Are we fully present in these inquiry retreats or do we reside unawares in old habits of relating to each other? Can we start from what is happening now?
In our dialogues can we navigate beyond the comfort/pleasure/safety of casual exchange, of automatic unseen judgments and conclusions? What might this mean for the atmosphere of our meetings and for the dynamic of our actual exploration? What are the implications for our everyday lives?
As we explore and look more closely together, can we catch ourselves in the very process of our convictions, witness the shadows of our self-defining opinions, notice our image making in action? Does all this affect my listening? What is my relationship now to the group?
Can we observe what we actually are – which is what we have always been, and would forever like to be – as a process occurring now? Does this process define perception and my whole relationship to life?
In the very special quality of J.Krishnamurti’s home in Ojai, in an affectionate and relaxed atmosphere – can we explore these life changing and intensely serious questions together?
We generally start with the farthest—the supreme principle, the greatest ideal, and get lost in some hazy dream of imaginative thought. But when you start very near, with the nearest, which is you, then the whole world is open, for you are the world, and the world beyond you is only nature. Nature is not imaginary: it is actual; and what is happening to you now is actual. From the actual you must begin—with what is happening now—and the now is timeless.
Krishnamurti, Letters to the Schools vol I, p 58