RESOURCES FOR The Way of Being
Anil Mitra © NOVEMBER 2018—November 2018
Updated Thursday November 29, 2018 @ 08:55:48
The following is for the outline version.
It has two components, (a) resources for the outline version that are easily adapted to other versions and (b) general resources that and resources for the outline version.
Because reader’s appetites differ widely, this section is suggestive.
1. Read, reflect, experience, and write broadly, deeply, and reflexively.
One begins with appetite. The process leads to further thoughts for reading etc. Reflection on what one is doing is crucial. I frequently step back and think “what do I need to read or experience”, “how shall I synthesize and write my thoughts”, “what have I learned that may be useful in the process”. One is asking meta-questions—if there is a question, one is asking “what is the meaning of this question”, “how may I answer it”, “how do others approach such matters”, “are there general principles” and so on.
2. Learn from but deeply question our culture—so as to overcome its limitations.
I have learned much from our culture. It is important to understand its main paradigms, learn from its sources (texts, universities) but also to question what it presents as most obvious and rational. I hold that science is aesthetically and intellectually wonderful, useful, and applicable within the empirical domain. Yet, by questioning, I realized that that domain is infinitesimal
3. Learn from the realms of nature, psyche, society-civilization-culture, and the universal-unknown.
My learning is also from experience in culture but also in nature, the nature of mind, and reflecting the unknown. I have had occupations from university professor, to mental health, to the restaurant business. I have traveled widely in different cultures and in nature. My travels are not for simple pleasure alone—but I have looked for what I can learn about the world.
4. The process may be without end. The way is always at a new beginning. I have thought many times “I have found it”, only to find that there is more.
5. Here are some thinkers and sources I have found particularly useful (for extensive lists see the next item and subsequent sections).
Some thinkers on metaphysics and Being that stand out are Plato (Sophist—“the definition of being is power”), Wittgenstein (Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus—on logic as metaphysics), Heidegger (Being and Time—on the fundamental nature of being), and Adi Samkara (the Indian philosopher of Advaita Vedanta—in A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy, Charles Moore, editors—for the identity of Atman and Brahman or the individual and ultimate selves and, interestingly—for he was writing in the eighth century CE, what is essentially the Cartesian cogito argument).
I have learned much from John Searle on consciousness; John Hick on religion (especially his book—The Fifth Dimension, 1999); Pema Chödrön’s How to Meditate, 2013; Chagdud Tulku’s Gates to Buddhist Practice, 2001, for practice of ‘Being’ and vipasana meditation; and, finally, Ian Baker’s Heart of the World, 2004, for Beyul—regarding nature travel, identity, and spirit.
6. My reading has been extensive. It has been in popular, scholarly, and original literature. If you are interested in my reading and experience here are some sources.
The following sections.
▪ the way-pocket manual.html—main and portable version
▪ the way-template.html—document template
▪ for other current and older versions see the site
▪ essays.html—current and past editions; and for archive, history of western philosophy, bibliographies and more
▪ shared immersion—search for the term ‘immersion’ in the browser
▪ artifactual being—search for the terms ‘artifact’ and ‘artifactual being’
▪ concepts.html—for the way
▪ canonical dilemmas.html—a systematic approach to methodological skepticism
▪ possibility.html—on logic and possibility
▪ system of human knowledge and action.html—for knowledge: human cultural traditions, modified in view of the perfect metaphysics
▪ main influences.html—influences and sources
▪ document and database design.html—resources and plans
▪ document and database design.html—document and site plan
An outline can be derived from the versions above.
However, the purpose of this outline is to get at the essence.
Edit. Test links and rectify faulty links.
A print version can be derived from this web essay. Further needs include:
▪ Internal links replaced by page number links.
▪ An index with page number references.
▪ Eliminate the resources section (except perhaps to summarize general reading and experience).
▪ So as to eliminate the need for external links provide the address to resources.html—‘for resources enter the following to your browser address bar http://www.horizons-2000.org/resources.html. Future external links to the main text may be dealt with in the same way