Right Action and the Self 4th Saturday Dialogue
3:30 pm EDT (US), 7:30 PM UTC
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Zoom link: Launch Meeting - Zoom
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TOPIC: How does one learn about oneself?
“Now there is a difficulty in this. One is observing oneself. One wants to learn about oneself - the more you discover, the more you understand, the greater the freedom. I am using the word ‘more’ purposely for the moment - ‘the more’ is a comparative valuation. I want to understand myself, learn about myself. In observing myself - please do this as the speaker is going into it, do it actually, don’t take it home and think about it, do it now. This is not a group therapy or a confessional or all that nonsense, but watch yourself as we are working together. I want to learn about myself. And myself is a living movement - each desire contradicts the other, they are living, moving, they’re vital. And I observe and through that observation I’ve learnt. With what I have learnt I am going to look next minute. Right? You follow this? I am going to look, observe with the knowledge which I have gathered through previous observation. Am I learning, is there learning then? Because when the mind observes with an accumulated knowledge of its examination, from its examination, that knowledge is preventing perception, that knowledge is preventing the freedom to look. See the difficulty.”
J. Krishnamurti, Public Talk 1, San Diego, California, USA - 05 April 1970
Thoughts on participating in the dialogue process
Dialogue is an attempt to explore together profound problems of existence as they relate to our daily lives. The focus of the dialogue group is not solely on the questions, but also on the moment in which each question arises, and on the whole thought/emotion/relational process with which the individual and the group engage the question.
In contrast to debate and discussion, dialogue is not a comparison of opinions or an attempt to convince another of a held conviction.
Dialogue is an inquiry. Ideally, dialogue begins with “I don’t know” and continues to move into the unknown where the subject gradually reveals itself. The movement is in the back and forth of questioning, not in an attempt to grasp an answer, but to reveal and sweep away that which is not true. A slow pace, a deep and respectful listening to one’s own thoughts and reactions as well as to the person speaking, may put our questions and opinions in a new light. In this new light we may perceive more clearly.
Silver Spring Dialogue Group Statement on Dialogue
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