How Does Knowing & Seeing Truth Differ?

Question: What are the differences between knowing and seeing truth?

Answer: There are two kinds of truths – relative (conventional) truths and absolute (ultimate) truth.

An article explaining the difference between these truths can be seen at https://thedailyenlightenment.com/2010/04/the-middle-path-between-relative-absolute-truths More is taught on them in the Heart Sutra course: https://thedailyenlightenment.com/2016/12/the-heart-of-the-heart-sutra-the-core-of-wisdom-11th-run

‘Knowing’ of concepts refer to understanding both kinds of truths in theory. ‘Seeing’ these truths refer to realising them in practice. The first is the theoretical aspect while the second is practical. Both are important, as it is possible to know but not see, and to see but not know. For example, one can know in theory how to swim, but not know how to swim in real life – due to lack of practice. Also, one can see, as in having a ‘strange’ spiritual experience, but not know what it means – due to lack of understanding.

Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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