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Mark Foote
Post title: Consciousness and the Mind
(Apr 13 2016 at 11:39 AM)

Mendocino, CaliforniaIn the Pali teachings, there's a distinction between consciousness and the mind: consciousness is said to arise from contact between a sense organ and sense object, while the mind is simply considered to be one of the sense organs. Consciousness, said Gautama, is followed by impact and then by feeling, with regard to each of the six senses (1).

The sen

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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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