Etienne Mokushô, 8 June 1990-8 June 2015

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Etienne, Istvan, Light of Silence... He learned constraint silence across the border to flee his native Hungary, and began to speak in transmitting the Dharma... And since June 8, 1990 he is present to us in this silent light... Let me give a personal testimony, that the imprint of daily mark of humanity opens to the accomplished dimension of Man...

From my beginnings in the Zen sangha Deshimaru Rôshi, Etienne is one of the "great"... I have always had great admiration for him, and a deep friendship ... silent ... After the death of Sensei, violent turmoil has shaken our sangha. I put myself aside. I met Etienne, by chance ... in a cafe Montparnasse to speak about the kesa ... Then, following the death of his father, Francois Zeisler, whom I knew well, we remained close.

Little by little he shared with me his anxieties that he had about his health. Especially a phone call from Budapest, where he had gone to scatter the ashes of his father ...

Then emergency hospitalization in Blois, and then very quickly he had to be hospitalized at Ambroise Pare in Boulogne. Rolland Garros had just started... It was a bit of a window into the life that goes on...

Service doctors let me announce to him the verdict of no return... Shock, despite its great lucidity... And especially great sadness of having to leave his sons... His condition deteriorated rapidly. We were a few to take turn near him. On the night of 7 to 8, Yvon Bec went around 23h. I stayed. At 2:05, his breath went out. The nurses asked me out for a moment they rendered homage to the dead body of their patient. Attitude of great nobility. I came back to him. Yvon returned about 5pm, to face the news and Guy Mercier, bringing his morning meal, now offering to the Buddha he became... This simple gesture, full of love, marked me a lot...

Since 1993 I have found back the Christian way that had guided me till the beginning of my adult life. Zen was my foster father and my mother for many years ... and my zafu and practice companions are my brothers forever...

The great passage of Etienne was a great teaching. Passage from life to death, from death to Life ...

Thank you Etienne Mokushô, forever...

 

Evelyne Holzapfel

Shô Getsu Fukusen

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