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Mark Foote
Post title: From the Start
(Mar 16 2014 at 05:45 PM)

The other day I wrote about how Alzheimer patients die when they forget how to breathe, and how my experience seems to lead me to remember how to breathe as I never have before.

Speaking with friends, I thought of something I had read:  a mother's recollection of her daughter's birth, and of the eerie silence that continued for a full minute before her child drew a breath and began to cry. As I spoke to my friends, I realized that we are all remembering how to breathe as we never have b

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Circle of the Way
(Feb 24 2014 at 04:23 PM)

tree leaf shadows during eclipse"Continuous practice is the circle of the way. This being so, continuous practice is unstained, not forced by you or others. The power of continuous practice confirms you as well as others. It means your practice affects the entire earth and the entire sky in the ten directions. Although not noticed by others or by yourself, it is so."

('The

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Eyes Are Open in Zazen (Reprise)
(Feb 11 2014 at 06:03 PM)

West Petaluma'...I would suggest that the eyes are open in zazen for their influence in resetting the vestibular sense and providing a continuity in the sense of location, yet in zazen the proprioceptive sense must be allowed to influence the sense of location almost as though the eyes are closed. It's a trick, a lot like falling asleep with your eyes open.'

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