Who is binding you?

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Who is binding you?

The 31st Zen patriarch, Dai I Zenji, made his bows before Kanchi Daishi and said, « I beg the compassion of your reverence. Please teach me the Dharma way of emancipation. »
The patriarch said, « Who is binding you? »
Dai I Zenji said, « No one is binding me. »
The patriarch said, « Then why should you search for emancipation? »
Hearing this, Dai I Zenji had great realization.
Denkoroku, Case 31
(The Record of Transmitting the Light)

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Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.


  1. Tomas 10 novembre 2007 at 14 h 57 min - Reply

    Nothing is binding me but the idea of emancipation, and of a me to be emancipated. Knowing this is not enough, though. Even this must fall away, I guess…

  2. Ting 8 novembre 2007 at 17 h 29 min - Reply

    No one is binding me.
    So simple. So true. So frightning.

  3. little lake 7 novembre 2007 at 23 h 47 min - Reply

    this is the most fundamental comentaire on the Giacometti text.
    – the most fundamentql commentaire on anything.

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