Mandchourie, Liaoning. Moukden (?)
Plaque de verre photographique
1er quart 20e siècle
Archives photographiques du musée Guimet
Portrait of Philip the Handsome (1478-1506) by the Master of the Legend of Mary Magdalene; Late 15th Century.
To experience means to know facts just as they are, to know in accordance with facts by completely relinquishing one’s own fabrications. What we usually refer to as experience is adulterated with some sort of thought, so by pure I am referring to the state of experience just as it is without the least addition of deliberative discrimination. The moment of seeing a color or hearing a sound, for example, is prior not only to the thought that the color or sound is the activity of an external object or that one is sensing it, but also to the judgment of what the color or sound might be. In this regard pure experience is identical with direct experience. When one directly experiences one’s own state of consciousness, there is not yet a subject or an object, and knowing and its object are completely unified. This is the most refined type of experience.