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Face transmission (Menju)

Tao Te Ching Chapter 80-6
Tie the rope
Make the people tie their rope again and use it. (Ch.80)

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A long, long time ago, even before the days of Lao Tzu, people used to "tie their rope" and make knots to record things.

It was a prehistoric counterpart to our contract.

They didn't need alphabets or characters to write contracts.

The tied ropes were good enough to even govern a state.

They were innocent enough to believe that all the promises would be granted and honest enough to respect them.

Lao Tzu asks us to return to those days.

To the days when they did not segregate the self from the non-self, the self under the control from the self beyond the control.


A person who makes a promise is an extended part of your own self.

We don't even need a rope to tie, in fact.

You should trust all without doubt because everything is you.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 80-7
Hunger and Food
Make them appreciate the taste of their food. (Ch.80)

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When one is hungry,

he doesn't think about

the Global Warming,

not even banking crises.

His primary concern is how he can fill his stomach, we naturally think.

What is hunger?

What is the stomach, really?

Probably, you might not want to hear the answer, not to mention accept it.

Hunger and the stomach are part of the hologram you project.

Please remember the story of Jesus and the multiplied bread.

Zen Master Dogen gives us a clue to understand this biblical


He writes:

"If it is not a painted rice-cake, it must not be a remedy to satisfy hunger."


(Gabyo 画餅, «Shobogenzo»)

It means that, since our stomach is part of the hologram, nothing but holographic food can fill up the holographic stomach. (See below for the list of the articles related to "Gabyo 画餅/ a painted rice-cake")

All the miracles have every right to take place because anything can be projected in your hologram.

Appreciate today's food because it is the miracle.

«The list of the articles related to "Gabyo / a painted rice-cake"»

⎯ Life = miracle = hologram = catalyst

-Painted rice-cake / Empty granary 53-5

-Miracle Attainment 65-7

-Don't waste holograms 67-7

-Tax and Starve 75-1

-King and Zen Master Dogen 75-2

-Plenty of life? 75-3

-Value life? 75-4

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 80-8
Face transmission (Menju) / Beauty
Make them appreciate the beauty of their clothes. (Ch.80)

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The face is the place where the contact between Tao and a hologram takes place.

Zen Master Dogen puts it this way:

"Face-giving [Menju 面授/ Face (to face) transmission] is receiving and giving at the face."


(Menju 面授, «Shobogenzo 正法眼蔵»)

Your face is the interface between Tao and a hologram.

That's why you cannot see the face.

You can see only an interpretation of it, such as your reflection on the mirror or the reputation.

Since it is the important interface, let's keep it clean.

Therefore, Dogen painstakingly explains how to wash the face and

other body parts. (Senjo 洗浄, Senmen 洗面; «Shobogenzo 正法眼


Your body is a manifestation of Tao (=Love, =Buddha).

By washing it, you can emit Love (=Tao, =Buddha).

That's one basic way to keep Tao's energy circulating.

Your clothes are an extension of your face.

Forget someone else's criteria.

Please appreciate your beautiful clothes, your beautiful body, and your beautiful face.


The titles of the two chapters in Shobogenzo above, that is to say, Japanese words "Senjo 洗浄" and "Senmen 洗面", signify "wash" and "washing the face" respectively.

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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.

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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

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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 80-9
Out-Tao (Heresy) Seniya / Gedo Senni / Settled
Make them settle in their dwellings.


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No life. No end of life.

不生 不滅

[fusho fumetsu].

In Zen Buddhism, they say so.

Then, what happens after you die?

Nothing happens since there is no life in the first place.

There is no after-life.

Since Tao doesn't have time, there is neither before nor after.

"Life" is a name given to a sequence of holograms, which are being created simultaneously.

In his «Shobogenzo», Zen Master Dogen repeatedly denies the concept of Out-Tao, or non-Buddhist, Gedo Senni 外道先尼.

Some call him Heresy Seniya.

Out-Tao Seniya thinks that, after one dies, his soul goes back to "the sea of nature".

(Sokushinzebutsu 即心是仏, «Shobogenzo»)

Please let me make sure that we do not go anywhere after our life.

It's impossible since there is no "self" in the first place.

"Self" is a name given to an interpretation of some parts of a


Watch out!

Please do NOT think that you go back to Tao after your life.

You are permanently settled in Tao.


You are Tao itself. Therefore, you don't have to go beck to Tao. Or rather, you cannot go back because you are already one with Tao.

The word "return / go back 復 [fuku]" in Tao Te Ching suggests

recycling Tao's energy. Remembering that true You are Tao is one way to do it.

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