No Meditator, No Meditation

When there is meditation, there is a meditator.
So how can there be no meditator, and no meditation?

This is not a mental conundrum; it is logical experience, gained by looking, seeing and dropping.

When pure awareness is present, the idea of a meditator is not.

It is not that you do not exist, but that the idea of you does not exist. There is no time for words, ideas or an experiencer experiencing an experience. Of course, we lapse back into an ‘I’ being aware of the experience; that’s when the meditator reappears, doing meditation.

It takes practice to meditate. It takes effort. Non meditation is effortless…it’s easier!

This is a process of unwinding perception, loosening the grip on what we think of as reality, in order to find reality. There are two approaches in Tibetan Buddhism: we either unwind from the inside outwards, or the outside inwards. Dzogchen and Mahamudra have the same outcome, but different approaches. In Mahamudra, we slowly peel away the layers, revealing the shock of nothingness – emptiness! In Dzogchen, there is a direct introduction to emptiness – the shock of nothingness – and the layers gradually peel away by themselves.

Tibetan Buddhism may sound fancy, but it’s quite simple

Non meditation is a “piece of cake!”
Our conduct is sharing that “piece of cake!”

Addendum: the teachings don’t seem to say too much about this, but when experiencing through one of the five senses, we usually judge whether the stimulus is pleasant or unpleasant: this is ordinary perception. The perception of the senses – the first instant of the experience of light/touch/taste/sound/smell – is neutral, and has the experience of non duality. It could be that, because of our reaction to the sensualities, we become entangled in a samsaric net when, in the first instance, it is merely pure perception which we miss.

Wait a minute…! I’ve just scanned my mind and remember a teaching where a Tibetan king asked a yogi whether there was a path to enlightenment through sensuality. The yogi replied, “Yes, there is – but it goes together with non-attachment”.

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  1. crestedduck says:

    I like my cake plain without the sickly sweet frosting,. so I can enjoy the “cake”…….wink…….

    • tony says:

      Dear Rob
      What you way is interesting…it’s true – a cake isn’t to everyone’s taste!
      We have 21 partridges that come into our garden at sunset – they seem to find the fat balls we put out to be delicious!
      Merry Christmas to you and yours
      Tony & Kathie

  2. tony says:

    …important addition…in Tibetan Buddhism, some teachings are easily misunderstood and are thus not without the danger of acquiring negative karma: when it is stated that the senses are utilised but without attachment, it is of paramount importance that we are cognisant of responsibility and compassion. This is why compassion is a recurring theme in Buddhism – the importance of causing no harm to anyone or any thing. It’s easy to end up in the hell realms through selfishness and bad karma.

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