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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-1
Don’t say
One who knows does not say. (Ch.56)

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You don't have to be convincing.

You'd better not be talkative.

This sentence seems like a good old teaching of "Silence is golden".

Good enough.

But there is a deeper meaning behind the simplicity of the words.

Lao Tzu wants to say that, if you know how Tao functions, you dare not try to speak out and influence what is going on in front of you.

You just leave it as it is.

That's the first step to be one with Tao.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-2
One who says
One who says does not know. (Ch.56)

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These days, people talk too much.

Once silence was golden, but now it is something negative.

We don't need any decoding for this maxim.

Too much analysis will lead us to complications.

Lao Tzu doesn't talk much.

Dogen does.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-3
Block the openings
Block the openings.

Close the gate.


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These sentences are also found in Chapter 52 / Enlightenment. (☞See Closed holes 52-5. They are translated as "If you stuff its holes and close its gate". 塞其穴。閉其門。)

"Hear no evil, see no evil, say no evil", Lao Tzu may want to say so.

This reminds me of three monkeys in Nikko's Toshogu.

Is this a piece of wisdom or just a cowardly?

Lao Tzu obviously think acting and demonstrating are not the solution at all.

He says:

"Stuff your holes and shut your mouth.

Switch off the TV set and don't listen to provocative world news".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-4
Be dull
Dull the sharpness. (Ch. 56)

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You don't have to be sharp.

"Thank you, Master Lao Tzu!"

"What a relief!"

Lao Tzu thinks that being dull is far better than being sharp.

From now on, you don't have to be either sharp, cutting-edge, nor incisive.

When someone calls us dull, let's thank the person.

We do not have to impress others any more although we have a hidden wish to do so.

Every time the desire to be better than others surfaces in our mind, let's ask ourselves:

"Who are others?".

The others are us.

Don't be sharp.

Be dull.

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A: Why don't you think the other way round?

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A: If you are interested in organic foods, read about the modern-day Lao Tzu of “Do nothing” farming, late Masanobu Fukuoka.

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A: Zen is nothing special. It is something you know well.

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A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

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A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-5
Untangle the entanglement.

(Ch. 56)

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People might think that

the entanglements are

Mayoi, being lost, and

untangling is Satori,

the enlightenment.

But where on earth are the entanglements?

There is no entanglements in your life unless you judge it.

Mayoi is Satori.

The entanglements are catalysts that stimulate you to emit more


In Zen Buddhism, they call this 煩悩即菩提 [bonno soku bodai], which means:

"Being lost is justly the spiritual awakening".

(☞See 23-9 Bonno soku bodai)

Our life is perfectly untangled no matter how much it seems


If you find it tangled up, I would say:

"Welcome to your spiritual awakening!".

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