Knowing in the Buddhist sense is the ability to communicate with the reality of the potential of a situation.
So for example a Zen platitude is very impressive if we are able to benefit from the wisdom, otherwise it is a wooden post slapped in the hope of releasing Buddha Nature.
For most of getting to a stage of self knowing, is our first task.
We sometimes do not even know what is worth knowing, questioning or studying.
So we take our trust or refuge in the three jewels.
As we begin to differentiate between superficial and genuine insight, we can be said to have become stream entrants.
Our knowing increases as we differentiate between arisings, or transient knowing and an experience of constancy, which is eternal knowing, what in Buddhist terms is called Buddha mind.
We may through experienced residing develop skilful means to enhance this knowing in ourselves and others.
We stop being 'smart asses', which is the condition of unknowing and become genuine gnostics or knowers.
The false in us and the world is ever prevalent but knowing that we endeavour to reinforce and expand genuine knowing.
We all know this deep down and hear it again and again.
We also know our own inclination to be wooden tops.