Adding fantasy to perception.
What do you think of that expression. I read it some time ago on ZFI, and maybe also earlier on E-sangha.
For instance I said to my parents a while ago that I had now way of knowing anything about that which is not within my experience. For instance, assuming that there are something outside the house is adding fantasy to perception. My mother said this was some horrible non-sense, and completely useless speach, and that off course there were things outside the walls of the house.
What do you think? Is it useful to not add fantasy to perception?
I'd say that although "not adding fantasy to perception" is good advice for practice, the word "fantasy" does not perhaps go far enough in describing what should not be added.
"Fantasy" tends to conjure up (literally!) images of dragons and fairies, fanciful dreams and so on.
However, just saying "this is me and that is you" is usually not described in English as "fantasy".
As your mother rightly says.
Yet, these self-views are just the very thing that we should also not add to perception.