Post title: the long and the short of inhalation and exhalation (from Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen blog)
(Feb 18 2010 at 11:49 AM)
Alright, I like to talk to myself, it's true. Here I am, doing so again in the disguise of a comment on comments on comments.
My experience has been this: at some point in my practice, the long and the short of inhalation and exhalation enters in. It's taken me a lot of years and a lot of luck to discover that the "cross-legged" posture is more about the cranial-sacral rhythm than the pulmonary rhythm, but having found that out I still discover that there is a moment where the apprehension of
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
Post title: Has anyone come anywhere close to 'the end of all suffering' even after decades of practice?
(Feb 13 2010 at 03:21 PM)
My understanding is that the four truths concerning suffering only apply when suffering exists. The Gautamid described suffering as "in short, the five groups of grasping", so when there is suffering, then the origin of suffering is grasping in the five groups, the cessation of ignorance leads to the cessation of grasping, and the path that leads to the cessation of ignorance is the eight-fold path. The point I'm making here is that the expectation is never that suffering goes away altogether,
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