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An Ontology of the Moment By Wim van den Dungen
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The ontology of the moment is the way a particular instance in time and space when something happens to someone exists, in particular what is shared by all instances and moments. The moment exists... More > either in an absolute sense or relative to the moment before and the moment after the present moment. Besides time (now) and space (here), three additional dimensions of the moment are identified : energy, information and mental content. These categories totalize what is shared by all possible moments. This ontology is rooted in a process-view on Nature, identifying the actual occasion as the ontological principal. As a function of time, the objective and subjective or psychological moment are distinguished. The yoga of the moment involves a conscious manipulation of how the flow of time is experienced, allowing the mind to contract or expand the moment.< Less
Book of Lemmas By Wim van den Dungen
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The 'Book of Lemmas' presents the outlines of an immanent and transcendent metaphysics. The latter is introduced by a survey of epistemology, in particular criticism, demarcating between valid and... More > invalid propositions and between science and metaphysics. Immanent metaphysics does not move beyond the limitations of conceptual reason and is a heuristic of science. The ontological principal of the proposed process-ontology is the actual occasion, defined by its two state vectors : material efficiency and scalar finality (information and consciousness).< Less
Turning the Wheel By Wim van den Dungen
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The Lotus wheels found at the entrance of Tibetan monasteries and institutes are anchored in the earth, spun by hand and called ‘ground wheel’ or ‘earth wheel’. Likewise, when... More > turned in the heat of fire, the wheel is called a ‘fire wheel’, if turned in wind, an ‘air wheel’ and if turned by water, a ‘water wheel’. In the traditional account, wherever the smoke of the fire of a fire wheel pervades, sentient beings attain Buddhahood. The same happens wherever the wind blows, or wherever water flows. Turned on the ground, all sentient beings dwelling in that place attain enlightenment. With the advent of electricity, it may also be turned by solar energy. Here, a fifth type of wheel, the so-called ‘hand wheel’ is investigated. Held in the right hand and turned by a small movement of the wrist, whomever sees, hears, recalls, or touches that person who is turning (the wheel) will (attain) Buddhahood without taking a long time.< Less
ANCIENT EGYPTIAN READINGS By Wim van den Dungen
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English translation of selected Ancient Egyptian texts, bringing to life the sapiential, magical, ceremonial and theological traditions at work in the 'House of Life' of Pharaonic Egypt. Included are... More > : Instruction to Hordedef, Instruction to Kagemni, Pyramid Texts (of Unas), Instruction to Merikare, To Become Magic, Discourse of a Man with his Ba, Instruction to Amenemhat, The Great Praise of the Aten, The Book of the Cow of Heaven, Hymns to Amun, The Shabaka Stone, Instruction to Amen-em-apt, The Adoration of Re. These readings span a period of thirteen centuries, covering all important stages of Ancient Egyptian literature. Translated from Egyptian originals and ordered chronologically, these texts were considered by the Ancient Egyptians as part of the core of their vast literature.< Less
The Maxims of Good Discourse By Wim van den Dungen
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English translation of the 'Maxims of Good Discourse', an ancient Egyptian text written over 4000 years ago by a wise vizier called Ptahhotep. It is in the format of a deliberate instruction given by... More > a father to his (spiritual) son, enabling the latter, by way of right speech, to live the good life, the outcome of not interrupting the moment of the heart, offending one’s vital energy (Ka). In 'The Egyptian Gentleman' (2017), a commentary on this extraordinary text is available.< Less
The Egyptian Gentleman By Wim van den Dungen
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This book offers a commentary on the 'Maxims of Good Discourse', an exceptional text from Ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom (ca. 2670 – 2205 BCE), written over 4000 years ago by a man called... More > Ptahhotep. By way of a deliberate instruction given by a father to his (spiritual) son, it enables the latter, by way of good discourse, to live the good life, the outcome of not interrupting the moment of the heart, offending one’s vital energy (Ka). Such an excellent son, an Egyptian gentleman during life, will be a justified deceased in the afterlife. To the British, a 'Gentleman' is modest, well-mannered, self-deprecating, quietly intelligent, considerate of other people’s feeling, well-informed, and never vulgar, inflated, vain, boastful, noisily ignorant, sleazy or common. So too in Egypt. The 'Maxims' describe a special kind of discourse, one leading to a happy life. This by engaging in proper thoughts, speech and actions. Morality is rooted in thought (heart) and speech (the right or wrong use of the tongue).< Less
Regulae By Wim van den Dungen
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In 1628 or perhaps a few years earlier, the rationalist René Descartes (1596 – 1650) began work on a treatise, left unfinished, regarding the correct method for scientific and... More > philosophical thinking, entitled : 'Regulae ad directionem ingenii', or 'Rules for the Direction of the Mind'. To honor his effort, this little book brings together hundred rules covering the game of knowing. This sport, played by scientists and philosophers alike, intends to gather novel conceptual knowledge (context of discovery) valid pro tem (context of justification).< Less
The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali By Wim van den Dungen
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English, French and Dutch translations of the 'Yoga Sūtra' of Patañjali. The 'Yoga Sūtra' of Patañjali is a remarkable short text of about 1200 words, codifying the best yoga... More > practices in 195 Sanskrit aphorisms. Yoga became one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy. In contrast to Jainism and Buddhism, it always kept close to the 'Vedas'. These crucial scriptures speak of three paths to freedom from ignorance and the suffering it brings : Ritual, Mystical Devotion and Yoga. The 'Yoga Sūtra' of Patañjali turned Hindu Yoga systematic and close to direct yogic experience. In 'The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali : Translations and Commentary' (2016), the text is provided with a commentary from the perspective of a practicing Buddhist.< Less
Ten Ox-Herding Images By Wim van den Dungen
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The Ten Ox-Herding Images are an ingenious set of metaphors representing the process of awakening, the complete recognition of the original mind. These images by Rinzai Ch'an priest Kuoan Shiyuan of... More > the 12th century, reproduced by Tensho Shubun (1414 – 1463), have been repainted throughout the centuries. But while varying versions exist, what they convey stands unchanged. Part of the Zen tradition, they show how to train the mind, a process shared by all schools of the Buddha Vehicle. This mind training, in the form of ten stages on the path to enlightenment, is a science of awakening rooted in the Dharma of the Buddha. These metaphors shed light on the mental processes leading to true peace. Kuoan’s illustrations move beyond the attainment of Buddhahood, and explain how the last stage calls for the awakened one to walk back ‘In Town With Helping Hands’. The path culminates in universal altruism.< Less
Ten Ox-Herding Images By Wim van den Dungen
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The Ten Ox-Herding Images are an ingenious set of metaphors representing the process of awakening, the complete recognition of the original mind. These images by Rinzai Ch'an priest Kuoan Shiyuan of... More > the 12th century, reproduced by Tensho Shubun (1414 – 1463), have been repainted throughout the centuries. But while varying versions exist, what they convey stands unchanged. Part of the Zen tradition, they show how to train the mind, a process shared by all schools of the Buddha Vehicle. This mind training, in the form of ten stages on the path to enlightenment, is a science of awakening rooted in the Dharma of the Buddha. These metaphors shed light on the mental processes leading to true peace. Kuoan’s illustrations move beyond the attainment of Buddhahood, and explain how the last stage calls for the awakened one to walk back ‘In Town With Helping Hands’. The path culminates in universal altruism.< Less

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