Zazen Notes

The Mudra of Zen

Fuxi's Poem

Zazen Notes homepage

Register   or   Sign In for Comments

(return to Posts)

Post Detail


Mark Foote

Post title:  The Job (comment on "No Zen in the West")

(Aug 1 2017 at 10:28 PM)



It's been a revelation for me to read that Kobun Chino Otogawa started sitting the lotus at age 7, wrestled in the lotus with his brothers, and could get in and out of the lotus without using his hands. Of course, his father was the abbot of a Zen temple in Japan.

At the close of a sesshin I attended, Kobun said it was his third sesshin in a row, and when asked he said he didn't experience pain in the lotus. In fact, in what I read, he said he sat the lotus to stay out of pain!

All these years I've kept his instruction to "take your time with the lotus" in mind, ever since I heard him give that advice in the early '70's. I continue to do so, and to regard the lotus as my teacher.

My posture is not good, Zen teachers can barely keep their hands off me, when I go to sesshin (sounds like the same is true for American Zen priests who go to Japan, even if they have good posture).

Clear Lake, CaliforniaThe job here in the West, as far as I'm concerned, is to understand the causality, physical and mental, behind the action of the posture and the mind, accept it and let it play out. If I sit up straight some of the time, it's not because I'm trying to sit up straight.

comments: 0  (post a comment)



June 2019


May 2019


April 2019


February 2019


January 2019














Google SiteSearch privacy notice:  if you use the Google SiteSearch on this site, third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your users' browser, or using web beacons to collect information, in the course of ads being served on the search results page. You can Opt Out of Behavioral Advertising- The Network Advertising Initiative.

Zazen Notes