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Mark Foote
Post title: Walking with a Compass and a Map
(Jun 28 2013 at 05:14 PM)

Out in the woods, even if you have no particular goal in mind, you still might use a compass and a map to avoid walking in circles. To be straightforward with suffering, a relationship between where I am and what I feel with the movement of breath is useful.

I find a description of such a relationship in the teaching of Gautama, although the notion of "where" is only referenced as "single-pointedness of mind" and only clearly expanded on in his analogy for the first meditative state. Teachers

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Mark Foote
Post title: Self as a Function of the Senses
(Jun 23 2013 at 01:55 PM)

Today I found an interesting article by Olaf Blanke and Christine Mohr about OBE (out-of-body), heautoscopic (seeing one's own body at a distance), and autoscopic (sees one's own body as though from outside of one's body phenomena. Here are some excerpts:

"The self is experienced as distinct from other human conspecifics and may be desc

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Mark Foote
Post title: "Non-Thinking" (comment on Nyoho Zen)
(Jun 13 2013 at 10:14 AM)

My article "Letting Go in Action", which I recommended to Koun above, I think resolves the language paradox. I'll summarize: 1) the practice in the Pali Canon Suttas concerns the relinquishment of volitive activity; 2) the singularity of mind mentioned in the induction of the states of meditation or the state of concentration (which states or state are mentioned throughout the Canon) is simultaneous with the induction of a state between waking and sleeping in which volition ceases in action of t

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