Yearly Archives: 2013

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novembre 2013

After Thanksgiving

By | 2015-10-02T15:21:18+01:00 novembre 29th, 2013|Textes|

Fog started rolling in last night, hovering along our street as my son and I returned late from a Thanksgiving feast. He noted the odd brilliance it cast, affording a seemingly incongruous clarity to the briskly chilly night lit only by street lamps. We were filled to the brim with autumn's singular pleasures. And most [...]

Retreat calendar spring-summer 2014

By | 2015-10-12T16:17:27+01:00 novembre 25th, 2013|Textes|

2014 (spring and summer) multi-day retreats with the Wild Flower Zen Sangha and Sensei Amy Hollowell: April 17-21, Portugal (with special guest Roshi Catherine Genno Pagès) May 9-16, Belgium (co-led with Sensei Frank de Waele and Sensei Corrine Frottier) July 26-Aug. 2, Portugal for information about retreats and registration: info@wildflowerzen.org

Perfect zero

By | 2015-10-02T15:21:40+01:00 novembre 18th, 2013|Textes|

Today, wars all around and other natural disasters, the "economy" in tatters, hunger, disease, plastic surgery rampant. And in my weekly agenda, dotted with quotes from artists through the ages, there is this: "Il réalisait parmi les hommes cette figure parfaite que le cercle réalise parmi les lignes géométriques. C'était un zéro." Victor Hugo, note [...]

Lou Reed’s wide-awake death

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:15+01:00 novembre 12th, 2013|Textes|

It's been a couple of weeks since I learned of Lou Reed's death, the day after he died, as I returned to Paris after retreat in Portugal. And only now did I finally find what his wife, the great Laurie Anderson, had to say about his death, about him, about them. Here's a beautiful excerpt: [...]

octobre 2013

Rainbow

By | 2015-10-02T15:23:47+01:00 octobre 29th, 2013|Textes|

Back in Montreuil today. Lazing in the late afternoon with Proust. I look up from the book for a moment, out the window, and there, a magnificent rainbow curves across the cloudy sky like a dome. It seems to hang there, stretching horizon to horizon above the trees, forever. But then finally once when I [...]

Retreat notes: Brilliant sun and fly buzz in Coimbra

By | 2015-10-03T16:48:18+01:00 octobre 27th, 2013|La pratique Zen|

Here I am on retreat in Portugal, amid ribbons of highways, under brilliant sun overlooking Coimbra. Great sitting all day altogether. Someone said this morning he was happy to be here and thanked me for coming. I told him the same thing. Meanwhile, a fly has been hanging around in my room since Friday night. [...]

A coffee break with nothing and everything

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:15+01:00 octobre 22nd, 2013|Textes|

Without giving much thought to my intention, I left this blog in suspension for awhile. Then I picked it up again. Did it stop? Did it start? Before this item was posted, what was there? You might say, "There was the previous item." But before that previous item, what was there? You might say, "No [...]

Back and running the course

By | 2015-10-02T15:25:58+01:00 octobre 20th, 2013|Textes|

Having never left, I'm back again... The itinerary, as Roshi Joan Halifax said recently as a tip to travelers, is always subject to reality. Myself, I let the summer run its course, with many twists and changes of terrain, before returning to my entries here at zenscribe. I hope you've not given up on me! [...]

juin 2013

Bloomsday, again and again

By | 2015-10-12T14:06:50+01:00 juin 15th, 2013|Art et Zen|

Celebrate another (happy) Bloomsday! (tomorrow, June 16) Celebrate your life, the whole and all the parts! We'll be sitting together in Paris, and there's room for you to join wherever you are. “If Socrates leave his house today he will find the sage seated on his doorstep. If Judas go forth tonight it is to [...]