83 Awareness of Awareness

24 May 2012

The stillness experienced in awareness of awareness is due to the absence of grasping. In sustaining this awareness we are observing nothing other than the substrate consciousness itself, though veiled by the course mind. Compare this to the possibility of observing rigpa while practicing dzogchen’s open presence meditation. We may then know reality is not like a dream, but is a dream; nothing existing from its own side, objectively or subjectively.

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* Advice on effectively helping self absorbed complainers.
* Comparing Hinayana with Theravada and Mahayana.
* The feasibility of doing a one-year shamatha retreat.
* Practicing gratefulness.
* Which variety of awareness of awareness to practice in a personal retreat.
* Does one realize any emptiness by achieving the first jhana?

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