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Mark Foote
Post title: Comment on "Rotating the Lower Dan Tien", on Dao Bums
(Mar 14 2017 at 09:59 PM)

Sunrise before the stormWhat I see is that there are two mechanisms of support for the lower spine, one in the displacement of the fascia immediately behind the sacrum (by the mass of the extensors pressing rearward as they contract, usually in a natural alternation), and another in the displacement of the fascia behind the lower spine by pressure from the "fluid ball" of the abdomen (the te

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Mark Foote
Post title: Effort, Effortlessness, Reconciliation
(Mar 2 2017 at 11:10 AM)

Sunrise before the stormThis morning I found myself particularly focused on the part of Gautama's "way of living" that is the experience of zest in inhalation and exhalation, and similarly the experience of ease. He speaks of the body permeated and suffused with such feeling, so that no part of the body is left out.

To the extent that relaxation of the activity of

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Mark Foote
Post title: Chih Men's Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves
(Feb 17 2017 at 02:37 PM)

Route 128 ViewThe twenty-first case of "The Blue Cliff Record" is as follows:

'A monk asked Chih Men, "How is it when the lotus flower has not yet emerged from the water?" Chih Men said, "A lotus flower."

The monk said, "What about after it has emerged from the water?" Men said, "Lotus leaves."'

(trans. Thomas and J. C. Cleary, Shambala Publications, pg 139)

Here's the

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