is omnipresent. (Ch.54)


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This sentence summarizes the paragraph.


The world is your hologram.


Learn Tao in the hologram.


In other words, receive Tao through the hologram.


This is Tao's attainment.


Zen master Dogen looks at this from another point of view:


"The so-called light of Buddha is ten nooks and crannies of the whole world".


いわゆる仏祖の光明は尽十方界なり


(Komyo 光明, «Shobogenzo»)


At any part of this world, in every sphere of your hologram, you are seeing Buddha's light, which is Love, which is Tao.


It exists everywhere, waiting to be received.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 54-9
See the body
Therefore, see the body through the body. (Ch. 54)


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Therefore, see Tao

through your body.

Your magnificent body

is a manifestation of

Tao.


Not only that, the whole world is your body.


Chinese Zen master Chosha Keishin / Ch'ang-sha Ching-tsen

長沙景岑禅師 said:


"Ten nooks and crannies of the whole world are the entire body of a monk."


尽十方界是沙門全身。尽十方界これ沙門の全身なり。


(Komyo 光明/ Jippou 十方, «Shobogenzo»)


Do not judge your body according to a criterion invented by the

media.


Every body is beautiful.


Since your body is beautiful, this entire world is beautiful.


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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 54-10
See the family
See the family

through the family. (Ch. 54)


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See Tao through your

family.


Family members are a

manifestation of Tao.


Then, why do Zen monks have to abandon their family?


That's why they are called Shukke 出家, "leaving the family", isn't it?


This question can be answered by another question.


Have they ever had a family?


No.


Because you do not possess your holograms, which include your

family.


Leaving the family is one way to learn that the whole world is a

hologram.


Of course, you can choose another way of learning it while listening

to all the gibberish of your family members.


You never know, an enlightened layman in eighth-century China,

Hokoji 龐居士 / P'ang Yun 龐蘊, may have gone through the same thing.


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