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Mark Foote
Post title: The difficulty of practice, a note to Apech- from Tao Bums
(Jun 28 2011 at 09:45 AM)

The Difficulty of PracticeI understand what you are saying about the difficulty of an intentional practice. I was doing a set of shape-mind (xing-yi) exercises that I learned from a book for a long time, and then last fall I just stopped doing them.

I still rely on the sense of location in consciousness, and relaxation. I

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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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