No worries, abhidhamma is not so widely discussed nowadays, even though it is one of the three pitakas. Being involved with arts for the most of my life, I find abhidhamma really helps to sort things out in terms of what's real and what's not, what's a concept and what's a reality, etc. And of course, what is the right view of reality that leads to awakening. I guess all this relates to what you call "subjective experience of the world", because in arts in particular it's all about figuring out the "subjective" bit I guess.Kim O'Hara wrote: I've never looked far into the Abhidhamma. Maybe I'm missing something that will revolutionise my understanding of the world or of myself, but maybe not; what you describe here certainly does not match my subjective experience of the world, though I can see that it is at least plausible in theory. I've got to say, then, that I don't think your analysis is relevant to my, or most people's, experience of art.
There are many moments of consciousness (cittas) in every instant. Reading just one verse would require many many cittas to happen. Every citta must have an object. Though we can go into incredible detail here, in simple general terms it could be said that the verse will be the object of one citta, while the font would be the object of another citta. So there is no conflict, as one citta will come after the other, though they would happen so fast that it would seem that they happen simultaneously. Not sure if this makes sense?Kim O'Hara wrote:I also wonder how it deals with such simple sensory conflicts as, for instance, a dhamma verse in a font you dislike intensely.
Well, it depends how deeply you want to relate this issue to buddhism. As I understand it, the whole point of anatta teaching is to understand that all dhammas are conditioned, so it seems impossible that there can really be any choosing "how to organise our sense impressions". Unless of course one believes that there is a self which chooses how sense impressions (or anything else for that matter) should be, though this of course goes against most buddhist tenets as I understand it at least.Kim O'Hara wrote:We all can, and often do, choose how to organise our sense impressions.