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The Mudra of Zen

Fuxi's Poem

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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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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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