Monday, December 14, 2009

Descartes Error

In this 16min. audio file, Buddhist monk Thanissaro Bhikku
talks about Descartes Error, equating thinking with being.

Listen here:

The problem is, thoughts can very easily
remove us from a pure experience of being,
and often do.

How to fix 450 years
of faulty cultural programming?

---- Stillness ---

...try just watching your breath...

Eckhart Tolle says it this way at the beginning of Stillness Speaks:

``The philosopher Descartes believed
that he had found the most fundamental truth
when he made his famous statement:
"I think, therefore I am."

He had, in fact, given expression to the most basic error:
to equate thinking with Being and identity with thinking.

The compulsive thinker,
which means almost everyone,
lives in a state of apparent separateness,
in an insanely complex world
of continuous problems and conflict,
a world that reflects the ever-increasing
fragmentation of the mind.

Enlightenment is a state of wholeness,
of being "at one" and therefore at peace. ``

 -- Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

there will be two chances to study Eckhart Tolle in a group setting in January!

Sat Jan 2 @ 11am
Wed Jan 13 @ 6:30pm.
Location: River Read Books, 5 Court St. Binghamton
Topic: A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle

Hope you are well!

December-Feb, cold and dark
is a time commonly associated with depression
in many people (myself included).

If anyone is in pain and needs to connect,
there are several local spiritual counselors
who monitor the STNYLightworkers list.

Or feel free to call me. 607-321-7846
I can offer pure presence and empathy,
or (if requested) advice
informed by what I've learned
from my own healing process.

Peace+Love to all,

Bill Huston          
Binghamton NY             Phone: 607-321-7846

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