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: 3994
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2009 6:59 am

Re: I think, therefore I am

Postby 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.
‘View like the sky’ means that nothing is held onto in any way whatsoever. You are not stuck anywhere at all. In other words, there is no discrimination as to what to accept and what to reject; no line is drawn separating one thing from another. ‘Conduct as fine as barley flour’ means that there is good and evil, and one needs to differentiate between the two. Give up negative deeds; practice the Dharma. In your behaviour, in your conduct, it is necessary to accept and reject.” Guru Rinpoche

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

Re: I think, therefore I am

Postby 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: 829
Joined: Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:05 pm

Re: I think, therefore I am

Postby 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"


Return to “Dharma Stories”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests