Beauty lurks

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Beauty lurks

Behind words, within, beauty lurks. To open the space around words, to free them, I try other tongues. One language limits more than two or three or more.
Tree is arbre is baum. Willow is saule is weide. Elm is orme is ulme. Birch is bouleau is birke. And yet the mot word wort is not the arbretreebaum.
New language facilitates detachment from the word-illusion: that a tree is a tree. Neither is it an arbretreebaum, although the word that is not a word offers an opening to « what » it truly is, to the what that cannot be said or named, to the beauty that brims, to « it, » to « cela, » to « es » or « das. »
Beauty lurks. Words unveil it when they are themselves unveiled.

Master Shuzan held up his staff, and showing it to the assembled disciples said, « You monks, if you call this a staff, you are committed to the name. If you call it not-a-staff, you negate the fact. Tell me, you monks, what do you call it?
Mumonkan (The Gateless Gate), Case 43

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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. little white cloud 11 mai 2008 at 0 h 10 min - Reply

    Case 44:
    On construction proces of ego – or deconstruction proces of ego ?

  2. little white cloud 11 mai 2008 at 0 h 03 min - Reply

    Case 44
    You cannot give anything?
    You can only wake up what’s allready there?

  3. little white cloud 10 mai 2008 at 23 h 59 min - Reply

    Case 43:
    I’ll cal it a staff ! – for it is just that
    for the dual is integrated in the non-dual

  4. Big Eyes 8 mai 2008 at 12 h 14 min - Reply

    One monk grabbed the staff and hit the master. The master, surprised, shouted with the pain. The monk and master just laughed.

  5. Ting 7 mai 2008 at 23 h 26 min - Reply

    Word illiusion

    If I were to write down
    The wisdom I collected through study and practice
    The part of it which I cherish and constantly keep in mind
    It would amply fit on the back of a beer mat

    It would say: Liberation! Liberation! Liberation!

    The Buddha Way:
    To liberate this mind completely from its self imposed confinement
    For the sake of sentient beings
    (And to refrain from writing down nonsense on the back of beer mats)

  6. Tu es cela 7 mai 2008 at 22 h 54 min - Reply

    Saying "That’s it," he’s already missing it.

    Master Basho said to the monks, "If you have a stick, I will give one to you. If you do not have a stick, I shall take it away from you."
    (Mumonkan, Case 44)

  7. Big Eyes 6 mai 2008 at 22 h 53 min - Reply

    One monk grabbed the staff and hit the master. The master, surprised, shouted with the pain. The monk said: That’s it!

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