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Title: Hello ☺️
Post by: whatisthis on August 09, 2018, 06:55:36 pm
Hello, I have more to say later.  All my text was lot twice after writing it out on my mobile. But I am not annoyed as that would not be Zen.
Title: Re: Hello ☺️
Post by: whatisthis on August 09, 2018, 07:40:35 pm
If anyone would like to know more about my meditation practice and general outlook, or anything else, just let me know  :anjali:
Title: Re: Hello ☺️
Post by: Dairy Lama on August 11, 2018, 01:26:24 am
Hello, I have more to say later.  All my text was lot twice after writing it out on my mobile. But I am not annoyed as that would not be Zen.

Welcome!  Aren't Zennies allowed to be annoyed?  I think I'd be annoyed if people kept hitting me with sticks.   :teehee:
Title: Re: Hello ☺️
Post by: zafrogzen on August 11, 2018, 10:45:48 am
The kyosaku or "encouragement stick" is not used much any more, probably because of the bad press it gets, as in this case. In long sesshin meditation retreats after hours of rigid zazen, the shoulder muscles can get very tense. When the monitor comes by with the kyosaku you can put your palms together and bow to request a hit. The flat end of the long hardwood stick is gently placed on one shoulder near the neck while you tilt your head in the opposite direction (to avoid hitting an ear). The stick is lifted a foot or so and the flat end brought down with a loud "whack," the sound of which wakes everyone up and can even induce satori. It's quite energizing. The neck and shoulder muscles respond by letting go and relaxing -- which feels really good. Then the head is tilted the opposite way and the other side is done.
Title: Re: Hello ☺️
Post by: whatisthis on August 11, 2018, 07:03:20 pm
Hello, I have more to say later.  All my text was lot twice after writing it out on my mobile. But I am not annoyed as that would not be Zen.

Welcome!  Aren't Zennies allowed to be annoyed?  I think I'd be annoyed if people kept hitting me with sticks.   :teehee:

Probably not allowed to be annoyed  :huffy:
Title: Re: Hello ☺️
Post by: whatisthis on August 11, 2018, 07:16:06 pm
The kyosaku or "encouragement stick" is not used much any more, probably because of the bad press it gets, as in this case. In long sesshin meditation retreats after hours of rigid zazen, the shoulder muscles can get very tense. When the monitor comes by with the kyosaku you can put your palms together and bow to request a hit. The flat end of the long hardwood stick is gently placed on one shoulder near the neck while you tilt your head in the opposite direction (to avoid hitting an ear). The stick is lifted a foot or so and the flat end brought down with a loud "whack," the sound of which wakes everyone up and can even induce satori. It's quite energizing. The neck and shoulder muscles respond by letting go and relaxing -- which feels really good. Then the head is tilted the opposite way and the other side is done.

Home Zen practitioner here, no encouragement stick experience at all :)



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