Relationship is the mirror in which we see ourselves as we are. All life is a movement in relationship…In that relationship which is the mirror in which we can see ourselves, we can discover what we are, our reactions, our prejudices, our fears, depression, anxieties, loneliness, sorrow, pain, grief. We can also discover whether we love or there is no such thing as love. – J. Krishnamurti
Introduction: Our whole life is expressed and manifested through a network of relationships: relationship with oneself, with our body, with our mind and thoughts, with our emotions and desires, with other human beings, with our partner and family, with nature and the whole universe. The ever-increasing global crisis that we are facing now is the outcome of the crises in our day to day relationships; all the wars, violence and suffering are due to the lack of understanding of oneself and one’s relationships. The world is what we are and relationship is a mirror in which we can see ourselves as we are. If we do not intelligently and harmoniously relate within this vast field of relationship, problems and conflicts are bound to arise and create suffering. Human relationship can either be a ground of suffering or it can be turned into a ground for transformation and a wonderful opportunity for entering into an entirely different way of living, for creating a world based on true love, beauty and compassion.
Program: We are going to explore as friends and co-travelers fundamental questions and problems of our relationships in a relaxed, meditative and affectionate atmosphere. Questions relating to pleasure, hurt, conflict, crisis, image-making, trust, love and freedom in our relationships will be investigated deeply and openly together. The schedule will include introductory talks, meditative dialogues and shared inquiry into the human consciousness, experiment with silent observation and listening, meditation including short video talks of J. Krishnamurti. In between the sittings there will be short sessions of “Sensory Awareness”, movement, touch and practical explorations of seeing and listening, facilitated by Susanne van Kimmenade.. The primary intention is that our entire day becomes a meditative process so that we can allow our minds and hearts to open up for the unknown, for our inherent goodness, trust, love and quest for truth.
This retreat is an open invitation to all those friends who are not merely satisfied with their mechanical way of living and are exploring a different way of living . In order to participate in this retreat you do not need any previous knowledge of any teachings or philosophy; what you need is a simple heart and mind, which is open to listening, learning and wondering…
Facilitator: Mukesh Gupta from Varanasi, India will be conducting this seminar. He has been exploring the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and other teachers for more than two decades. He did his Masters in Eastern as well as Western Philosophies from a university in Varanasi. He regularly conducts retreats, study programs and dialogues concerning quest for truth and holistic vision of life in India, Europe and Israël. He also takes inspiration from various the teachings of Buddha, Upanishads, Sufism, Nisargadatta and others. 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: Course starts on Thursday, 16 May at 10:30 am and ends on Saturday, 18 May at 5 pm. Participants are welcome to arrive by the late evening of Wednesday, 15 May. 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: 25 (Registration on first-cum-first-served basis)
Save a place by transferring 250 NIS to MN bank account, this money will be used to pay for the teacher’s travel expenses and cannot be paid back in case of cancellation by the participant.
Recommendation for the Dana, which will be given in the end of the retreat to cover the costs of Mashiv Nefesh (recommended 300 NIS or more) and to enable the work of the teacher (recommended 300 NIS or more) according to the personal possibilities and the willingness to share.
“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