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"I maintain that truth is a pathless land and cannot be approved by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. (...) A belief being purely an individual matter, You cannot, and therefore must not organize it. If You do, it becomes crystallized, dead. It becomes a creed, a sect, a religion to be imposed on others." - Jiddu Krishnamurti : Dissolving the Order of the Star of the East.


Homage to Avalokiteśvara, the Buddha of Compassion.
Homage to Mañjuśrî, the Buddha of Wisdom.
Homage to Vajrapâni, the Buddha of Enlightened Action.


"As the wise test gold by burning, cutting and rubbing it (on a piece of touchstone), so are You to accept my words after examining them and not merely out of regard for me." - Jñânasara-samuccaya, 31.

Dear Reader,

Thank You for your interest in my ongoing Studies in Buddhadharma. The opinions expressed here are not definitive and their authenticity backed by nothing more than three decades of personal study, reflection & meditation. So clearly, they can only offer a certain perspective.

More than any other object, texts published on the WWW are impermanent, assembled & non-substantial phenomena.

All mistakes in these pages are entirely my own.
I forsee many changes to come.

This part of the website tries, by non-partisan principle, to integrate as many views as possible. The Way of the Elders as well as the Great Vehicle in Indian, Tibetan & Chinese format has to be studied. Ethics, spiritual practice or meditation and the specific wisdom or "insight" expressed by the Dharma of the Buddha are the three soteriological areas of learning to be covered.

I'm grateful to the Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan & Western scholars mentioned in my Bibliography and countless more. The Indian, Tibetan, Chinese & Japanese traditions represent a millenarian depot or magister of all aspects relating to the Buddhadharma. Let us however never forget the following :

"There are many kinds of Buddhist discourses, which do not so much reveal a common essence as what Wittgenstein would call a 'family resemblance'. It is therefore at best problematic to posit, as we often do, an 'authentic' Buddhist teaching, one alledgedly based 'on what the Buddha taught' ..." (Jerryson, M.K. & Juergensmeyer, M., Buddhist Warfare, 2010, p.216).

With a very grateful heart, I would like to give special thanks to :

Jiddu Krishnamurti, who's teachings inspired the teenager to be aware of the dangers of spiritual schools, sects, traditions, etc. ;
Michel Gauquelin, who prompted me to investigate the scientific validity of Western astrology ;
Henri van Praag, introducing me in 1982 to the extraordinary discipline of parapsychology ;
Dada Amitabha, a monk practicing the Tantric system of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (Ananda Marga), who, in 1983, initiated my daily practice of meditation ;
Erik Oger, imparting -in 1984- the epistemology of Immanuel Kant and the tenets of Western Criticism ;
Joseph Alaerts, s.J., introducing me in 1985 to the mysticism of Beatrice of Nazareth, a 13th century Flemish Cistercian nun ;
Maxwell Cade, who, together with Geoffrey Blundell, developed the Omega GSR, the Therapeutic Strobe & the Mind Mirror EEG, enabling me, from 1986 onward, to more objectively functionalize altered states of consciousness ;
Tony Whittington, introducing me in 1988 to the Qabalah ;
Paule of the Trinity, my grandniece, a Christian mystic of sorts who was of considerable spiritual help to me between the death of my father (1986) and her own in 1993 ;
Tenzin Gyatzo, the XIVth Dalai Lama, who visited my town the year I took Refuge.

 
 

© Wim van den Dungen, Brasschaat - 2017
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Mistakes are due to my own ignorance and not to the Buddhadharma.
May all who encounter the Dharma accumulate compassion & wisdom.
May sentient beings recognize their Buddha-nature and find true peace.

 

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