Master, are you awake?

//Master, are you awake?

Master, are you awake?

As we near what we call year’s end and then enter what we call new year, an old Zen poem comes to mind:

A water bird comes and goes,
Leaving no traces at all.
Yet it knows
How to go its own way.

May you go yours and I go mine, together on this way of awakening.
May we everyday ask ourselves, like Master Zuigan Shigen in Case 12 of the Gateless Gate, « Master, are you awake? » And may we everyday answer ourselves, like Master Zuigan, « Yes I am. »
And on your way may you find that every day is a good day.

By | 2015-10-02T14:46:13+01:00 décembre 31st, 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. Ting 4 janvier 2009 at 10 h 56 min - Reply

    Every complaining person is a good person.

    I suppose that if we can be our own master, we can influence others without having to explain anything at all.

  2. John 2 janvier 2009 at 16 h 02 min - Reply

    How to explain to others that every day is a good day?
    I know some people that are always conplaining. I dont have any paciente and acceptence for them. They are always categorizing everything in good or bad. So anoying! How can i go over this?

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