Kobun Chino Otogawa once remarked that he did not have any pain when he sat in the lotus posture, and neither did his legs go to sleep. He also indicated that he had no pain from when he first sat the lotus at the age of seven (although he did acknowledge that he sometimes had pain in the seiza posture).
Kobun said, “take your time with the lotus”. I’m still taking my time with the lotus. Although the posture might seem like a secondary concern in zazen, I have no doubt that the lotus answers a particular need for me.
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May 17, 2009
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