So after sitting this morning and before sitting tonight, it's Monday, with it's usual routine of household tasks, meetings and appointments. And yet today, there's a difference: These activities are my contribution to the retreat that we are plunging into together. A fountain of gratitude gushed forth as I read all your words. With the [...]
Tonight, I'm ready to shut it all down and go to bed. The day was busy with the rigors of parenting, the grind of household duties. No time for "I"! So after the last dishes are finally done, the night is quiet, I sit down, put the words here. Whatever words come. I know they [...]
Quelques photos que j'ai faites le jour de la prise des préceptes de Sarah, le 10 février 2008 à Breuil Bois Robert en région parisienne. Emmanuel Download
Amy Tu es cela Hollowell Sensei in Lisbon, September 30th, 2007
Realize the world of impermanence; this is indeed rare and unthinkable. Jacques Lacan said of it, "Le réel est impossible." Alberto Giacometti said of it, "Le jamais vu est la réalité qui est autour de moi."
Sky is gray in Paris. Garden a galaxy of colors. Grass still green; some leaves drop, some hold. Pee ocher yellow green new daily. Paws wet, the tan cat comes in from the rain. Road work in full grinding swing. Resistance is difficult, not change. Change is the essential nature of all things. How to [...]
Le Zen défie toute définition: ni religion, ni philosophie, ni système de pensée, ni doctrine, ni croyance. La méditation Zen, pratique de base, nous aide à expérimenter ce qui ne peut pas être défini: l'instant présent, ici, maintentant. Zen defies definition: It is not a religion, not a philosophy, not a system of thought, not [...]
We may say that Christianity is monotheistic and the Vedanta pantheistic; but we cannot make a similar assertion about Zen. Zen is neither monotheistic nor pantheistic; Zen defies all such designations. Hence there is no object in Zen upon which to fix the thought. Zen is a wafting cloud in the sky. No screw fastens [...]