What’s the difference between a mental concept and a mentally direct experience?
“The tulip is reddish-orange.”
“Snow covers the mountainside blindingly white.”
Are these mental concepts or mentally direct experiences?
Or perhaps both?
Zen argues we should rely solely on direct experience
And avoid mental concepts which can be manipulated inside one’s head
And end up, really, as almost anything at all.
So, tell me, are love, truth, justice, and beauty, direct experiences or mental concepts?
If they’re direct experiences – they could be reality – the same as God.
If they’re mental concepts, on the other hand, they might be mirages, dreams,
or complex manipulations inside one’s mind – i.e., lies!
Zen repeatedly has attempted to distinguish between mental concepts and direct experience
but, in my opinion, has not had much success in parsing this.
I think that’s because, sometimes, mental concepts actually are identical with reality –
at least in certain times, circumstances, and places.
They just are!