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Mark Foote
Post title: Chih Men's Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves
(Feb 17 2017 at 02:37 PM)

Route 128 ViewThe twenty-first case of "The Blue Cliff Record" is as follows:

'A monk asked Chih Men, "How is it when the lotus flower has not yet emerged from the water?" Chih Men said, "A lotus flower."

The monk said, "What about after it has emerged from the water?" Men said, "Lotus leaves."'

(trans. Thomas and J. C. Cleary, Shambala Publications, pg 139)

Here's the

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Mark Foote
Post title: "Turning to the Left, Turning to the Right, Following Up Behind"
(Dec 11 2016 at 09:39 PM)

Mt. KonoctiThere's a koan in the "Blue Cliff Record" (case 17) that goes like this:

'A monk asked Hsiang Lin, "What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?"
Hsiang Lin said, "Sitting for a long time becomes toilsome."'

(Yuanwu, 'Blue Cliff Record', Shambala publications pg 110)

In a commentary on the koan, the 12th century Chinese abbot Yuan

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Mark Foote
Post title: "The Secret of the Golden Flower"
(Sep 8 2016 at 08:57 PM)

I'd like to try to describe what I see in the lines of the illustration from "The Secret of the Golden Flower" (a Chinese meditation manual now dated somewhere between 1668 and 1692):

image from secret of the golden flower

The lines up the leg parallel the ilio-tibial tract, a fascial band which stretches from the lower leg to the pelvis, and to which the tensor and gluteo

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