In Soto style, we 'face the wall'
... we sit with our backbone slightly forward of the center of the Zafu, ... back straight, as if a tiny thread were running to
the ceiling through the crown of the head ... give that thread a small
tug, ever so slightly, to
stretch the neck and pull the chin in ... your eyes should be 1/3 or
2/3 open ( ... the point
is to remain present in this world and not drift into some dreamy
state) ... gazing at a downward angle to the wall (In Rinzai style, as above, one faces into the room)
It does not have to be beautiful, nor a model of perfection (just perfectly what-it-is), but it should be balanced and
comfortable such that the body can be dropped from mind (most of the
time ... there will always be days of little aches and pains).
(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)
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This page contains a single entry by Jundo published on January 23, 2009 11:17 AM.