So we need to look to our mind to find this meaning. In my tradition, we have a powerful, effective method of gaining this knowledge: we practice in letting all our ordinary experiences—all of our constantly changing thoughts, emotions, beliefs, observations, judgments, and habitual tendencies (our “mental events”)—dissipate and dissolve from our perception. Gradually, we are left with an astounding experience: nothing but our pure awareness, without subject, object, place, time, boundary, or any other limiting characteristics. This pure awareness is the actual true nature of our mind, who we really are, our Pristine Mind. Once we know our Pristine Mind, we realize that all our mental events are not who we really are; they are temporary distortions in our perception that hide our unchanging Pristine Mind, just like clouds temporarily hide the open, boundless, pure sky that always remains the same.
Therefore, what gives meaning to life is knowing our Pristine Mind.
Someone told me about having been through insights of no self and then progressing to a realisation of the ground of being.I replied:Hi ____Thanks for the sharing.This is the I AM realization. Had that realisation after contemplating Before birth, who am I? For two years. It’s an important realization. Many people had insights into certain aspects of no self, impersonality, and “dry non dual experience” without doubtless realization of Presence. Therefore I AM realisation is a progression for them.Similarly in Zen, asking who am I is to directly experience presence. How about asking a koan of what is the cup? What is the chirping bird, the thunder clap? What is its purpose?When I talked about anatta, it is a direct insight of Presence and recognizing what we called background presence, is in the forms and colours, sounds and sensations, clean and pure. Authentication is be authenticated by all things. Also there is no presence other than that. What we call background is really just an image of foreground Presence, even when Presence is assuming its subtle formless all pervasiveness.However due to ignorance, we have a very inherent and dual view, if we do see through the nature of presence, the mind continues to be influenced by dualistic and inherent tendencies. Many teach to overcome it through mere non conceptuality but this is highly misleading.Thusness also wrote:The anatta I realized is quite unique. It is not just a realization of no-self. But it must first have an intuitive insight of Presence. Otherwise will have to reverse the phases of insights