The Possibility and Opportunity
"As I became more familiar with Western concepts, particularly with those found in the sciences, I saw the possibility of a visionary medium through which a common ground could be found in the pursuits of knowledge carried out by the various sciences and religions. Such a ground could serve to increase each group's appreciation for the other, and could thus even facilitate the quest for knowledge itself." --Tarthang Tulku, p. xxxi, Time, Space, and Knowledge
"My hope is that in the future students of TSK will make use of the insights they gain to present the vision in new and more fruitful ways.
"In considering this prospect, I sense that others have much more to contribute to the TSK vision than I do. A dynamic of great potential is waiting to be activated. By focusing on time and space and on their interaction with knowledge, it may be possible to unify fields of learning that are now separate, and to bring together concerns that now seem opposed." --Tarthang Tulku, p. xvi, Love of Knowledge
"Others might find very different ways to investigate the vision, drawing on other disciplines and their own styles of inquiry. If they are truly interested in the ideas that the vision brings to light, they will naturally develop their own understanding and interpretations." (p. xviii, Visions of Knowledge)
"Readers can interpret and explore on their own, taking the viewpoint of religion, psychology, science, art--in fact, any discipline of knowledge or whatever else they are familiar with." (p. x, Mastery of Mind)
Webpages under this one, in the "Applications" menu, contain materials on the application of TSK to psychology, time management, stress management, communications, engagement, emotional intelligence, and business. We hope to add material on the application of TSK to other fields as well.
"Discovering the Zone" is a direct, nonsectarian, transpersonal approach to peak performance. Going beyond the typical lower time orientation of 'someone's doing something', using the knowledge that attends to time and space, our difficulties in living can be solved very easily and naturally. This new therapy based on time, space, and knowledge involves radically new premises about methodology as well as different views of the human being.
TSK's emphasis on destructuring the experiential field can be used with the practice of improving engagement in the business environment to drive all aspects of progress. Furthermore, the concept of inner engagement--the degree to which our inner resources are integrated--is added to the typical interpretation of engagement as an outer or external process.
Here you will find suggestions for "Inquiry to optimize communication," a series of questions to help individuals identify limits to completely-engaged written or live communication/dialog.
Photography and Natural Vision Improvement
Richard Miller has applied the TSK vision to the field of Fine Art Photography, creating a visual form of meditation he calls Quantum Seeing. Here you can view a slideshow of some of his photographs, and read his thesis on Quantum Seeing: the Search for a New Creative Vision. Born legally blind, Richard also applied TSK to the field of Natural Vision Improvement and has created a website to share his experience: www.envisionselfhealing.com.
This application of TSK to pain management explores these questions: How is the experience of time related to pain, stress, disease, and health? Are there ways to change the experience of stress and pain by changing our experience of time?
Here you will find two physician summaries for a comprehensive article on pain and its relationship to the experience of time, a link to the comprehensive article itself, and a narrated exercise that directly explores different facets and ways of relating to pain and 'negative' sensation.
The stress development process (SDP) is another term for the field communique described in the TSK books. In the article in this section, an inquiry and an exercise help us discover the different stages of the stress development process (SDP) in order to see how to immediately stop the process and transform stress as it arises.
This application contains writings from a number of books written by Tarthang Tulku in the early 1970s, especially Kum Nye Relaxation.
To appreciate how various emotionally transformative methods operate, it is useful to be somewhat familiar with the spectrum of human consciousness. For this the following three articles should be helpful: "Ocean of Knowledge," "The Spectrum of Consciousness," "What's the Zone of Peak Performance?" All of these articles are based on the TSK vision, which describes how our experience changes are we become more (emotionally) mature.
Steve Randall applied TSK methods and principles to the field of time management -- see Applying TSK to Time Management. He has developed the new discipline of inner time management, described in a paper on the same webpage. Here you will also find an article titled "A Full Spectrum of Remedies for Procrastination," which shows how TSK supports our comprehension of the many different methods of handling procrastination, and also helps develop even more effective methods at levels that don't presume time's flow.
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“I saw the possibility of a visionary medium through which a common ground could be found in the pursuits of knowledge carried out by the various sciences and religions.” (Tarthang Tulku, TSK, p. xxxi) "It may be possible to unify fields of learning that are now separate, and to bring together concerns that now seem opposed."
"Because it is not bound to current structures and patterns, the TSK vision can activate the knowledge capable of initiating and responding to fundamental change. . . . The knowledge that opens in this way can encourage and inspire developments in every discipline and every field of knowledge: the social, political, and economic spheres, the field of scientific inquiry, and the spiritual domain, as well as our own personal lives. It can bring together the practical and the spiritual, encouraging a synthesis that opens each realm to the other and moves beyond both. By offering a way of inquiry that does not depend on maintaining specific sets of assumptions and beliefs . . . knowledge can prepare the way for the global shifts that have seemed for so long to be on the horizon." (VOK, pp. 55-56)
Applications Described in the Perspectives on TSK Series
In 1980, Dharma Publishing published essays by philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and educators exploring the TSK vision in a two-volume set under the title Dimensions of Thought:: Current Explorations in Time, Space, and Knowledge. These were the first volumes in the "Perspectives on TSK" series.
Educators, psychologists, and practitioners share their views on how the TSK vision connects modern scientific research with human experience: how it has helped them penetrate limitations and inspired solutions to persistent problems in work and daily life.
In 1993 the third volume in the "Perspectives on TSK" series, Mastery of Mind, was published. This book presents practical applications of the Time, Space, and Knowledge vision in astronomy, psychotherapy, and systems and organization theory.
These are essays in the literal sense of the word: attempts to come to terms with fundamental issues. Recognizing the mind as our greatest resource, we are here invited to develop that resource to its fullest. In eight carefully reasoned articles, experts in their fields apply the visionary insights of TSK.
In 1997 another volume in the "Perspectives on TSK" series was published. Light of Knowledge: Essays on the Interplay of Knowledge,Time, and Space is another collection of essays by individuals with varied occupations and interests.
In 2004 A New Kind of Knowledge was published, featuring penetrating reflections on knowledge, time, and experience, as well as practical applications in psychology, teaching, business, and time management. The concluding articles analyze symbolic structures of space, time, and consciousness as pointers for greater knowledge and human freedom. Topics include the fourfold dimensionality of time; the interplay of awareness, intention, and choice; the fullness of space; and the ordering principles of being.
Also in 2004 A New Way of Being was published. In this book, twenty-three practitioners introduce the TSK vision . . . . Some have applied TSK to their professions or fields, others have formed study groups to share their thoughts, experiences, and questions in dialog. Their writing is diverse in substance and style, yet each article conveys a commitment to go beyond the limits of conventional knowledge, language, and concepts to express what has not been expressed before.