Death: Looking Together Into the Unknown

Weekend Retreat December 2016

with Terry O'Connor & Kathy Franklin

 

Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, 2014
Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21, 2014

Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4, 2016

You are going to die—that is, die to everything you know,  your body,  your mind, the things that you have built up.  So you say, “Is  that  all?  Is all my life to end in death?”  All the things you have done, the service, the books, the knowledge, the experiences, the pleasures, the affection, the family, all end in death.  That is facing you. Either you die to them now, or you die inevitably when the time comes.

                        Krishnamurti, Bombay, India, l965

Why do we fear death?  Is it because we are so seldom in the unknown that the great unknown is terrifying?  Do our attempts to create psychological security increase our fears?  We have countless ways of distracting from death, what happens when we truly look at it? 

Krishnamurti says we must die every day, every moment. Is such a thing possible?  Memory creates continuity, and our reactions arise instantaneously and reverberate in the body. Is it possible to end things completely?  How would that come about?  Is there a genuine dying to each moment that is not suppression or escape? 

About the Program

We invite you to join us for a weekend dialogue on death. Bring your own questions so we may inquire together deeply, with care, into this most profound reality. 

Going beyond mere descriptions and explanations, we will attempt to perceive directly that to which Krishnamurti pointed — to co-create a space not only for shared exploration of the teachings, but also for looking into "the mirror of relationship" as the dialogue unfolds, that we might see ourselves exactly as we are.

During the course of the weekend we will be viewing and listening to pertinent talks and other recordings, with opportunities for exploring questions that may emerge. There will be time for personal reflection and outdoor walks, and shared meals offer opportunities for connection and further inquiry in a relaxed setting. Krishnamurti's former home is a supportive and rich environment for contemplation and inspiration. This program is intended for a range of participants, including those who are either new to the teachings or who have never before participated in a dialogue.

About Dialogue

"A dialogue is very important. It is a form of communication in which question and answer continue till a question is left without an answer. Thus the question is suspended between the two persons involved in this answer and question. It is like a bud with untouched blossoms. If the question is left totally untouched by thought, it then has its own answer because the questioner and the answerer as persons have disappeared." - J. Krishnamurti


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Theme Weekends are for people eager to inquire into fundamental questions in an atmosphere of togetherness and openness. These events are suitable for those already acquainted with the teachings as well as those fairly new to them.

Those who are interested in ongoing shared inquiry, in engaging in a study of Krishnamurti's teachings, will find these theme weekends particularly supportive. Together, we watch a video or listen to an audio by Krishnamurti. We then delve deeply into the topics and questions that arise, attempting to explore them fully. Often, we find that there is a shared wisdom that can be touched upon in this spirit of inquiring together.

The Theme Weekends start on Friday evening and end Sunday afternoon.

Cost

Program fee: $165
Room fee: $165

The room price is subsidized. The price listed is for shared rooms, and room allocation will be determined by the retreat staff.

Retreat fee includes breakfast; program fee includes lunch and dinner.

Click here to register for the program. For more information click here or call 805.646.4773.

Cancellation Policy
As a small independently owned retreat, cancellations affect us dearly. Cancellations or changes to an existing reservation will be accepted by telephone ONLY. NO cancellations via fax or Email.

  • For theme weekend attendees staying at the retreat: Advanced payments, less a $50 Processing Fee, are refundable when a single reservation is cancelled 7 days prior to the event start date. If a reservation is cancelled less than 7 days prior, the full amount of the Room and Program will be charged.
  • For theme weekend commuters: Advanced payments are refundable when a single reservation is cancelled 7 days prior to the event start date. If a reservation is cancelled less than 7 days prior, the full amount of the program will be charged.


Facilitators

  Kathy Franklin             

Kathy Franklin is a psychotherapist who has found Krishnamurti’s teachings invaluable in her work.  She and her husband, Terry O’Connor, have organized the annual Memorial Day Krishnamurti Dialogue Gathering in Maryland since it began in 1995, and have hosted a monthly dialogue in their home for over twenty years.

"Dialogue is an unfolding flower that has brought beauty and depth to our lives.  Sitting with others in the spirit of inquiry we have discovered the relevance of Krishnamurti’s teachings in our daily lives.  In dialogue we look at the personal in the context of the universal and question the perceived limits of the personal.  In the mirror of relationship we see the self operating in the here and now.  In this honest and affectionate space the unknown may flower."

    
Terry O'Connor

Terry O’Connor is a psychotherapist who has found Krishnamurti’s teachings invaluable in his work.  He and his wife, Kathy Franklin, have organized the annual Memorial Day Krishnamurti Dialogue Gathering in Maryland since it began in 1995, and have hosted a monthly dialogue in their home for over twenty years.

"Dialogue is an unfolding flower that has brought beauty and depth to our lives.  Sitting with others in the spirit of inquiry we have discovered the relevance of Krishnamurti’s teachings in our daily lives.  In dialogue we look at the personal in the context of the universal and question the perceived limits of the personal.  In the mirror of relationship we see the self operating in the here and now.  In this honest and affectionate space the unknown may flower."


Schedule

All the dialogues and video showings will take place in the Library (Pine Cottage).

Friday December 2nd
3:00 PM Arrival & Room Check in
4:30 PM

Getting Acquainted, Beginning Dialogue

6:45 PM Dinner
   
Saturday December 3rd
8:15 AM Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 AM Video
10:45 AM - 1:15 PM Dialogue
1:30 PM Lunch
4:30 – 6:30 PM       Dialogue
6:45 PM Dinner
   
Sunday December 4th
8:15 AM Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 AM Video
10:45 AM - 12:45 PM Dialogue
1:00 PM Lunch
2:30 - 3:00 PM Closing Meeting