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Tao Te Ching Chapter 76-1
Soft life
The life of man is soft and weak. (Ch.76)

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The expression "soft and weak" suggests being intangible.

Why is the life of man intangible?

Because it is part of a hologram.

What is life, then?

To answer the question, movie is a perfect metaphor.

A movie does not exist as a tangible entity.

A movie is a story told on the screen where a sequence of numerous photographs is projected.

The life of man is a movie.

As the name of "movie" is given to a sequence of projected images, "life" is the name of a collection of holograms.

Technically speaking, a hologram does not change as an individual image in a film does not change.

The sequence of holograms gives us an impression that it changes.


-Life does not exist as a tangible entity.

-A hologram does not change.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 76-2
Hard end
The end of the life of man is hard and strong. (Ch.76)

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What is the end of life?

Zen Master Dogen answers the question clearly:

"Life is a momentary phase.

The end of life is a momentary phase."



(Genjokoan 現成公案, «Shobogenzo»)

He particularly uses the expression "a phase in the manifestation / Ho-i 法位" in order to describe the same stages.

Every moment of life is a phase in the manifestation and part of one hologram you project.

The important thing is that each hologram is independent of the others as an individual image (=a frame) in a film has nothing to do with the ones before and after it.

That is to say, the end of life has nothing to do with the beginning of


There is no cause and effect between holograms.

The true cause and effect takes place between a hologram and Tao, which is true You.

The projected holographic image stimulates the circulation of energy.

The circulation is called Tao.


-A hologram does not affect another.

-A hologram is a momentary phase.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 76-3
Fragile life
The life of


grasses or trees,

is soft and fragile.


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Why does life exist?

Why do the lives of grasses and trees exist?

First, life, or the life of any being, is part of a hologram.

Second, a hologram exists as a catalyst.

The catalyst stimulates Tao, the circulation of the fundamental


This relation between the stimulating and the stimulated beings is metaphorically expressed as "to explain manifestation / 説法 [seppo]", or "to turn the wheel of manifestation / 転法輪 [tenborin]".

In other words, everything you see in your hologram is a prayer.

The catalytic prayer stimulates you, who is Tao.

That's why Zen Master Dogen says:

"Sometimes it uses the letters of one hundred grasses;

sometimes it uses the letters of ten thousand trees".



(Bukkyo 仏経, «Shobogenzo»)

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 76-4
Dry end
The end of its life is dry and withered. (Ch.76)

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When you see that your plants are dry and withered, what do you think?

Their lives are getting closer to an end?

If so, please remember that every moment of life is a momentary phase (=Ho-i 法位). (☞See Hard end 76-2)

It is an independent momentary holographic image.

The end has nothing to do with the beginning.

Besides, all the holographic images are prayers. (☞See Chapter 6b Male and Female; Life's a prayer wheel)

When we see their end, we often feel sad.


Some associate it with their own end;

others are reminded of the loss of someone.

But it is strange.

Nothing ever ends because there is no beginning.

No one loses any because nothing has ever existed.

The holographic images of end and loss are asking us the same thing as those of beginning and birth:

"Send more Love".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 76-5
Mujoseppo = non-living preach / Hard & Strong
Therefore, those who are hard and strong are men of non-life. (Ch.76)

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Do non-living objects understand what one preaches?

In Zen Buddhism, they discuss the question often.

They also ask themselves a question:

"What kind of people can hear the preaching of non-living beings?".


(cf. the preaching of non-living beings = Mujoseppo 無情説法)

The answers are quite clear:

"Yes, non-living beings can hear the preaching of non-living beings".

Life is part of a hologram, which we call the world.

A hologram is projected.

As both people and buildings in a movie are projected, living beings and non-living beings in your hologram are projected.

Living and non-living beings are the same.

In a sense, everything is non-living.

How can you tell that people and animals have got thoughts and feelings while rocks and clouds haven't?

Now you know why you are not able to hear what other people and animals think or feel.


Zen Master Dogen says: "Life is just non-life". (Shoji 生死, «Shobogenzo», also quoted in Heaven’s Tao 9-6)

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