I think, therefore I am

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muni
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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.
Projecting onto others is projecting onto projections. The answer lies in us, not in the other.

Don’t investigate the root of things,
Investigate the root of Mind!
Once the mind’s root has been found,
You’ll know one thing, yet all is thereby freed.
But if the root of Mind you fail to find,
You will know everything but nothing
understand. Guru Rinpoche.

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tobes
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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:

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Re: I think, therefore I am

Postby florin » Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:55 pm

i think , therefore i am thinking ...i think. :smile:


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