This moving away seems to assume that whatever is arising in the mind should or should not be, creating conflict. The mind moves away from the conflict arising from its very moving away, creating further conflict and separation within itself. The mind is moving away from its own movement.
Out of this conflict, the mind feels it must do something about its conflict, to stop it etc, because it is painful. The mind is looking for a result through its very movement. So its conflict continues. It all seems so automatic and unconscious, yet it can drive our lives.
There can only be compassion for this movement within us, that sustains its conflict through constantly moving to avoid or change its circumstances. Does all of this movement have something to do with our sense of being a separate self?
The question naturally arises, is it possible to live without all this inward effort and conflict in our daily lives? Must the mind in fact do anything about itself? This movement seems to assume it does, reactively.
We often speak of now, of living in the present moment and not moving away from it. What does now refer to? Maybe now has nothing to do with time.
Now may be so simple (meaning uncomplicated) and immediate that the mind can’t grasp it within its net of endeavor and concepts.
This grasping after now may simply be the mind moving away. Is grasping after now in fact what now is as grasping moves? The reactive mind seems unable to see this through its own movement. It may be too simple. Seeing this may mean not moving away.
Is now simply not moving away from our moving away? Does now have something to do with awareness?
As moving away moves in the immediacy of now, meaning not in time, it may simply unfold without any need on its part to be other than what it is.
Does the mind now need to grasp or do anything about itself, or has this whole question disappeared? Has something ended, without any intention?
This program is an invitation to find out if any of this is actually relevant to our own lives
Daily online sessions: 10:00am-12:15pm PACIFIC TIME
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 focuses 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