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Mark Foote
Post title: The Lancet of Seated Meditation (Zazenshin)
(May 29 2010 at 07:35 PM)

I went up to Sonoma Mountain Zen Center today, and the lecturer reminded the audience of advice from "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind" about placing the mind in the left hand of the mudra.

Chris the lecturer also spoke about Zhengjue's "The Lancet of Seated Meditation", which Chris said could be translated as "The Acupuncture Needle of Seated Meditation". Chris talked about the last lines:

The water is clear right through to the bottom;
A fish goes lazily along.
The sky is vast without horizo

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Mark Foote
Post title: in Gospel of Thomas, Jesus says, "make the inner like the outer" (Tao Bums)
(Apr 29 2010 at 10:07 PM)

I think he did mean "make", but in this sense: contact between a sense organ and a sense object results in consciousness, the occurrence of consciousness affects balance and impacts the fascial stretch in existence as consciousness takes place, the stretch of fascia generates activity that opens feeling; to make the inner like the outer is to experience feeling generated through the impact of consciousness when the object of sense is within, just as we experience feeling generated through the im

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Mark Foote
Post title: from a Tao Bums discussion of moving objects with the mind
(Apr 8 2010 at 12:31 AM)

My experience is that there is only one object worth moving through mind, and that is the body. That might sound laughable, but I'm not talking about moving the body through the exercise of will by the mind. I am talking about the occurrence of consciousness causing action in the body solely by virtue of consciousness taking place.

"Sometimes zazen gets up and walks around", Kobun Chino Otogawa said; "The windy element" moves the body, Buddhaghosa wrote; "to one who knows thus, sees thus, th

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