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The Mudra of Zen

Fuxi's Poem

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Mark Foote
Post title: Wu Wei
(Jan 15 2012 at 10:08 PM)

It is possible to act without intent, and to do so in the course of daily life; this is wu wei to me. As soon as there's intent, there's discrimination of good and bad, and there's nothing natural about that.

I think the best is to accept falling asleep with waking up, and waking up with falling asleep; too much emphasis on waking up, and we can't sleep. Too much emphasis on falling asleep, and we can't wake up.

"The empty hand grasps the hoe handle
Walking along I ride the ox
The ox c

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I continue to work with the description in "The Mudra of Zen", and in "Translations of Motion in the Lotus". This morning I was able to correlate a feeling for the ilio-lumbars with relaxation in the extensors, and a certain uprightness in the area of the low back. Interesting, for me, as I have never followed the advice to "keep your back straight", in part because I don't seem to have the feeling to make that possible (yet). My take is that activity in the sartorius and gluts (caused by stretc

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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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