Spread out, ubiquitous

//Spread out, ubiquitous

Spread out, ubiquitous

As Henri Michaux wrote, l’abandon de l’empire de moi m’a étendu infiniment…
(abandoning the empire of me spread me out infinitely)
The obstacle that is me is no longer obstacle. Space is neither great nor small.
This is not exchanging one empire for another, however. This is not a closed infinity.
This cool spring midday clouding over is no substitution for the sun, radiant, in the early morning. What became of it, and of the hours in between?
Like me, they are shattered, gone, they are lost, they are found all around, ubiquitous at the desk.

By | 2015-10-02T14:20:29+01:00 mai 9th, 2009|Textes|6 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. Tomas 13 mai 2009 at 10 h 56 min - Reply

    Sorry to jump in uninvited…can’t resist bringing in a famous quote that (one) mind wrote once on a (its own) rakusu:
    "When I look inside I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I look outside I see I am everything, that is love. Between the two my life turns…"

  2. little lake 12 mai 2009 at 9 h 19 min - Reply

    like you could say
    in the end (and i mean realy in the end not before) it is the same
    if you look mindfull to the outside or straight to the inside?

  3. little lake 12 mai 2009 at 9 h 11 min - Reply

    it is not something =not solid

    is there a still point where mindfullnessmeditation and concentrationmeditation are just both sides of the same coin?
    ‘Cloud of not knowing’
    Knowing without knowing
    seeing without ‘perception’
    seeing is seeing
    foreground and background at once in the same plane

  4. Tu es cela 11 mai 2009 at 11 h 06 min - Reply

    Michaux is inspired, inspiring. So is Bataille. So is the rain in the street and the cars splashing by. So are the words of my correspondents. Thank you.

    Infinity that is not closed includes finitude, includes arising and falling, beginning and end, without beginning and end. It is not even infinite.

  5. little lake 10 mai 2009 at 9 h 36 min - Reply

    what do you mean by
    This is not a closed infinity.

  6. Ting 9 mai 2009 at 23 h 13 min - Reply

    You seem inspired, Tu.
    So I wanted to say something like “I’m happy for you”. Ha.
    Words seem so futile.
    If someone is really glowing like fire, what is there to be said?

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