Presentation of the different fields of Unity in Duality Education
The founder of Unity in Duality Education, Tarab Rinpoche, said in one of his lectures:
"I was able to explore this ancient universal knowledge by means of the Indo-Tibetan Buddhist tradition, in which I grew up. Personally I feel privileged having grown up in this old tradition as this experience offered me very favourable circumstances for my studies and research during a period where the tradition was still very much alive. It appeared as an immense treasure of theory and methods. But at the same time I am now sure that in principle I could have reached the same insight from any given culture".
Nowadays in our modern education the emphasis is mainly on exploring outer reality and developing the intellect. It's providing little concern in strengthening one's inner felt presence and developing the tools that would enable us to master our reality. In this way we are easily exposed to being determined by outside circumstances, looking for outer support and confirmation, subsequently becoming more sensitive. Under certain circumstances this condition may result in stress, depression, loneliness, feeling of worthlessness and accompanying fears, and it leads to the manipulation of others in order to uphold and assure one’s identity and integrity. It seems like an almost closed loop, which we can witness everyday in our modern world.
In the Ancient Inner Science the emphasis was on strengthening the inner presence and developing mental abilities so that the individual could take responsibility for and to a great extent master inner and outer reality. By being able to see the universalities of this tradition, beyond cultural and religious boundaries and with an insight into modern science, Tarab Rinpoche could see how this inner scientific view and integrated life-approach, together with modern science, could help establishing harmony between people in respect to each other and between man and nature.
The U.D. Education doesn't aim to propagate Buddhism as a religion. In order to study or practice U.D. it is not necessary to become a Buddhist. However, Tarab Tulku Rinpoche wants to make available the universal understanding and insights that have been passed down through centuries via the Buddhist Tradition. These insights have been treasured for thousands of years within the Eastern Traditions. According to Tarab Rinpoche, as these are human inheritance, they should be made available to humanity at large.
Through the U.D. Education we are offering knowledge and methods in order that we may take responsibility and determine our own state of being as well as the experience of reality deriving there from; both for the sake of one’s own wellbeing and for that of one’s fellow human beings.
In this way the Unity in Duality Education is reflected as an integral system in the fields of:
I) Inner Ancient Science of Mind and Reality
II) Personal Development
III) Application in Art of Relating and Psychotherapy
IV) Spiritual Development.
This Studies and Training Programme is open to people who are acquainted with Tarab Tulku's teachings or similar Tibetan philosophical/psychological teachings.
The Unity in Duality Education is based on Rinpoche's genius lifework, which His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been highly praising by telling in the big University Monasteries that he reckons Tarab Rinpoche to be one of the greatest Buddhist Scholars and Masters of our time. Also, His Holiness has told in public that we should know that late Tarab Tulku Rinpoche was not a normal Lama, he was a very special being and that it was a great tragedy for all of us that Rinpoche should die so early, as Rinpoche's teachings are most important for us in this time. And also because of that His Holiness promised that he would do all that is in his power to find the new incarnation, so that Rinpoche can continue the unfoldment of Buddhism-for-our-time.
Tarab Rinpoche has been using his life to detect and draw out the universalities from the Sutras and from the Tantras, in respect to the analysis of the mind and phenomena in their mutual interrelationship. He has as well drawn out the universalities in regard to the methods for developing ourselves personally as well as spiritually, which he managed to present in a way that take us beyond the cultural and religious boundaries.
Tarab Rinpoche has been doing this work for different reasons. One of the main reasons was that he saw that Tibetan Buddhism is a carrier of very ancient knowledge deriving maybe 5.000 years back in time, both in respect to the heritage from the Indus Valley as well as to the shamanistic traditions, many aspects of which are no longer available as a living tradition in other places than within the Tibetan culture. Rinpoche was not of the opinion that Tibetan culture as such necessarily would survive the changes of meeting with Chinese and other modern cultures; however, Rinpoche thought it would be important for the future if we could extract the universalities, as that would allow this ancient knowledge to fit into any modern culture, despite its cultural and religious belief systems and would in this way assure its survival as a living tradition the best way possible.
Also His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recognized the same. When Rinpoche invited His Holiness to the Tendrel / Unity in Duality Conference in Munich in Oct. 2002, on learning what Tarab Rinpoche has been doing all these years in western exile, His Holiness expressed his gratitude to Rinpoche telling that he (His Holiness) had been looking for a Tibetan Lama that would develop a modern approach like Tarab Rinpoche has developed, but now he (His Holiness) realized that it was only Tarab Rinpoche who was able to do this, as no one else has his deep and broad knowledge / insight capacities as well as such investigative curiosity implying detachment from dogmatism of any kind that would allow for this new and modern unfoldment, still being in accord with the ancient knowledge.
The aim of the four-year Unity in Duality Education, developed by Tarab Tulku Rinpoche, is to give back to the individual - both through its theoretical basis as well as through its practical application - the knowledge and the means to reclaim power over themselves as well as over their experience of reality. To this end, the Unity in Duality Education comprises an integral system of Science of Mind and Phenomena in their mutual interrelation, Personal Development as well as Spiritual and Psychotherapeutic Application.
The philosophical knowledge of Tendrel, or the interdependent nature of all that is, has been expressed by Tarab Tulku Rinpoche in the form of the three interrelated unities of subject-object, mind-body and energy-matter. These three interrelated unities at the same time comprise the central Unity in Duality paradigm basic to the Unity in Duality Education. In the Unity in Duality Education, this knowledge is presented in accordance with traditional Buddhist philosophy, as contained in the Sutras and respective commentaries. In its exposition of Tendrel, Buddhist science of mind and phenomena is systematically built up, thereby developing an increasingly subtle understanding of the nature of existence as interrelatedly arising. Out of his own deep understanding of this basis of Buddhism, Tarab Tulku Rinpoche has extracted essential aspects and is presenting them in such a way, that the fundamental structures and interconnections become evident without any previous Buddhist knowledge and training.
In the modern cultures reality is mainly based on conceptual understanding. If we cannot understand something intellectually, we might find it interesting, but it won't ever become part of our living reality. In order to give a solid foundation to the development of the individual there needs to be an integrated understanding of the basic tenets, relating to questions such as: "What is reality?" "What is the subject's experience of reality?" and "How is the one related to the other?" However, in accordance with Tarab Rinpoche, already on this philosophical level such an understanding must not remain abstract theoretical knowledge, but must be integrated as a living knowledge within one's own experience. In short, what is required in the U.D. science of mind and phenomena is an integral understanding of the view of Tendrel, the interrelated nature of existence, whether related to subject and object, body and mind or matter and energy, or for that sake to any of the Eight Tendrels of Nargajuna (becoming and cessation, the finite and the infinite, localization and de-localization, part and whole) or any other pair of opposites. It is Rinpoche's view that any of these pairs of opposites, are only opposites at a surface level whereas at a more subtle level they are united. Realizing and implementing this understanding in our everyday life would make a great difference to our way of experience of existence and thereby deal with our life, as expressed in the end of Rinpoche's Tendrel paper:
"Implementing the understanding of the integral nature of existence of these Four Pairs of Opposites - Unities, or even better, if we could embody the experience of these, many of our problems in life would decrease and instead give rise to a positive impact in terms of harmony and insight, which could carry us far beyond our present condition, both individually, inter-culturally, inter-nationally as well as in our connection with nature. And in order to integrate the oppositions and the unities for transcending the connected problems, insight into the Unity in Duality nature of reality by means of the three unities of body-mind, subject-object and energy-matter seems to be very beneficial".