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Mark Foote
Post title: email to Adam Tebbe, editor of Sweeping Zen
(Jun 20 2011 at 10:18 AM)

Another Way to Approach ZenI just read the interview with Scott Edelstein, which I enjoyed- interesting to hear the news, as it were.

I used to go hear Kobun speak at the Santa Cruz zendo in the 70's, when I was a student at UCSC. One thing I remember Kobun said was "take your time with the lotus". I have finally

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Mark Foote
Post title: Defining Enlightenment, from "The Tao Bums" Discussion
(Jun 13 2011 at 10:09 AM)

Checking the quote CowTao posted I find the following:

"The word Prajnaparamita comes through in its Sanskrit form. This means "Perfection of insight", the highest, clearest, most straightforward or most important insight. This word insight does not just refer to an intellectual insight like the solving of a mathematical equation. It is not to do with words. This is explicit in Roshi Kennets version which says "Deepest wisdom of the heart which is beyond discriminative thought". In other cont

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Mark Foote
Post title: Certifying Zen
(May 30 2011 at 02:24 PM)

A friend of mine took me to hear Kobun Chino Otogawa speak at the Santa Cruz Zen Center in about 1971. Kobun had a way of saying things where I thought he was speaking to me, and he was describing what I had to do (or not do) in order to be on-time or in time with my life. There was this sense of the future coming on, and although he could have no idea of what that would be, when he spoke he was time (if I may).

Sometimes I wonder at that sense of imperative I felt when Kobun spoke. I know o

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