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Renewal and Ascension By Wim van den Dungen
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King Unas, Unis or Wenis (ca. 2378 – 2348 BCE) was the last king of the Vth Dynasty. His pyramid at Saqqara is the smallest of all known Old Kingdom pyramids (43 m high, with a slope of... More > 56°). Unas was the first to include hieroglyphic inscriptions in his tomb, namely on the walls of the corridor, antechamber, passage-way and burial-chamber, as well as on the four gables. These earliest 'Pyramid Texts' were found by Maspero in 1881. The tomb of Unas had been sealed ca. 2348 BCE and so these texts had remained unaltered for over 4200 years ! Besides an introduction into how to approach Egyptian texts, involving epistemological, anthropological and egyptological considerations, and a complete translation, the commentary points to two salvic strategies put into evidence in the texts : renewal (in the Duat of Osiris) and ascension (on/in the horizon, headed towards the sky of Re), mediated by 'Horus-consciousness', the power of majesty. These salvic perspectives return in Hermetism, monotheism and Hermeticism.< 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
Finding the Face By Wim van den Dungen
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This book is about recognizing the nature of mind, metaphorically called ‘the Face’. Referring to a state of total presence, it is undefinable by any term, but inherently radiant and... More > wakeful. Figuratively explained as a mirror, its nature is brilliant clarity and an unobstructed medium for whatever appears. The method leading to it is called ‘supreme yoga’, known in Tibet as Dzogchen or Great Completion, said to have been first taught by the semi-historical Garab Dorje, initiated by Buddha Vajrasattva himself. In his "Three Incisive Precepts", he summarized to his heart student the 6.4 million verses explaining these teachings as follows : ‘A direct introduction into the nature of mind is the first imperative. Absolute conviction in the practice is the second imperative. Gain confidence in release is the third imperative.’ This book is about the first.< Less
In Togetherness By Wim van den Dungen
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This book offers an organised summary of my philosophy of the transpersonal, referring to experiences, processes, and events transcending the egology of the coarse mind and involving a sense of... More > connection to, or participation with, a larger, more meaningful existence transforming consciousness. In the past, transpersonal philosophy developed Perennial, Empiricist and Participatory models to explain the holotropic, or altered states of consciousness calling for wholeness. This book integrates these views to accommodate a critical model, encompassing Criticism, Process Philosophy, Piaget's Genetic Epistemology, Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, the Eastern Chakra system, the Qabalah, Psychedelica and Depth Psychology, in casu Assagioli's Psychosynthesis. The distinction between self-actualization (the vision of totality) and self-realization (mystical experience touching the infinite) is pertinent and informs this critical and eclectic transpersonal philosophy.< 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
Q1 : the Heart of the Gospel By Wim van den Dungen
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This book is dedicated to 'Q1', called 'the Heart of the Gospel'. This is the oldest layer of the so-called 'Book of Q' in English, French and Dutch translations. This is a reconstruction by... More > scholars of the original 'oral lore' of Jesus of Nazareth. The 'Gospel of Mark' served as model for Matthew and Luke. Besides the 'Gospel of Mark', both Matthew and Luke used independently from one another a text called 'The Words of Jesus' or ‘Q’. Mark did not. The redaction of these ‘wisdom words’ happened in three steps : 'Q1', 'Q2' and 'Q3'. The oldest layer is 'Q1'. 'Q1' was written ca.50 CE.< 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
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 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
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