--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Tuesday, April 04, 2006 Ahmed posted:
> >Full lotus is better. Keep at it.
> >If you are knowledgeable in cultivation matters then you should
> >meditation is NOT just a mind thing. It also naturally involves
> >your body--chi, mai, kundalini, bindus, etc. [...balance
> I don't have any real problems with anything Ahmed posted, but I do
> point out that most of his points had little or nothing to do with
> dealt mostly with Taoist teachings. The thrust of his post seemed
to be to
> encourage a holistic approach which incorporates Taoism, Buddhism,
> 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
> this is just one of many postures that can assist you in
> certainly not required. Maybe it's the best, maybe not. That
> you and your body-type and body condition. Since zen, contrary to
> Ahmed posted, is not concerned with 'cultivation' of the body (as is
> Taoism), it really doesn't matter what physical posture you assume
> doing meditation. Full-lotus is probably the best (for all the
> Ahmed stated) if you can comfortably sit that way. If you can't
> about it and just sit anyway you can. Just try to choose a posture
> stable and allows you to breathe freely.
> The important thing is to sit (zazen). In fact the ONLY thing that
> important is to sit (zazen). Being knowledgeable or understanding
> about zen, Buddhism, the Dharma, Sutras, Taoism, Hindi, yoga,
> philosophy, etc..., are not important at all. They're fun, but not
> Just sit!
> Kop khoum khrop...Bill!
I would argue that in the early stages of Zen training at most places
one is "cultivating" Joriki. The power of concentration, (in
english) or samadhi. This can be linked to chi in taoism or even
kundalini or whatever. Usually the "just sitting" part is after
you've developed a bit of concentration. If you tell a newbie
to "Just sit" they'll probably just be spacing out most of the time
becuase they have no concentration.
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