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Mark Foote
Post title: from a letter to a friend
(Feb 6 2011 at 11:54 PM)

I went up to Sonoma Mountain Zen Center today, Roshi Kwong was speaking, and it was pretty good. He mentioned that it's possible to breathe into the sitting and sit longer, but he advised not to continue if injury seemed imminent. I've been experiencing a variation on that, which is that the extent of the breath and the place in consciousness can continue the activity of the sitting, maintain and deepen the stretch of the sitting- without direction, almost as though in hypnosis. I guess that'

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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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