[Buddha-l] What is direct experience?

lemmett at talk21.com lemmett at talk21.com
Wed Dec 1 11:03:22 MST 2010

>> Malcolm Gladwell's book, Blink, is full of stories like  that.

I assumed that direct experience would not just be a type of knowledge but involve phenomenal existence in some way or other and I think that this was what lead me to bring up delusional conviction and hallucinations. Is it?

> In a
> similar way, the normative 'non-self' can be understood as
> a instrumental
> denial of the self as an existential coping mechanism, an
> idea I losely base
> on the approach to anatta of Stephen Collins' Selfless
> Persons.
> Stefan

Thanks. Something I've wondered about it whether a realization of anatta leads one to better understanding of the conventional I; though Nishitani does mention the cogito it's not, obvious, in what way he thinks it is clarified. As far as I can remember he just says that there are incompetent ways to deny it. Also, whether one's practice or understanding is not helpful if we think that some kind of self is useful in our existential pursuits... Thank you for the replies and I hope I have not been a bother!


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