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Mark Foote
Post title: Coming Back to Location
(Jun 3 2012 at 01:02 AM)

"The meditation of coming back to location that you describe Mark is actually so darn simple that one could easily discount it, but it works, and I like it as one technique I can use when I wake up in the middle of the night, thanks." (astralc, on The Tao Bums discussion forum)

The practice is indeed darn simple once a person witnesses the location of consciousness shifting, as just before sleep.

I think the same practice is at the heart of seated meditation. Here's Dogen, the founder of

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Mark Foote
Post title: A Turning Point For Me
(May 30 2012 at 10:50 AM)

The lotus so far has taught me how a particular balance is struck:  the sartorius muscles rotate the pelvis; rotation in the pelvis extends the hips; extension of the hips generates activity in the piriformis muscles; activity in the piriformis muscles rotates the sacrum contrary to the pelvis

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Practice of Zazen in Words
(May 25 2012 at 11:24 AM)

I would say that nobody really teaches the practice that is the heart of the Soto school; mostly, they just stagger around mumbling "I encourage you to practice zazen wholeheartedly" to the walls.

That is probably why the teachers who brought the teaching West had to be impressive. They had a mouthful of marbles, and could not express the t

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