Tao by Matsumoto

Chapter 81


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  81-4 Accumulate not
  81-5 Act of others
  81-6 Richer detachment
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[Tao Te Ching Chapter 81]  Summary / English translation

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Trustworthy words are not beautiful. Beautiful words are not trustworthy.

A good one doesn't talk. One who talks is not good.

One who knows is not knowledgeable. A knowledgeable one doesn't know.

The sage doesn't accumulate.

Although he does everything for others, he has more.

Although he gives everything to others, he is richer.

Heaven's Tao gives benefits and does not damage any.

The sage's Tao acts and doesn't compete.



Beautiful words are not trustworthy. If an idea seems logical, don't trust it.

If you can talk about Tao, that Tao is false. (☞See Chapter 1  Gateway to Tao)

If you really want to know about Tao, stop analyzing. If you want to be one with Tao, reduce your knowledge. (☞See Chapter 48 Reduce and reduce and Chapter 56 How to be One with Tao)

Don't accumulate any. Just reduce all. Reducing them is the best way to increase them. (☞See [Practical uses] Reverse Thinking)

Do everything for others, not for yourself. The best thing you can do for others is to accept them as they are. No judgement. No morals. Just accept them and love them. That's how you maximize your emission of the fundamental energy Tao.

Don't stick to what you have. Detach yourself from your hologram (=the world). The less resistance you create, the more energy you can circulate. After all, this is your raison d'être. Life exists to stimulate us to emit and receive the energy Tao. Besides, in your hologram, Reverse thinking works. If you give more, consequently you will receive more.

"Heaven" means the hologram. Tao manifests itself in your hologram (=the world). Zen master Dogen might say, "you must not look at anywhere but this world to meet Buddha". Don't look down on this world (=your hologram). This is the one and only place your own self can give and receive the fundamental energy Tao (=Buddha, =Love). Tao creates everything. Of course, it benefits all and never damages any.

"The sage" signifies true You, which is Tao itself. Tao creates all. Tao controls all without controlling any. So, you create all, and control all without controlling any. Why do you have to "compete"? Why do you have to achieve something in your own creation? Just accept all and love all.

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-Chapter 78 Resistance. Resistance is useless. The less resistance you create, the more energy circulates.

-Chapter 25 Manifestation. The world is a manifestation of Tao. (manifestation of Tao / Buddha: [ho] 法 in Chinese character / Japanese Kanji)

-Chapter 30 Result. Result is not important at all. Process is important. It is turning your prayer wheel, turning your hologram, turning the world with Love.

-Taoism videos / Chapter 81 1-4 Beautiful words

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Instead of "Ningen Shikkaku!" (=You have flunked the exam as a human being. Therefore, «No Longer Human»), let's shout "Ningen Gokaku!". No one can possibly be a failed human being. Dogen said that. Shinran said that. (Shoakumakusa, «Shobogenzo» and Yuien's «Tannisho», respectively)

 "Ningen Gokaku!, or you have passed the exam as a human being!" summarizes the essence of «Tao by Matsumoto». Some people think we will get to «Deep River» eventually. Oh, no. We shouldn't be so modest. Let's start declaring: "We are the Deep River. We are Tao itself". This attitude summarizes the teachings of Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching. 人間失格 人間合格 道元 親鸞 諸悪莫作 正法眼蔵 唯円  歎異抄  深い河  老子  道徳経