Our experiential capacities

If we are to experience the myriad dharmas ‘as they are’ then, obviously, our experiential capacities must be able to acquaint us with reality. To give credence to dualists or pseudo-Zen cultists that claim ‘we do not experience reality as it is,’ we would need to be convinced that such a claim was valid, or at least that it could be valid. To qualify as ‘valid’ (by the standards of Zen or science) the proposition should be experimentally – that is, experientially – verifiable. In short, to validate the claim that ‘we do not experience reality as it is’ would invalidate itself. Thus, the claim is not only unverifiable; if it were true it would deny its own validity.

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