Human beings have created a society which demands all their time, all their energies, all their life. There is no leisure to learn and so life becomes mechanical, almost meaningless. So we must be very clear in the understanding of the word leisure - a time, a period, when the mind is not occupied with anything whatsoever. It is the time of observation. It is only the unoccupied mind which can observe.
J.Krishnamurti Letters To The Schools
Can the mind be ever in silence ? Can its never-ending chattering ever stop ? Is it a compulsive disorder of the mind ? Whatever one does to stop the chattering of the mind it continues with greater force. Suppressing and forcing the mind in another direction is putting a lid on a burning problem of our daily life. As soon as an activity in which I keep myself busy is over, I am again faced with a deep sense of emptiness or void. Why do I become so addictive to keeping myself busy all the time - even when it may not be necessary at all ? When there is no space, no leisure, no silence inside, fear, anxiety, stress, burn-out, pursuit of pleasure at any cost and self-centredness attitude become the dominant factors of our daily life. The problems of relationships, aggression, violence, suffering and psychosomatic diseases are connected with this deep restlessness of the mind.
In this retreat we are going to explore some of the most fundamental questions of our daily existence. :
* Can the mind be ever peaceful and quiet ?
* Can the mind learn to have a deep rest and leisure ?
* Can we live together in peace without conflict ?
* Is there a creative way of living with lightness, freedom and joy in the heart ?
* Can the mind stop struggling to become something all the time and rest in being ?
* Is there a possibility of flowering of love, kindness and compassion in our daily life ?
In this week-long retreat, set in a quiet beautiful French village, we are going to explore as friends and co-travellers such fundamental questions of our day to day life in a relaxed, meditative and affectionate atmosphere. The daily schedule will include short introductory talks, meditative dialogues, silent observation and listening, long walks in nature and meditation. The primary intention is that our entire day becomes a meditative process by taking a complete break and allow our minds and hearts to deeply rest, breathe, rejuvenate and open up for the unknown…
Mukesh Gupta has been exploring the teachings of J. Krishnamurti for more than two decades. He was associated with holding retreats and dialogues for twenty years at the Krishnamurti Centre in Varanasi, India. He is a traveler at heart and regularly facilitates self-enquiry retreats, workshops and dialogues around fundamental questions of life as a friend and fellow-traveler in India, Europe, Israel, US, Canada and wherever he is invited. He believes in exploring a deep non-authoritarian meditative process of dialogue based on mutual love, respect and a quality of silence as a way to create a peaceful, non-violent society.
Day Schedule (with flexibility on daily basis, according to the need and the dynamics of the group) :
• 8.30 : Breakfast
• 9.30 to 12.30 : Introductory talk, silent sitting and dialogue/inquiry session
• 13.00 to 15.00 : Lunch in silence and rest/free time • 15.00 to 16.00 : Video talk of J.Krishnamurti
• 16.30 to 17.30 : Nature walk in silence
• 18.00 to 19.30 : Meditative Dialogue
• 19:45 : Supper
Venue : Centre Beaumont-ACK, Le Bourg, 58700, Beaumont-la-Ferrière, France
Arrival : First meeting and introduction on Monday, 18 May, after dinner
Departure : Sunday 24 May, after lunch
Charges for the Whole seminar : 400 €
Advance registration fee : 150 € (seats are limited and registration will be done on “first-cum-first-served” basis.
For details and reservation
contact Christiane Joseph at :
+33(0) 3 86 60 15 07, +33 (0) 6 84 11 32 62 (mobile)
I think it is essential sometimes to go to retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or do not believe. You would then let in fresh air into your minds…”
– J. Krishnamurti