Zazen for Beginners (We're All Beginners) X

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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)

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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).
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(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)

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