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Mark Foote
Post title: The State of Mind Where Here is Moving (Reply on Brad's Blog)
(Jun 12 2013 at 05:31 PM)

Yes, you are right, I'm talking about a physical experience of the location of awareness. Right in front of your nose, no wait it's in your hand, back in your chest, where is it. Close your eyes, where is here- can you keep breathing without here shifting? Where was here when you came out of the trance of your thought- maybe in your head, maybe not.

Ok, I'm talking about the juxtaposition of the sense of equalibrium with the sense of proprioception and the sense of gravity. As in, here.


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Mark Foote
Post title: "Why Can't the Tail Pass Too?"
(May 4 2013 at 04:43 PM)

"Mumonkan: The Gateless Gate

Case 38, A Buffalo Passes The Window

Goso said, 'A buffalo passes by the window. His head, horns, and four legs all go past. But why can't the tail pass too?'

Mumon's Comment

If you make a complete about-face, open your eye, and give a turning word on this point, you will be able to repay the four kinds of love that have favored you and help the sentient beings in the three realms who follow you.

If you are still unable to do this, return to this tail

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Mark Foote
Post title: Letting Go in Action: the Practice of Zazen
(Apr 21 2013 at 11:14 PM)

I have finished at least a rough draft of Letting Go in Action: the Practice of Zazen. The draft never does explain why letting go in action should be considered the practice of zazen but does perhaps offer an explanation of what Gautama's four trance states have to do with mindfulness of the body. I would welcome any comments.

Here is an excerpt:

"In a poem from the fifth century C.E., the Buddhist monk Fuxi e

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