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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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Mark Foote
Post title: What We Truly Believe (comment on "Hardcore Zen")
(Apr 29 2012 at 12:18 PM)

"That which we will..., and that which we intend to do and that wherewithal we are occupied:--this becomes an object for the persistance of consciousness. The object being there, there comes to be a station of consciousness. Consciousness being stationed and growing, rebirth of renewed existance takes place in the future, and here from birth, decay, and death, grief, lamenting, suffering, sorrow, and despair come to pass. Such is the uprising of this mass of ill.

Even if we do not will, or i

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