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Mark Foote
Post title: Discrete as Opposed to Infinite Reality
(Jul 10 2013 at 12:04 PM)

The enlightenment of Gautama, later called "the Buddha", concerned the nature of suffering- is it not so?

What is relevant to the experience of suffering is that the continuity of consciousness and the consequent impression of self are illusory, that in fact consciousness exists only in connection with sense organ and sense object, and that close attendance on sense organ, sense object, consciousness, impact, and feeling can bring about conditions conducive to the cessation of ignorance and t

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Mark Foote
Post title: Walking with a Compass and a Map
(Jun 28 2013 at 05:14 PM)

Out in the woods, even if you have no particular goal in mind, you still might use a compass and a map to avoid walking in circles. To be straightforward with suffering, a relationship between where I am and what I feel with the movement of breath is useful.

I find a description of such a relationship in the teaching of Gautama, although the notion of "where" is only referenced as "single-pointedness of mind" and only clearly expanded on in his analogy for the first meditative state. Teachers

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Mark Foote
Post title: Self as a Function of the Senses
(Jun 23 2013 at 01:55 PM)

Today I found an interesting article by Olaf Blanke and Christine Mohr about OBE (out-of-body), heautoscopic (seeing one's own body at a distance), and autoscopic (sees one's own body as though from outside of one's body phenomena. Here are some excerpts:


"The self is experienced as distinct from other human conspecifics and may be desc

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