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Love & Excess

Tao Te Ching Chapter 77-9
Love and Excess
Who can have excess and give it to the world under the sky? Only those with Tao can. (Ch.77)

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You should avoid excess.

It's even better if you reduce and reduce everything till you have nothing left. (☞See Chapter 48 Reduce and reduce)

"The world under the sky" is your hologram, remember?

So, be generous to the rest of your holographic world.

A: "Master Bonbon, I want to help poor children in Japan. What should I do?"

B: "Send the latest Nintendo 7DS video game consoles. Some may have lost theirs. Others have old consoles, on which they cannot play holographic games."

Whether you give something to someone materially or not, you are sending Love to the world.

Send Love as generously as you get completely detached from your holographic world.

Then, you will remember that you are always one with Tao.

Only you can send Love.

No one else.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 77-10
Therefore, although something is done, the sage doesn't rely on it. (Ch.77)

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We all know that we have to avoid any form of attachment if we practice Tao or Zen.

Here, Lao Tzu repeats what he has told us in Chapter 2 Do not judge. (There is an identical line in Chapter 2.)

Don't "rely on" anything in your hologram.

Don't be attached to anything, right?

Why, though?

Because it is a catalyst.

"What do you mean by 'a catalyst'?", some might want to ask.

If you don't like the expression "catalyst", you may call it a text book.

Life and the world is your text book.

It teaches you by raising you higher.

It makes you learn by pushing you lower.

What do we have to learn, then?

Well, your hologram teaches you just one thing.

Send Love by accepting all.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 77-11
After life / Task successfully accomplished
Although his great tasks are (successfully) accomplished, he doesn't stay there. (Ch.77)

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Lao Tzu has said

the same sentence

in Chapter 2 Do not judge.

In the world, which is your hologram and a catalyst, you don't have to be successful.

Or rather, I should say: "No matter what is your evaluation of your life, you are successful".

It is quite logical because your only task in life is to emit Love (=Tao).

Whatever you do, you are sending Love, remember? (☞See Plenty of life? 75-3 and Value life 75-4)

Be careful, though.

Some might say: "All right. Our achievement doesn't matter because we are gonna leave this world anyway."


We do not go back to Tao after our life finishes. (☞See Man's self 77-7)

We are Tao itself.

In other words, we are "inside" Tao all the time while we do not "keep staying" in the hologram.

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

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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.

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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.

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 77-12
Secret of superiority
He doesn't want to show off his superiority. (Ch.77)

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A: "Master Bonbon, I am better than others, right? I've just sent 1,000 holographic

video game consoles to poor children in


B: "Shut up, idiot! Cash is always better than toys. If you had

donated the same amount of cash to our organization, you could

have been a 'chosen disciple of the week' instead of a generous


Tell me honestly.

Would you like to be a mystic Taoist superior to the rest of the


Or, would you like to be a "chosen" Zen disciple selected by a mighty


If so, I'm afraid to tell you: "No, you cannot!".


Because everything is one.

It is impossible to distinguish one from another.

So, how can you be better than others!

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