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Mark Foote
Post title: "A Lamp Onto Oneself"
(Apr 20 2012 at 04:52 PM)

I'm interested that Gautama the Buddha advocated for mindfulness or "remembrance" associated with four fields as the way to be a lamp onto oneself (no mention of precepts here, although I know it appears elsewhere). He stated that his own practice before and after enlightenment was such remembrance, in conjunction with inhalation or exhalation. The critical piece of his practice, the comprehension of the long inhalation as long, the short inhalation as short, the long exhalation as long, and the

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Mark Foote
Post title: Why the Lotus
(Apr 14 2012 at 10:56 AM)

Occurs to me this morning that I can discuss why the lotus or half-lotus in terms of practice and verification:

'The Patriarch asked, "Where do you come from?" Nan-yueh answered, "From Mt. Sung". The Patriarch said, "What is it that comes like this?" Nan-yueh replied, "To say anything would be wrong". The Patriarch said, "Then is it contingent on practice and verification?" Nan-yueh said, "Practice and verification are not nonexistent, they are not to be defiled."'

("Dogen's Manuals of Z

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Mark Foote
Post title: Practice and Verification
(Apr 6 2012 at 09:21 AM)

Practice and verification, to me: realize the activity necessary to the movement of breath in the movement of breath, and realize activity precipitated by the place of occurrence of consciousness in the occurrence of consciousness.

This morning my practice consisted of activity in the sartorius and gluteus muscles that rotates the pelvis on the hips, and activity in the piriformis muscles that rotates the sacrum opposite to the pelvis. Sartorius from below the knee to the wings of the pelvis

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