What is your response to the teaching below from a Zen Buddhist monk? Does this have any sense of truth in it? I’m curious as to how a Catholic, a non-Catholic, atheist and/or a psychologist would view this information.
"Belief is two steps removed from the reality of what’s being believed. When we talk about belief we talk only about belief, not about anything else – belief creates its own reality. Belief is the mind’s dualistic response to an idea or perception. Reality can only be perceived directly, before the mind filters it. Once the brain interprets reality the new reality is merely the interpretation. This is the first step removed. After the mind has completed its interpretation, then it checks to see how the interpretation fits with the rest of the experiences it has processed throughout the years. Since the mind is inherently dualistic, that is, since it categorizes things as true or false, good or bad, right or wrong, it overlays opinion on top of interpretation. This is the second step removed. Once we’ve gone this far, we tend to lose any grasp we may have had on the reality that began the whole episode. Instead of seeing a pile of used cans and paper cups on a street corner, we see a “pile of trash”; or instead of seeing a man walking down the street we see a “wretched homeless person.”
excerpt from an article at
Thank you in advance.