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Mark Foote
Post title: Zen (and Mindfulness), Part Two--from "Dao Bums" (edited)
(Nov 26 2017 at 10:35 PM)

DucksI should mention that although the one-pointedness I experience in the location of my awareness occurs as a necessity of breath, there is a feeling of well-being.

There's a description in the Pali Canon of two "cessations" that I think summarize how a feeling of well-being can arise in connection with a necessity of breath: they are, "the cessation of ease apart from equanimity

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Mark Foote
Post title: Zen (and Mindfulness), Part One--from "Dao Bums"
(Nov 19 2017 at 02:32 PM)

Ducks(On November 12, 2016, Adia said)

I am sitting, experiencing stress and pain, is that normal?

(On 11 7 2017, Mark said:)

There's a trick to being really good at sitting zazen, especially in the lotus: be born to a father who is the abbot of a Zen monastery in Japan, learn oriyoki at age three, and wrestle with your brothers in the lot

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Mark Foote
Post title: Denko-e
(Oct 24 2017 at 08:04 PM)

Jikoji ZendoI attended the five-day Denko-e sesshin at Jikoji Zen Center, two weeks ago.

Vanja Palmers from Switzerland, who led the sitting, suggested in his opening talk that everyone should try to include everything in their awareness (with nothing left out): although he acknowledged there might be difficulties in the posture, he suggested that by including everything,

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