What is the “experiencer”, the “seer”, or the “Witness” of our experience? In this talk, Michael explains how our attention to our experience, if offered fully, allows for a profound expansion in our consciousness. He suggests, as mentioned in the Lankavatara Sutra, that our awareness of Awareness is another name for our consciousness. Viewing our lives from this Awareness allows all of our negativity and resistance patterns to become less and less significant in our conventional, or normal, experiences. Michael also relates this to Nagarjuna’s Two Truths suggesting that our “surfing between” these conventional and Ultimate realms of experience can be difficult. Questions relate to dealing with an inability to comprehend the Dharma; the difference between consciousness and awareness in experience; limited views that see themselves as Ultimate; responding to the teaching that “drinking our green tea we stop the war”.
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