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Mark Foote
Post title: The Rhythm of Things in a Natural Way of Living
(Feb 2 2016 at 02:03 PM)

I open my latest piece of writing (Shikantaza and Gautama the Buddha's "Pleasant Way of Living") with an excerpt from Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler's "Two Shores of Zen":

"Shikantaza not here," he insisted in elementary English, pointing to his head. "Not here," he continued, pointing to his heart. "Only point here!" He drove his fist into his lower belly, the energy center that the J

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El Cerrito Sunset'Beans, I agree with most of what you've written.


"... first concentration, then contemplation. Concentration always imply a something, a point of focus, we make use of the discriminative mind in order to accomplish this ...Contemplation is the spontaneous emergence of the undifferentiated mind."


This morning my sitting was touch and go for a bit,

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Mark Foote
Post title: Things as They Are & Logic
(Nov 24 2015 at 03:02 PM)

The book I've been studying for the last while says this:


"In 1908 Brouwer, in a paper entitled 'The untrustworthiness of the principles of logic', challenged the belief that the rules of the classical logic, which have come down to us essentially from Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), have an absolute validity, independent of the subject matter to which they are applied. Quoting from Weyl 1946, 'According to his view and reading of history, classical logic was abstracted from the mathematics of fi

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