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Tao Te Ching Chapter 61-1
Satori = Reality
A big country is the lower reaches of the river. (Ch.61)

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"A big country" here

means "to be one with Tao".

"But, wait a minute! You said: 'A country' means one's hologram, didn't you?", you might want to ask me.

Yes, I did.

Being in the hologram is being one with Tao, or being in the state of


"What? It means that the hologram, the so-called reality, or the world in front of us is Satori, doesn't it?"

Yes, it does.

Living in this world is the Satori.

Many people say some teachings of Taoism and Zen Buddhism are contradictory and incomprehensible.


Because of this.

They don't want to accept that this very reality is the state of Satori.

It is not something you obtain after long painful hard work.

At "the lower reaches of " a river, which means your hologram, your life, or this world, you are one with Tao.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 61-2
It's the intercourse of the world under the sky. (Ch.61)

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The world is your hologram.

Being one with Tao is "the intercourse" between Tao and your hologram.

This is the Juki 授記, which we discussed a few days ago at Forever 59-7.

Zen Master Dogen says:


[juki nanzo daigo daimei narazaran]

"How can Juki not be Big Satori and Big Mayoi!"

(Juki 授記, «Shobogenzo»)

Satori is part of your hologram.

Mayoi, or being lost, is part of the hologram.

Your own Self is part of the hologram.

The intercourse between Tao and the hologram is part of the hologram itself.

Contradictory as it may sound, Tao is this intercourse.

Tao is the act of receiving and sending Love, which is Tao.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 61-3
Female of the world
It's the female of the world under the sky. (Ch.61)

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A big country is the female of the world under the sky.

That is to say, being one with Tao is the female of the world under the sky.

What does this mean?

It means:

"To be one with Tao, you use Dark Depth Female".

Then, how?

By accepting all.

This is the attitude symbolized by the word "female", which is very important in Taoism.

Dark Depth Female is the translation for 玄牝 [gen pi].

(☞See Dark Depth and Dark Depth Female. See also Dark 20-13, Dark Depth 15-1, and Dark Depth Female 6-2)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 61-4
Female beats male
The female always beats the male because of its stillness. (Ch. 61)

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TThis is Lao Tzu's useful message, which you can apply to life without any



The word "male" suggests direct action.

Inaction beats action.

If you are still, you are better.

Passiveness defeats activeness.

Use Dark Depth Female rather than acting directly on your hologram (=the world).

Use Reverse Thinking, swapping the cause and the result.

If you are confused, don't move.

If you are forced to do something, do it without feeling ashamed.

When Chuang Tzu asks you not to move until you are forced to, he is not prohibiting you from moving.

On the contrary, if you sit still against any force, it shows that you don't understand his teachings at all.

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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 61-5
By stillness
By stillness, she gets lower. (Ch. 61)

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Here I repeat Chuang Tzu's teachings.

"Don't move until you are forced to."

Please read and watch No hurry 17-6.

Lao Tzu says in Chapter 37 No desire:

"Don't desire and be still, and the world under the sky will stabilize


(☞See Be still 37-5)

These are not asking you to fight to sit still.

No, not at all.

They are asking you to accept the hologram, or the world, in front of you as it is.

By stillness, by accepting all, the female gets passive.

Stillness means "going back to the root".

(☞See Stillness 16-6)

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