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Mark Foote
Post title: response to Rainbow_Vein on Tao Bums
(Oct 11 2010 at 12:02 AM)

...the last few days I have been reminded of Chen Man-Ch'ing's practice description for the stage of man, mainly: relax from the shoulders to the wrist, from the hip joint to the heel, and from the sacrum to the headtop (in the Ben Lo Martin Inn translation, this is "relax the ligaments"; I don't think that's actually possible, as ligaments stretch and resile but it's muscles that contract and relax- nevertheless, I take the meaning as resting weight on the ligaments in such a way as to realize

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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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