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Mark Foote
Post title: Visual Thinking
(Jan 24 2012 at 02:37 PM)

There are parallels to "visual thinking", attending to information coming to awareness before any discrimination of intent, in disciplines other than psychic healing. Dogen the Japanese Soto teacher emphasized "non-thinking" as the pivot of zazen, for instance (in Fukanzazengi).

I myself am coming to the conclusion that the ability to sit zazen depends on the hypnogogic state (between waking and sleeping, as it were). My effort in "waking up and falling asleep", as I'm referring to the in

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Mark Foote
Post title: Sitting the lotus- from the full lotus thread on Tao Bums
(Jan 23 2012 at 09:46 PM)

On sitting the lotus, here are some instructions I find very useful, every day almost:

"An empty hand grasps the hoe handle
Walking along, I ride the ox
The ox crosses the wooden bridge
The bridge is flowing, the water is still."

("Zen's Chinese Heritage", Andy Ferguson, pg 2, copyright 2002 Andrew Ferguson)

"So he abides fully conscious of what is behind and what is in front.
As (he is conscious of what is) in front, so behind: as behind, so in front;
as below, so above: as abo

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Mark Foote
Post title: "Wu Wei" and impeccability, from Tao Bums
(Jan 17 2012 at 10:01 PM)

I remember Blanche Hartman from S.F. Zen Center talking about one day when she was on her way to a day of mindfulness and she buttoned her shirt backwards or something. I do revere some of the teachers I met from Japan, whom I thought had a certain grace and poise, and sometimes I think I should be concerned to practice hard and be more like them; in the end, though, I think Blanche has the right approach, to laugh at herself and be what she is.

I would say that I have a compass, and that com

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