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Mark Foote
Post title: About the Anatomy in "Fuxi's Poem"
(Oct 12 2014 at 02:42 PM)

The feedback I've received on my treatment of Fuxi's poem is generally positive, although many have questioned my inclusion of so many particulars of anatomy.

Mendocino Botanical GardensThe anatomy is an aid to me in relaxation. For me, the feeling is a lot like standing out w

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Mark Foote
Post title: Fuxi's Poem
(Oct 7 2014 at 01:08 AM)

"The sixth-century Buddhist monk Fuxi wrote:

The empty hand grasps the hoe handle
Walking along, I ride the ox
The ox crosses the wooden bridge
The bridge is flowing, the water is still

(poem by Fuxi, trans. Andy Ferguson "Zen’s Chinese Heritage")

The phenomena that Fuxi described in his poem are all phenomena of trance; that is to say, they require the induction of a state in which volition in activity is surrendered, to a greater or lesser extent, before they can be observed.

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Mark Foote
Post title: Aviation Terms:  A Conversation
(Jul 20 2014 at 07:21 PM)


I get out of balance sometimes because something's not quite comfortable in my posture and I've somehow become numb to it, and over the years I have formed a habit of checking where I left myself physically when things get weird.

That's why I wrote:

'My own practice in response to any "cutting off" of breath is to look to discern pitch, roll, and yaw wherever my awareness takes place ("bite through here"), as a critical aspect for me of letting go of action in favor of a spontaneous

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