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Mark Foote

Post title:  "... it takes a LONG TIME ..." (from Warner's Hardcore Zen blog)

(Feb 17 2010 at 03:40 PM)

 

 

Matt Simonsen said:
"it's just that, for almost all of us, it takes a LONG TIME, and doing "the basics" (zazen) a LOT, to fully ACCEPT that this is all there is!"

I'd like to point out that Shunryu Suzuki said, "only zazen can sit zazen", and Kobun Chino Otogawa said "you know, sometimes zazen gets up and walks around". Yes, the lotus will force a person to recognize the cranial-sacral rhythm at the sacrum, and involuntary action generated by the stretch of ligaments; yes, it's possible to recognize that the location of consciousness affects the posture, and through the posture the ability to feel; nevertheless, there's still nothing that can be done to move a person one iota closer to a witness of how attachment to the pleasant or aversion to the unpleasant conditions the occurrence of consciousness. Fortunately such a witness is an every day thing.



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