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Mark Foote
Post title: The Backward Step of Turning the Light
(Jul 22 2015 at 11:02 AM)

"Therefore, ...take the backward step of turning the light and shining it back."

(Eihei Dogen, "Fukan zazengi" Tenpuku version, trans. Carl Bielefeldt, "Dogen's Manuals of Zen Meditation", pg 176)


If I feel as though I'm moving backward in space, I may suddenly have an acute sense of where my awareness is in my body, and that location may not be in my head. Of course, it's not necessary to physically step backward to invoke a sense of location in awareness.


"'The millstone turns b

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Mark Foote
Post title: Dogen's "Genjo Koan"
(Jul 5 2015 at 12:15 PM)

Moon over Clear Lake(The following is excerpted from a commentary I've just completed, Dogen's "Genjo Koan")


There's a sentence in the "Genjo Koan" where Dogen speaks about the life that fish and birds enjoy, and he says:

"...each one realizes its limitations at every moment and each

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Mark Foote
Post title: Addendum to 'D. L. Bartilink, "No Special Effort", and the "Best of Ways"'
(Jun 11 2015 at 04:53 PM)

Gazos, Ano Nuevo State Park"The comprehension of the long and short of inhalation and exhalation can enter into the sense of place, and be embodied as the posture."


I've just finished a work, D. L. Bartilink, "No Special Effort", and the "Best of Ways", from which the quote above is t

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