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Mark Foote
Post title: zazen (animation)
(Jun 12 2010 at 11:23 PM)



zazen- the respiration of breath and the respiration of the cranial-sacral

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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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