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“In this vehicle, which transcends effort, the luminosity of the ground and the luminosity of the path are of one substance. Thus the conceptual distinction between mother and son is not taught as the main teaching. On the other hand, when, in order to instruct trainees, the nondual ultimate truth is made twofold, it is permissible to apply the term mother luminosity to the great place of liberation that reaches the limit of the primordial ground’s expanse and is like the vastness of the sky. In the present phase of the path, when one is endowed with the aggregates of consciousness, and one is becoming familiar with possessing the luminosity of the buddha nature in the midst of the skandhas, sensory spheres, and sense bases, like distinguishing the space inside a vase, it can be set forth with the term son. However, if ultimately the mother is placed outside and the son intellectually understood and experienced as being enclosed inside, then this is what I call the immature person’s experience of absorption.
~ Jigme Lingpa, from the fourth chapter of the Dzogchen Tantra of the Expanse of Kuntuzangpo’s Wisdom, Schaik, Wisdom, 2004, p142