The Teaching of Maha Mudra or Non-Dual Bliss in Buddhism
Even though non-duality or maha mudra is not a spiritual practice like prayer or meditation, it is still a path.
BY: Tara Springett, M.A.
Even though non-duality or maha mudra is not a spiritual practice like prayer or meditation, it is still a path. It is a path in the sense that it takes time and determination to stabilise the experience of non-duality and let go over and over again from all illusions. It is these illusions that keep us locked within our conditioned sense of self that is vulnerable to deprivation and domination.
In fact, the practitioner will be confronted with an enormous amount of inner challenges because, once the bliss is flowing, our unconscious mind opens its flood gates and confronts us with layer after layer of previously unconscious material that must be dealt with skilfully. It is this opening of our unconscious mind that accounts for the fact that so many spiritual practitioners ‘go off the rails’ at this point and become either megalomaniac or abuse their budding spiritual powers for their own selfish ends. These problems are usually referred to as kundalini symptoms. It is therefore paramount that we are well-grounded in loving kindness meditation before we engage with non-dual bliss.
How can we attain non-dual bliss?
The fastest way to access non-dual spiritual bliss is by having a devoted relationship to a spiritual teacher who has already attained this state of mind in her or himself. Through intense devotion, the same spiritual bliss will be awakened in the student who has then the task to ‘remember’ this experience and, over time, stabilise it in their own mind-stream.
Tara Springett holds an M.A. in Education and has post-graduate qualifications in gestalt therapy, body awareness therapy and transpersonal therapy. She is a fully qualified and licensed psychotherapist and counselor. Tara has worked as a drugs counselor, counselor for adolescents and general psychotherapist since 1988. Tara has been a dedicated Buddhist practitioner since 1986. In 1997 she received encouragement from her Buddhist teachers to teach meditation. Tara is the author of several self-help books. She has been featured in numerous publications and has appeared on various radio and television shows in Europe and the United States. Her website is: www.taraspringett.com.