Post title: Belief is a Part of Practice
(Oct 17 2013 at 09:42 PM)
The aspect of practice I'm concerned with now is Cheng Man-ching's assertion that relaxation takes place along the spine from the tailbone to the crown of the head. If I look for three directions right where I am in space, and free right where I am in space to shift and move, sometimes right where I am stays in the lower abdomen and stretches under the pelvis and up the spine, inhaling and exhaling.
Post title: Shikantaza
(Sep 15 2013 at 11:09 PM)
Kobun Chino Otogawa had this to say about shikantaza:
"Shikan taza sounds very strong. Shikan is understood as identical to zaza. Shikan means "pure", "one", "only for it". Ta is a very strong word. It shows moving activity. When you hit, that movement is called ta, so "strike" is ta. Za is the same as in the word zazen, sitting. To express the whole character, shikan taza is actually quite enough, but not enough until you experience it. Shikan taza is sitting for itself. You may say pure sit
Post title: No Latent Conceits
(Sep 9 2013 at 11:00 AM)
As to Thanissaro Bhikku:
'Emptiness as a quality of dharmas, in the early canons, means simply that one cannot identify them as one's own self or having anything pertaining to one's own self... Emptiness as a mental state, in the early canons, means a mode of perception in which one neither adds anything to nor takes anything away from what is present, noting simply, "There is this." This mode is achieved through a process of intense concentration, coupled with the insight that notes more and
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