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Mark Foote
Post title: Waking Up and Falling Asleep
(Mar 12 2011 at 02:03 PM)

oak trees at Helen Putnam Park

As I listen to the lectures at the Zen Center, I keep thinking that I too want to offer something about a practice that we all share. I'm referring to a practice that everybody already knows intimately, even if they don't usually think of it as a practice: waking up and falling asleep.

For me, waking up and fall

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Mark Foote
Post title: On the Egyptian 'akh'
(Mar 6 2011 at 07:33 PM)

"The word 'akh' as a verb means 'to be effective' and the 'akh' as an entity was seen as a shining being who could come and go as it pleased. This means that the akh was not impelled by the forces of the universe to follow a set path but had achieved a state of freedom and ability to act in any situation."
("Pyramid Texts of King Unas Part 1" copyright Apepch7, contributed article on The Tao Bums site)

I'm suggesting that the free movement of awareness that is experienced in waking up and f

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Mark Foote
Post title: from a letter to a friend
(Feb 6 2011 at 11:54 PM)

I went up to Sonoma Mountain Zen Center today, Roshi Kwong was speaking, and it was pretty good. He mentioned that it's possible to breathe into the sitting and sit longer, but he advised not to continue if injury seemed imminent. I've been experiencing a variation on that, which is that the extent of the breath and the place in consciousness can continue the activity of the sitting, maintain and deepen the stretch of the sitting- without direction, almost as though in hypnosis. I guess that'

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