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Mark Foote
Post title: The Eyes Are Open in Zazen
(Feb 4 2014 at 11:59 AM)

In the course of conversation, I put forward to a practitioner of medical Qigong that the experience of qi (chi) takes place in a state between waking and sleeping. He replied that he had once been in a lab hooked up to instruments while he practiced, and the folks watching the dials affirmed that he went through the first three stages of sleep with his eyes open. He agreed with me that this is the aspect of his practice that is difficult to teach, and said that his students get it through the p

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Mark Foote
Post title: Remembering How to Breathe
(Jan 20 2014 at 07:26 PM)

Petaluma CloudsI've read that people who suffer from Alzheimer's disease die when they finally forget how to breathe.

It's taken me all of my adult life so far to experience action out of stretch and action out of the distinction of sense without the exercise of volition. As far as I can tell, it's all remembering how to breathe, as I never have before.

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Mark Foote
Post title: Soto Zen and the Left Knee (Comment in Reply from Hardcorezen.info)
(Jan 9 2014 at 04:08 PM)

You may have a problem taking me seriously because I don't have lineage. So far I don't feel I'm up to pursuing it; I'm still working on my lotus. Hopefully you won't dismiss my remarks simply because after 40 years I have found a way to sit the lotus, and you have decided that it has cost you the health of your knees to try and that it's unnecessary.

Right, I agree it's unnecessary. However, a posture that requires stretch is necessary. Sitting in a chair works, if you sit forward on the cha

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