Full lotus is better. Keep at it. If you are knowledgable in cultivation matters then you should know that meditation is NOT just a mind thing. It also naturally involves cultivating your body--chi, mai, kundalini, bindus, etc.
You see, the goal in meditation is to cultivate your original nature along with your physical nature, the latter being cultivated indirectly and naturally. As one's mind becomes clear one's life force correspondingly and naturally rises upwards, purifying chi channels and expelling toxins along the way. This is called kundalini. Assuming one does not mutate this energy with self-centered thoughts, and that one resides in the emptiness, one can expect to have great success. If one obstructs this force by rampant thoughts or strange positions, one can expect to be harmed. One can expect one's success to be multiplied if one finds a position that is most suitable to the kundalini force rising up. The full-lotus position just happens to be the best meditation posture. This is not something one can theoretically prove. Buddha said it's best, Taoism says it's best, I say it's best (from experience)--I hope you keep at it. But to understand the body and it's purpose during meditation--as well as why it is important in Zen practice--the best book to purchase would be "Tao and Longevity" by Huai-Chin Nan. This book explains every aspect of the body when cultivating and teaches one the correct mindset when cultivating. Huai-Chin Nan tells you some scary, truthful things but also great solutions. This book is written by a enlightened Zen and Taoist master, so we can trust him. I found it very helpful. If you are not able to buy this book then go to meditationexpert.com, the best website to understand about the stages of meditation, psychological and physiological phenomena encountered, and a nondenominational WEAVING of all spiritual traditions and evaluations of each. Good luck. P.S.: I have felt great pain initially when I used the lotus posture. But now, after some practice, I have been able to remain in the posture for 40 minutes. For longer sessions resting would be a good idea. On 4/3/06, dkotschessa <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > Most of my zazen over the years I have done in half lotus, which is > sufficient. In the beginning I did full lotus before I found it was > not necessary. > > Last night I decided I would try full lotus again. I have to say it > seemed "better" somehow. I just mean it seemed easier, stiller. > > Are there any teachers that emphasize or insist upon full lotus as > opposed to other positions? > > The first book I read was "Zen Mind, Beginners Mind." The first book > a lot of people read. He prescribes full lotus there, that's why I > started that way. > > I may keep this up, but not when I'm doing super long sessions of > course. (Or sesshins!) > > -DaveK > > > > > > > Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are > reading! Talk about it today! > > > ------------------------------ > YAHOO! GROUPS LINKS > > > - Visit your group "Zen_Forum<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum>" > on the web. > > - To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: > [EMAIL PROTECTED]<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> > > - Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of > Service <http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/>. > > > ------------------------------ > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today! Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/