Dingle, Edwin John (1881–1972)
Founder of the Institute of Mentalphysics. He was born
April 6, 1881, in Cornwall, England. He became a journalist,
and in 1900 he moved to Singapore to cover affairs in the Orient.
There he met a teacher from whom he learned meditation
and yoga. In 1910 Dingle went to Tibet, where he studied for
nine months and reportedly learned pranayama (breathing control),
the remembrance of past lives, and other advanced spiritual
disciplines. He returned to England to write books on his
experiences and published the important Dingle’s New Atlas and
Commercial Gazetteer of China (1914), which was a standard reference
for many years.
In 1921 Dingle settled in Oakland, California. He began his
career as a teacher after being asked to lead an informal class
on what he had learned from his teachers in Singapore and
Tibet. He taught informally for more than a decade before incorporating
the Institute of Mentalphysics in 1934. Dingle
taught his students out of his belief that the Tibetans had preserved
the ancient wisdom of the Aryans, the founders of the
Indian, Mediterranean, and Anglo-Saxon cultures. He taught
them the disciplines he had learned and advised a vegetarian
diet.
Dingle developed a center in Los Angeles, the International
Church of the Holy Trinity, where he not only taught classes
but sent out a correspondence course to students across North
America. He was generally known by his students as Ding Le
Mei, his religious name. In 1941 he founded a retreat center
in Yucca Valley, California, now the headquarters of the institute.
Following his death on January 27, 1972, he was succeeded
by Donald L. Waldrop.
Sources
Dingle, Edwin John. Borderlands of Eternity. Los Angeles Institute
of Mentalphysics, 1939.
———. Breathing Your Way to Youth. Los Angeles Institute
of Mentalphysics, n.d.
———. The Voice of the Logos. Los Angeles Econolith Press,
1951.