We often hear and use terms such as the “me”, judgment, conflict, resistance, division and so on, in reference to our psychological life. Have we ever noticed what these words tend to evoke in us? Is there a sense that these words refer to something that should not be happening, that it is a problem that must be gotten rid of? (Which is not to say that what these words reference doesn’t create suffering in our lives). Is this very feeling or valuation in fact what the words refer to? Is our psychological movement simply reacting to itself, judging, separating, trying to free itself from itself? It all seems impossible.
Krishnamurti spoke of the value of being disturbed, which psychological conflict and suffering reflect. Does this have something to do with no longer trying to avoid our disturbance and suffering? And is this itself a matter of choosing or finding a different action for us to take in order to stop avoiding ourselves, or is this simply more of the same?
In this, what happens to the framework of self-concern that reacts to its own arising? Has this movement of avoiding itself simply lost all meaning, even as it might arise, in freedom? Is an action already taking place without effort or knowing, one that is its own action?
Daily online sessions: 10:00am-12:15pm PACIFIC TIME
These sessions will be recorded and made available to the participants only for further personal study for 2 weeks after the last session.
Dan Kilpatrick is a retired Associate Professor of the Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, and the Program in Neuroscience, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has had a long-time interest in our shared, underlying nature and inquiry into how we perceive ourselves and the world around us. The insights of J. Krishnamurti and others have been an invaluable part of this journey, helping to reveal that the opportunity for self-discovery is present in each and every moment and does not depend on circumstance. Coming to see that our sense of self is something in which we all share, not as a conclusion, but as an immediate and living fact, is also perhaps our greatest challenge.
Dan received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego in chemistry and his doctorate degree in biochemistry from Duke University. His research focused on how self-organizing gene networks controlling development and its timing give rise to emergent properties of the nervous system.
What to expect
- Deep and frank group explorations
- Practical study demanding a full engagement on the part of participants
- Potential breakthrough of old mental patterns
- Affectionate, careful and caring inquiry
- A community of like-minded people
Who is this for
- Anybody interested in exploring this topic in-depth
- Anybody willing to ask fundamental life questions in a practical, sensitive way
- Students who would like to deepen their understanding of this topic
- Groups willing to venture into a life beyond conditioning