Traces of the Sacred/Traces du Sacré

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Traces of the Sacred/Traces du Sacré

What might that be — « traces of the sacred »?
A museum tries many replies, all valid, yet …
What of that which is not in the show — the beggars and buskers, the fancy cars and cheap shoes, tired workers on the Métro returning home, girls reading celebrity papers, smokers outside cafés, kids on bikes, a hint of moon in the night sky not yet dark?
What of July?
What of cancer?
What of Turkish sandwiches, the Dalai Lama, the Chinese ambassador, Rafael Nadal, fireworks, beer cans, ice cream at the beach?
What of the museum itself? What of the visitors?
Ginsberg chants, « Holy! Holy! Holy! »
Bodhidharma, when asked by the Emperor Wu what was the essential principle of this teaching he brought from India, replied: « Vast emptiness, nothing holy. »
This is it; it’s all and nothing.

By | 2015-10-02T20:15:53+01:00 juillet 9th, 2008|Textes|3 Comments

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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. remote quiet little lake 12 juillet 2008 at 19 h 08 min - Reply

    title of a work of art 1985.

    Absurd Absolute
    The dualistic (becouse) concept "Absolute" is a projection of our goal-directed- mind on storylevel. When we enter it it becomes entirely sterile – there is no life in it. So it is Absurd in this way.
    ex: "God the father" "in heaven" – the creator: interely outside everything.

    Absolute Absurde
    From the point of vieuw of the Absolute : common life is just Absurd. Never "holy" enough.
    While there is no Absolute than IN the Absurd.
    (this is what Meister Eckhart teached).
    In other words there is no nondualsim outside dualism: it is here and now: no projection.

  2. tu es cela 12 juillet 2008 at 14 h 54 min - Reply

    What might that be — absurd absolute, absolute absurde?

  3. quiet little lake 10 juillet 2008 at 22 h 59 min - Reply

    absurd absolute
    absolute absurde

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