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Mark Foote
Post title: The Place the Zen Teacher's Action Comes From
(Aug 19 2012 at 11:44 AM)

We've all got our guiding lights, but it's the place the Zen teacher's action comes from that marks the living absence of a substantial self, that would be what has drawn me to Zen from the beginning. I'm currently convinced this place is where my awareness is right at the moment, although I might not be the best example to my peers.

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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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