Excerpt About Understanding
Insightful Awareness of Our ExperienceThe common view of understanding is that it is basically an intellectual comprehension of some content of experience, perception, or thought. It is usually an insight or idea that can occur after an experience has ensued. We use the term understanding in a specific way that is particular to our view. By understanding we mean the insightful awareness of our experience. There is immediate contact with the particulars of our experience -- both inner and outer -- plus the comprehension of this content, a comprehension that is part of, and inseparable from, the immediate experience. Hence, it is not merely an intellectual comprehension, although such comprehension forms part of it. Since the insight is part of, and inseparable from, the immediate experience, it does not have the abstract quality characteristic of intellectual comprehension.