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“Ergontics”© is a compound word formed from ergo + ontic + ics. Here are the relevant definitions:

ergo-, prefix used to form terms relating to work, from Greek ergon (ἔργον): deed, doing, action, labor, work, task.

ontic, adj. pertaining to actual being, rather than some philosophical or scientific theory of it (that would be ontology).

-ics, suffix forming nouns denoting arts or sciences, branches of study, or profession.

Ergontics© therefore means “The study, science and art of work pertaining to actual being or direct experience.” It is an efficient modern technology for attaining enlightenment. Its background philosophy is the original teaching of the Buddha, as presented on our site

Ergontics© is not a religion, psychotherapy or education. It is an experience of yourself that, when you participate fully, brings you to enlightenment.

Ergontics© is effective for all kinds of people. It is open to all people from any culture, religious background, moral or ethical standard, social prestige, race, age, income, sexual preference, intelligence, politics etc. If you are a sentient being and able to follow the process, it just works.

There is a huge difference between Ergontics© and any other enlightenment technique: like the original teaching of the Buddha, it is a subtractive method designed to remove whatever is not your real self, until there is nothing left but you.

Most so-called paths to enlightenment are additive methods designed to prop up the false self: they strengthen that which you are not and try to make it permanent. They actually produce inauthentic being by getting you to imitate external values.

The Buddha calls that eternalism: trying to make your false self stronger, so it will continue to exist eternally. Of course, that’s impossible. The false self is impermanent; it dies with the body, if not before. But people like the convenient illusion of eternal existence, as long as they don’t have to really transform themselves.

So there are many people and organizations offering methods they claim are from the Buddha, but that actually are just the opposite of what he taught. How can you tell which is which? It’s very simple: the goal of the Buddha’s real teaching is emptiness:

The Buddha said: “Now, as well as before, I remain fully in a dwelling of emptiness.” — Cula-suññata Sutta

Emptiness (suññata) is what I teach. A teaching that does not treat of emptiness is someone else’s teaching composed by some later disciple.” — Mahāparinibbāna-sutta

“A discourse of any kind, though produced by a poet or a learned man—versified, poetical, splendid, melodious in sound and syllable—is not in keeping with the teaching of the Buddha if not connected with emptiness (suññata).” — Pancaka Nipata, Anguttara Nikaya 

For more on this topic, please see What the Buddha Really Taught, and Emptiness.


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