We can talk about nonduality in ways that prevent misunderstanding and point to the experience of it, beyond all words.
“In this experience, the sense of being a witness or seer of things vanishes completely, and instead you feel yourself to be whatever thing you are beholding. You don’t see the mountain, you are the mountain. You don’t hear a bird, you are birdsong.”
If you truly understood Quality, Pirsig wrote, you would live each moment of your life differently. You would handle the material details of your life with exquisite care. You would even repair your motorcycle in a way that benefits all living beings.
“There isn’t anything ‘out there’ that ultimately satisfies. There isn’t anything ‘out there’ that we must acquire or repel. In fact, there isn’t any ‘out there’ at all.”
Chang, the Buddhist monk and scholar describes three layers of Mind: objects, awareness, and emptiness.
“… the barking of a dog or the crowing of a rooster: all things are teaching you at every moment, and these sounds are even better teaching than Zen books. So Zen is keeping the mind which is before thinking.”
When an idea such as mindfulness ignites so quickly and spreads so widely, we benefit by returning to its historical origins. Then we can check for current misunderstandings.
The point of Buddhist meditation is to stop warring with our internal experience — to stop demanding that we feel differently than we actually do in any given moment.