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Tao Te Ching Chapter 68-1
True samurai
A true samurai doesn't fight. (Ch.68)

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It is as clear as day.

If you don't fight, you will never be defeated.

The noun "samurai" came from the verb "saburau", which meant "to wait on" in the senses of "to attend or serve" and "to pay a respectful visit to".

A true samurai doesn't fight.

Or, at least, he does not look for a fight.

If it is inevitable to fight, he accept it.

He does not fight against fighting, either.

He does not fight against his hologram.

He knows that his act, the body, the enemy, and the fight itself are manifestations of Buddha (=Tao).

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Read Miyamoto Musashi’s «The Book of Five Rings» if you want to be a samurai in your own context of life. A business samurai, a samurai athlete, or whatever. If you are a Christian, how about a Christian samurai?  Do you think it is a joke. No, not at all. There were plenty of samurai who dedicated themselves to Christianity. Some Christian samurai went as far as Rome, Italy in order to meet the Pope. A Japanese Catholic novelist Shusaku Endo wrote about the spiritual and spacial journey.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 68-2
True warrior
A true warrior doesn't get angry. (Ch.68)

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A true samurai might say:

"If you are angry, you are already defeated".

A true Taoist might say:

"If you are angry, you don't know anything about Tao".

What do you have to say, then?

You in the sense of your own self projected in the hologram would


"I am angry because the world is full of injustice."


"Oh, my god. Oh, my god. I am angry but I am not supposed to be angry. I am supposed to suppress my feelings. Oh, my god. Oh, my god. I am gonna lose my Satori".

But you in the sense of true You, which is Tao, should say:

"I accept my anger. I even cherish the anger because it is part of my adorable hologram".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 68-3
True winner
A true winner doesn't compete. (Ch.68)

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A: "Master Bonbon, another religious group has just opened its office in our town. Can we win against them?"

B: "Do whatever to win! Make more people join our organization. Tell them we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee policy. «If you don't get Satori, you will get your donation back, excluding the transaction charges»".

If you don't compete, you will never be beaten.

Lao Tzu says:

"Simply, he doesn't compete. That's why no one under the sky can compete with him." (Ch.22)

This is the essence of Aikido 合気道, or Tao of synchronized energy. (☞See Aikido 22-12 and Don't compete 66-7)

The so-called enemy is part of your hologram along with your own


So, it is useless to compete.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 68-4
Lower than people
One who uses people well puts himself lower than them.


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"Hai, hai, hai. Yes, yes,


Have you ever seen a Japanese saying "hai, hai, hai" while bowing?

And did you laugh?

All right. You laughed. Totally understandable.

Then, did you think about Lao Tzu and Tao Te Ching?


It's a pity.

You missed a fantastic living example of Dark Depth Female 玄牝


The Japanese word "hai" does not necessarily mean: "Yes. I agree with you".

It means: "Yes. I understand what you are saying, I am lower than you, and I respect you as a part of sacred nature".

In short, "I accept you and the rest".

"People" here means your hologram.

By lowering yourself and activating Dark Depth Female, you can "use" your hologram.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 68-5
No competition
This is called attainment by no competition. (Ch.68)

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Why does Lao Tzu ask you not to compete or


Because competition and fight are forms of resistance.

They are refusal of acceptance.

First, you accept the world, which is your hologram.

Second, you are one with Tao, that is to say, you remember that true You are Tao and your own self is just part of the hologram.

Third, remembering You = Tao is the attainment of Tao. This is also called Dark Depth Attainment 玄徳 [gen toku].

Fourth, while accepting your hologram, you emit the fundamental energy Tao, which is True You or which you can call Love.

Fifth, Tao, or Love, is out there. Now you go back to the first step and accept it through the hologram.

We keep this cycle.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 68-6
Aikido & Tariki / Other people’s power
This is called the use of other people's power. (Ch.68)

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Use other people's power by lowering yourself without


Two points.


This is the idea of Aikido.

Don't compete.

Synchronize the energy.

Use the opponent's power.


When you look at this from the Buddhists' point of view, this is Tariki / Other-power.

You are not in charge of your own salvation, but Amida Butsu / Amitābha Buddha will take care of it.

This Tariki / Other-power is a useful tool.

Thanks to the presence of Amida, who is the mighty force outside you, you can reduce your resistance.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 68-7
Limit of space and time
This is called matching the limit of space and time.


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Dark Depth Female 玄牝 [genpi] is the attitude of lowering yourself and being submissive in order to be one with Tao, or to remember that true You are Tao.

By not competing, you can attain Tao easily.

It is called Dark Depth Attainment 玄徳 [gen toku].

Using Tariki 他力 / Other-power works well, too.

All of them are the same as matching the limit of space and time.

Space and time are parameters to interpret in-coming information and form a holographic image.

"Matching the limit of time and space" means "understanding that time and space exist only in the hologram".

The limit of time and space is your hologram.

Besides, it is worth mentioning that Zen Master Dogen implies the projection of a hologram with time and space is the true miracle. (Jinzu 神通, «Shobogenzo»)

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The moment you have understood Tariki = Jiriki, you don't need any names to grasp the secret of Life. The moment you have accepted Aikido = Life, you don't need to fight. Japanese novelist Hiroyuki Itsuki confesses his childhood experience of escape. Morihei Ueshiba was one of the great masters of Aikido.