LIRSIS – Alda Aldanna: contacts


Besides the ordinary, accepted participants, the Dean may grant the condition of auditor, with special or partial participation, obligations, fees. etc., to a maximum of 5 people attending all or part of the program at a given time. There is no application for the condition of auditor. It is offered or granted facultatively by the Dean for special reasons. Only applications for full participation are accepted. The nature of this extraordinary participation as auditor is, however, well regulated, but it seems unnecessary to inform ordinary prospective students extensively about it prior to the start of the terms, since applying directly for the condition is impossible.


The program will work as described in this information during the years 2007 and 2008. We reserve ourselves the possibility to introduce changes later on.


Please contact us by email at: (applications, practical enquiries and general information) (questions about our ideas or goals and personalized contact)

A web page is under construction. It may be found at from middle or late 2007 on, but this is not sure as the name or domain may become unavailable. In that case, please check in ordinary search engines for “Lirsis” and “Alda Aldanna” to find the right address, or email us. At present, some friends (however external to us and not necessarily sharing or fully sharing our ideas and goals) are hosting independently various information in their own web sites about our program, including the longer first version of this booklet.

First contacts and enquiries may happen only through email. Confidentiality and no other use of your email address for unwanted mails, publicity etc. are guaranteed. A physical address in Yunnan may be provided as well upon request.



The texts in bold are likely to be dealt with during the first, innitial term, though some exchanges with the prospective students will occur before a final decision is taken. The texts not in bold would be dealt with at later terms or levels.

The texts will be read in English translation (but if need be there are translations of many of them into other languages). Short selections are frequently made and used as the original text are often enormous. Different weight will be laid on some texts and on others: One text will be chosen as core text of each tradition. The likely choice of core texts for a first level is in cursive. Relatively small traditions (Hermetism, Hasidism) may or may not be dealt with according to time and possibilities.


Lao Tse : Tao Te Ching (With later Chinese Taoist commentaries).

Chuang Tzu. (Selections).

The “Scripture of Western Ascension”.

General (Indian) Buddhism (with weight on Mahayana):

The questions of Milinda. (Selections).

Majjimanikaya. (Selections).

Prajnaparamita literature. (Selections). Include the Diamond Sutra, Heart Sutra etc.

Prasannapada of Chandrakirti (commentary of the Karika of Nagarjuna). (Selections).

Lankavatara Sutra. (Selections).

Vasubandhu, Sthiramati : Madhyanta-vibhanga. (Selections).


The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch.

Huang Po : On the transmission of mind.

Lin Chi. (Selections).

Hui Hai. (Selections).

” The transmission of the lamp ” and other early Ch’an collections. (Selections).


Selected koans from the Pi Yen Lu (Hekiganroku, Blue Cliff Record).

Yuan Wu: Zen Letters. (Selections).

Dogen. (Selections).

Indian Mysticism:

Bhagavad gita.

Samkara. (Selections).

Suresvara. (Selections).

Dattatreya : Advadhuta Gita.

Kabir : Songs.


Sathiyat as cited in Ernst, C. W. : Words of ecstasy in Sufism.

Attar : The conference of the birds.

Rumi: Selected poems and fragments from the Diwan-i Shams-i Tabriz and the Masnavi.

Balyani : Treatise on the unity of being.

Ibnul Arabi : Short selections as in Sells, M. A. : Mystical languages of unsaying.

Fakhruddin Iraqi : Divine flashes.

Persian poetry as in Wilson, P. L. : The drunken universe.

Shabistari : The Garden of Mystery.

Various selections as in Murata, The Tao of Islam.

Jewish mysticism (Hasidism):

Selected Hasidic tales; and commentary of Elior on Habad Hasidism, The paradoxical ascent to God.

Ancient Mediterranean mysticism:

Corpus Hermeticum. Libellus XIII. Selections from other writings.

Selections from the Middle- and Neoplatonists (including Plotin).


Pseudo-Dionysios: Mystical theology. On the divine names.

(with the commentary of Maximos Confessor if a translation into English is found here).

Selected sermons of Meister Eckhart. = (J. Quint-)nr.: 2, 6, 26, 31, 32, 35, 42, 55, 59.

Margarete Porete: Mirror of Simple Souls. (Selections).

The Sister Catherine treatise and Granum Sinapis.

The Cloud of Unknowing.

Nicholas of Cusa : The vision of God.

Jakob Boehme : Of the supersensual life and the life which is above sense. 2 dialogues. Other selections from Jakob Boehme.

Angelus Silesius : The cherubic wanderer. (Selected poems).

Schelling : Vom Ich als Prinzip der Philosophie.

Merton, Thomas : Seeds of contemplation.

Non-traditional forms of mysticism (mystical expressions from primeval peoples, mysticism in literature and art, non-written forms of mysticism, mysticism and children, mysticism and death, etc.) will be dealt with by means of various short selections and readings.

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“¦ and we wish you the best in the admiration of your inner beauty and, if you decide to come, in its exploration with us in some of the most inspirational landscapes of all Asia.


Written in Lige, Lugu Hu, Yunnan, China, the 28th – 29th of November, 2006.

Corrected in Lijiang and Kunming, Yunnan, China, December 2006.

First printed in Kunming, 1. 1. 2007.

Revised, shortened and second printing in Kunming, 8. – 15. 7. 2007.