From, Mahamudra: The Moonlight. By Dakpo Tashi Namgyal.
Meditators would do well to know how to eliminate dualistic mind, memory, and mental construction, and how and when to maintain the stream of nondiscriminatory mindfulness and relevant mental activity. To consider that in meditation mindfulness and other mental activities are to be rejected altogether is to go to the extreme.
This small and sharp point is very important! Don’t fall into ‘unconscious inertness’. Also, this point is closely related to the point that urges meditators to avoid dropping Right Conduct. But, I’ll expand upon this stuff in another post. I’m trying to keep my posts short and sweet this writing season. This season is gonna be greeeaaaat!
Some Buddhist Meditators who have taken on this style of practice (I will call it “coming home to Original Mind”, or maybe “coming home to the Pure Land of the present moment”) end up simply going from one extreme to the other. They go from addiction to aversion, or worse, to apathy. From the belief in substantiality, they move to the belief in nonsubstantiality. Both are the products of Dualistic False Imagination.
But, we are clearly told over and over that it is better to grasp the notion of self than it is to grasp the notion of no self or ‘nothingness’. It is better to grasp hold of a self the size of Mount Sumeru (that is a huuuuuge self) than it is to cherish the notion of notself as dependent upon the assertion and negation of the philosophers (I’m taking this language from my memory of the Lankavatara Sutra).
This attainment is neither purely conceptual (as Plato would have it) nor is it purely nonconceptual (as Hwashang) would have it. Our author here, the author of Mahamudra: the Moonlight, Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, a student of Gampopa, devotes attention to dismantling such wrong views in another section of this wonderful meditation manual.
Also, it is truly wonderful to find that this author has the courage to encourage monastics and laypeople alike to strive for the perfection of wisdom via Mahamudra meditation. He unequivocally states that these are attainments are possible without a guru. So, whether you are a monk, a nun, a layman, a laywomen, strive on with diligence from the island of your self. If they hang empowerments over your head, if they claim to know the location of the Kingdom, leave that foolish person and do not feel compelled to accept or reject their school. If they challenge your views, and if you feel compelled to respond, do not respond while angry: anger is an error of the mind that makes you stupid. Stupid, you will be less capable of saying, “this is true”, and / or. “this is false”.