Science of Mind and Phenomena
In these basic 4 courses, we study specific aspects of the four Inner Science of Mind and Reality Schools, which are fundamental to Unity in Duality's further application as we see it in Module II, III and VI. In regard to U.D. Personal Development selected exercises will be used in order to render the studied material transparent within one's own experience, hence allowing an integration of the theoretical knowledge.
Module I, Week 1: Vaibhasika - Studies emphasize the nature of the interrelationship between subject and object with particular regard to the six different kinds of minds, i.e. the five sense minds (seeing, hearing, etc.) and the 6th mind, which comprises the conceptual thinking mind – giving the foundation for understanding the subject (mind) and object (reality appearance) interrelationship – based on Vasubandhu's great compilation of Abhidharma.
Module I, Week 2: Sautrantika - Important epistemological studies in regard to the famous Nalanda University scholars and yogis Dignaga and Dharmakirti, with particular emphasis on the analysis of the nature of conceptual mind and its corresponding conceptual reality – making important differentiation between this mind field and that of the senses.
Module I, Week 3: Yogacara - Studies of Asanga, Stiramati and Vasubhandu (famous scholars of Nalanda University, India) on the laws of evolution in regard to reality – encompassing the primordial level, the universal level and the individual level. Opening to the understanding of what the nature of ‘mind’ refers to in ancient Eastern tradition – taking us far beyond the personal mind. Giving food for thought in regard to many of today’s questions on the nature of the potential field of existence and its relations with referential object / matter, mind (personal / transpersonal, subconscious / unconscious) and it's respective objectpoles.
Module I, Week 4: Madhyamaka - A surprising modern analysis of the fundamental nature of the inherent laws of matter nature (referential reality), in regard to Nagarjuna and Candrakirti (famous Nalanda scholars and yogis – the former called Second Buddha). These inherent laws correlate well with modern science, but with a special insightful twist to it, as these laws are understood on the basis of the interrelationships, discussed in the previous schools. Similarly, the studies into the nature of the self-reference, ending in the insight that everything (mind, matter and experienced reality) is relational with no final reference point, correlates with modern science.