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Mark Foote

Post title:  The "Intellectual Practice" (comment on Warner's Hardcore Zen blog)

(Mar 25 2012 at 11:54 AM)



Fred said...

"put aside
the intellectual practice
of investigating words
and chasing phrases,
and learn to take

the backward step
that turns the light
and shines it inward."

(Dogen's "Fukanzazengi")

Maybe Fred is here (on a blog, engaging in "the intellectual practice") because there is a potential for something like this:  I write words about waking up and falling asleep that someone in New York reads, and then they are able to get back to sleep when they wake up in the early morning and need more sleep. They apply what they have found to waking up, and they write as follows:

"I have taken it a bit further, experimenting with it during the day. Same practice, find the location of the consiousness.

It pulls me into the present. the feeling lasts 2-3 seconds, but it is something that I have never experienced before. Being really present, here and now. the mental projection into the future stops, the past stops. I am just here and now. no future plans or worries. no goals, no dreams that are waiting to be fullfilled. time stops. no where to go. I am just here and now."

If I describe my practice in words in a positive and substantive way, and someone else reads my words and discovers a practice for themselves, there's a proof of concept that it's possible to communicate experience in words if the need to have such an experience is tangible. Even when the experience concerns "turning the light around and shining it in", although that particular description I confess never spoke to answer my need.

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