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Mark Foote
Post title: Consciousness as the Result of Contact
(Apr 16 2014 at 07:30 PM)

Oftentimes we think of our consciousness as continuous. Gautama the Buddha said that in fact, consciousness only takes place as the result of contact between a sense organ and sense object, and has no real continuity. I would say that Gautama's explanation probably had a lot to due with his experience of proprioception (proprioception is consciousness generated by particular muscle or ligamentous tissues, concerning the placement and orientation of those tissues relative to the body as a whole

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Mark Foote
Post title: From the Start
(Mar 16 2014 at 05:45 PM)

The other day I wrote about how Alzheimer patients die when they forget how to breathe, and how my experience seems to lead me to remember how to breathe as I never have before.

Speaking with friends, I thought of something I had read:  a mother's recollection of her daughter's birth, and of the eerie silence that continued for a full minute before her child drew a breath and began to cry. As I spoke to my friends, I realized that we are all remembering how to breathe as we never have b

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Circle of the Way
(Feb 24 2014 at 04:23 PM)

tree leaf shadows during eclipse"Continuous practice is the circle of the way. This being so, continuous practice is unstained, not forced by you or others. The power of continuous practice confirms you as well as others. It means your practice affects the entire earth and the entire sky in the ten directions. Although not noticed by others or by yourself, it is so."

('The

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