Beyond good and evil

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Beyond good and evil

« Pour les Anciens comme pour les mystiques, ce champ qu’ils s’accordent à reconnaître comme celui de la divinité se situe au-delà du plaisir et du déplaisir, au-delà du bien comme du mal. Quiconque veut y pénétrer et s’y aventurer, doit consentir à s’y perdre. »
Catherine Millot, La Vie Parfaite (Gallimard, 2006)

« The Ancients and the mystics alike situate the divine field beyond pleasure and displeasure, beyond good and evil. Whoever wishes to penetrate and venture there must consent to lose him/her self there. »
Catherine Millot, The Perfect Life (Gallimard, 2006)


« Think neither good nor evil. At such a moment, what is the True Self of Monk Myo? »
The Sixth Patriarch of Zen, to Monk Myo (Mumonkan, Case 23)

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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. Hugo 2 avril 2008 at 19 h 58 min - Reply

    Very true… I was just seeing the blossoming side

  2. Tu es cela 2 avril 2008 at 10 h 44 min - Reply

    And when it wilts? And shrivels and dies? In the arid desert? In the desolation of empty night? Abandoned? Alone?

  3. Hugo 2 avril 2008 at 0 h 56 min - Reply

    "Think neither good nor evil. At such a moment, what is the True Self of Monk Myo?"

    Nothing and Everything. No One and All. Me and You.

    The wild flower blossoms equal in the virgin forest as in the dirty city field. The wild flower sees no diference, sees no good or evil. Just blossoms.

  4. Tu es cela 1 avril 2008 at 9 h 49 min - Reply

    A monk (Seizei) once said to Master Sozan, "I am poor and destitute. I beg you, O Master, please help me and make me rich."
    Sozan said, "Venerable Seizei!"
    "Yes, Master," replied Seizei.
    Sozan remarked, "Having tasted three cups of the best wine of Seigen, do you still say that your lips are not yet moistened?"

    (Mumonkan, Case 10)

  5. Ting 31 mars 2008 at 19 h 09 min - Reply

    The divine field beyond, ah yes, let me think…
    Wait, let me sip my wine first… it’ll come to me..

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