NONDUALITY AND DUALITY
(Note: The repetition in this essay is intended to help the reader move from intellectually understanding the concept of nonduality to realizing it as the underlying timeless presence of all dualistic experience.)
A beginning student of meditation and Buddhism said he experiences some control over his life, though realizing most things happen outside his control. He said he experiences separateness as a reality because he and Iare different individuals with different thoughts, and things outside his body are obviously not him. Many students question for years whether these shared, common, and ordinary experiences disprove Buddhism’s fundamental concepts of nonduality, selflessness, and the illusion of separateness.
From a mystical, enlightened, nondualistic point of view we live in an infinite interdependent universe which functions as an undivided unified whole.Everything mental and physical is interrelated with and caused by everything else. But since any experience can only be experienced dualistically – an undivided whole cannot experience itself – we erroneously conclude that the experiencer is separate from the experience, and we are independent, autonomous individuals who control what we think and do.