I was deeply impacted by Tarthang Tulku's (1977) book, TSK: Time, Space & Knowledge: A New Vision of Reality,
Dharma Publishing: Berkeley, CA. Tarthang Tulku is a Tibetan Lama
of the Nyingma tradition and states that this book is not Buddhism but
presents a new way to understand experience. It includes 34 exercises
to help the reader experience what the text presents. My own view
is that the book integrates the quintessence of Buddhism with Western
science and philosophy, presenting them all in a new light.
book addresses some of my abiding interests: Buddhism, philosophy of
mind, experience-itself, meditation, and science, as well as psychology. Since I have
bachelor's degrees in both physics and philosophy, I was enthralled by
how they came together in the book.
During my sabbatical
leave (spring,1979), I wrote a book chapter that linked
phenomenology to the ideas presented in TSK. (R. Moon & S.
Randall (Eds.), (1980). Dimensions of thought: Current explorations in Time, Space and Knowledge
(Vol. II), (pp.95-134). Berkeley: Dharma Publishing.) In
1980 and 1981, I was able to arrange through CMU to have to two TSK
experts lead workshops for the university community. I designed a
graduate course, Non-traditional Therapeutic Techniques, that used TSK
as the main text and Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) as an ancillary text.
I taught this course regularly for about 20 years until I retired.
the years, from 1980 to 2004, I contributed four more book chapters to
three different Dharma Publishing books that were collections of
chapters exploring TSK written by diverse scholars. One of my students did his
dissertation testing the applicability of TSK to personal change.
I wrote an additional book chapter about that dissertation and its implications.
In 1997, I was invited to present at a conference at the Nyingma
Institute in Berkeley, CA.