“You need this love to be grounded, until there is no difference between you and your love, or what you love or what you are. It’s just the one thing.” Leonard Cohen


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My old teacher told me that the older you get and the lonelier you get, the deeper is your need for love. Like everyone else, I have looked for such deep love. And as you get older, you need this love to be grounded, until there is no difference between you and your love, or what you love or what you are. It’s just the one thing.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen als Zen-Mönch, a video shot during one of the several visits Leonard Cohen and Roshi made to a Zen Center in Austria from 1990 to 1996. Quotation interpreted and, in part, translated by Rike.

Note: “My old teacher” is Roshi. The words quoted are from a videotaped interview that is overdubbed in German. This quotation as represented comprises Leonard Cohen’s words in English except portions obscured by the overdubbing, in which case a translation of the German overdubbing is used.  In this quotation, for example, the phrase “be grounded” is an English translation of the German narration.

A similar Leonard Cohen quotation can be viewed at Leonard Cohen on being asked “What is the best advice you have ever received?”

3 Replies to ““You need this love to be grounded, until there is no difference between you and your love, or what you love or what you are. It’s just the one thing.” Leonard Cohen”

  1. Amber Ackerson

    Thank you for creating ” Cohencentric”. It is so beautifully done from layout and organization to the most amazing quotes and histories, it is truly a work of art in and of itself. I cannot articulate the many ways I am amazed by and appreciative of your creation. A wonderful place to hang out on a cold winters night, a quite summer evening or with the scent of October leaves dropping through the sky.

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  2. Nancy Peden

    Tom Cheetam, who explicates ecstatic mystic Henri Corbin, says “imagination always flows, it never freezes.” And Corbin and others are all about imagining divine love as a possible state of being. I listen to and sing to Leonard nightly. His teacher, Saski roshi, taught often at a Zen Center not far from me (http://www.bmzc.org/).

    I no longer practice Rinzai Zen but I still practice grounding in love especially listening to Leonard. Thank you for this beautiful virtual place of remembrance. “Where focus goes, energy flows” is a statement now used by many of us. I choose to flow towards love.

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