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Mark Foote
Post title: "Does Nonthinking Require Effort?"
(Jul 18 2019 at 12:40 PM)

Clear Lake CloudsIn his "Lancet of Seated Meditation" ("Shobo genzo zazen shin"), Dogen quotes a conversation:

Once, when the Great Master Hung-tao of Yueh shan was sitting in meditation , a monk asked him,

What are you thinking, sitting there so fixedly?
The master answered, "I'm thinking of not thinking."
The monk asked, "How do you think of

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Mark Foote
Post title: Attained Through the Body
(Jun 12 2019 at 11:11 PM)

Clear Lake CloudsHere is Dogen, from one of his lectures (as recorded by Koun Ejo):

Is the way attained through mind or body? In the teaching schools it is said that since body and mind are not separate, the Way is attained through the body. Yet it is not clear that we attain the Way through the body, because they say 'since' body and mind are not separat

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Mark Foote
Post title: The Diamond Sutra
(May 5 2019 at 06:48 PM)

Clear Lake PilingsSomeone on a forum site I follow wondered if there was any redeeming value to "The Diamond Sutra". Here's my response, and a bit more.

Let me first say that I have not personally read the Diamond Sutra, except in occasional excerpts that I've encountered. What I've encountered did not make me want to read the Sutra.

My understanding is that the sixt

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