Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – Ocean Of Ki Energy”

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BOUNDLESS INTIMACY: The Eye And Treasury Of Core-Self

by Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – Ocean Of Ki Energy”:

When we viscerally abide in the vibrant alertness of our core-Self in shikantaza and zazen-only, we become somatically intimate with the vital bio-energy that upholds and sustains the total dynamic functioning of this Only Moment Body. The ancient Chinese sages (5000 B.C.) called this vital bio-energy “Chi” or “Qi” (pronounced as “chee” and “key.”) In our Japanese Soto Way of Zen, we call this vital bio-energy “Ki” (also pronounced “key”). Ki is a universal form of bio-energy that upholds the life of all plants, animals, creatures, and beings on our planet. In shikantaza and zazen-only, we experience Ki as the life force that penetrates the surface and depth of this Only Moment Body.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – Autonomic Balancing”

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BOUNDLESS INTIMACY: The Eye And Treasury Of Core-Self

by Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – Autonomic Balancing”:

When we experience the original somatic nature of mindfulness through our hara and the visceral center-point of our core-Self, we naturally stimulate the harmonious functioning of our autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system functions beneath our cerebrally generated mental awareness and is largely beyond the control of our ego-self and thinking mind. Our autonomic nervous system regulates digestion, respiration, metabolism, blood pressure, heart-rate, and glandular secretions. The total dynamic functioning of our autonomic nervous system is responsible for our felt embodiment of stress, hypertension, relaxation, edginess, alertness, fatigue, agitation, calmness, mental clarity, and emotional stability.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – Body Of Mindfulness”

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BOUNDLESS INTIMACY: The Eye And Treasury Of Core-Self

by Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – Body Of Mindfulness”:

When we practice shikantaza and zazen-only, we do not cerebrally focus the mind to be more mindful of our living, loving, being, and doing. To live from our hara and the vibrant stillness of our core-Self is to be somatically mindful in everyday life without the cerebral intensification of our conscious mind. To embody the sensuality of our hara and the still brilliance of our core-Self is to passionately engage our everyday life from a visceral composure, a somatic mindfulness, and a boundless intimacy that is far beneath the power of our mental concentration.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – The Cosmic Mudra”

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BOUNDLESS INTIMACY: The Eye And Treasury Of Core-Self

by Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – The Cosmic Mudra”:

The oval hand mudra of zazen-only reminds us to always live from our hara and the still center point of our gut-core intelligence. As this reminder is wholly visceral in nature, it does not depend on the recollecting power of our ego-self and thinking mind. When we heed the visceral reminder of our cosmic mudra, we somatically sink into the still brilliance of our core-Self with each inhalation.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – The Practice Of Clarity”

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BOUNDLESS INTIMACY: The Eye And Treasury Of Core-Self

by Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 – “Abiding In Core-Self – The Practice Of Clarity”:

To wholly embody the vibrant stillness of core-Self is to be the brilliant intelligence of core-Self beyond thinking. To be the brilliant intelligence of core-Self beyond thinking is to silently illuminate your ego-self and thinking mind. To silently illuminate the functioning of your ego-self and thinking mind is to compassionately witness your prejudicial way of thinking, your biased and exclusive perceptions, your drivenness and your grasping desires, your denials, projections, and rationalizations, and your attachment to an illusory and reactive life of drama.