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Mark Foote
Post title: The Working Ingredient of the Precepts
(May 23 2012 at 09:34 AM)

"Zen in everyday life is keeping the precepts"- I think a lot of Zen teachers are on board with that, I think Reb Anderson's "Warm Smiles from Cold Mountain" is about that in the context of Richard Baker's departure from SF Zen Center.

Some would say that the precepts have more to do with zazen than the revelation of metaphysical truths.

I would say that the truths that matter with regard to zazen have to do with the hypnogogic states and the way consciousness takes place. I think there a

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Basis of All Actions
(May 16 2012 at 01:05 PM)

Here's one from Kodo Sawaki's "To You":

"The basis of all actions is to follow through to the end. If your mind is absent even just for a moment, you're no different from a corpse." (Antaiji: Kodo Sawaki- To You, 34)

That might sound like there's something to be done apart from waking up and falling asleep; Sawaki goes on to say:

"It's all about finding the correct tension for your muscles and tendo

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Mark Foote
Post title: Riding the Ox Home
(May 6 2012 at 09:12 PM)

The trick is never to mount the ox in the first place, per the Ch'an master Foyan; he said there were only two diseases at his monastery, searching for an ox while riding an ox and being mounted on an ox unable to dismount. He asked, isn't it better never to mount in the first place?

I would say the meaning is that where we are is sufficient to act, if we can relax and accept the way our feelings inform consciousness. Our feelings do affect our sense of place, and our acceptance of what we fe

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