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Interesting thought

I use google personalized homepage a lot, as I have different RSS feeds as well as part of my gmail box on it. With the addition of the new tabs this means I can even put more content on it.
One of the feeds that I use is “Buddhist Thought of The Day”. I must say I rather like the entry for sunday, and have decided to share it with the very small crowd that actually reads this blog.

The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten. The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to. -Chuang Tzu

P.S.: I had some issues with the ‘pre’ html tag making it run all the way off the screen, let’s hope that with just blockquote it will work nicely.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I think this translation doesn’t do the quote justice. A different translation ends with “where is the man that has no words so I can have a word with him?”.

  2. Anonymous says:


  3. Thanks for the comment regarding the fact that there are other versions of this quote. Regarding the second comment, /s/Buddhist/Taoist/g. All I can say is that it is named like that in the Google products. My own knowledge of either philosophy or their history is rudimentary at best.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You might also like the writings of the philosopher who came before Chuang Tzu, Lao Tzu. Online translation of his short book, the Tao te Ching, can be found here:


  5. Anonymous says:

    Hey man! Long time no chat. How’s everything? I was googling your name and found your blog here, so I thought I’d just leave a comment and say hi.

    You’ve been reading buddhism & chuang tse? That’s interesting. Those thoughts from ancient China are actually very deep and quite applicable even today.

    Drop by my blog some time. You can see it on my profile page. It’s one of my blogs where I put extremely serious stuff.


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