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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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Mark Foote
Post title: hypnosis + 'the most important thing'
(Oct 1 2010 at 07:52 PM)

There's a phenomena in the practice of zazen that is similar to hypnotic suggestion from one's own unconscious. At S.F. Zen Center, Kobun Chino Otogawa once said: "You know, sometimes zazen gets up and walks around." My own understanding, which I have come to years after having the experience Kobun described, is that the pulmonary respiration and the cranial-sacral respiration utilize the sense of location in the occurrence of consciousness to open feeling (and well-being is simply a matter of "

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