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The Mudra of Zen

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I was up at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center the other day, and Issho Fujita gave a presentation on the stretches involved in zazen. He ended by pointing out that we put our hands on our heads when we wonder what to do or what to think about something; we cross our hands over our heart when we seek humility; what, he asked, is the mind that goes with the posture of zazen? When we sit, we experience that mind, he said.

The Gautamid started out teaching the four fields of mindfulness, the seven facto

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Mark Foote
Post title: "to be actualized by the myriad things" (Dogen)
(Dec 16 2010 at 10:04 AM)

It's my perspective that the two respirations, cranial-sacral and pulmonary, utilize the place of occurrence of consciousness to impact the fascial structure and open the ability to feel as necessary. There is a stretch in existence as consciousness takes place: the stretch of sitting, standing, walking, or lying down, for example. The occurrence of consciousness leads the balance of the body to impact the stretch that is already in existence when we wake, until the moment when the occur

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Mark Foote
Post title: on dreaming- from the Castaneda thread, on Tao Bums
(Dec 14 2010 at 10:55 PM)

For the most part I believe waking and sleeping is the same effort. As I reflect on dreaming, I realize that maybe the same effort that's involved in waking and sleeping can be a part of dreaming. We realize the place as the place is what is, single-pointed yet inclusive past what can be known. If we see our hands, or travel out of body, the effort is still only this?- my guess, since I can't claim to have done either.

Just the occasional lucid dream. Sweet dreams!

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