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,

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