Meditation: unified

These two images are reporting similar experiences.







Whether we are in a moment of peace (left) or of anything else (right), the totality of our experience is that of a unified whole: Awareness and experience, awareness and Existence are in union.

Cosmos is existence (left); and one’s current experience entails the vast and profound (right). Awareness and Existence are ever in union because awareness and experience are inseparable.

The taming of the emotion-mind complex and the jumping-bean sense of self lead through the experiences that “ah, these exist within me” and “ah, whatever ‘I’ is is not them” onto training and “ah, awareness is sensate; cognition is unceasing; and that which is experiencing and knowing, that which is relating and innately whole, feels both other than and yet indivisible from all of phenomenal experience and existence.”

The active nature of one’s life too easily distracts one from the simplicity that Awareness is Existence, Existence is Awareness. Said alternatively, awareness is only possible through experience and experience can only be known through awareness in all its forms such as being sentient, being sensate, cognition, or intuition. The two images are pointing to the same ground: awareness-existence which is, in any moment, awareness-experience.

Meditation provides multiple experiences while also being a lens on the daily experiences not usually investigated or viewed with discernment while they are happening. Through the direct experiences of tranquility, space between thoughts and that thoughts rather randomly arise and dissipate into nothing, or of goodness, bliss, empathic resonance and oneness, clarity and simplicity, etc., a practitioner is living both images. Buddha gazing into cosmos and Samatabhadra gazing into moment with Samantabhadri signifying every possible experience are reporting the same essential “thing.”

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