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Mark Foote
Post title: The Focus of Attention on Where I Am, Excluding Nothing
(Aug 2 2012 at 11:37 AM)

"Be like a person who has 'died the great death'; after your breath is cut off, then you come back to life." ("Zen Letters- Teachings of Yuanwu", trans. Cleary brothers pg 84)

I have this experience often when I sit (my breath is "cut off"), particularly in the transition from exhalation to inhalation, and the focus of attention on the movement of breath itself doesn't necessarily help. The focus of attention on where I am, excluding nothing, seems to help.

"Fundamentally, this great light

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Mark Foote
Post title: Exhalation to Inhalation
(Aug 1 2012 at 01:12 PM)

I only mean that right at the moment where my exhalation turns to inhalation (and to a lessor degree where inhalation turns to exhalation), observing the activity without altering the activity requires that I be waking up or falling asleep to it- that is to say, in a state where I am observing the action but the normal linkage to conscious motor response is not in effect. This is tricky, because the loss of conscious control in waking up or in falling asleep can result in a hypnic jerk.


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Mark Foote
Post title: How Seeing Things as They Really Are is Zazen Sitting Zazen
(Jul 21 2012 at 11:53 AM)

"For me, memories of Suzuki Roshi are things I think about in the past, but I find different ways of bringing him present. Like, how would you put on your socks if Suzuki Roshi were standing right there? Or how would you do anything?" (Brit Pyland, from an interview by David Chadwick, here)

Pyland points to what he felt in Shunryu Suzuki's presence, that being a keen awareness of action, of what i

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