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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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Mark Foote
Post title: Putting the Dharma Body to Work
(Apr 7 2019 at 03:05 PM)

Clear Lake CloudsHuineng was an illiterate woodcutter in 7th century China (C.E.), who heard a lecturer in the town square say "Let the mind be present, without abode" (a line from the Diamond Sutra), and went on to become a patriarch of Zen. Here's part of a speech attributed to Huineng:

The Vimalakirti Sutra says, 'Suddenly all at once, we return to

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