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Mark Foote
Post title: Riding the Ox Home
(May 6 2012 at 09:12 PM)

The trick is never to mount the ox in the first place, per the Ch'an master Foyan; he said there were only two diseases at his monastery, searching for an ox while riding an ox and being mounted on an ox unable to dismount. He asked, isn't it better never to mount in the first place?

I would say the meaning is that where we are is sufficient to act, if we can relax and accept the way our feelings inform consciousness. Our feelings do affect our sense of place, and our acceptance of what we fe

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Mark Foote
Post title: Houdini Developed an Ability to Feel
(May 5 2012 at 10:53 PM)

Houdini knew something about being a coffin-case; could be useful, but not at Harvard, I think.

So how's this for an instruction of zazen: let the length of the inhalation or exhalation engender the activity in the sartorious and gluteous muscles that rotates the pelvis and extends the hips, and through the extension of the hips let the inhalation or exhalation simultaneously cause the piriformis muscles to act to rotate the sacrum opposite to the pelvis.

Consciousness takes place; the cr

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The energy from the ground up, I look for that sometimes when I'm dancing. When I'm sitting, I sometimes look to feel like my whole body might clear (the ground) on inhalation, and like my body as a whole might cleave (at a point) on exhalation. I came up with this as a feeling-explanation of these two sayings:

"Miraculous power and marvelous activity
Drawing water and chopping wood."

(Pangyun, a lay Zen practitioner, eight century C.E.)

"Cleave a (piece of) wood, I am there;

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