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The Mudra of Zen

Fuxi's Poem

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Mark Foote
Post title: On the effectiveness of mudras (response on Tao Bums)
(Apr 2 2011 at 10:15 PM)

When I finally sat down to write something about zazen, I wrote an essay about "the mudra of zen". I didn't know what I was going to say about that, but I wrote anyway. As it happens, I still use the practice I wrote about even today, six years later. And yet, it's an oddball thing!

So here it is. As consciousness occurs, we have a sense of our location in space. This sense is keyed to the three motions possible in space; these motions are pitch, yaw and roll, just like with an airplane:

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Mark Foote
Post title: what we're debating here
(Mar 20 2011 at 12:31 AM)

Do we accept that anyone who wants to master a wisdom tradition must study under a lineage master? That's what we're debating here, to my way of thinking.

People are writing and speaking about the wisdom traditions. The more I read what the real scholars have to say, the more I realize how much was borrowed, how much was improvised, how much missed the mark in what the masters had to say.

The Gautamid taught the meditation on the unlovely, and scores of monks a day "took the knife" while

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Mark Foote
Post title: Waking Up and Falling Asleep
(Mar 12 2011 at 02:03 PM)

oak trees at Helen Putnam Park

As I listen to the lectures at the Zen Center, I keep thinking that I too want to offer something about a practice that we all share. I'm referring to a practice that everybody already knows intimately, even if they don't usually think of it as a practice: waking up and falling asleep.

For me, waking up and fall

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