Existence is Experience

To hold that a reality exists above, beyond, or otherwise independent of one’s experience or knowledge of reality, is to supplement one’s view of knowledge (epistemology) with an abstract concept. Moreover, because the concept in this case not only lacks any basis in experience but contradicts it, to truly hold such a view is to bestow more trust in a hypothetical notion than in one’s actual experience. In short, an epistemology that presupposes a reality that exists independent of one’s knowledge not only presupposes the unreliability of one’s own experiential capacities, it does so irrationally. To supplement a view with an unfounded and unnecessary conjecture is to add complexity to it for no reason – in Zen this is called ‘adding legs to a snake,’ in science it is known as ‘Ockham’s Razor.’

Excerpt from,  Zen Cosmology: Dogen’s Contribution to the Search for a New Worldview p.96

2 thoughts on “Existence is Experience”

  1. Hello Will.
    Thank you for your comment.
    In one sense, yes, my reality is different from yours. Yet, as far as “I” can tell, or will ever be able to discern, ‘your’ reality is not different… The confusion here clears up, I think, when we get clear on the true nature of what is meant by “mine” and “yours.”
    Thanks again.
    Please treasure yourself.
    Ted

  2. “In short, an epistemology that presupposes a reality that exists independent of one’s knowledge not only presupposes the unreliability of one’s own experiential capacities, it does so irrationally.”

    Ted, I’ve been considering this for several days. Confusion abounds. Does this suppose the reality is personal? Yours is different from mine? How can what I think (“one’s knowledge”) reflect reality if I’m deluded and full of biases. Focusing on the experience is the same, full of delusion and biases.

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