The Camel and the Eye of the Needle

Trilogy of the Timeless Volume 2

Two masters, one from the West, the other from the East, meet one another: Meister Eckhart und Zhuangzi. This wouldn't have been possible during their lifetimes: the first was a monk and lived in Germany from 1260 to about 1328. The other was a wandering philosopher in southern China who lived during the fourth century before the common era. In a timeless space, the two speak to one another regardless an yet aware of differences of culture and religion. Eckhart becomes curious, as all the questions he poses to Zhuangzi seem to remain unanswered. Zhuangzi‘s thoughts, however, do not willfully follow a meandering way. How else can one speak of the transformation of the myriad of things? The two masters join in seeking answers.

"The Camel and the Eye of the Needle" provides documentation in the form of a book (192 pages). A biographical chapters presents each of the principal protagonists, along with their life and work. Additional chapters speak of the exchange between East and West in the Middle Ages and at the beginning of the twentieth century; explain the principal concepts of Dao philosophy. 32 pages of color plates display medieval manuscripts as well as objects from the time of Master Zhuang.

Bound into the book is a printed CD-pocket. The CD itself holds the audio play, "The Camel and the Eye of the Needle". The dialogue between the masters in their timeless space lasts almost 80 minutes. The two men meet one another and set off on a journey together. In the case of Master Eckhart, his extensive series of sermons provides the basis for his words; in the case of Zhuangzi, the book of the same name, of which parts are attributed to him, plays the same role. The audio play is accompanied by music by the group Anderscht.

Trilogy of the Timeless: Documentary book and audio play are complementary: the first is a book to be read and to be seen, the other opens up an inner world through hearing. The trilogy first appeared in the context of the exhibition, "Mysticism - Yearning for the Absolute" in the Museum Rietberg, Zürich (September 23, 2011 - January, 15, 2012).

Audioplay (78 minutes) with documentary book

By Hildegard Elisabeth Keller. With contributions by Wolfgang Behr, Jeffrey F. Hamburger, and Clemens Müller.

Speaker: Klaus Henner Russius (Zhuangzi), Jörg Schröder (Meister Eckhart)
Music by Anderscht (Andrea Kind, Fredi Zuberbühler, Baldur Stocker)
Layout by Linus Hunkeler

First edition 2011
192 pages, 14 x 12 cm, hardcover
32 colorplates
CHF 68.00 / EUR 62.00 (D)
ISBN 978-3-7281-3436-3

Zürich: vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich 2011.