i really wonder at how you can resolve this issue. is it even an issue? if all things are names, then all things should function as names do right? doesnt this lead to many problems?
I could say (freely quoting Dhammapada) that if you can control your mind you can also control the manifestations of mind, i. e. the outer world. Usually we cannot control our own mind, and then we think that there is an independent world out there beyond our control. What "matter" is depends on the level of your mind control, whether or not you have attained the dhyanas, etc...
bad example i think, since even those who accept a form of true existence (ie. mindonly, sautranika, vaibashika) have those types of attainments. even those who accept even coarser natures of reality (ie. pre-buddhist yogis) have those attainments.
furthermore someone who practices nicely can with mere shamata establish the seeds for their future nirvana and buddhahood, even if they lack dhyana attainments in this life.
I think it is an important example, Buddha himself based his teaching on His experience that was quite extensive. Likewise the central and important figures of buddhist history have meditated and gained personal experience. Which they have then expressed in various ways. The difficulties start with followers who have only intellectual understanding and interpretations without personal experience. Thus the Doctrine gradually gets distorted, because of the lack of actual experience in dhyana, samadhi, and prajna that is based on dhyana and samadhi.
If you understand, be it only intellectually, the four dhyanas and the eight liberations (vimoksha), you will understand that the person's experience of the outer world changes radically through those attainments, even the attainment of the mundane dhyanas will change your outlook on the world permanently ( at least for this life).
Buddha himself has warned about the dangers that result from the merely intellectual understanding of his teachings, that is if the person has not attained tha states of dhyana and samadhi. In His last teaching tour, before entering Parinirvana, He emphasized that "great becomes the result of wisdom if it is based on samadhi and great becomes the result of samadhi if it is based on morality."