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The Mudra of Zen

Fuxi's Poem

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I, too, feel a deep sense of gratitude to the Zen teachers who came to this country, and to some of the teachers who became authorized to teach here and have kept the practice going for anyone who is interested. The real question is how do we inspire ourselves to sit the cross-legged pose for thirty minutes or forty, once or twice or several times a day? I guess one way that it's been done in the past, intentionally or not, is with the promise of the respect and authority of the title of lineage

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I guess the question for us both is how the chi comes to be "stored" in the tan-t'ien. Chunyi Lin seems to encourage you to think the long sitting will work the trick for you; his remark about looking at how long someone can sit the lotus to see if they've mastered energy says it all, in that regard.

I realize that there can be a feeling of absorption occasioned by impact when consciousness occurs in the vicinity of the tan-t'ien, and this is a pleasant thing, which informs my sense of locat

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Mark Foote
Post title: Autogenic training and Nishijima's SNS-PNS balance
(Dec 25 2011 at 08:10 PM)

Element, thanks for the link on autogenic training:

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autogenic_training)

Some great history there. I didn't use the "warm" patter but I sure used the "arm is heavy", etc. bit, for self-hypnosis in high school!

Bloke, yer right, well-put, Nishijima doesn't elaborate on how his understanding can be applied. Then again, we know that it's not really possible to apply any understanding

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