An Intensive long weekend retreat with Mukesh Gupta from Varanasi, India 23/4 – 25/4


Thursday, 23 April at 10:30 am until Saturday, 25 April at 5 pm

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 their 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 the never-ending chattering of the mind 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 the 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 long weekend retreat 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…

Facilitator: Mukesh Gupta has been exploring the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, Buddha and other great teachers 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 a fellow-traveler in India, Europe, Israël, 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.

Logistics: Retreat begins on Thursday, 23 April at 10:30 am and ends on Saturday, 26 April at 5 pm. Participants are welcome to arrive by the late evening of Wednesday, 22 April. Sleeping in Mashiv Nefesh in two dormitories on mattresses or to bring your own tent. You can also book one of the many guest houses and vacation places in Clil for the time of the retreat. Vegan rich and tasty food, three meals a day, tea and coffee, will be served in the Mashiv Nefesh kitchen.

Maximum participants for this retreat: 22 (Registration on first-cum-first-served basis)

To cover the travel costs of Mukesh Gupta we ask to transfer 200 NIS to the Mashiv Nefsh bank account, which are non refundable. A participation fee of 100 NIS is to be payed by arrival to cover the organisational costs of Mashiv Nefesh.

Teaching and Hosting of the Retreat is Dana based!

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