I was just re-reading Professor Peter Harvey's The Selfless Mind
today on a study break (break? lol!) and came across this passage. I thought I would post it for anyone still interested in this subject.
After a discussion of the various "signless meditations" and their relationship to Nibbana alluded to in the cannon, he notes:
The apprehension of nibbana as a signless emptiness by 'seeing through' empty phenomena is of course reminiscent of the Mahayana Madhyamaka school's view: of nibbana and the conditioned world being non-different, both being equally 'emptiness' (sunyata). Hints in this direction are in fact contained in the Patisambhiddmagga. This asserts that the Four Holy Truths are known by 'a single knowledge' (ekena nanena) for they are 'one' in their nature as being true (or 'thus': tatha) and being not-Self (Ps.II.l05). This suggests that dukkha (the first Truth), is known at the same time as nibbana, the cessation of dukkha (the third Truth). This could be taken to imply that they are the same thing, but seen in different ways. The Pali Canon contains no further hint in this direction, though. In any case, the above Madhyamaka-like perspective is only an approach to becoming an Arahat and attaining the full experience of nibbanic 'stopping', for it has been seen that the signless state is 'constructed' (Para.l1.25), albeit at a very subtle level. To fully realize nibbana, the unconstructed state, even the signless meditation must be transcended. Once nibbana is attained, the Arahat may, at a later time, either fully participate in it again, or simply take this timeless, signless realm as the object of his attention. Thus it is said that an Arahat's 'field of action (gocaro) is emptiness and signless liberation' (Dhp.92).
The kind of thing he is referring to (I surmise) would include Nagarjuna's statements like this:
10. When true knowledge sees the appearance conditioned by ignorance, no arising or ceasing is perceived
11. This is nirvāṇa and the seeing of reality in this very life, what is to be done has been done
48. What is born in dependence is unborn, said the best among knowers of reality
(Translated by Eviatar Shulman) (All emphasis mine)
https://www.academia.edu/7033642/Creati ... sciousness
More from Professor Harvey on signless meditations:
https://www.academia.edu/24988573/Signl ... i_Buddhism
"People often get too quick to say 'there's no self. There's no self...no self...no self.' There is self, there is focal point, its not yours. That's what not self is."
Senses and the Thought-1, 42:53
"Those who create constructs about the Buddha,
Who is beyond construction and without exhaustion,
Are thereby damaged by their constructs;
They fail to see the Thus-Gone.
That which is the nature of the Thus-Gone
Is also the nature of this world.
There is no nature of the Thus-Gone.
There is no nature of the world."