Bodyfullness for being in the present- Zen

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Hiren Shah
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Bodyfullness for being in the present- Zen

Post by Hiren Shah » Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:17 pm

One of the best teachings of Eckhart has been to "dive into the body" or be in the body or the momentum of the mind will carry you away. One keeps hearing of mindfullness meditation but bodyfullness is what matters- after all the fact that one is alive is reflected in the breath and the body so why not focus on that instead of breath and thoughts?

I found that being explained elaborately in Zen meditationSome of you maybe interested.:-

"We learn to think with the body, not just the brain. So when you're sitting on your zafu in the dojo, it is not necessary to think. Only concentrate: posture, breathing. Just let the thinking brain, the cerebral cortex, cool down naturally. The central brain, the body brain (hypothalamus, thalamus) becomes stronger, more active. So we learn to think with the body, with our entire being."

"Just very briefly, the practice of body. In the Mindfulness Sutra it says, practice "awareness of the body in the body," being in the body, being the body, being aware within the body, taking care of the body, how we act with our body. We need to really pay attention to our body, and love our body. Not as me, but as a marvelous appearance of Buddha or of God. The Bible says, we are made in God’s image. This is profound and we need to take it to hearft. The body is God’s pattern. The practice of awareness, the practice of breathing, walking, standing, lying down, giving loving kindness to the body, in the many, many ways, there’s much we can say about that. That’s the first thing. That’s all day long."

"To a great extent in Zen, we practice with our mind indirectly through our body. This meditation posture developed in India as a yogic position. Zen meditation isn't something we do only with the mind. What we practice with is much wider and more subtle than our conceptual thinking. In Zen it is said that realization must penetrate every cell of our bodies, out to each tip of our hair and down to the marrow of our bones. So, in Zen, we engage our body as an ally to enable us to practice with the totality of our being."

For those interested in details, the extracts are from here:-

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Post by eve » Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:27 am

To me. "God" is that which is beyond what the intellect can grasp. Therefor "God" can best be described with an absence of words: Silence. The Bible says we are made in the image of God. Eckhart has said that we are the Silence, the Now. In the Silence, in the Now, there is no body

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