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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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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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