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The Mudra of Zen

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Mark Foote
Post title: Have you ever really practiced non-thinking?
(Jun 10 2010 at 10:36 PM)

I just sit on the zafu thinking about this stuff. Except when I m not thinking.

The motion of the sacrum is how I sit the lotus; I don t put my mind in my left palm the way Suzuki advocated, yet I do find my mind where my little fingers touch the abdomen a lot. And the reciprocal of that, which is in the stretches around the sacrum. Those stretches do enter into the length of the breath in or out, now and then. That s all I know.

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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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