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Tao Te Ching Chapter 71-1
Learn knowing nothing
To know "not knowing" is the best. (Ch.71)

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You must be a smart person.

Admit it!

You are intelligent, or at least intellectual because you are interested in Taoism and other Oriental philosophies.

You know you are much smarter than others, don't you?

If you are truly smart, of course you know you don't know anything.

Lao Tzu says here that the most knowledgeable person doesn't know anything.

Does it sound contradictory?

Oh, no. Not at all.

It is totally logical because the smartest person knows that knowledge is part of his hologram, which does not belong to him as the clouds in the sky don't.

He is aware that he knows nothing.

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I know it is quite voluminous. I know most of them were written by later hands. Nevertheless, I recommend that you read the complete works of «Chuang Tzu», or at least the Inner Chapters and the Outer Chapters. You will find Chuang Tzu's writing I quote here in the Outer Chapters. Besides, the story of «the frog in the well» is told in 17 - 4 of the Outer Chapters («Soji 荘子» by Osamu Kanaya 金谷治, 1995, Iwanami Bunko 岩波文庫, Iwanami Shoten 岩波書店).

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 71-2
Radio and Knowing
Not to know "knowing" is difficult. (Ch.71)

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Lao Tzu is saying that it is not difficult at all to learn what "knowing" is.

"Knowing" is part of a hologram, which Zen Buddhists call Inmo. (☞See Inmo and No mind 49-10)

Knowledge is a sort of information that you receive from "outside".

It is in the same way that a radio receiver receives a signal.

As no radio program belongs to its listener, we don't own knowledge.

"Knowing" is receiving.

We receive Love through knowledge.

Knowledge is like money in your bank account.

You draw it when you need it.

In other words, you know all you have to know.

If you don't know about something, it is because you don't have to know it.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 71-3
No difficulty
The sage has no difficulty. (Ch.71)

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A: "Master Bonbon, it is too difficult to attain Satori. I don't care how much it costs. Can I buy Satori?"

B: "Idiot! Of course, you have to go through plenty of difficulties and adversities before you buy Satori. But, you know, there is a shortcut. The price is


No one has to go through difficulties before he gets what he wants.

As you know all you have to know, you have got all you have to


We discussed it in the video before this one. (☞See Radio and Knowing 71-2)

Trust the world you project (=your hologram).

"The sage" means you.

You have no difficulty unless you think it is difficult.

That's why Lao Tzu tells us:

"Do not judge".

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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 71-4
Difficult = Not difficult
Because he knows this difficulty is difficult, he has no difficulty. (Ch.71)

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It is difficult to have difficulty.

That's what Lao Tzu is saying here.

The world is the hologram you project.

A seemingly difficult situation is a catalyst.

Every time you face so-called adversities, you should say "thank you, my hologram" because they are stimulating you.

"Thank you, my hologram."

These are magic words.

There is no difficulty in the world you project.

There are only opportunities to emit more Love (=the fundamental energy Tao).

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