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The What Behind the Who

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2006-05-30
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Notice the compartmentalization of residing as a “who” or a “what.” As you go through the day, notice the “who” of your story, desires, fears, hopes, regrets, etc. During periods of quiet look at the “what behind the who” by seeing the impersonal, mechanical quality of the body and mental processes. Does either the mechanical view or the personal view describe the “total you?” Is there something else that is neither mechanical nor personal—something that knows all of this but has no location or point of origin? Both the “who” and the “what” coexist within this awareness, but what or who is the awareness?

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