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Mark Foote
Post title: The Real Zen (Comment on Brad Warner's "Hardcore Zen" blog)
(Sep 20 2012 at 01:20 AM)

I heard Baker speak at San Francisco Zen Center, he wrapped up by saying "respond with your concentration." I'm told he could arrive at the Zendo after a late night of drinking and sitting after sitting, become more centered; an adept, was how he was described to me by the person who observed this.

Because he was adept at sitting cross-legged and adept at raising money, Shunryu Suzuki had no choice but to approve of his understanding, for the sake of the business of bringing Zen to America.

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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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