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Mark Foote
Post title: what I am as where I am
(Oct 18 2010 at 12:13 AM)

I think for me there is no path without personal necessity, and somewhere inside I have always believed that mindfulness depends on the necessity of mindfulness. In the Gautamid's teaching, the "setting up of mindfulness" always began: "sitting down cross-legged and holding the body upright, (one) sets mindfulness in front (an odd translation?); mindful (one) breathes in, mindful (one) breathes out". To me, this means in particular that only through realizing my personal necessity to hold the bo

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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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