Existentialism, Phenomenology, Ontology, Ontics and Enlightenment
If you are comfortable with the above terms, then you already can understand most of what this site is about. If not—well, that’s why I need to write this.
Existentialism, the dominant philosophy of the twentieth century, is sort of a manifesto of postmodern thought. It uses the method of phenomenology, the science of experience, to explore life. Existentialism asks the vital question “What am I?” but does not supply an answer. It is up to every one of us to search out the answer for himself in his experience.
Ontology is the science of being and becoming. It has to do with our model of the stucture of reality, and how it influences consciousness. It goes very well with phenomenology, an experiential approach to life and learning. Ontology provides tools for the comprehension of life and mastery of being and becoming.
Ontic, adj. from the Greek ὄν, genitive ὄντος: “that which is”; whatever is physical, real, or factual existence. Ontic pertains to what is there (phenomena), as opposed to the nature or properties of that being (ontology).
Enlightenment is the peerless teaching of the Buddha, the Noble Eightfold Path to the complete cessation of suffering. Mastering the Four Noble Truths—suffering, the cause of suffering, cessation of suffering and the path to cessation of suffering—is the key to enlightenment, the perfection of human life.
Ergontics© is from the Greek ergos, work; ontic, of or having to do with the possibilities of being; and -ics, a suffix denoting a field of study, art or science . Our work involves a scientific approach to questions of the possibilities of being. Specifically, beginning from issues of integrity in leadership, we developed a line of research into being and becoming that led back to the original teaching of the Buddha.
Forest Meditation Monastery is our present residence and workplace located in a remote rural area in the mountains of Sri Lanka. Here we are participating in authentic Buddhist community in a pristine ecological environment. It is a perfect situation for deep meditation and learning spiritual truth.
Existential Ambiguity is our podcast on Buddha’s Teaching, expressed in the language of existential ontology. We are using Wettimuny’s Buddha’s Teaching and the Ambiguity of Existence as a text, and adding a lively discussion and our personal clarification and insights.
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Venerable Ñānasāra Thero
Ñāṇasāra is a monk in the Sri Lankan Theravāda Buddhist Order. Ñāṇasāra means ‘the essence of wisdom’. The deep meaning of ñāṇasāra is the Buddha’s teaching of emptiness: suññata. Ñānasāra Thero studies and practices the Theravāda Suttas, the original teaching of the Buddha, in a small forest monastery high in the mountains of Sri Lanka.
Before this he was a guru in a Vedic tradition. Having traveled extensively and lived in India as a monk for most of his adult life, he was deeply conversant with the teachings of Vedānta and yoga. Nevertheless there was something wrong: he was still suffering. He resigned from his position as guru, dissolved the organization he founded and spent over a year in Europe researching leadership and ontology.
This research led to the discoveries presented in the Skillful Living video series, as well as pointing clearly toward the Buddha’s teaching as the solution for the most pressing problems of life. He traveled to Thailand to study meditation, and then was invited to Sri Lanka by a prominent Buddhist musician. One thing led to another, and he was ordained in October of 2013. He plans to spend the rest of his life as a Theravāda forest monk.
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