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Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-17
Rare coins
He doesn't value rare coins. (Ch.64)

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Lao Tzu says in Chapter 3 Do nothing:

"If they don't value rare coins, people will stay away from theft."

(☞See No rare coins 3-2)

He also says in Chapter 12 Five colors:

"The coins hard to get make man's behavior bothered."

(☞See Coins 12-5)

Then, what does Lao Tzu mean by the words "rare" and "coins"?


Of course, yes, but we need a more specific answer.

Well, the answer is intellectual analysis.

"The sage" does not value analyses.

It is no use analyzing your hologram.

It is waste of time wondering where it comes from.

That's why Zen Buddhists call it Inmo butsu 恁麼物, or a what-on-earth thing.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-18
Learn no learn
He learns not to learn. (Ch.64)

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Learn nothing. Period.

We don't need to add anything to this.

"But we want to know

about Tao!", you may


In Chapter 48 Reduce and reduce, Lao Tzu says:

"When you study, you accumulate your knowledge everyday.

When you do Tao, you reduce everything everyday."

(☞See also Reduce 48-1)

Where do we get the idea that we have to study or work hard before we get what we want?

Lao Tzu says that you don't have to do anything.

"Learn to do nothing" means "minimize your resistance".

Do you have to do anything to accept the world as it is?

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-19
He brings back people's excess to the state it was before. (Ch.64)

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The kanji / Chinese character 過 [ka] signifies both "excess" and "past".

"Past" in the sense of "has been".

The thing that has been is the hologram that you have just received.

In Taoism, it is important to return this "has been" hologram to the state before it was projected.

How can we bring it back?

It's easy.

In the episode of Return it! 22-14, simple Reverse Thinking is explained.

Watch that video with Before parents' birth 22-4.

It will help you to better understand Reverse Thinking.

If you want to know about Tao's mechanism in terms of "return", the episode of Returns to each other 60-6 will be helpful.

Now you don't have to worry about your destiny.

You know how to bring it back.

(☞See Destiny 16-7)

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

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Q: "We need to change our way to grow foods. I am worried about the future of my children. What should we do?"

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

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Q: "I am desperate. I need some solutions right away."

A: No worries. Here is a practical method.

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A: A good question! Zen masters have been tackling the question for ages, but our old man, Lao Tzu, knows the answer.

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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.

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Q: "What Does Nintendo mean?"

A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.

Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-20
Thus he keeps everything with

its natural



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The words are sometimes more intelligent than the human beings that use


Look at the word 自然 [shizen].

This combination of the two kanji / Chinese characters illustrates how they look at life and nature in Taoism.

When the two kanji are together, 自然 [shizen] means nature.

When the two are separated, 自 [ji] means "self" and 然 [nen], "being in a state of".

Therefore, nature 自然 [shizen] means "being in the state of itself".

Life and nature are part of your hologram.

They transforms themselves whether we think we intervene in the process or not.

Leave your hologram coming and going naturally.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 64-21
Don’t dare
He doesn't dare to act. (Ch.64)

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Do not act.

That is to say, do not intervene in the natural transformation of your hologram.

"But, what can we do? We have to eat and sleep! We've got to go to school or work!", you may say.

If you think so, just do it.

Your thoughts are part of the hologram.

So are your acts.

Whatever you do, you are in fact doing nothing.

Whether you are literally sitting or running around, you are doing Zazen 坐禅 (=so-called "meditation"), which is what Zen Buddhists call "sitting".

You don't have to meditate because life itself is your meditation.

Then, what do we have to do in our life, or our living meditation?

It's easy.

Do nothing.

That is to say, receive and send the maximum amount of Love


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