The Name Mvo-p Refers To:

Mental view and orientation

physical stance, thru to

philosophy or spirituality or religion







planet or world or worlds or world-space




Spelled Out


Dogen writes, "There is nothing, not a single moment nor a single dharma, that is not part of life.  There is nothing, not a single matter nor a single state of mind, that is not part of life."

– Shobogenzo, by Dogen, translated by Nishijima and Cross, the essay Zenki (“All Functions”).  Dogen (1200-1253) was a Japanese Zen Master and the founder of Japanese Soto Zen.

And, with respect to prajna (Sanskrit for "real wisdom" or "intuitive reflection"), bow to Dogen: for his essay on the Heart Sutra in Shobogenzo (the essay Maka-Hannya-Haramitsu) and the various ways he looks at prajna, in that essay.  Tractable, traceable-untraceable material.  It is through the study and initial practice with Rinzai Zen that I’ve been able to step to the stage of to appreciate, work with, and penetrate Dogen’s Soto Zen.

Again, here I'm relying on the version of Shobogenzo translated by Nishijima and Cross, zazen, and the everyday.

The Domains Of Life

In my terms set, 'the domains of life' refers to six categories: the mental, the existential, the social, the societal, the experiential, and the physical.

Each of these terms is important; and each is interconnected and interdependent with the other; this seems to be a universal fact of the human, and perhaps all sentient beings. Additionally, there are 'the various key categories': the philosophical, the religious, the spiritual, the everyday, the relational, and theory-praxis-thought-applied. Then there is the dialectic between the universal and the everyday.

Each of these is key to my set of ideas here, and integrated, and with differentiation, they become strong, adept tools for inquiry, if one can see in to them in this way.

Mvo-p Also Refers To:

This idea and reality-description within a thesis of mine.  I plan to take it further.

I have moved my Mvo: 2019 Thesis, that I first published elsewhere, to this site.  Each of the above can be seen, within that thesis, to apply to the domains of life (my term): the mental, the existential, the social, the societal, the experiential, and the physical – part of the 'all of the above' that I indicate as so key, in that thesis.

I plan this website to go beyond the thesis, however, to paint a picture for the individual and friends about what the domains of life can look like.

Each of the above mvo-p's can be a noumenon (a 'thing of reason'), can be seen as interconnected with the others, and dimensioned out.  One should see if there is reality to each of these and their interconnected, dimensional nature.

This is meant to provide insight and functional awareness, for any individual who assesses it on its merits and can benefit.

The Mvo-p Idea

I derived the mvo-p idea from my own experiential-observational, insight, and perception.  It is very much informed by my own interpretation and realization of Zen, my several influences, this world, the world-space we might see, and the everyday.  Each individual may be able to bring his or her own perspective and insights to this – and that’s what is also meant.




View a pdf of some of the above:

Mvo-p: The Basic Framework


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