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Mark Foote
Post title: 2nd Life, The Online Sangha, and zazen
(Feb 3 2011 at 11:18 PM)

Zazen is a peculiar practice. On the one hand, it's been associated with the cross-legged posture since the Gautamid first described the practice of setting up mindfulness. On the other hand, we have statements like "only zazen can sit zazen" (Shunryu Suzuki, to Blanche Hartman I believe, as recounted on cuke.com) and "you know, sometimes zazen gets up and walks around" (Kobun Chino Otogawa, in a lecture in the 80's at S.F. Zen Center). So is zazen something we do, or something that only happens

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Mark Foote
Post title: the cessation that the Gautamid described
(Feb 3 2011 at 10:52 PM)

If the extent of inhalation and the extent of exhalation guide the stretch and activity we feel, we fall headfirst into feeling beyond knowing sometimes; is this the cessation that the Gautamid described as part of his practice, both before and after enlightenment?

right there, in front of us the whole time?

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Mark Foote
Post title: Muho of Antaiji takes a swing at Brad of 'The Truth About Hardcore Zen'
(Jan 8 2011 at 09:54 AM)

I'm still mulling over the significance of the abbot of Antaiji misrepresenting the sentiment of Brad's letter, and casting aspersions on Brad's teacher for mentioning physiology. That was quite a long diatribe about masturbation versus family life, as well; very interesting attempt to establish a Catholic norm as a Buddhist standard.

Personally I have respect for the Gautamid as a teacher of zazen, but not as a teacher of social norms. The Cannon makes clear he was a bit of a misogynist, an

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