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Tao Te Ching Chapter 1-1
Words are not good enough
If you can talk about Tao, that Tao is not Tao itself. (Ch.1)

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Words are not good enough to talk about Tao, but what can we do if we want to talk about Tao?

I want to talk about Tao with you.

What does Tao mean to you?

You may say, "I have got nothing to do with Tao".

But aren't you interested in any sports whose name ends with "do".

"Do" is the Japanese pronunciation for Tao.

So, if you are a Judoka, you are practicing Tao without knowing it.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 1-2
A name can’t
If you can name something, the word does not stand for what it really is.


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Obviously, Lao Tzu didn't want to name Tao "Tao".

The word Tao is often translated as "way" in English.

It's misleading.

Tao is not one "way".

It is a spaceless space and the fundamental energy flow.

It is the flow of Love. It is Buddha. It is Zen.

You can name it anything you like.

It can be called Tao the way, of course.

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 1-3
The beginning
What you cannot name is the beginning of heaven and earth. (Ch.1)

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A nameless energy is the origin of existence.

It is amazing to know that without the concept of atoms and molecules available Lao Tzu and his company were able to reach the idea.

Or, probably, we, the modern-day people, may be too ignorant to know such a basic thing.

We can interpret the sentence in terms of holography.

Heaven and earth are, in fact, projected in our "mind".

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Tao Te Ching Chapter 1-4
What you can name

is the mother of all

the material beings.


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Zen Master Dogen called it "mountains, rivers, and lands" ([sen ga daichi] 山河大地).

What you can name is the visible world. It is your hologram.

All the material things are, in fact, projected in your head.

Otherwise, our brains are not capable of comprehend what is going


Then, a question arises.

What is "I"?

Where am "I"?

Zen Master Dogen answers: "You are mountains, rivers, and lands. You are there".

You project them.

They project you.

-Zen Master Dogen@Wiki

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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.

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.

There are many English translations of «Tao Te Ching». This is the translation that «Tao by Naoto Matsumoto» truly recommends. It is unfortunate that you have to be fairly lucky to purchase a copy in good condition. Chuang Chung-yuan's «Tao, a new way of thinking: A translation of the Tao te ching, with an introduction and commentaries (Harper colophon books ; CN 356)» was published in 1977. It is an excellent philosophical bridge between the West and Taoism.