Mark Foote

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  1. Haiku Chain

    Open minds unwind like blown leaves, they spiral down they dance in mid-air
  2. Haiku Chain

    Eat, drink be merry, winds at sixty, no worries! the fire's been and gone (I'm living in Lucerne, California, a town that survived the Mendocino Complex fire this summer--tonight, the power company may shut down power lines across Northern California, in pre-emptive move to avoid possible power line sparked fires)
  3. Gospel of Thomas

    Seems like the story of our lives, alright. Born with the divine stuff of life, and we go through our days mostly without bringing it to the forefront, until we reach our end of days and discover it's gone. Sort of a sad one there, JC...
  4. Haiku Chain

    Oops, i posted twice rice time in the old cafe care to try for three...
  5. Gospel of Thomas

    Looks like I spoke too soon; the translator we've been using added the "two". Here's a "linear" translation: That's from http://gospel-thomas.net/splith.htm They have three other, regular translations that give it as "whoever has ears". Page above is from a pretty comprehensive-looking site: http://gnosis.org/naghamm/nhl_thomas.htm
  6. Haiku Chain

    Who wins, who loses waiting for the rain, bus stop overgrown with grass
  7. Gospel of Thomas

    That's really lovely, isn't it? If you've got the starter, you can make a nourishment for a lot of people. But why two ears. You could hear it with one.
  8. Haiku Chain

    quickly learn to fly with a mind just like a bird's otherwise, no dice
  9. Haiku Chain

    For the Taoist Sage, the edge of the cliff at hand, there's no jumping off
  10. Gospel of Thomas

    The Wikipedia article had some interesting bits, I agree. Looking at the Zen tradition, some teachers had many "transmission" holders, and some had none. The teaching of Jesus is spoken as the teaching of what Gautama the Buddha referred to as the Tathagata (the "thus-gone one"). Gautama rarely spoke as "the Tathagata", or rarely acknowledged he was speaking as such, and that rarity remained the pattern in Zen as far as I can tell. In that sense, the teachings are different, yet my feeling is that the way the teaching is imparted in Zen is the way Jesus intended to impart the teaching to his disciples, and in this he together with his disciples largely failed. With the possible exception of Thomas, based on "The Gospel of Thomas".
  11. Gospel of Thomas

    One of the most interesting thing about the Gospel of Thomas is the picture it paints of the majority of the disciples. Early in the Gospel, Jesus takes Thomas aside for a few words, and when the rest of the crew asks Thomas what Jesus told him, Thomas says: If I tell you one of the words which He said to me, you will take up stones and throw at me; and fire will come from the stones and burn you up. (The Gospel According to Thomas, coptic text established and translated by A. Guillaumont, H.-CH. Puech, G. Quispel, W. Till and Yassah ‘Abd Al Masih, pg 11 log. 13, ©1959 E. J. Brill) Log. 92 similarly suggests that the majority of the disciples took a wrong turn somewhere, and possibly that the crew is entirely off track, as log. 91 seems to indicate. Here are both loggia, in the alternate translation I keep referencing: (91) They said to Him: Tell us who Thou art so that we may believe in Thee. He said to them: You test the face of the sky and of the earth, and him who is before your face you have not known, and you do not know to test this moment. (92) Jesus said: Seek and you will find, but those things which you asked me in those days, I did not tell you then; now I desire to tell them, but you do not inquire after them. (The Gospel According to Thomas, coptic text established and translated by A. Guillaumont, H.-CH. Puech, G. Quispel, W. Till and Yassah ‘Abd Al Masih, pg 47-49 ©1959 E. J. Brill) In 91, Jesus tells his disciples that they are barking up the wrong palm tree, that they need to test this moment to know him. My guess is that at this point the disciples are overwhelmed with the extraordinary presence of Jesus, and they no longer feel they have any hope of receiving something of that presence but instead pursue relieving themselves of any pressure to receive, by casting Jesus as something "other" that can only be believed in and not personally experienced. Did I mention that one of my teachers at university was a Thomas Christian, from the south of India? He said where he was from, the people believed that Thomas came to the south of India, and was stoned to death there.
  12. Haiku Chain

    My feet firm planted. As sagebrush wrote, " ' "--clear enough! But then... who's to say
  13. Haiku Chain

    Oh which way to turn if I could just see to step off the beaten path
  14. Gospel of Thomas

    (90) Jesus said: Come to Me, for easy is My yoke and My lordship is gentle, and you shall find repose for yourselves. (The Gospel According to Thomas, coptic text established and translated by A. Guillaumont, H.-CH. Puech, G. Quispel, W. Till and Yassah ‘Abd Al Masih, pg 47 log. 90, ©1959 E. J. Brill) I've just finished a piece about Koichi Tohei's Four Points of Aikido, wherein I arrive at this statement: As I sit with Tohei's emphasis on centrifugal force, I realize that for me the exercise becomes in part the distinction of the direction of turn that I'm feeling at the location of awareness, and that distinction allows the appropriate counter from everything that surrounds the place of awareness. As a baseball pitcher extends his target through the catcher's mitt, or a karate practitioner extends his target through the board or brick that he or she is about to break, the balance of centrifugal force and counterforce can depend on the inclusion of what lies beyond the senses in the stretch. As I also remark in the piece: If the mind of friendliness, of compassion, of sympathetic joy, or of equanimity is extended throughout the four quarters of the world, above and below, then the centrifugal force at the location of awareness and the counterforce can involve things that lie beyond the boundaries of the senses, and change in the balance of force and counterforce can initiate change in the carriage of the body without conscious volition. To act with awareness yet without conscious volition, then, requires a love that extends beyond the boundaries of the senses--that would be the yoke that is light yet present, the actor acting under His lordship (as it were), and repose in the selflessness of what is done.
  15. Gospel of Thomas

    Seemingly related to: "... when you make the inner as the outer and the outer as the inner and the above as the below..." (The Gospel According to Thomas, coptic text established and translated by A. Guillaumont, H.-CH. Puech, G. Quispel, W. Till and Yassah ‘Abd Al Masih, pg 18-19 log. 22, ©1959 E. J. Brill) I still like what I wrote about that years ago: "where the location of consciousness in three dimensions seems clear with respect to the external objects of sense, the same clarity can be brought to the location of consciousness with respect to the internal objects of sense (including the sense-organs). Where the location of consciousness seems clear with respect to the internal objects of sense, the same clarity can be brought to the location of consciousness with regard to the external sense objects. In making the inner as the outer and then the outer as the inner, the generation of reciprocal activity through the place of occurrence of consciousness is brought forward. As the activity is relaxed, the reciprocal in lower body activity reaches the top of the head through the extensors." Maybe I have a bit more to say about that, I'm working on a post to my own "Zazen Notes" now.