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Mark Foote
Post title: A Natural Mindfulness
(Mar 14 2016 at 03:30 PM)

Santa Cruz, CaliforniaThe classics of T'ai-Chi offer the following advice:

"We should keep our thoughts on the spirit and not on the ch'i. When they are on the ch'i, then it is blocked. If there is ch'i, then there is no strength; without ch'i then essential hardness is achieved."

("Master Cheng's Thirteen Chapters on T'ai-Chi Chuan"

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Mark Foote
Post title: An Image in the Place of an Image
(Feb 6 2016 at 12:16 PM)

Water Lily, Coast Botanical GardensThe other day, I felt moved to write as follows:

'In my experience, there is no way around ascertaining one's own necessity. As in, what do I really need, to live.

It's possible for me to discover my necessity, in one movement of breath:

"You must strive with all your might to bite throug

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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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