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Mark Foote
Post title: Research on the Sense of Self
(Dec 7 2013 at 01:16 PM)

I'd like to offer some excerpts from Olaf Blanke's article on his medical research into out-of-body experience (also known as autoscopic phenomena, or AP- variants include AH or autoscopic hallucination, HAS or heautoscopy, and OBE or out-of-body):

"Several authors have also highlighted the role of pro

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Mark Foote
Post title: Mind, Having No Fixed Abode, Should Flow Forth
(Nov 27 2013 at 11:02 AM)

I'd like to correct myself: the passage the Sixth Patriarch heard that day in the marketplace was from the Diamond Sutra, not the Lankavatara Sutra.

I'm told now that the passage was this:

"Mind, having no fixed abode, should flow forth." (Bassui)

Here's what I can say about that: if I lose pitch, yaw, and roll where my mind is, my toss misses the garbage can, my food ends up in my lap, and I clank the pots and pans as I wash them.

I can look for pitch, yaw, and roll where my

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Mark Foote
Post title: Hearing the Sutra: the Lankavatara
(Nov 3 2013 at 01:56 PM)

The issue for me is not whether the Lankavatara was a part of the Sixth Patriarch's enlightenment experience; the issue is the nature of that experience. Here's something I found under Milton Erickson on Wikipedia the other day, and I think it goes to the heart of the matter:

"Erickson maintained that it was not possible consciously to instruct the unconscious mind, and that authoritarian suggestions were likely to be met with resistance. The unconscious mind responds to openings, opportunit

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