Resist the temptation to turn from the particular to the abstract Barry Magid April 9th 2016

Descartes is famously given a hard time for his postulation I think therefore I am. It is interesting that Descartes, being a motherless child, became preoccupied with certainty. Perhaps he found relying on the particular too difficult and tried to move into something absolute and reliable. There is in many Zen practitioners a tendency to try to go inward to private experience rather than deal with something institutional, or communal or interpersonal.

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