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Mark Foote
Post title: From the Temples in Egypt
(Jan 11 2013 at 11:44 PM)

I've been studying a couple of illustrations Apech turned me onto- from the temples in Egypt, a long time ago. You might find this useful, with regard to the sacrum and L5:

Hapi and Dyed

"I would suggest that the reed that the god is holding on either side of the pillar represents the horizontal ilio-lumbar ligaments, that engage as the spine is relaxed upward from the sacrum in the movement of exhalation. The presence of the

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Mark Foote
Post title: Walking on the Ground of Reality
(Jan 9 2013 at 07:35 PM)

I'm writing lately about proprioception and sitting the lotus; I write for myself, first and foremost, but I'm hoping this approach will also serve for Westerners who want to learn to sit the lotus. I don't sit many sesshins, and I don't care if my sitting is ten minutes or 50; maybe I average about 30. It's about stretch, but it's also about subtle activity that takes place because of the stretch in the ligaments and fascia. These tissues can generate nerve impulses to contract muscles to re

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Link Between the Waking and the Sleeping States
(Dec 26 2012 at 10:45 PM)

Trance as I am sure you understand is anathema to Zen teachers. The notion of someone on a cushion entering into a state where they might be suggestible, vulnerable to someone like Bela Lugosi in a kimono and fright wig is bound to be repudiated in any zendo.

The really odd thing is that in the earliest records we have of the teachings of Gautama the Buddha, nine trance states are mentioned and described, and the records are consistent in the sermons found in Tibet, China, and Southeast Asia.

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