Post title: is enlightenment obtained with the body, or the mind- part 2 (from Tao Bums)
(Jan 29 2010 at 01:36 PM)
Here are some lines from the Stanford project (at zazen shin), translating Dogen's words, and here Dogen continues the story about polishing a tile:
Daji said, "How can you produce a mirror by polishing a tile?"
Nanyue replied, "How can you make a buddha by sitting in meditation (zazen)?"
Daji asked, "Then, what is right?"
Nanyue replied, "When someone is
Post title: is enlightenment obtained with the body, or the mind (from Tao Bums)
(Jan 29 2010 at 01:34 PM)
well, here's a quote from Dogen, just to stir things up:
When we let go of our minds and cast aside our views and understandings the Way will be actualized. One sage clarified True Mind (Reality) when he saw peach blossoms and another realized the Way when he heard the sound of tile hitting a bamboo. They attained the way through their bodies. Therefore, when we completely cast aside our thoughts and views and practice shikantaza, we will become intimate with the way. This is why I encourage
Post title: How important is it to have one's back completely (as much as possible) straight during meditation? How important are these postures anyway? (from Tao Bums)
(Jan 24 2010 at 01:12 PM)
I had some excellent experience on jury duty, sitting in a chair. Two things are important to me, sitting in a chair: sit on the edge of the chair, as I believe you describe (a chair with four legs solid on the floor); then, one foot flat on the floor with the knee at about a 90 degree angle, and the ball of the other foot resting on the floor under your tailbone, approximately. I sit this way all day at the computer, and have done so for the last twenty years. My back is not straight, especiall
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