Wspomnienie o Małgosi Braunek 30.01.1947 - 23.06.2014



 

 

Refleksje Genno Roshi

http://zenpeacemakers.org/2014/06/reflections-on-malgosia-braunek-by-catherine-pages/

 

 


 

Refleksje Jacka Dobrowolskiego


Małgosia była osobą piękną, prawą, szlachetną, czułą na cierpienie ludzi i zwierząt. Miała to co po angielsku nazywa się „integrity“, czyli wewnętrzną spoistość charakteru. Ta szlachetność manifestowała się też w jej klasycznych rysach. Była opanowana, lecz spontaniczna, co jest rzadkim połączeniem. Miała niezależny, roztropny umysł i dużo zdrowego rozsądku, choć jednocześnie skłonność do idealizowania duchowych nauczycieli. Nie wiem jakim była nauczycielem zen, jak prowadziła uczniów, ale na pewno wielu pomogła. Nie słyszałem by kogokolwiek skrzywdziła. Nie krytykowała innych, nie mówiła rzeczy niepotrzebnych, nie wywyższała się. Była wyrozumiała dla ludzkich słabości, tolerancyjna i bardzo

współczująca. Miała duże poczucie godności własnej i szacunku dla ludzi bez względu na ich wady czy zalety. Jej żarliwe oddanie nauce Buddy było wolne od fanatyzmu.

Jak ją poznałem na pierwszym roku PWST była zdystansowana i wydawała się być taką chłodną pięknością, chyba opanowaniem chroniła swą wrażliwość. Byłem zdumiony, jak po latach sukcesów

aktorskich zaczęła medytować. Potem rzuciła karierę aktorską. Trudno mi było uwierzyć, że zeszła z piedestału gwiazdy, by zostać poszukiwaczką prawdy. Ale to się stało. Bardzo pracowała nad sobą stając się osobą bardzo spontaniczną i łatwą w kontakcie. Dzięki jej i Andrzeja wieloletnim wysiłkom rozwinęły się dwie wspólnoty - Sangha Kanzeon i Buddyjska Wspólnota Pokoju oraz bardzo sympatyczne zendo (sala medytacyjna) w ogrodzie ich domu. Jesteśmy dłużnikami Małgosi i Andrzeja, ponieważ w nim prowadziła sesje medytacyjne Toni Packer (ostatnią w 1996 r.) i jej następcy Dagmar Apel i Stephan Bielfeldt, i w nim co miesiąc spotyka się na sobotních medytacjach nasza grupa medytacyjna.

Grecy najwyżej cenili kalokagatiję - połączenie piękna i dobra. Uważali, że piękny charakter winien

manifestować się w urodzie. Serdeczny, bezpretensjonalny uśmiech Małgosi, to panaceum dla naszej chorej technokratycznej cywilizacji. Odeszła szlachetna istota, zostawiła swój uśmiech, naukę, że dobroć serca nic nie kosztuje. Dziękuję Ci Małgosiu.

Jacek Dobrowolski

 

 


 

 

List Marci Ensei

Dear Andrzej,

I am so sorry for your loss. Our deepest condolences.
We know each other from Ameland, I am a german Hoshi.
I was born in Prague. I hope you remember me. I lived 4 years in SLC, but now
I am back.

I am thinking of Roshi and sweet she was. I want to share one thought.
We were in Ameland 2007, we were at one of the Tachers meeting. Diane was
doing circles with us and I was in a group with Maglosia. I had to tell something
to the group. I did not like to talk in front of the people, I felt stupid with my story.
But looking in her eyes, I knew that one person was listing with a pure heart and
really receiving my story. That made me very happy. It was your wife.

I am sorry I could not connect more with her, our ways did not cross to many times.
I wish I could have spend more time with her.
What is left for us, when our loved ones leave us first? What is left- maybe only this
precious life. I don't know.

My love to you and your daughter.

Marci Ensei



 

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Wspomnienia Genpo Roshi

Malgosia Jiho Braunek Roshi — a brilliant and clear light with an exceptional smile and presence. She was loved by millions who came to know her as a human being, as a film star, and as a true Bodhisattva.

We met in 1983 when her husband Andrzej attended the first Kanzeon Polish Sangha Sesshin at the Temple of the Korean Zen Master Seung Sahn Sunim.  Andrzej and I went for a walk in the small forest near the Zen Center and he said you must meet my incredible wife, Malgosia.  We all had dinner that evening, my first introduction to her radiant, contagious laughter.

In 1986 while holding group Daisan at the old mill of Joanna Lasota's with about a dozen Sangha members sitting across from me, I knew that Malgosia would be a great Zen Teacher and Master. Looking into her eyes I saw her future in a flash.  During the retreat I gave her my personal purple rakusu given to me by Maezumi Roshi in 1979 when he bestowed the title of Hoshi (Dharma Holder) on me.  I told her that she could only tell Andrzej and no one else at that time because I wanted to spare her the possible jealousy from other students.  I promised to transmit the robe and bowls to her some day in the distant future.  That day came in 2003, more than 17 years later, and then Inka, the Final Seal of Approval as a Zen Master, in 2011 in Ameland, giving her the title of Roshi.

Malgosia has looked after the Polish Sangha  much like a mother hen looks after her chicks.  The love that I have witnessed between her and her wonderful students is so heartwarming and inspiring.  Even during the last toughest days she was shining full of love.  Her spirit is ever present and I can feel her half way across the globe here in Maui. I have found it difficult to grieve.  However, I now realize that maybe she has not gone after all.  We who knew her are still being soothed and bathed by her vast and beautiful essence.  She will be missed by family, friends, Sangha, as well as most of Poland.  I miss her!


Love,

Genpo Roshi




photo by Stephanie Young Merzel

 


 

Wiersz Grover'a Gauntt'a

Memorial Poem
For
Malgorzata Jiho Braunek Roshi


July 3, 2014


Bright Bright Shooting Star
Arcs across the Heavens.
Visible in broad daylight
Brilliant, piercing, subtle, shy,
Penetrating, serious, giddy, playful.
Cooking the sweet nectar of true nourishment.
Serving humbly,
Effortlessly guiding all creations to their original home.
Disappearing into the One,
Appearing Everywhere!
…………Encore!

 


 

Korespondencja od Junyu Kurody

Dear Andrew,


I am very sorry to hear of Malgorzia passing.
I clearly remember that Malgorzia rent me her down jacket at the Auschwitz Retreat. She asid “You are looking so cold.”
I would like to offer my sympathy and condolences to you and your family.

In Dharma.

Kirigayaji abbot

Junyu kuroda



 

List do Roshi napisany przez Jurka Porębskiego


Małgosiu, powiesz zaraz „tak, taktak”, chciałbym coś powiedzieć nie o Tobie,
ale do Ciebie.

Mam wrażenie, że lubisz jak przynoszę Ci kwiaty, zawsze bardzo starannie je
dla Ciebie wybieram. Kolor, forma, zapach – jesteś na nie wyjątkowo
wrażliwa i po mistrzowsku umiesz posługiwać się właśnie formą i kolorem.
Budujesz dzięki nim niepowtarzalną aurę wokół siebie. Nie mogłem nigdy
nadziwić się, jak umiejętnie łączysz ze sobą to wszystko, co znajduje się
wokół Ciebie, zupełnie tak samo, jak potrafisz łączyć w sobie wszystko to,
co wydaje się nie do pogodzenia.

Jesteś piękna i cudownie kolorowa.

Większość z nas dobrze Cię zna, znamy Cię, bo podarowałaś nam wszystkim
kawałek siebie, bo jesteś otwarta na innych, bo jesteś ciekawa innych,
bo tak pięknie się do nas uśmiechasz.

Jest coś jeszcze, Twoja ciekawość wszystkiego co ważne i mniej ważne,
Twoja mądrość i intuicja, które pomagają czasem coś jeszcze dostrzec i zrozumieć.
Trudno jednak zrozumieć, nie mogę tego zrozumieć, dlaczego spotykamy się
właśnie tutaj.


J.

 


 


Różne...

 

"On the altar, I put a lovely photo of Malgosia taken in Vimoutiers so many years ago. During the sitting after the service, I sat looking straight at her, into those amazing eyes. So many memories of her came, so much love and warmth and wisdom of a woman like no other. The more I sat, the less I knew whether she was here or there, whether I was here or there, no longer knowing what it meant to be "gone." Even though I know that she is gone from this world, and it pains me, she and I sat together last night on a beautiful summer night in Paris."

 

"Right now my heart goes out to you. Somehow I feel you are just as radiant as you always were and are. Around you there always seems to be this mysterious aura, a radiance of joy of life. And that was and still is an inspiration to me and a very helpful influence in my life. I know that your physical health is really not good, but somehow the thought of you brings a smile on my face. I feel you are joy itself and I love you deeply."


"Wczoraj kiedy sie o tym dowiedzialam obudzil sie we mnie wulkan, jesli to mialoby pomoc, na Boga......TRZEBA DZIALAC!!!
Nalezy wykorzystac wszystkie mozliwosci, bo zycie Malgosi jest wartoscia bezcenna!!
Nalezy ZDAZYC PRZED CZASEM-to jest wazne".


"My heart, my joy, my smiles and laughter and the tears in my eyes are all wishing you good grief.
So much beauty and so many wonder-full times and moments, and richness of life alive in her smiling eyes."


"Dopiero dzisiaj rano dowiedziałam się o odejściu Małgosi. Bardzo to przeżywam, choć pamiętam jej słowa, że nie boi się odchodzenia...
Mam poczucie, że odszedł ktoś bardzo ważny dla mnie. Zawsze będę pamiętać jej uścisk i uśmiech, jakim obdarzyła mnie rok temu na warsztacie w Katowicach."


"Sending my condolences to everyone who loved Malgosia. I only met her briefly and I was taken by her warmth and humor."


she was a shining, beautiful friend. We treasure the memory of all the time we had the chance spending together with her and her husband.
We are joining her family and  Sangha in prayers and ceremonies.



"Although we only met a few times, I was always touched by her beautiful spirit and presence and feel a deep sorrow at her passing."



"Żałuję, że tak rzadko u Was bywałem w Warszawie.
Będzie mi brakować uśmiechu Małgosi.

 

Od dzisiaj postaram się więcej sam uśmiechać do innych ludzi."

"I am very sorry to hear of Malgorzia passing.

I clearly remember that Malgorzia rent me her down jacket at the Auschwitz Retreat. She asid “You are looking so cold.”

I would like to offer my sympathy and condolences to you and your family."



"I am thinking of Roshi and how sweet she was. I want to share one thought.
We were in Ameland 2007, we were at one of the Teachers meeting. Diane was
doing circles with us and I was in a group with Maglosia. I had to tell something
to the group. I did not like to talk in front of the people, I felt stupid with my story.
But looking in her eyes, I knew that one person was listening with a pure heart and
really receiving my story. That made me very happy. It was your wife."

 


 

 

 

Refleksje Marzeny Rey

 

As the message of Malgosia’s death reached me on Monday, June 23, I was returning home to Germany from San Diego, planning to go see Malgosia in a few days in Warsaw. I had just received Dharma Transmission from my teacher, Nicolee Jikyo Mc Mahon Roshi, in California on June 20, and I had been very sad not to be able to be with Malgosia in the hospital and also sad that she could not be present at my transmission. But she had written to me, “Too bad it is so far and yet so close. I love you.“ and no more words were needed.

Malgosia was one of the most important people in my life. She was not only my older sister on the Dharma path, she was also like a beloved real sister to me and a dear, dear friend. Almost always when I called her, she would say, “I just thought of you,” and vice versa.

I met Malgosia and her husband, Andrzej Krajewski, in the early 1990s in Warsaw. Since 1982, I have lived in Germany, I had to leave my native Poland when martial law was imposed, and so now when I visi Warsaw, I always spend time with Malgosia and Andrzej. Every year my daughter and I have spent our summer vacation with them by the Polish sea. And after the sudden death of my husband 10 years ago, Malgosia and Andrzej came immediately to Germany and supported me tremendously in those tough days and after.

Malgosia and I also shared our artistic path as actresses. We had studied at the same school, the State Theatre Academy PWST in Warsaw, although Malgosia was there before me, as she was 13 years older. She became a very famous film actress in Poland, and then stopped acting at the peak of her career in the early 1980s. I remember our meeting with our mutual teacher, Professor Rena Tomaszewska, who said to us, “It is great you both are doing your Zen business, but don’t forget acting.” And Malgosia did not. When she returned to acting in the late ’90s, she was “free from acting,“ not playing, but rather being whatever she played. She was authentic and humble. And people loved her for this.

For me, Malgosia was a walking heart! With a wonderful sense of humour, her laughter was very infectious. She was seeing and listening with her heart! I experienced many times how she was listening to people, to her family, to her students, to her friends. She was always interested in what others had to say, she was very compassionate and very often forgetting herself. I remember many times when complet strangers on the street would speak to her as if she were a member of their family.

It was very important for me to watch how she combined Zen practice and family life, teaching and acting. She was my older sister on the way, opening new roads for many of us as a powerful Zen teacher, woman, wife, mother, grandmother, social activist and — not to forget — clown. In her zendo in Poland, she opened the space for children. She brought along her daughter, Orinka, and then many other parents and children followed. Catherine Genno Pages Roshi in France opened the same possibility for people with children. That’s how I could walk this road with my daughter, Noemi, since she was a small child.

To you my dearest sister Malgosia, I miss you very much! I still hear your voice and your wonderful laughter. I can see you in my heart, beautiful and radiant. Thank you for all these precious years we could share. I celebrate your very rich life and pray for your safe passage to the other shore.

 


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