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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 Egyptian Gentleman By Wim van den Dungen
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This book offers a commentary on the 'Maxims of Good Discourse', an exceptional and very old text from Ancient Egypt’s Old Kingdom (ca. 2670 – 2205 BCE), written over 4000 years ago by a... More > man called Ptahhotep (or Ptah is pleased). 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. 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
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, Great Hymn to the Aten, 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
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
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
Thirty Verses on Conscious Life By Wim van den Dungen
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The 'Thirty Verses' or 'Treatise on the Thirty Verses on No More Nor Less than Representation Only' by Vasubandhu (316 – 396), is a succinct and concentrated set of thirty verses crucial to the... More > Yogācāra, the second branch of the Mahāyāna. Yogācāra is, next to Madhyamaka or Śūnyavāda (initiated by Nāgārjuna), one of the two schools of Mahāyāna, integrating yoga and epistemology. It became canonical and was translated into Chinese, forming the heart of the 'Treatise on the Establishment of the Doctrine of Consciousness-Only', a major 7th century work of Xuanzang (602 – 664). In this work, the thoughts of Vasubandhu were turned into an ontological idealism, i.e. the subject constitutes the object. The commentary avoids this common take on Vasubandhu and returns to his original approach : a critical and phenomenological Yogācāra (‘yoga practice’ or ‘one whose practice is yoga’), also called ‘citta-mātra’, Consciousness-Only. The text is translated from Sanskrit into English and French.< Less
The Yoga Sūtra of Patañjali : Translations and Commentary By Wim van den Dungen
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This book offers translations of the 'Yoga Sūtra' of Patañjali in English, French and Dutch, as well as a commentary from the perspective of a practicing Buddhist. The 'Yoga Sūtra'... More > of Patañjali is a remarkable short text of about 1200 words, codifying the best yoga 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. Besides a critique of the eternal substances of seer (the self) and seen (Nature), the commentary also identifies correspondences between Jhāna Yoga and the various types of union (samādhi) mentioned by Patañjali and compares constraint (the application of concentration, contemplation and union) with the Nine Stages of Calm Abiding.< Less
On Seven Ways of Holy Love By Wim van den Dungen
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English and Dutch translations of 'On Seven Ways of Holy Love', a mystagogic treatise on 'minne' or 'holy love' by Beatrice of Nazareth, a 13th century Cistercian nun and the oldest datable mystical... More > prose text in Middle Dutch. Beatrice describes the nuptial relationship between the good soul and her Bridegroom in terms of seven ways of holy love. The use of vernacular contributed in a significant way to the development of a mysticism influencing the more scholarly approach of John of Ruusbroec. Beatrice's text also affected Margaret Porette, Meister Eckhart and the Modern Devotion (Gerard Groote). Beatrice is the 'mother' of all these ways to the direct experience of God.< 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