Shine a (discreet) light

//Shine a (discreet) light

Shine a (discreet) light

All weekend, as I go about home activities (waking, sleeping, dressing, cooking, cleaning, talking, shopping) and then take up the day-job of cutting, fitting, packaging reports of what a select few have sorted and catergorized as the day’s most worthy news, I am with a few incisive words from Georges Bataille about the nature and realization of intimacy with self and all else:

« Ce qu’une lumière, inévitablement discrète, et non le grand jour de la science, à la longue nous révèle est une vérité difficile à côté de celle des choses: elle ouvre à l’éveil silencieux. »
(« What a light that is inevitably discreet, as opposed to the bright day of science, reveals in the long-term is a truth that is difficult compared to that of things: It opens to silent awakening. »)

There is not another thing to say.

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:21+01:00 avril 19th, 2009|Textes|9 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 22 avril 2009 at 17 h 11 min - Reply

    This afternoon, as I was thinking about “this one thing”, I discovered a hole in the backside of my old jeans. I don’t know how long I walked around with it. Embarrassing.

  2. Tu es cela 22 avril 2009 at 9 h 52 min - Reply

    Re: "There is always another thing to ask":
    No, just this one thing.

  3. Lil 22 avril 2009 at 9 h 05 min - Reply

    letting everything go
    opening to everything

  4. Ting 21 avril 2009 at 19 h 53 min - Reply

    There is always another thing to ask.

  5. tu es cela 21 avril 2009 at 19 h 29 min - Reply

    How can it be "kept"?

  6. Ting 21 avril 2009 at 13 h 28 min - Reply

    Non-abiding; not even in peace of mind; is peace of mind.

  7. tu es cela 21 avril 2009 at 10 h 27 min - Reply

    What is peace of mind?

  8. little lake 20 avril 2009 at 23 h 41 min - Reply

    my job is
    – for 90% listening to people (and not only with the ears)
    – 5% encouraging them to have the trust to jump in their own pool
    – 5% finding out together what seeing is about… To see just what there is – no less no more
    I try each day – completely.
    It is a great "practice"

  9. Ting 20 avril 2009 at 22 h 31 min - Reply

    There is not another thing to say ?
    There always is.

    There are two ways of keeping peace of mind.
    Either we keep our minds firmly closed (and we will be dogmatic).
    Or we keep our minds open and accept the impermanence of what we ‘know’.
    Science is open minded (or it is no good).
    Religion tends to be dogmatic.

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