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A Nondual Practice Map

In this episode, host Michael Taft remixes his map of deconstructing sensory experience, and talks about how to use it to work in nondual traditions. Essentially the idea is to reverse the stack by starting out with Stage 4 (pure awareness) and then working your way up to stage 3, etc. Michael also spends some time talking about maps of meditation, problems therewith, and why he is already reworking this map after a short time.

Note: this is only a map, only a model. Just like a menu is not food, this model is not claiming to be reality. It’s just a handy way to help you orient your practice. This model doesn’t count for nondual meditations, high-concentration/jhana practice, etc. It is only to help you with your vipassana practice. These are not discrete or digital stages. They are analog, and shade into one another. Each stage is desirable and useful for various things. No stage is somehow better than another.
In vipassana practice, however, we are usually attempting to tranverse the stack from stage one to stage four. When doing nondual practices, we transverse the stack from bottom to top (4 -> 1) and do what we might call “nondual vipassana” or something akin to many Mahamudra practices - which is what this episode describes.

Level 1 - Conceptual - Thinking about sensory experience objects using words.
Level 2 - Phenomenal Object - Contacting the phenomenology of sensory experiences in the form of objects.
Level 3 - Flow / Change - Contacting the phenomenology of sensory experiences as vibration, waves, or change.
Level 4 - Pure Awareness - Noticing awareness itself with no content.

Reversing the Stack - A Nondual Practice Map, with Michael Taft from Deconstructing Yourself on Apple Podcasts.

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