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Mark Foote
Post title: Shikantaza
(Sep 15 2013 at 11:09 PM)

Kobun Chino Otogawa had this to say about shikantaza:

"Shikan taza sounds very strong. Shikan is understood as identical to zaza. Shikan means "pure", "one", "only for it". Ta is a very strong word. It shows moving activity. When you hit, that movement is called ta, so "strike" is ta. Za is the same as in the word zazen, sitting. To express the whole character, shikan taza is actually quite enough, but not enough until you experience it. Shikan taza is sitting for itself. You may say pure sit

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Mark Foote
Post title: No Latent Conceits
(Sep 9 2013 at 11:00 AM)

As to Thanissaro Bhikku:

'Emptiness as a quality of dharmas, in the early canons, means simply that one cannot identify them as one's own self or having anything pertaining to one's own self... Emptiness as a mental state, in the early canons, means a mode of perception in which one neither adds anything to nor takes anything away from what is present, noting simply, "There is this." This mode is achieved through a process of intense concentration, coupled with the insight that notes more and

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Mark Foote
Post title: Mind Like a Wall
(Aug 10 2013 at 09:00 PM)

I think I can describe setting up mindfulness of proprioception a little better.

Checking in with pitch, yaw, and roll wherever I feel my awareness to be can be useful, provided at the same time I am open to the possible movement of awareness (movement that can take place without any physical movement).

I find that a sense of movement forward and back, side to side, and around to the left and right is always present with my sense of location, and a little effort to distinguish the directio

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