In honor of Krishnamurti’s wish that Pine Cottage, now the Krishnamurti Center Library, become a place for those serious and intent upon exploring the teachings, we hold regular dialogues every Wednesday night and Saturday evenings. The 4th Saturday of the month is a video dialogue. The intention is to give guests to the KC, both new and old, one more way to engage with the teachings, perhaps for the first time, in relationship with each other.
What to Expect
The dialogues are held in Pine Cottage and will be facilitated by Terry O’Connor, Howard Ward or Nandini Patnaik. (Bios below). The first few minutes will be dedicated to a brief explanation by the facilitator of what dialogue is intended to bring about. A Krishnamurti passage, audio or video on a dedicated theme, will then be shared, followed by a brief period of silence, after which point, we will begin the open dialogue.
The monthly Saturday video dialogue also held in Pine Cottage is facilitated by Eric Hassett (Bio below). The group will watch a video together before the open dialogue.
What is Dialogue?
“A dialogue is very important. It is a form of communication in which question and answer continues till a question is left without an answer. Thus the question is suspended between two persons involved in this answer and question. It is like a bud with untouched blossoms. If the question is left totally untouched by thought, it then has its own answer because the questioner and answerer, as persons, have disappeared. This is a form of dialogue in which investigation reaches a certain point of intensity and depth, which then has a quality which thought can never reach. It is not a dialectical investigation of opinions, ideas, but rather exploration by two or many serious, good brains.”
“In dialogue, we can discover the need to completely set aside our personal conditioning—to die to our own beliefs and formulated experiences—making it possible to see in that unique mirror of relationship the whole truth of “what is”. Then, if we share in the same spirit of inquiry, intensity and affection, we may actually find ourselves “thinking together”—not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing but, seeing, understanding and, thereby sharing as one the same reality.”
“In exploring the limitations of our conditioning, perhaps together we will be able to create a new culture, spontaneously and effortlessly, in which we can live with sensitivity, insight and love. The first step, which is really the last step, is to willingly surrender, or suspend, what we know to be our old ways of thinking and feeling, which separate us from life as it actually is.”
Quotes by — J. Krishnamurti