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Mark Foote
Post title: what we're debating here
(Mar 20 2011 at 12:31 AM)

Do we accept that anyone who wants to master a wisdom tradition must study under a lineage master? That's what we're debating here, to my way of thinking.

People are writing and speaking about the wisdom traditions. The more I read what the real scholars have to say, the more I realize how much was borrowed, how much was improvised, how much missed the mark in what the masters had to say.

The Gautamid taught the meditation on the unlovely, and scores of monks a day "took the knife" while

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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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