Everyone, everywhere in the world
Days are growing shorter and colder here as December deepens.
I find myself doing the same, slowing with the slowing down, turning with the turning to the deep that lies inward.
A few days ago (Sunday) was the day that in the Zen tradition we celebrate as the day of the historic Buddha’s awakening.
You might ask: What does that mean, his « awakening »?
Well, here’s a nice little quote from Eihei Dogen, a 13th-century Zen master and poet:
The true person is
Not anyone in particular;
But, like the limitless sky,
It is everyone,
everywhere in the world.
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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.
In answer to the question, "How can a person be every person?":
We have to begin by finding out who we are.
If you truly ask yourself, "Who am I?" and you don’t stop until you know, then you will know how "a person can be every person."
Rain is finally coming. Everyone talked about the delay. Some argued that it was clime change. Others say that is normal. Other join in and say that rain is being stuck by someone. I saw black clouds approaching and knew that it was coming. And then finally it rained. People started to sow corn. Field transformed each day to a green vision. And kids chanted and played soccer in the rain and stepped happily into puddles.
17 Dec, Lospalos, Timor-Leste
I guess there are a lot of theoreticaly right answers to this question.
But since it is not about theory – but about practice – experience- i guess it is a good thing to ask our teacher in real life – so she/he can see us and feel us and give an answer that makes sense to us at that moment.
There is a weard thing in teaching ( i mean common teaching other then zen) . Most things we don’t know. But when someone is in front of us asking something, the answer often kind of "apears".
Not a thing is ours.
How can a person be every person?
How can everyone be one person?