On Tue, 13 Feb 1996 JOHNWFIELD@aol.com wrote:
> I notice that even the Buddhists apparently have to think about not thinking.
> I hope they are learning as they proceed.
Thanks, John, for another bit of wit and wisdom. The exchange between
Descarte, Peirce, Warfield, Hobler, and others brought to mind the verse
from the Tao te Ching that goes (roughly since I'm not near a translation
at the moment)
On the path of learning, every day something is gained.
On the path of the Tao, every day something is let go.
And in certain Yoga systems, the mind is utilized in order to get to that
point beyond the mind by constantly bumping up against its limitations,
i.e. whatever our "concepts" of reality or "enlightenment" are, it
remains, "Not this, not this".
So the conversation continues, we may be unable to "dump" our assumptions
and concepts, yet, by attending to "reality"--paying attention to what is
present without preference regarding it--we might at the same time,
momentarily at least, find ourselves in a state that is beyond concepts
and assumptions. Of course, once there, we would be unable to tell anyone
else about it....
Now just how and if this all relates, I will leave to those wiser than I,
but for a "student" and a "teacher", it is a sobering and refreshing
Austin Community College
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