Monthly Dialogue: Looking, Listening, and Shared Inquiry

Krishnamurti video and open dialogue

This program starts with a video of Krishnamurti (approximately one hour), then seeks to explore the topic of the video via the medium of dialogue. With the focus on ‘what is’ rather than on ideas and opinions, the intention is to inquire together in such a way that new insights may occur in relation to fundamental questions of life.

The event is free with a suggested donation of $10 (all proceeds to benefit the KFA).

This program is part of a monthly series.

This morning, if we may, we are going to have a conversation, talk over things together in a form of dialogue, to discuss, not opinions, not some kind of conclusions that you have come to, but rather go into the problems that one has, whether they are superficial or deep, and really see if we cannot radically bring about a psychological revolution in ourselves. I think it would be worthwhile and it would be also both interesting and quite fun if we could do this together.” -J. Krishnamurti

“Dialogue is really aimed at going into the whole thought process and changing the way the thought process occurs collectively. We haven’t really paid much attention to thought as a process. We have engaged in thoughts, but we have only paid attention to the content, not to the process. Why does thought require attention? Everything requires attention, really. If we ran machines without paying attention to them, they would break down. Our thought, too, is a process, and it requires attention, otherwise, it’s going to go wrong.” -David Bohm

Program coordinated by Eric Hassett. For more information, please contact him here.

Eric Hassett coordinates the monthly dialogue and video showing in Ojai—Looking, Listening, and Shared Inquiry—which is free and open to the public on the fourth Saturday of each month.  Eric also moderates the Krishnamurti Network online community.

“A lifelong appreciation of Krishnamurti’s teachings and a longtime passion for dialogue and inquiry make me want to bring people together from all walks of life to share in the kind of open-ended exploration in which Krishnamurti invited us to partake. Whether taking the form of in-person gatherings or online discussions, when people come together to inquire into fundamental questions of living and attempt to observe not just the content of thought but its process in operation, it not only has the potential of deepening one’s mere intellectual understanding (in part by hearing others’ perspectives), but also offers a unique opportunity to see oneself in ‘the mirror of relationship’ — and possibly open the door to insights heretofore inaccessible during solitary contemplation.”