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Eternal cycle

Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-5
Eternal cycle
No one knows the end of this cycle.


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Fortune and misfortune, Yin and Yang, Tao and holograms; all of them are the same, the same eternal cycle. (☞See Chapter 59 Attainment and cycle)

This cycle is the prayer wheel and the wheel of Buddha's manifestation (=Horin 法輪).

Of course, no one knows its end because there is no end.

No one knows its beginning, either, because there is no beginning.

That's why in Buddhism they say:

"No life, no end of life / 不生不滅 [fusho fumetsu]".

In other words, we are living in the eternal cycle, which is the constant beginning.

Fortune and misfortune are one.

Yin and Yang are one.

Tao and holograms are one.

Then, why do they appear different?

In order to give us an opportunity to remember that they are one.

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There is one thing you must not miss when you visit Japan. It is not a big deal if you don't have time to visit a Zen garden. Never mind if no Sumo matches take place during your stay. But, if you leave the country without experiencing a nice hot bowl of Ramen noodles, you have got no one else to blame beside yourself. It is strongly advised to do some preparatory study on Ramen before you land on this gastronomical wonderland. Here are two good materials concerning the subject of the Ramen; manga «Oishinbo; Ramen and Gyoza» and Juzo Itami's Ramen noodle western movie «Tampopo». Attention! Not exactly all the noodle establishments have a high standard in terms of taste. Please ask a friend who can read Japanese to pick out for you the best noodle joint at your destination. The information is abundantly available on Internet.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-6
There is no criterion? (Ch.58)

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If you don't judge, you don't need any


Or, you are the criterion because you are the one who projects your hologram.

Zen Master Dogen says:

"Good and evil, cause and result will make you create Buddha."

(Shoakumakusa 諸悪莫作, «Shobogenzo»)


Good, evil, cause, and result;

everything takes place in your hologram.

And the hologram is there to stimulate you to emit more love.

Do you still get enormous pleasure when you impose your criterion upon others?

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-7
Odd criterion
A criterion returns to be odd. (Ch.58)

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Why do we suffer from something?

Because we have criteria concerning health, beauty, social status, or whatever.

Having criteria and judging oneself is a form of resistance.

"But I am not perfect!"

Is that what you want to say?

Well, certainly a criterion blocks the natural flow of Tao.

It bothers Tao's cycle to turn around.

Then the criterion/resistance creates oddities in your hologram.

That's why you suffer.

But don't worry.


Everything, including all the oddities, "returns" to Tao, the ultimate


Your suffering is just a catalyst.

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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 58-8
A right thing returns to be spooky.


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"Get up! Stand up!"

"Do the right thing!"

Do you still want to shout like that?

You don't have to be right, says Lao Tzu, because there is neither right nor wrong in Taoism.

Are you obsessed with being right?

If so, the result could be very "spooky".

Weren't we, human beings, doing a so-called "right thing" when we created all the horrifying man-made disasters in history.

But, let us not judge it.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 58-9
Confused about time?
Since the old days people have been confused. (Ch.58)

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Zen Master Dogen


"Don't think that time only flies away."

(Uji 有時, «Shobogenzo»)


People have been confused about Tao partly because of the concept of time.

Dogen also says:

"Future is past and present".

(Juki 授記 , «Shobogenzo»)


Past, present, and future are the same.

Time is just a parameter that accompanies your hologram.

You are creating past, present, and future right now.

Dogen painstakingly explains:

"(The transmission) creates Tao. It creates Buddha. It creates past. It creates present. It creates future."

"It is authentically transmitted from future to present. It is authentically transmitted from future to past."

(Den'e 伝衣, «Shobogenzo»)



You are not only creating present and future.

You are creating past as well.

So, if you are confused, it creates confusion among people in the past, doesn't it?

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