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Mark Foote
Post title: Shift or Flow?
(Aug 12 2012 at 12:54 AM)

"When the impact of consciousness opens the ability to feel, and what is felt enters into the place of occurrence of consciousness, then the mind remains waking up or falling asleep even as the place of occurrence of consciousness shifts."


A friend writes, "Its the shift part that in my understanding is more flow than what shift implies as a jolt or abrupt change."

My use of shift (as in jolt or abrupt change) is intentional, even though in my practice it's the absorption and ease I so

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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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