Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Robert Thurman on Infinity ∞
One thing cannot be infinity.
Infinity is not one.
Infinity cannot be one.
There is no "one infinity."
Because infinity is not an entifiable thing
that can be then measured --
"Here's one and there's another."
Infinity is infinite.
Therefore it's never encompassable,
and therefore it defies one-ness,
infinity as well as multiplicity.
So we always think of "one infinity" --
but that's a mistake.
From a talk by Robert Thurman, Ph.D.
"Making the World We Want," Part 1 of 4.
A scholar of Tibetan Buddhism in the West,
he was the first Westerner to be ordained
as a Tibetan Buddhist monk.
Robert A. F. Thurman currently teaches
at Columbia University and holds the first
endowed chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist
Studies in America. He received ordinations
in 1964 and 1971 from the Dalai Lama.
He is a cofounder of Tibet House in New York
City, a cultural nonprofit organization
dedicated to preserving the endangered
civilization of Tibet.
He is the author of
"Essential Tibetan Buddhism," "Inner
Revolution: Life, Liberty, and Real
Happiness," and many other original books
and translations of sacred Tibetan Texts.
I transcribed the above text from a talk of his,
available from "Sounds True," 1(800)333-9185,