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mind tech: f a q - The Flavours of Light What Is One Taste? by Anreal

If you are equally happy sitting in a desert chatting to scorpions, squatting in a sewer in Calcutta, or sitting in a palace surrounded by dancing girls, you have mastered the One Taste.
- Adamas, Buddha Brats - A Modern Tale of Enlightenment
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Q: What is One Taste?
A: One Taste is the Buddhist doctrine that states that since everything comes from and is made of the same ground substance of consciousness, that all things are hence equally perfect. In this way the need to prefer or reject one state, object or person over another, which is the cause of all suffering, is removed. When one is not attached to something one is not afraid of losing it. When one has no aversion to something, one is not disturbed by its presence in ones reality.
An analogy often used to describe it is to imagine that if everything was made of gold, no one thing could be said to be any more or less valuable than any other thing. According to One Taste this should apply to all thoughts, emotions, experiences, moments in time, actions, objects and people.

Honey on the Tongue

“One Taste basically states that whatever arises in your sense field in any given moment is perfect, yet empty and equal to any other moment in reality. If you can view a maggoty corpse of a rat with the same equanimity one views a beautiful feast or a fine sunset, then you have really conquered Duality and the idea that there is actually any difference between the two. If you are equally happy sitting in a desert chatting to scorpions, squatting in a sewer in Calcutta, or sitting in a palace surrounded by dancing girls, you have mastered the One Taste. To arrive at this point is not as easy as it might sound though, and requires the genuine dissolution of conceptual structures around good and bad sensory experiences.
Once one has gotten to the point where one realises that ‘all is empty and the play of illusion’, One Taste meets Discriminating Wisdom. Realising that it makes no difference what is in front of you, one is free to choose what you like over what you don’t like. At this point you might as well be in the palace with the dancing girls because it makes no difference either way. A lot of people try and jump this gun. The senses are always trying to lure us and entrap us in a web of aversion and desire but one only gets to sit in the palace once one is content to sit with the scorpions. To achieve this you have to relinquish everything or at least be willing to, in order to get everything you have ever wanted. Of course by then you don’t particularly want anything because it is all the ‘same taste’ anyway. No one ever said that enlightenment would be without its own cruel little jokes.
Cruel jokes aside, if one is free from attachment and aversion one is able to rise above reality and truly enjoy the play of ones senses without being plagued by suffering. To me this is a gem without price.”

- Adamas, Buddha Brats – A Modern Tale of Enlightenment (Chapter 07, Honey on the Tongue)
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