conebeckham wrote:First, we need only discuss the first two Paths--as the Path of Seeing, and everything above it, is predicated on direct experience, rather than conceptual frameworks or "sets of teachings."
Irrelevant. Conceptual is essential even after these first two Paths acording to Tsong-kha-pa. Here a quote from Tsong-kha-pa Lo-sang-drak-pa’s "Extensive Explanation of (Chandrakīrti’s) “Supplement to (Nāgārjuna’s) ‘Treatise on the Middle’”: Illumination of the Thought":
Since Superiors who have not been Buddhafied have not abandoned
the ignorance that is an obstruction to omniscience, they have
an alternation between conceptuality involving the appearance [of inherent
existence and/or conventional phenomena] in states subsequent
to meditative equipoise and the absence of [such] appearance in
meditative equipoise. Buddhas, on the other hand, have completely,
that is, entirely, become enlightened, that is, have realized actualization
of the ultimate and conventional aspects of all phenomena; hence,
all movements of conceptual minds and mental factors have utterly
vanished, due to which they have no alternation between having or not
having the conceptuality involving appearance [of inherent existence
and/or conventional phenomena] in meditative equipoise and in states
subsequent to meditative equipoise.