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Mark Foote
Post title: Sitting the lotus- from the full lotus thread on Tao Bums
(Jan 23 2012 at 09:46 PM)

On sitting the lotus, here are some instructions I find very useful, every day almost:

"An empty hand grasps the hoe handle
Walking along, I ride the ox
The ox crosses the wooden bridge
The bridge is flowing, the water is still."

("Zen's Chinese Heritage", Andy Ferguson, pg 2, copyright 2002 Andrew Ferguson)

"So he abides fully conscious of what is behind and what is in front.
As (he is conscious of what is) in front, so behind: as behind, so in front;
as below, so above: as abo

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Mark Foote
Post title: "Wu Wei" and impeccability, from Tao Bums
(Jan 17 2012 at 10:01 PM)

I remember Blanche Hartman from S.F. Zen Center talking about one day when she was on her way to a day of mindfulness and she buttoned her shirt backwards or something. I do revere some of the teachers I met from Japan, whom I thought had a certain grace and poise, and sometimes I think I should be concerned to practice hard and be more like them; in the end, though, I think Blanche has the right approach, to laugh at herself and be what she is.

I would say that I have a compass, and that com

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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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