Perfect fit

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Perfect fit

A student asks me: You say we can talk about everything. Can we also talk about nothing?
What is nothing? I reply.

Reading Whitman these days, whose poetry Emerson called a combination of the Bhaghvad Gita and The New York Herald. A perfect fit for me. Whitman himself called it al fresco poetry, poetry written outside the walls, the bounds, of convention and tradition. A perfect fit for me.

The moment, the day, the week, the month, the season feel young.

A monk asked Master Joshu, Please point out the state of true ease.
Joshu replied, Pointing it out makes it uneasy.

By | 2015-10-02T14:38:58+01:00 février 3rd, 2009|Textes|7 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. Ting 6 février 2009 at 21 h 29 min - Reply

    Am I talking too much again?

  2. Ting 6 février 2009 at 21 h 28 min - Reply

    And if someone ever told you about “unconditional love”, forget about it.
    You’re not supposed to love the person who is abusing you.
    That is to say you are well advised to love them like you love a hungry tiger;
    from a certain distance.

  3. Ting 6 février 2009 at 21 h 08 min - Reply

    A beautiful explanation of some bad relationships you will find on Wikipedia if you search for the ”Passion Paradox”.

    Healthy relationships (in my understanding) are balanced, based on mutual input of love and commitment. They obviously are not mixed with any kind of major simultaneous dependency.
    And they are free from ego-inflated ways of overdoing it.
    Relax. Let go. Stop doing. Be free.

    The only real bonding, either comes naturally, comes from non-doing, or it doesn’t come at all.
    And that’s fine too.

    So yes, I think bonding and ease are the same.

  4. Ting 5 février 2009 at 7 h 25 min - Reply

    But a bad, unhealthy relationship could destroy the ease, I suppose.

  5. Ting 5 février 2009 at 6 h 44 min - Reply

    Bonding and ease are the same.

    I liked this footnote in the movie Samsara (my translation of it could be not so good though)
    – How can a drop of water avoid drying up?
    – By throwing itself in the ocean.

    If we do not emotionally connect to others we will emotionally dry up.
    But if we do, and the doors of our heart are open, they are open for everyone.

    It’s nothing magical.
    We have the mirror neurons to make it possible.
    It is just part of being human.

  6. Juan 5 février 2009 at 0 h 54 min - Reply

    Bonding destroys the ease
    Master Joshu was pretty far ahead of Schrödinger, eheheh!

  7. Ting 3 février 2009 at 22 h 10 min - Reply

    Freedom and ease; what more could we want?

    This time of year, although mid-winter, spring is invisibly gaining power.
    The time ahead of us is a time of Peace; when Heaven an Earth unite; a time of great energy.

    (All of this according to my limited understanding of the I Ching)

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