The art of Zen: A humbling lesson

//The art of Zen: A humbling lesson

The art of Zen: A humbling lesson

The art of Zen is none other than the art of life.

As Brando so aptly noted, Hamlet’s soliloquy, Act III, Scene 2, says it all:
« Let your own discretion be your tutor. Suit the action to the word, the word to the action, with this special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature: for anything so o’erdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold as ’twere the mirror up to nature. »

A lesson for all artists, perhaps, and likewise the humbling lesson for us all:
To be as just this, nothing more nothing less, as I stumble and rise, stumble and rise…

By | 2015-10-02T20:23:56+01:00 octobre 28th, 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. wild primula 5 novembre 2008 at 0 h 30 min - Reply

    " Apprendre la simplicité des jours "
    Pierre Emmanuel

    titel of a great poem – i don’t have in french.
    ("given" by a good zen teacher.)

  2. Ting 1 novembre 2008 at 13 h 11 min - Reply

    Someone told me. If you talk to these people about Buddhism you will be feeding pearls to pigs. (My translation of a common expression in our language)

    But we all “are that”. We never parted from our unborn true nature. Not one single person.
    So my theory says that no person is unfit to receive the full load of Dharma.
    No levels. No hidden meanings. No teachings kept away from the crowds.

    No pig is unworthy of the pearl.

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