samadhi_steve wrote:This question might be a little deep but i came across it in my meditation so i guess i will discuss it.
Is the practice of letting go of the 'one who knows' even realising the knowing as anatta?
I have read that many meditators even get stuck up on taking this knowing/awareness as an 'atta'. I believe Ajahn Boowa experienced this.
According to this definition:
Ajahn Chah distinguished sense objects, the mind and "the one who knows": "The mind is that which acknowledges sense objects; sense objects are sense objects as distinct from the mind; 'the one who knows' knows both the mind and the sense objects for what they are." "The one who knows" refers to a deeper experiential insight which cannot be rendered with discursive knowledge and words, but at the same time relativizes and clarifies the characteristics of discursive, or referring to Ajahn Chah, worldly knowledge.http://www.upaya.org/newsletter/view/2009/04/13
"the one who knows" is a level of vipassana. Of course, one can get stuck there for a time. It is a high level of vipassana - not final enlightment.
While falling back into this knowing there is subject and object hence duality.
Yes. There is duality. According to the definition by Ajahn Chah I would say that this vipassana level is experienced as "I am this vipassana level/the one who knows" and the rest as "this is not what I am". It is useful though because "the rest" that is seen and known as anatta includes form, feeling etc.
I am speculating if you let go completely even of the knowing there will be nothing just a flux of sound, thought, smell, taste, tactile sensations, sight. Direct experience
I doubt that the Beyond the "One who knows" can be imagined. Also, letting go does not mean that whatever you let go of is not there any more. The Buddha could walk and talk and think and feel - and know.