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Mark Foote
Post title: An Image in the Place of an Image
(Feb 6 2016 at 12:16 PM)

Water Lily, Coast Botanical GardensThe other day, I felt moved to write as follows:

'In my experience, there is no way around ascertaining one's own necessity. As in, what do I really need, to live.

It's possible for me to discover my necessity, in one movement of breath:

"You must strive with all your might to bite throug

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Rhythm of Things in a Natural Way of Living
(Feb 2 2016 at 02:03 PM)

I open my latest piece of writing (Shikantaza and Gautama the Buddha's "Pleasant Way of Living") with an excerpt from Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler's "Two Shores of Zen":

"Shikantaza not here," he insisted in elementary English, pointing to his head. "Not here," he continued, pointing to his heart. "Only point here!" He drove his fist into his lower belly, the energy center that the J

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El Cerrito Sunset'Beans, I agree with most of what you've written.


"... first concentration, then contemplation. Concentration always imply a something, a point of focus, we make use of the discriminative mind in order to accomplish this ...Contemplation is the spontaneous emergence of the undifferentiated mind."


This morning my sitting was touch and go for a bit,

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