Difficult to imagine a more perfect depiction of what in Zen jargon is called « shikantaza » (bearing witness to the whole of life) than the final scene of a film just seen at the Cinémathèque, Fellini’s marvelous « 8 1/2 »: Everything and everyone, hand in hand, joins a circus circle dance of life, all is/are included in the circle, the good, the bad, the ugly and beautiful, confusion, desire, love, fantasy, each in its perfect place, as the band strikes up a happy/sad tune and the lights come on as darkness falls and then there is darkness as the lights fade away…
8 1/2, or All 1
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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.