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Tao Te Ching Chapter 67-11
Leader of the vessel
I try not to be the first under the sky, so I can be the leader of the vessel. (Ch.67)

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"Vessel" is a key word in Tao Te Ching and Taoism.

It is a metaphor of a hologram.

"When the uncarved block (=Tao) scatters, it becomes vessels." (☞See Vessels 28-13)

"The world under the sky is a god's vessel. Don't do anything to it." (☞See A god's vessel 29-2)

"Big's vessel will never be completed." (☞See No completion 40-15)

First, Tao, which is true You, projects a hologram.

Second, your own self is part of the hologram.

The self should not try to be the first in there because true You are already the leader of the vessel, that is to say, the projector of the hologram.

Third, holograms are projected and disappear constantly and simultaneously.

They are "never be completed", therefore, eternal.

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«Shinju Ten no Amijima» is an intriguing title. It is the Japanese title for  Masahiro Shinoda's film on the right. The original was written in the days of samurai. The author was Chikamatsu, Monzaemon. It was a puppet play about a tragedy of love. It is based on a true story that took place in an islet called Ami jima, which literally means Net Island. The genius of this Japanese Shakespeare immediately associated it with a famous line from Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching: "天網恢恢 [Ten mo kai kai] Heaven's net is vast". (Chapter 73)  A man and a Yujo, which means a "play woman" literally, commit Shinju at Heaven's net Island. This is the meaning of the title.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 67-12
Stuck in life
Now, if you are brave without sending Love, if you are vast while wasting all, or if you want to be the first without being the last, you will end your life. (Ch.67)

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Are you stuck in your life, the world, or the hologram?

There are three points to think about.

1. Are you brave without sending Love?

2. Do you believe that there is an objective world outside you?

3. Do you refuse to accept your life as it is?

不生 不滅

[fusho fumetsu]

No life. No end of life.

Life is your hologram.

You are never stuck in there.

You just think you are.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 67-13
Love, win, defense
By sending Love, if you wage war, you always win, and, if you defend something, you will be able to do it firmly. (Ch.67)

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Send Love.

Then, you will never be beaten.

By sending Love, you will remember that there is no competition.

Accept all.

That's one way to send Love.

Without resistance, you will never block the flow of the energy Tao.

Do you think someone can take something from you?


It is impossible because the world is your hologram and your own self is part of it.

Say "thank you" as often as you can.

Being grateful is one of the easiest ways to send Love.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 67-14
Heaven, Love, Tao
Heaven surely saves those who send Love, and guards them by sending Love. (Ch.67)

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Heaven, or the heavens, mean a hologram here.

Tao sends Love through your hologram.

The world is part of the hologram, which functions as a catalyst.

You receive Love through it.

And you send Love back to Tao by accepting and loving your hologram.

This is the cycle of Tao.

Everything exists in order to maintain this cycle.

But remember?

True You are Tao.

Tao is Love.

The exchange of the energy takes place in one entity, which we call Tao, Love, or true You.

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

Reverse Thinking

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A: Before you invest a hefty sum of money on your appearance, there are a few things to think about.

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A: Zen Masters asks you to forget about statistics.

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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?"

A: If you are interested in organic foods, read about the modern-day Lao Tzu of “Do nothing” farming, late Masanobu Fukuoka.

Tao Agriculture

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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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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.

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A: No, it means "artist", literally. She is an artist of the Taoist way of living.

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A: It means "Do nothing" Corporation.