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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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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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