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Bodhidharma from the West

Tao Te Ching Chapter 54-11
See the village
See the village through the village.


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See Tao through the people: your neighbors, colleagues, and classmates; the ones living around you.

Your "village" is a hologram that stimulates you as a catalyst.

"The global village" is the same.

It is a hologram and catalyst.

Internet exists in order to give us more opportunities to emit Love the fundamental energy (=Tao).

Internet is a wonderful metaphor to explain us how Tao functions, I suppose.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 54-12
Bodhidharma from the West
See the country

through the country.


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See Tao through your

own country.

"But I want to learn

more about Tao and

Zen. I cannot do it in

my country. They don't even sell a proper kimono to wear for meditation. I've got to go to Japan or China!"

Is the grass always greener on the other side?

No, it isn't.

The grass is always the same green wherever you go.

Here, we have a famous koan:

"What is the meaning of Daruma / Bodhidharma coming over from the West?


Dharma 法 signifies manifestation.

Tao or Zen manifests itself through your hologram.

In other words, Daruma came over to tell us:

"Everything you see is part of one hologram whether you are in the West or in the East".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 54-13
Jin juppo kai / See the world
See the world under the sky through the world under the sky. (Ch.54)

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See Tao through your hologram.

What is "the world under the sky"?

In the original Kanji / Chinese characters, it is written 天下 [tenka], which literally means "under the sky" and is often translated as "the world".

In Zen Buddhism, they like to use the expression 尽十方界 [jin juppo (jippo) kai].

Each Kanji / Chinese character signifies "exhaust - ten - direction - area" respectively.

The phrase can be translated as "ten nooks and crannies of the whole world".

Master Dogen says in the chapter of Jippo (Juppo) in his Shobogenzo:

"Ten nooks and crannies of the whole world are the only eye of a one-eyed monk.

That is to say, they are the only eye of the one-eyed Monk Gautama Buddha.

Monk Gautama Buddha's eye is «Shobogenzo / the authentic manifestation of holography», which I have got."


(Jippo 十方, «Shobogenzo»)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 54-14
Why telepathy?
Why do I know what's going on in the world under the sky?

(Ch. 54)

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A: "Master Bonbon, I wanna be able to read other people's mind. I wanna be a psychic who can tell what's gonna happen in the world. Can you help me?"

B: "Meditate for thirty years, and you will get the magical power."

Two important points.


You know everything in the world because it's your hologram.

You filter all the information and select what is necessary for you.


Zen master Dogen strictly advises against any so-called "magical powers" including mind-reading and telepathy.

Well, everyone has got the power.

So, why do we have to call it "magical"?

"Other people" and "another place in the world" are part of the hologram you project.

Naturally, you know all about them.

Dogen says:

"If you are reading your own mind, you are reading other people's mind."


(Tashintsu 他心通, «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 54-15
Because of Satori
It's because of this. (Ch. 54)

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It's because you are the one who creates the world, which is your hologram.

Forget trying to reach Satori.

Because you are already in the state whether you are aware of it or not.

Master Dogen says:

"It doesn't matter if you have reached Satori or not.

It doesn't matter if you reached Satori a long time ago or not.

If you have a hologram, you are Buddha."

(衲僧は仏祖なり。) 大悟をえらばず不悟をえらばず、朕兆前悟をえらばず、眼睛なるは仏祖なり。

(Ganzei 眼睛, «Shobogenzo»)

Therefore, you know everything.

Everything is in harmony.

Because our everyday world is Satori itself.

No matter how hard you refuse to accept this.

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