On 204, Rinpoche tells us that we will have to “transcend meanings, speculations, and visions—even those which are ‘timed-out’.” Does this reminder amount to a critique of the method we have been working with in the walkabout (which you should continue): viewing positions as ‘acts of positioning’? Are ‘acts of positioning’ the same as ‘timed-out meanings’?
In a way, yes, it appears he is challenging the ‘ultimacy’ of ‘acts of positioning’ (as timed-out meanings), but I do not read this as a challenge to the approach we are taking in class. Because it seems the approach we are taking in class is designed to help us better appreciate second-level time, and Rinpoche indicates that it is only by working through second-level insights that we can transcend them. So, I take the exercises for this week as invitations to do such exploration and possible working through. And isn’t to see a timed-out meaning as timed-out meaning already in some sense a transcendence of it?