Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening
Dialogue Meetings

Event - Boston Dialogues Based On The Work Of J. Krishnamurti And David Bohm


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Monthly community dialogues based on the work of J. Krishnamurti and David Bohm in the Boston area (Watertown). It is usually either on the third, fourth, or fifth Sunday of each month from 1pm to 5pm (please write to the coordinator below to know which Sunday we're meeting this month, or check our Facebook page). We meet at the Watertown Public Library, upstairs in the beautiful and welcoming Raya Stern Trustees Room (2nd floor right behind the circulation desk). Here follows a brief description of what these dialogues are about:

A “community dialogue” is the process of agenda-less inquiry in which participants come together to build meaningful interactions as they find out what they have in common besides perhaps some knowledge and opinions on certain topics. Dialogue is to be contrasted from a debate or even a discussion where the nature of the interactions tends to be argumentative. It is community building because people find a sense of togetherness across similarities and differences.

In a dialogue, the nature of the interactions unfolds from listening to one another and questioning together. Often the subjects of conversation emerge organically based on who is in attendance and where people are at. People typically find such meetings energizing because the format is usually quite successful in creating authentic sharing where strangers get a refreshing sense of impersonal friendship.

This notion of dialogue is based largely, though not exclusively, on the work of the renowned American scientist David Bohm, and the Indian-born 1984 United Nations Peace Medal recipient Jiddu Krishnamurti (K). Bohm and K worked together for years and had many dialogues together which have been published in several languages. After K’s death, Bohm started dialogue groups around the world and wrote specifically on the process of dialogue such as in “On Dialogue,” which has become a Routledge Classics.

Bohm once said, for example, that dialogue is “not a discussion. Discussion means batting it back and forth like a ping pong game. That has some value, but in dialogue we try to go deeper . . . to create a situation where we suspend our opinions and judgments in order to be able to listen to each other.” (David Bohm in "The Dialogue Experiment”)

Typically our dialogues attract between 5 to 15 people at any given meeting, usually for four hours, it is free and open to newcomers provided they have RSVP’d. People sit in a circle because that form helps engender a sense of equality amongst everyone and in that way all are entitled to a place in the front row. There is no leader and usually at the beginning only, there are co-facilitators until the group has learned that we’re all facilitators of a safe, inspiring, yet sometimes demanding space that we create together.

To summarize, this process of dialogue is one of mutual respect where people come to share meaning beyond—but inclusive of—their respective viewpoints. We learn together to transcend our limited and limiting sense of self. Perhaps K puts it best in this quote:

“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’s Intentions for the Retreat Centre at Brockwood Park)


Schedule

Every fourth Sunday of the month
Next dates: Sun, 26 Nov, 2017; Sun, 24 Dec, 2017

123 Main Street
Watertown, MA, 02472
UNITED STATES