#4659 - Friday, July 20, 2012 -
Editor: Jerry Katz
The Endless Further: Wayfaring on the Buddha
blogged by David M. Riley/Rev. Vajra
Inspector Maigret on
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Ive always been a fan of detective stories, and over the
years, one of the detectives I have enjoyed the most is Jules Maigret,
Commissaire de la Police Judiciaire, the creation of Georges Simenon. The
Maigret novels are short, and written in a spare and simple style. Deceptively
simple. Maigret is a detective whos often more interested in whydunit, than
whodunit. I cant recall the Inspector ever using a gun. His weapon of choice is
his psychological insight.
Theres a certain Buddhist/Taoist quality about Maigret.
As Pierre Weisz wrote in his essay, Simenon and Le Commissaire, Maigrets
great asset is being there. Maigret has his own unique way of working cases,
and many times, hes like Lao Tzus sage, who goes about doing nothing. It may
seem like hes doing nothing, perhaps strolling along the banks of the Seine
smoking his pipe, or having a casual beer in a small Paris cafe, but actually
hes deep into an investigation of the causes and conditions behind the actions
of both the guilty and the innocent.
My cable company carries the MHZ Network (KCET) which has
International Mysteries, currently featuring Beck, a Swedish police detective,
based on the novels by Sjowall and Wahloo, who were pioneers of Scandinavian
crime fiction in the 60s and 70s; Inspector Montablano, created by Italian
writer Andrea Camilleri, an absolutely great series (and great books); and
Maigret. The Maigret series was produced for French TV in the 1990s and are set
in the times of the novels.
It seemed to me that Maigret was making an important point
about non-duality. That was probably not his intent, and possibly not Simenons
either, assuming the line was taken from the book.
It reminded me of something I read by Krishnamurti not
"There is sorrow. My son is dead. I do
not move away. Where is the duality? It is only when I say I have lost my
companion, my son, that duality comes into being."
Even though we talk about the cessation of suffering,
there really is none. Suffering is never completely absent. Sadness at the loss
of a loved one, for instance, never leaves. Not even after decades. I know. Like
Buddha Nature the potential for suffering exists within us always, and can arise
at any time. Peace is just dormant suffering.
Sadness and happiness are advaita: two, but not two. They
are non-dual. Duality comes into being when we begin to make distinctions and
comparisons. And cessation comes into being when we stop suffering from ruling,
and ruining, our lives.
When the mind exists undisturbed in the
nothing in the world can
and when a thing can no longer
it ceases to exist in the old way.
Seng-tsan, Verses on the
Posted by David at 12:44 am Tagged with: Georges Simenon,
Krishnamurti, Maigret, non-dualism
2 Responses to Inspector Maigret on
July 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm
July 20, 2012 at 3:06
from the French series I was talking about with Bruno Cremer as Maigret. In
French with English subtitles, filmed in realistic, rustic, funky settings. The
BBC actually produced their own Maigret series some years ago, staring Michael
Gambon. They were okay, but only an hour long as I recall and didnt capture the
flavor of Maigret as well as the French programs did. The only fictional
detective to appear in film more often than Maigret is Sherlock