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Mark Foote
Post title: Effort, Effortlessness, Reconciliation
(Mar 2 2017 at 11:10 AM)

Sunrise before the stormThis morning I found myself particularly focused on the part of Gautama's "way of living" that is the experience of zest in inhalation and exhalation, and similarly the experience of ease. He speaks of the body permeated and suffused with such feeling, so that no part of the body is left out.

To the extent that relaxation of the activity of

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Mark Foote
Post title: Chih Men's Lotus Flower, Lotus Leaves
(Feb 17 2017 at 02:37 PM)

Route 128 ViewThe twenty-first case of "The Blue Cliff Record" is as follows:


'A monk asked Chih Men, "How is it when the lotus flower has not yet emerged from the water?" Chih Men said, "A lotus flower."

The monk said, "What about after it has emerged from the water?" Men said, "Lotus leaves."'

(trans. Thomas and J. C. Cleary, Shambala Publications, pg 139)


Here's the

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Mark Foote
Post title: "Turning to the Left, Turning to the Right, Following Up Behind"
(Dec 11 2016 at 09:39 PM)

Mt. KonoctiThere's a koan in the "Blue Cliff Record" (case 17) that goes like this:


'A monk asked Hsiang Lin, "What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?"
Hsiang Lin said, "Sitting for a long time becomes toilsome."'

(Yuanwu, 'Blue Cliff Record', Shambala publications pg 110)


In a commentary on the koan, the 12th century Chinese abbot Yuan

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