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Benefit?

 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-11
Benefit?
You cannot give benefit to it. (Ch.56)


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Tao is not material.


It has nothing to do with benefit.


Let's make it clear.


All the material beings, including so-called benefit, belong to your hologram.


Tao does not belong to the hologram.


Tao manifests itself through the hologram.


Tao has nothing to do with benefit, neither its benefit nor your

benefit.


Listen to Zen Master Dogen's caution:


"You don't practice Buddha's manifestation for your own self, not to mention, for your fame or benefit."


(«Gakudo yojin shu 学道用心集»)


夫れ仏法修行は尚自身のためにせず、況んや名聞利養のためにこれを修せんや (鎌田茂雄「正法眼蔵随聞記講話」第一講より)


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Sincerely I would like to thank both gentlemen and exceptional literary figures: Mr Donald Keene and Mr Shusaku Endo. Both works here, Mr Endo's «The Sea and Poison» and Mr Keene's «So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of Japanese Writers» are important records on Japan and the Japanese during World War 2. The former is about the medical experiments on American prisoners of war. The latter includes the diaries written by Kafu Nagai, Sei Ito, Futaro Yamada and Jun Takami among others.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-12
Harm?
You cannot do it harm. (Ch.56)


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Tao is not material.


It has nothing to do with damage.


No matter what you do, you cannot damage Tao.


Zen Master Dogen paraphrases this:


"No one can ever do anything evil."


(Shoakumakusa 諸悪莫作, «Shobogenzo»)


「諸悪さらにつくられざるなり」


If you see something evil, do not judge because it is part of your hologram.


So, something seemingly harmful exists as a catalyst to stimulate you to emit more Love.


Trust Tao.


It is always intact.


No matter what you do, Tao will never ever judge you.


Don't worry.


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-13
Ennoble it?
You cannot ennoble it. (Ch.56)


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Tao has nothing to do with human values.


You cannot ennoble

Tao.


So, don't worship Tao.


Don't give a special status to Tao


It is counterproductive.


Tao is neutral.


Don't make a wish to Tao unless you cannot help it.


No matter how much you ask Tao to do something for your benefit, it won't help you.


If you worship Tao, you cannot regard the so-called reality as a

hologram.


For the same reason, don't worship yourself.


Don't feed your ego.


Remember?


Your own self doesn't belong to you. (☞See Chapter 3b You and non-you)


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Tao Te Ching Chapter 56-14
Debase it?
You cannot debase it. (Ch. 56)


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Tao is beyond human values.


Therefore, "You cannot ennoble it. You cannot debase it".


Don't worship Tao.


Don't worship yourself, either.


But at the same time, don't despise Tao.


Don't despise yourself, either.


I have to make it clear that the word "hologram" is not a pejorative at

all.


Please don't say: "The world is just a hologram. Let's ignore it".


Your precious Self is part of your perfect holographic world although your own self is not true You.


Get it?


Accept the world, but don't be attached to it.


Accept your own self, but don't be attached to it.


They are a beautiful hologram, aren't they?


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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 56-15
Noblest
Therefore, it is the noblest in the world.

(Ch. 56)


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Tao, which is true You, is the beginning and the end.


It is the unique

existence.


Logically, it is the noblest.


Let's review this Chapter 56 How to be One with Tao. (☞See also 10 points to be one with Tao / 玄同 [gen do] = to be one with Dark Depth = to be one with Tao)


1. Do not see (especially TV news).


2. Do not listen (to especially someone who speaks up).


3. Do not speak. (Especially do not try to convince others.)


4. Be dull. Don't be special.


5. Accept everything as it is.


6. Accept it with gratitude.


7. Remember that you are Tao. (Don't try to reach Tao or get Satori. Useless.)


8. Don't try to influence Tao. It is a waste of energy.


9. Don't worship Tao. (=Don't worship yourself.)


10. Don't make light of Tao. (=Don't make light of yourself.)


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