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Mark Foote
Post title: seeing true nature- from Ted Biringer's Flatbed Sutra blog
(Nov 16 2010 at 04:22 PM)

I had to read that first sentence a few times: "According to Buddhism all suffering is due to a gap between our views about reality and the way reality truly is." Also the second and subsequent sentences! Ha ha!

Now I would say according to the Gautamid suffering is the five groups of grasping, and again per the Gautamid the origin of suffering is ignorance. The cessation of suffering is the cessation of ignorance, and the eight-fold path leads to the cessation of ignorance.

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Mark Foote
Post title: response to question by Idquest, from Tao Bums
(Nov 7 2010 at 01:12 PM)

"Does that mean you focus on skin on exhale only or on both inhale and exhale (sorry but your last paragraph is a bit hard for me to uderstand).


Focus on the occurrence of consciousness, the impact of the occurrence of consciousness on the fascial stretch in existence as consciousness occurs, and the ability to feel opened by activity generated by the fascial stretch. That sounds pretty heavy-handed, yet it's really a matter of being able to realize the inhalation or exhalation

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Mark Foote
Post title: Reverse breathing
(Nov 2 2010 at 08:33 PM)

Reverse breathing: the ilio-lumbar ligaments (yellow) engage in the movement of breath.

The autonomic respirations coordinate through the place of occurrence of consciousness (illustrated with a gyroscope) to cause action that opens the nerve channels between vertebrae; thus, the place that consciousness occurs has impact and

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