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Time and Consciousness

A Non-Dual Perspective Across Eastern and Western Philosophy

What does the word ‘time’ denote in our direct experience, apart from any conceptual construction? To explore this question from a phenomenological perspective can shed a new light on some pivotal issues in both Eastern and Western philosophies, such as the recurring juxtaposition between being and becoming, change and continuity, permanence and impermanence, time and eternity. In this regard, through a deep inquiry into the relationship between time and consciousness, the perspective of non-duality comes to regard all those apparent juxtapositions as a mere construction of thought, which nevertheless deeply affects the human existential predicament. 

 

Mauro Bergonzi

Mauro Bergonzi taught “Religions and Philosophies of India” at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” for about thirty years. He is also a member of I.A.A.P. (International Association for Analytical Psychology) and of C.I.P.A. (Centro Italiano di Psicologia Analitica). He is the author of academic essays and articles on Oriental Philosophies, Comparative Religion, Comparative Philosophy, Psychology of Mysticism and Transpersonal Psychology.

Since 1970, he has practiced meditation (mainly within Buddhist, Taoist and Vedānta traditions), always preserving a non-confessional and non-dogmatic approach, until he has finally embraced the philosophical perspective of non-duality. In the last fifteen years, he has been regularly invited to lead spiritual groups in Italy. A survey of the non-dual communication occurring in these meetings has been published in the book Il sorriso segreto dell’essere (Mondadori).