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The Mudra of Zen

Fuxi's Poem

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The energy from the ground up, I look for that sometimes when I'm dancing. When I'm sitting, I sometimes look to feel like my whole body might clear (the ground) on inhalation, and like my body as a whole might cleave (at a point) on exhalation. I came up with this as a feeling-explanation of these two sayings:

"Miraculous power and marvelous activity
Drawing water and chopping wood."

(Pangyun, a lay Zen practitioner, eight century C.E.)

"Cleave a (piece of) wood, I am there;

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Mark Foote
Post title: What We Truly Believe (comment on "Hardcore Zen")
(Apr 29 2012 at 12:18 PM)

"That which we will..., and that which we intend to do and that wherewithal we are occupied:--this becomes an object for the persistance of consciousness. The object being there, there comes to be a station of consciousness. Consciousness being stationed and growing, rebirth of renewed existance takes place in the future, and here from birth, decay, and death, grief, lamenting, suffering, sorrow, and despair come to pass. Such is the uprising of this mass of ill.

Even if we do not will, or i

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Mark Foote
Post title: Necessity that Places the Mind Just So
(Apr 24 2012 at 11:52 PM)

I was dancing a little bit tonight to a pair of guitar players at an event, and for me something seemed to flow as I accepted the ability of the cranial-sacral rhythm at my place of mind to open the cranial-sacral rhythm elsewhere in my body. Sometimes our unconscious arranges for consciousness to take place at precisely the location necessary to impact a stretch and open the exit of nerves from the sacrum, spinal column, or skull; I would say that's exactly what happened when you bent over to

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