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Mark Foote
Post title: Crossing the Line
(Dec 10 2012 at 11:57 PM)

When I first started to sit, I couldn't sit cross-legged in any posture for more than about 5 minutes.

After awhile I was able to get in the posture and experience some kind of ease and even absorption, and that kept me at it. The fact is, it's a stretch, and the appropriate stretch is an involuntary function of the location of awareness and the ability to feel in the necessity of breath. Zen teachers insist that sitting zazen will cause this to become evident, and they are right, but they do

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Mark Foote
Post title: Does Practice Deepen In Retreat? (Comment on Brad Warner's Blog)
(Nov 27 2012 at 05:32 PM)

Zen is about hypnogogic states, and these states are a part of everyday life that nobody recognizes. A stream of thought, a concentrated effort, falling asleep: hypnogogia reigns. The question is how these states are entered as a matter of course, and my answer is that they are entered out of necessity in the movement of breath, as the sense of place and the ability to feel respond.

In the cross-legged posture we put ourselves in a position where the sense of location and the ability to feel

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Necessity Is There
(Nov 17 2012 at 10:58 PM)

I have a necessity from one moment to the next, and that is what drives me to practice. True, I learned to practice believing it could help me sit up straight and pay attention. I was wrong about that. I thought maybe if I found what was really necessary to my life, then I could get on from there. I didn't realize that there isn't an "on" from there.

I hear you about coming in with goals and going out with goals and something happens in the middle, yet my fascination is with waking up or fall

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