It feels like time for a nod to Frederick Franck, mentor supreme, whose book The Awakened Eye provided the impetus and the title for this blog and website.
For to the awakened eye no thing remains a mere thing. It reveals itself to be, instead of an object, an EVENT in the timeless abyss of time, an event of unfathomable meaning that happens to take place more or less simultaneously with the event I call “Me”. In the language of Zen this state of no-thingness, of selflessness, is called Mu (literally it means “no”), in which I become an empty vessel, filled by what the eye sees.
I let [the things being drawn] flow through this Mu, let them precipitate themselves onto the paper, as if without any “thinking”, any interference on my part.
For these moments to happen I have lived sixty-some years.
– Frederick Franck, The Awakened Eye
the leaf’s budding and dying are my own!
Frederick Franck at the artisans’ gallery
the 10 commandments
(Frederick Franck’s guidelines for the creative life)
3 thoughts on “the dance of Me and Mu”
Does anyone know what brand of pen Frederick Franck used?
Brian – when Frederick Franck wrote “The Zen of Seeing” in 1971 he mentioned that his preferred drawing tool was the pen. However, in “The Awakened Eye” he recommends using a pencil: “only the sharp pencil point ever acts as it should, honestly – as the seismographic needle that registers the inward tremors.”
I was fortunate to work with Franck on a retreat in 1991 – the pencil was our tool, and his as well.
Pacem in Terris, the website set up to preserve Franck’s work, might be able to help you re his preferred pen.
Thank you for getting back to me. Brian