Life is movement and rest at once

//Life is movement and rest at once

Life is movement and rest at once

I might say that having never left, I am back again.

A long weekend in Portugal and now return to Montreuil, Paris, Neuilly. There was a second jukai ceremony, with photos to come, either here (soon) or on Wild Flower Zen Sangha-Portugal site:

Also gave a conference at the Literary Circle of Porto, « Shikantaza on the Liffey: A Zen reading of Joyce’s Ulysses. » Despite the obligatory simultaneous translation, which altered the flow, I had some Patti Smith moments, particularly when presenting Joyce’s marvelous diagram of Ulysses:


Ulysses, of course, is a day in the life of a moment. So this is also a diagram of the true nature of every moment.
For life is movement and rest at once. There is no life without both.

Another equation as illustration:
immortality (solidity) = death – life, but mortality (fluidity) = death + life

By | 2015-10-02T20:03:10+01:00 mars 4th, 2008|Textes|2 Comments

About the Author:

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. tu es cela 12 mars 2008 at 14 h 50 min - Reply

    Fluidity = the absence of a project, including
    the project of having no project.

    When there is no project, there is not-knowing. Being. Just this.

  2. mongolian steppe 11 mars 2008 at 11 h 11 min - Reply

    fluidity = awareness without any kind of grasping on any level ? no reflection, no witness, not knowing? Pure intuition? Total surrender? Fluid energy?

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