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Tao Te Ching Chapter 78-1
Water summary
Nothing in the world under the sky is softer and weaker than water. (Ch.78)

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If you don't know what to do, be like water.

Let's summarize the water-like attitude.

1. Believe you are influencing all like flooded water. (See Flooded water 34-1)

2. Give benefit to all. (See Water benefits all 8-2)

3. Stay at the bad place. (See Water stay at the bad place 8-3)

4. Believe true You are Tao. (See Water is close to Tao 8-4)

5. Don't compete. (See Water never errs 8-5)

6. Don't worry even if you feel as confused as muddy water. (See Muddy water 15-10)

7. Treat your hologram as if water treats a fish. (See Fish and Water 36-7)

8. Be soft and weak. (See Soft and Weak 76-6)

9. Accept all.

10. Don't resist. No resistance!

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 78-2
Water’s attack
As for attacking something hard and strong, nothing is better than water. (Ch.78)

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We all know this phenomenon.

Water "attacks" a rock year in and year out and eventually makes a hole in the "hard and strong" rock.

Something "hard and strong" is softer and weaker than the softest and weakest.

An ironic contradiction?

No, not at all.

Some martial artists, notably an Aikido-ka, will agree.

If you are hard and strong, you are weak.

In Zen Buddhism, they say:

"When you are lost in Mayoi, you are (hard) like ice."

But don't worry.

They also say:

"Among all the pieces of ice, there is no ice that does not become water".

(Bassui Tokusho 抜隊得勝, «Bassui Kana Hogo» 抜隊仮名法語 /

See Disintegrating 15-7 and While fragile 64-3)

Be like water.

Besides, if you are confused or lost in Mayoi, trust you will be as free as water.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 78-3
No change
It is because nothing can change it. (Ch.78)

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We have to make one thing quite clear.

There is no such thing as "change in a


"But wait a minute! Water isn't a symbol of constant change?", some might ask.

Let's make it clear.

One hologram does not change as a frame in a film does not.

"Change" is a word given to our interpretation of the sequence of


All the holograms are created simultaneously.

Time is a parameter to interpret them.

Lao Tzu says that nothing can change the water.

Nothing can change a hologram.

Nothing can change you.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 78-4
Be weak
The weak beats the strong. (Ch.78)

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What is true strength?

If you are truly strong, what do you look like?

If you are genuinely strong, you look like a fool.

True strength is the capacity to accept all.

Fighting like a man against injustice is a useless resistance.

Resistance is a form of being lost in Mayoi.

It is a refusal to accept all.

A man who looks like a fool can accept all.

A famous Chinese painter and calligrapher, Tei Hankyou / Zheng Banqiao 鄭板橋 (1693-1765) liked to draw the phrase:

"It is difficult to be a fool 難得糊塗".

But if you follow Tao, nothing is difficult because you are happy to be as weak as a fool without resistance.

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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 78-5
Be soft
The soft beats the hard. (Ch.78)

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"How can I suppress my desire?"

"I'm not supposed to do anything. Am I allowed to breathe?"

"I'm trying to overcome my desire to resist, but resisting resistance is not a form of resistance?"

People ask these questions.

The answer is quite simple: "Be soft".

What is being soft?

It is accepting everything, including your own desire, as a catalyst.

Don't be hard, saying things like "You must not move." or "You must suppress your desire of resistance".

Be soft.

Don't resist.

Don't even resist your desire of resistance.

If you want to breathe, breathe.

If you want to resist, resist.

Just don't forget that desire is a catalyst.

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