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The point of what I wrote is that sometimes a physical posture or a set of movements can provide those fresh eyes to see things as they are. I walk a lot, and it helps me to get down to empty, so the bigger picture can emerge.

Sounds like you are up against it with family, and friends aren't much help; I can sympathize with your desperation, sometimes the breathing is just there for me and the mind and the stretch I have come to learn follow.

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Mark Foote
Post title: response to 'why does it happen to me', from Tao Bums
(Nov 16 2010 at 10:05 PM)

The Gautamid, later referred to as the Buddha, I think was clear in the Pali Cannon in stating that action born of intent is the source of karma. Now the difficulty is that rather the intent is for good or for evil or for neither, the result is nevertheless karma if there is intent. Making waves, as it were.

The Gautamid taught that intention gives rise to a station of consciousness, from which the graspings ultimately emerge (grasping after self with regard to body, feeling, mind, habitual

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Mark Foote
Post title: seeing true nature- from Ted Biringer's Flatbed Sutra blog
(Nov 16 2010 at 04:22 PM)

I had to read that first sentence a few times: "According to Buddhism all suffering is due to a gap between our views about reality and the way reality truly is." Also the second and subsequent sentences! Ha ha!

Now I would say according to the Gautamid suffering is the five groups of grasping, and again per the Gautamid the origin of suffering is ignorance. The cessation of suffering is the cessation of ignorance, and the eight-fold path leads to the cessation of ignorance.

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