So how is Zen not monistic?mon·ism
a theory or doctrine that denies the existence of a distinction or duality in some sphere, such as that between matter and mind, or God and the world.
While we're at it, I've also been told that Zen is not solipsism but if all is mind then how can it be defined as not solipsistic?
So how is Zen not solipsistic nor monistic when "all is mind" necessarily includes both?Solipsism is the philosophical idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one's own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind.
Monistic because monism can be defined as mind and matter having no distinction.
Solipsistic because if all is mind then there is no division between one's own mind, the external world and the minds of others and so other minds and the external world do not exist outside the mind, by definition, because they are mind. If everything is mind then there is no external world or other minds, only "all is mind" and so we are firmly in solipsism, no?
I am confident that the people who explained this to me are very knowledgeable and so I assume I am simply incorrect and I hope someone can explain.