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The Daily Dharma – April 16, 2021

Silouettes of people on a long boat on the Mekong River, Laos, looking across the river at a sunset above distant mountains.

Continuing from The Untethered Soul . . .

But where are you? Maybe we can find you in your thoughts. Rene’ Descartes, a great philosopher once said, “I think, therefore I am.” But is that really what’s going on? The dictionary defines the verb “to think” as “to form thoughts, to use the mind to consider ideas and make judgements.” The question is, who is using the mind to form thoughts and then manipulate them into ideas and judgements? Does the experiencer of thoughts exist even when thoughts are not present? Fortunately, you don’t have to think about it. You are very aware of your presence of being, your sense of existence, without the help of thoughts . . .

Mekong Shadows Painting Seamus Berkeley