Friday, September 21, 2012

the no-lotusing zone

I've borrowed the following picture from here.

See the monk?

Did you notice that he's not doing a full lotus? That he's not even bothering to do a half-lotus? That's pretty awesome. If nothing else, this monk's posture gives hope to plump, pathetically inflexible blokes like me. Even barefoot, I have trouble doing a half-lotus (only one foot tucked into the fold of a hip). Plus, I bet this posture-- known as "Burmese" or "monk's" posture-- is better for the circulation in your legs.

Meditation isn't about self-torture or even about lesser forms of mortification of the flesh. I've written more extensively on meditation here.



Nathan B. said...

He looks Caucasian to me, and that's why he can't sit properly. ;-)

I say this as someone who can't even sit comfortably cross-legged at all.

That said, I don't think meditation is supposed to be about self-torture, either.

Cheers, N.

Lorianne said...

I've never been able to sit full lotus, and I long ago gave up trying to sit even half- or quarter-lotus. Burmese pose or kneeling are the only ways I can sit.

Practice how you can, not how you can't.

Kevin Kim said...


Comments from you are so rare! I appreciate your visit.

Me, I didn't even know there was such a thing as quarter-lotus.


Caucasian? Ya' think? I'm not so sure. The probabilities are that he's Korean, but you could be right.