I think, therefore I am

Post sayings or stories from Buddhist traditions which you find interesting, inspiring or useful. (Your own stories are welcome on DW, but in the Creative Writing or Personal Experience forums rather than here.)
muni
Posts: 4265
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:59 am

Re: I think, therefore I am

Post by muni » Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:55 pm

I think therefore I am.

What I think I am. There is no thing what thinks something.
May the suffering of all beings be pacified.
http://www.tenzinzopa.com/Ebooks/Cttb_B ... mplete.pdf
True change is within, leave the outside as it is. His Holiness.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drPB75kgZ64

User avatar
tobes
Posts: 1140
Joined: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:02 am

Re: I think, therefore I am

Post by tobes » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:44 am

Yes, the problem is the 'am.'

The 'am' for Descartes implies that thought is grounded in enduring substance: the formal basis for an independent ego.

So a Buddhist reinterpretation would be simply:

I think, therefore I think.

(thinking happens, but without being grounded in enduring substance). :anjali:

User avatar
florin
Posts: 877
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:05 pm

Re: I think, therefore I am

Post by florin » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:55 pm

i think , therefore i am thinking ...i think. :smile:
"Bow down to me for I thirst for an infinite ocean of blood, since the innumerable torrents of floods at kalpa's end that terrify all world systems do not even wet the tip of my tongue"

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests