On Tuesday, April 04, 2006 Ahmed posted: >Full lotus is better. Keep at it.
>If you are knowledgeable 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. [...balance snipped...] I don't have any real problems with anything Ahmed posted, but I do want to point out that most of his points had little or nothing to do with zen and dealt mostly with Taoist teachings. The thrust of his post seemed to be to encourage a holistic approach which incorporates Taoism, Buddhism, Hindi, etc..., which is not a bad idea if that is what you are after. Getting back to the original topic - full-lotus position - I can state that this is just one of many postures that can assist you in meditation. It's certainly not required. Maybe it's the best, maybe not. That depends on you and your body-type and body condition. Since zen, contrary to what Ahmed posted, is not concerned with 'cultivation' of the body (as is Taoism), it really doesn't matter what physical posture you assume when doing meditation. Full-lotus is probably the best (for all the reasons Ahmed stated) if you can comfortably sit that way. If you can't don't worry about it and just sit anyway you can. Just try to choose a posture that is stable and allows you to breathe freely. The important thing is to sit (zazen). In fact the ONLY thing that is important is to sit (zazen). Being knowledgeable or understanding things about zen, Buddhism, the Dharma, Sutras, Taoism, Hindi, yoga, physiology, philosophy, etc..., are not important at all. They're fun, but not important. Just sit! Kop khoum khrop...Bill! 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/