About zenscribe

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.

juin 2018

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day IV

By | 2018-06-21T07:38:00+01:00 juin 21st, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

Today, June 21, is the longest day of the year. And it's a day that I particularly love, particularly in Paris. The city is at its best this time of year, tree-lined boulevards and parks flourishing, café terraces full. Which doesn't mean that all is "well" for everyone: Refugees and the homeless also wander [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day III

By | 2018-06-20T11:05:00+01:00 juin 20th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

It's a lovely morning here in Montreuil, all bright sun and blue sky, butterflies fluttering and bees buzzing in the garden around a multitude of flowers in bloom. I'm reminded of a little pond in my friend Corinne's garden, shown in the photo above, where lotus flowers were blooming in the sunlight. When the [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day II

By | 2018-06-19T11:49:22+01:00 juin 19th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

My practice with you this week includes writing a daily post for this blog. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, listen more closely: It's not! Which is not actually the whole truth: It's both easy and not easy, and neither easy nor not easy. Maybe I could say that it's easy when I include both [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day I

By | 2018-06-18T08:13:15+01:00 juin 18th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

  Quiet morning here at my desk, except for the rumble of the street-cleaning truck, first ear-splittingly loud and then slowly fading as it makes its way up the avenue. After an initial fright, the cat is finally not bothered, sleeping soundly now on the chair behind me, breathing peacefully in and out. So [...]

Here is the place; here the way unfolds

By | 2018-06-17T21:28:10+01:00 juin 17th, 2018|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

Lovely June evening in Paris, just finished dinner of roast chicken, salad, strawberries in the garden with friends. Thinking, too, about the start of our Retreat in the Heart of Life tomorrow. And of the news of the day, including the boat full of migrants, Aquarius, that was finally allowed to land in Spain [...]

mai 2018

mars 2018