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Mark Foote
Post title: Suffering and the Five Groups
(Jun 28 2012 at 09:59 AM)

I still grapple with Gautama the Buddha's equating sickness, old age, and death with the five groups of grasping, but I think it does make sense in that my consciousness is not my own, not mine.

When consciousness takes place spontaneously with regard to the six senses, that awareness from moment to moment is free, is not conditioned in the place of occurrence by ignorance, desire, or becoming. "That being, this is so", yet there is no doer, no sense of a do-er in control of that with respect

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Mark Foote
Post title: Being Absorbed in Cleaning the Desk
(Jun 20 2012 at 12:28 PM)

I think I am down to this, there's a relationship between the ability to feel and the consciousness that takes place freely with regard to the six senses. That relationship is automatic in waking up and falling asleep, and anyone can find it there, if they have a need to find it.

I sit until a relationship between the ability to feel and the consciousness that takes place freely with regard to the six senses gets up. In the course of my experience with this kind of relationship, I have discov

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Mark Foote
Post title: Feeling to the Surface of the Skin
(Jun 14 2012 at 12:23 PM)

I did reply to humbleone's request for more description of the practice with a recap of the science of referred sensation, meaning that allopathic medicine uses the presence of numbness on the surface of the skin to locate pinched nerve exits along the sacrum and spine. I offered that in my experience, the ability to feel to the surface of the skin of the entire body is related to the ability of consciousness to occur freely in three dimensional space with respect to the senses, and in fact it's

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