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Second, the actual event is "beyond" experience, so either "there can be nothing to experience the experience" or "there is nothing (no-thing) 'in' the experience to be experienced" works
This is somewhat misleading... it is not that there is nothing to experience it, or that that there is no experience. It is that there ceases to be barriers, you do not say "tree" when there is a tree there, all is melted into each other. You are not there either, but the witness remains, it will remain until this body dies. All mystical experiences must be relative because otherwise the person cannot function - samadhi is permanent, nirvana is permanent, but these do not happen after death. This is the difference between paranirvana and normal nirvana, nirvana remains relative and paranirvana is a complete merging with the whole - the latter only happens after death.
Third, in the Whiteheadean sense (not limiting "experience" to the senses, but including reflextion or "some kind of comptemplation") "experience" can be used in lieu of "actual entity" or "event". The correction is correct, this is a rather dated sense of the term (catch the pun?).
Contemplation is only useful if it causes mind to cease, if it is possible to arrive at a point mind cannot pretend it knows the answer to. This is the idea of all Zen koans, no matter what you say as your answer, it is wrong - it is only correct when you have transcended mind, and then the master can sense it so there is no need to say.
The problem is, this can only result in kensho, brief glimpses of the ultimate. Once this is achieved, once you know that place, contemplation will not help any more. Mind knows the answer now because it has only been repressed briefly during the experience, it was still there under the surface. Now you must learn to trigger the experience by entering that space yourself, this is the purpose of meditation. Over time, kensho's will start happening again, and eventually satori's - longer glimpses, maybe months long instead of hours or minutes. Eventually, as your capacity grows, there is samadhi - as I have said, this is permanent, the final death of ego, of self.
You cannot transcend mind with mind, it is impossible because mind has created the space. It would be like a painting becoming greater than the painter, it cannot happen. You can only transcend mind by finding out how to get out of mind, for this is ultimately your prison. Every faith will say that the human mind cannot fathom the ultimate, it is perfectly right, but you are not the mind. You are consciousness, that which can watch mind, and that is as a drop in the ocean - God is the ocean, fall into that. Your concepts and conclusions right now are as friction on the leaf stopping you from falling into the ocean, the drop cannot exist when it falls and it knows it. It may even know that when it drops it will become the whole ocean instead of this limited drop, but it becomes afraid, it knows what it is like to be this drop but what will being the ocean be like? It will create doubt, and this is all mind can ever do.
This is why first religions tend to move you to functioning from heart, intuition is built up and strengthened through becoming more loving of the whole. Now, you will not function with logic, you will be utterly guided by your intuitive sense. Once you no longer rely utterly on mind, now you can melt into the whole without any friction.