If you could write K’s teaching on a T-shirt, what would it be?*
This is just an exercise in summing up for people what they think is the essence of K’s teaching. There is a thread on this general topic from a year ago, but it is limited to the Sunday dialogue group, and I don’t know how to change the setting (to make it a public discussion).
The longer summary given then (which is far too longwinded to put on a t-shirt!) was:
Psychological time and thought has created the common consciousness of human beings (with its contents of nationalism, belief, pleasure, desire, hurt, envy, anger, greed, fear and suffering - together with the self-image: the self or ego or observer).
The self, the me, the observer, is not actually separate from the contents of consciousness - the appearance or feeling that it is separate, is an illusion.
And so the only important thing for a human being is to step out of this stream of human consciousness, completely: to end time (which is becoming) and thought (which is based on memory) - which can only be done through seeing, through choiceless awareness of the contents of consciousness, through observation without an observer (which is attention), and then insight.
A participant called Carl offered the following alternative (and much more poetic) summary:
There are two seeds in the teachings, one: for god’s sake look at who you are, and two: you don’t know what you are missing.
K gave us two packets , one labeled self and the other love. He said if you plant them in the right soil and nourish them they will grow and flower. You’ll then see what they actually look like, without having to shoot arrows in the night at an imaginary target.
If you plant them in your gut, care for them with your heart, and not let your mind deny their existence, then who knows what might come to be.
But these are longish explanations, and what would be interesting is to think about what might summarise K’s teachings in a single sentence (that could fit on a t-shirt!).
Examples might include:
- You are the world and the world is you
- When the self is not, beauty is
- With the ending of sorrow comes passion
*This is a relatively playful question (because it’s impossible to do justice to K’s teaching in half a sentence or so), so I would invite participants to take it in that spirit.