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Mark Foote
Post title: words from Shunryu Suzuki
(Feb 24 2010 at 08:20 PM)

(from a correspondence with a friend)

hope your sitting is going well. I am still inspired by our conversation, and tonight I chance upon these words from Shunryu Suzuki:

"You may say that your mind is practicing zazen and ignore your body, the practice of your body. Sometimes when you think that you are doing zazen with an imperturbable mind, you ignore the body, but it is also necessary to have the opposite understanding at the same time. Your body is practicing zazen in imperturbabilit

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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

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Mark Foote
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

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