In Zen practice, a Mondo is a dialogue between a disciple and his master.

kin hin

I practice in an AZI-compatible dojo for the time being, in a sharing spirit. The last time I practiced there, they indirectly made me notice that the posture of my hands, when I was walking back to my zafu at the end of kin hin, was not appropriate: I should have kept the kin hin's mudra, simply flipping down my hands by 90°. Though, I ...

A relaxed or dynamic posture?

Dear Master, first let me express my great respect and deep friendship. Since a while ago, my practice is coca-light like, because of doubts which, in spite of my presence and my joie de vivre, are persistant and come back at the slightest shot of blues or insatisfaction. Despite of my research, many things remain conceptual: must we totally ...

The crossing of the legs.

Hello dear Master. I wanted quite simply to ask you whether it is important to change the legs when the lotus is made, I ask you this because it is normally said that one must put the right foot on the left thigh and then the left leg on the right thigh, but somebody said to me that to keep it balance it is important to just make the reverse ...


Is breathing in Zen automatic and natural ?

Is breathing in Zen automatic and natural, or is there a techniqueor form to breathe. How do we determine correct breathing for ourselves?What does it feel like? Is this breathing in any sense controlled? In reality in zen, people learn a breathing technique which consists in concentrating their energy below the navel and to press on the ...


How to practise zazen if one is unable to sit in full-lotus?

How to practise zazen if one is unable to sit in the full-lotus position? In vain I try to sit (in a sort of half-lotus), to soften it, but I practice less and less because I'm not to be able to make this position, which is the one of Zen, this really upsets me and prevents me from concentrating. Isn’t it there any way or particular exercise ...

The posture causes my legs to go numb!

The posture of ZAZEN (at least the one I take) causes my legs to go numb, which I eventually don’t feel any more. In vain I try to have WILL or COURAGE or STUPIDITY, as you wish, I end up unfolding this cursed leg... Some advice? (If possible other than “continue”)Denis
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Is there a risk for our legs when we sit in the lotus posture?

Bonjour, Je prends la posture du lotus, et après une demi-heure quand je décroise les jambes, j'ai l'impression qu'elles n'étaient plus irriguées par le sang. Est-ce qu'il y a un risque à ce niveau, si on garde la posture trop longtemps des tissus ne sont plus irrigués et meurent. Pendant la posture je n'ai pas vraiment très mal, mais au ...


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