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Mark Foote
Post title: asleep/awake, from Tao Bums
(Oct 4 2010 at 02:08 PM)

The asleep/awake thing I still believe is the placement of consciousness by the two autonomous respirations. Sense organ/sense object-consciousness-impact-feeling is the placement of consciousness by the two autonomic respirations, with perhaps different emphasis of sense waking or sleeping, and the in-between hours are the traditional times of practice. If I can follow the movement of awareness and relax, I can fall asleep; if I can follow the movement of awareness and relax, I can wake up.

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Mark Foote
Post title: response to question, from cat on Tao Bums
(Oct 4 2010 at 10:34 AM)

You are welcome to post my comments anywhere you feel is appropriate. I confess, I copied them to my blog. I believe in the vocabulary I have developed to describe these things (of course, it's bits and pieces of the Pali Cannon, Tai-Chi teachings, and cranial-sacral theory, so I'm just the collector of it), and I have come to understand that I have to realize it fresh every time I sit, and every time I write it down. That means I have to encounter my personal necessity very physically, very emo

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Mark Foote
Post title: consciousness conditioned by ignorance, attachment, or aversion
(Oct 3 2010 at 12:03 PM)

As to the witness of the place of consciousness conditioned by ignorance, attachment, or aversion, this is as constant as the experience of suffering in our lives; the trick is to recognize a sense of location as consciousness occurs, and to do that it's necessary to accept that consciousness is not continuous. Hence the great wisdom of the Gautamid's teaching, that consciousness only exists with respect to sense organ and sense contact, and has no existence apart from that. Somewhere in the Pal

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