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Bassui Tokusho

Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-1
Something stable
It is easy to maintain something stable. (Ch.64)

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A: "Master Bonbon, I don't wanna work hard. I am lazy, you know? Show me the easiest way to get


B: "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch. After years and years of painful effort, only a few chosen ones will be able to get Satori."

C'mon, Master Bonbon, stop saying these ridiculous things.

Lao Tzu says it here as clearly as day.

It's easy.

Let's decode Today's Tao sentence.

What is "something stable"?

The most stable thing is the fundamental energy, which we call Tao.

Some call it Love; others, Zen or Buddha.

Whatever the name is, Lao Tzu is saying that it is easy to keep it.

In other words, it is easy to be one with Tao.

Because true You are Tao from the beginning without effort or superhuman austerities.

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Let's stop saying that they are different. Infinite Light / Mugeko 無碍光・無礙光 is another name of Zen (=Love, =Buddha), which is pointing at the fundamental energy Tao. The more names we create, the more confused we get. As Lao Tzu says, "The word does not stand for what it really is". («Tao Te Ching» Chapter 1). No wonder Daisetz Suzuki was more inclined to Tariki / Other-power later in his life. Let's start saying: "Other-power and Jiriki / Self-power are the same". If Self doesn't exist, how can they be different! Consult Daisetz Suzuki's «Buddha of Infinite Light» and Hiroyuki Itsuki's «Tariki» and ask yourself whether the two words are still different to you.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-2
Before materialization
It is easy to treat a thing before it has appeared. (Ch.64)

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Everything appears.

It is projected as a hologram.

The state before the projection is called "Bumo misho izen 父母未生以前" in Zen


It means "before the father and the mother are born".

Once you accept the mechanism between Tao and holograms, everything will be easy.

Master Dogen says:

"The life of right now exists in this mechanism;

this mechanism exists in the life of right now".


(Zenki 全機, «Shobogenzo»)

Life is not the period between birth and saying good-bye to life.

Birth and "good-bye" take place simultaneously inside the mechanism.

Life is a timeless hologram in the mechanism between "the projecting" and "the projected".

Treat your life before the projection.

In other words, do nothing right now.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-3
Bassui Tokusho / While fragile
It is easy to melt a thing while it is fragile. (Ch.64)

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Melt your own ego.

Zen Master Bassui Tokusho 抜隊得勝 (1323-1387) says:

"When you are lost, you are like ice."


[mayou toki ha koori no gotoshi]

(☞See Disintegrating 15-7)

He adds:

"Among all the pieces of ice, there is no ice that does not become water".


[koori no naka ni mizu to narazaru koori nashi]

(«Bassui Kana Hogo» 抜隊仮名法語)

When you are solid as ice, you are lost.

When you are flexible as water, you are Buddha.

The Japanese word for Buddha is "hotoke 仏・ほとけ".

The word puns with "hodoke-ru ほどける", which means "to


Never mind being "fragile".

Then, you are flexible and untangled.

Don't be hard if you don't want to forget that you are Buddha and


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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 64-4
While minute
It is easy to erase a thing while it is minute. (Ch.64)

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"A thing" is your


The Kanreisu (the bar / spring for your spiritual leap in Zen) here is that your own self is part of a hologram.

Tao projects a hologram.

The hologram stimulates Tao.

As Zen Master Dogen clarifies it,

this exchange mechanism of energy between projection and stimulation is what we call Life or Self.

(☞See Before materialization 64-2)

Self is not individual or independent, but a name for the mechanism.

Therefore, Self does not exist as a tangible entity.

"Erase" the concept of Self if you think it exists.

If your own self or ego is minute, it is easy to forget it.

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