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Mark Foote
Post title: "Written on a Match Box, It Would Be?"
(Aug 9 2012 at 01:32 PM)

On a match box: "Strike Anywhere".

Kobun's literal translation of the elements in the word shikantaza strings together as: "pure hit sit".

Here's one from "Zen Letters, Teachings of Yuanwu":


"If you want to pass through easily and directly right now, just let your body and mind become thoroughly empty, so it is vacant and silent yet aware and luminous. Inwardly, forget all your conceptions of self, and outwardly, cut off all sensory defilements. When inside and outside are clear al

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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.

What

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