Hungry ghost tales (II)

//Hungry ghost tales (II)

Hungry ghost tales (II)

In the rue Daguerre again today, passed the old books/new accessories shop. I see stenciled on the window: commerce equitable.
When « hungry ghost » « delusion » is transformed, it becomes equanimity. An enriching presence.
Maybe next time I’ll go inside.

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:20+01:00 septembre 15th, 2009|Textes|4 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. Tu es cela 17 septembre 2009 at 11 h 13 min - Reply

    Not a question of better or worse, of "buddha" being "better" than "hungry ghost." As hungry ghosts, we experience it like that, though. Which is what gives us so much trouble. The truth is that we can never be "better" because there is no "better" in the sense that we think of as "better"!
    After the traditional image of the hungry ghosts anguishing before a fabulous banquet because they have no way to get their long forks into their mouths, there follows another image: Same banquet, same figures, but now they are each feeding another and being fed by another with their long forks.
    That’s their liberation.

  2. Ting 16 septembre 2009 at 17 h 59 min - Reply

    Well spoken, sensei!

    And I wonder. What if a hungry ghost (like me) bears witness of his craving and of his frustrations. Is he still a hungry ghost? Or is he something better? A Buddha?
    And what is liberation? To be a hungry ghost, and to be perfectly all right with that, or to be a hungry ghost no more?

  3. Tu es cela 16 septembre 2009 at 14 h 02 min - Reply

    Bearing witness to whatever arises.

  4. John 16 septembre 2009 at 6 h 46 min - Reply

    What is equanimity?

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