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Mark Foote
Post title: Putting the Dharma Body to Work
(Apr 7 2019 at 03:05 PM)

Clear Lake CloudsHuineng was an illiterate woodcutter in 7th century China (C.E.), who heard a lecturer in the town square say "Let the mind be present, without abode" (a line from the Diamond Sutra), and went on to become a patriarch of Zen. Here's part of a speech attributed to Huineng:

The Vimalakirti Sutra says, 'Suddenly all at once, we return to

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Center of Gravity
(Feb 17 2019 at 03:45 PM)

Clear Lake Sunset

"The forms we use to train the body in Zen - how to sit, stand, and so on - can be described in general like this: the energetic currents of the body are gathered with the breath at the tanden and in the lower portion of the body, the sacrum drops, the spine extends upward, and the eyes are used broadly and with sharpness. There are several effects of

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Mark Foote
Post title: Action That Arises in the Breath
(Jan 24 2019 at 03:36 PM)

Clear Lake SunsetIn my last post, I wrote about action that arises in the breath and in the body, rather than through judgment and the exercise of will. I mentioned that such action can be peculiarly timely, although the timeliness may only emerge after the fact.

Such action happens when the foreground of bodily activity and the background of autonomic respiration change places.

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