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Mark Foote
Post title: From My Own Experience
(Sep 4 2012 at 01:46 PM)

I aspire to realize the Gautamid's practice, but for me this is a matter of relaxing and waking up to stuff that's already going on for me (or falling asleep to it).

I don't think his description was sufficient for me to practice. I think most folks who call themselves Buddhist would take it for granted that the Gautamid's description was sufficient, but I would say if that were true, then why isn't everybody practicing the way he described and experiencing "deliverance from thought, beyond g

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Mark Foote
Post title: Mind and Bones and Breath
(Aug 25 2012 at 07:11 PM)

Lately I am looking for something when I sit, and I confess it. This morning I sat at 3:30 am because the smoke alarms went off (for no apparent reason), and I looked for three things: 1) a sense of location in space; 2) a sense of pitch, yaw, and roll at the location of my awareness that extends and receives the ability to feel; 3) an inclusion in awareness of the feeling of inhalation or exhalation, and of the feeling of the length of the inhalation or exhalation.

I went back to bed, and wh

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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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