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Hace was born during World War II on 19 Dec.1943.

"vader Zen zoon" (father Zen son) was written during the summer of 2005 whilst staying in the Tavascan valley, in a small travel caravan, with his Catalan lady friend. During that period, Hace drew inspiration from being in his beloved Cataluña and being a naturist surrounded by nature in the vast Pyrenean mountains.

Ontology, "the knowledge of being", was written in the spring of 2007, in the unspoiled Pyrenean valley of Áger.

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"Zen and the art of survival"

Experiencing life during 48 hours, together, as naturists, camping in the valley of the bridge to the north of Tavascan. As a survival guide passing convictions to self knowledge; the possibility to stay alive with climate change.Because Zen can really only be "lived", is talking or writing about it pointless?
The meaning of "Zen, as a way of being" becomes clearer when a father and his son spend twentyfour hours together, as naturists. Alone, in a spectacular mountain river valley, and fully exposed to nature, they focus on the boy's question:

"What is life all about if you, like my friend last night who was only eighteen years old, could die in the middle of a conversation?"


Already is available in Dutch.
Shortly also will be in English.

As their conversation develops, and the essence of the surrounding nature is explored, the son's perceptions begin to expand. In a series of flashbacks, his father also uses facts and experiences from his own life to help his son through an almost organic process of increasing awareness. During this unusual initiation, the boy's attitude evolves from a level of relative ignorance towards a higher level of consciousness and self-knowledge. As he discovers his own, relevant, answers to his question the reader can join him on his path towards enlightenment.
The book also contains four colour photos, and illustrations at the beginning of each chapter, which the reader can use to help capture some of the atmosphere of the mountain river valley as they follow the father and son on their extraordinary journey of self-discovery. "vader Zen zoon" was first published in Dutch. The English language version "father Zen son - zen and the art of survival" will be published after the summer of 2008.

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"The knowledge to exist in wholeness"

Usually, we manage to completely overlook the fact that we are continuously making choices, and that when we make our choices they are based upon a judgment of available information. But how complete, or incomplete, is that information? If our judgment about the information is coloured in any way, because a pre-disposition exists, then a correct decision will not be made, regardless of the completeness or reliability of the information. In the same way, a clear judgment based on incomplete or unreliable information will not lead to a correct decision.

So, how can we be sure about the quality of our information, and its source?
Where do our pre-dispositions come from? And how can we correct them?


Ontology focuses on "the knowledge of being".
This historical starting point, and the basis of all philosophy, has traditionally developed in two main directions; phenomenology and theology. In this book, through a unique system of analysis and explanation, the synthesis of both has at last been made, and the philosophy of being, has finally been made accessible to all.

Anyone can share this new insight and use it as a unique suitable tool to reduce the stress, fear and frustrations that we sustain in everyday life by demagogy and our own pre-dispositions.
If the time is taken to understand and practice "the knowledge to exist in wholeness", it will lead to the development of a sustainable feeling of freedom in a thoroughly satisfactory life.

Ontology, as an operating manual of ourselves,
for each of us will be a life-long lasting present.


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