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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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Mark Foote
Post title: Skill and the Taking of Vows
(Apr 16 2013 at 10:41 AM)

"When formulating lay precepts based on his distinction between skillful and unskillful, the Buddha never made any allowances for ifs, ands, or buts. When you promise yourself to abstain from killing or stealing, the power of the promise lies in its universality. You won't break your promise to yourself under any conditions at all."

(Thanissaro Bhikku, "Getting the Message",

The difficulty in this point of view is that skillful means is not something that is acquire

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Measure of the Hall
(Mar 13 2013 at 05:39 PM)

I do think some of the Western, second-generation Zen teachers are actually established in the teaching (if I may say so), even though they may not be monsters, as Kobun Chino Otogawa once described his own teacher (the Rev. Chino).

The question is really, can they teach? At least, that's the question in my mind; my take is that Western Zen is a family affair, like Layman Pang and company, and a return to teaching both the esoteric and the exoteric without the closed fist of the teacher an

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