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Mark Foote
Post title: Stretch at the Sacrum
(Oct 29 2012 at 10:21 AM)

My left knee was talking to me this spring and summer. I went down to Jikoji for Kobun's memorial, and brought home the book of Kobun anecdotes and stories that Vanja Palmers put together for the sangha (what a guy!). In the book, there's a story of how someone heard Kobun could get into the lotus without using his hands. When he was asked about it, he demonstrated that he could. Although I can't do what he did, if I aim to do that I find I can get in the posture without my knees talking to me.

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Heart of the Practice
(Oct 4 2012 at 11:25 PM)

I spoke out at the Kobun memorial sesshin last July about the need to find words to communicate the heart of the practice that is zazen, as a matter of survival now.

Seems clear to me that unless I act from the place in which I find myself, and find satisfaction in the feeling and close experience of my own necessity, I'm part of the problem instead of the solution when it comes to global warming.

For Zen to flourish, my guess is that more will be required than jettisoning ceremony, chant

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Real Zen (Comment on Brad Warner's "Hardcore Zen" blog)
(Sep 20 2012 at 01:20 AM)

I heard Baker speak at San Francisco Zen Center, he wrapped up by saying "respond with your concentration." I'm told he could arrive at the Zendo after a late night of drinking and sitting after sitting, become more centered; an adept, was how he was described to me by the person who observed this.

Because he was adept at sitting cross-legged and adept at raising money, Shunryu Suzuki had no choice but to approve of his understanding, for the sake of the business of bringing Zen to America.

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