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”.