“There is only one fundamental revolution. This revolution is not of idea; it is not based on any pattern of action. This revolution comes into being when the need for using another ceases. This transformation is not an abstraction, a thing to be wished for, but an actuality which can be experienced as we begin to understand the way of our relationship. This fundamental revolution may be called love; it is the only creative factor in bringing about transformation in ourselves and so in society.” — J. Krishnamurti, On Relationship
About the Program
It's been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. Whether you agree or disagree with this statement, or question its relevance, one thing is undoubtedly clear: love is apparently the most mercurial of substances, at times rivaling quicksilver in its fickleness.
Though we have split the atom, set foot on the moon, and put a world of information in the palm of our hands, love, like consciousness, has remained an enigma – vexing humanity in its everlasting pursuit of it, while possibly deluding those who think they’ve found it.
In this weekend program, we will take an in-depth look at what love is – with our eyes keenly focused on what it is not – with the intention of coming upon its essence, together.
Rather than confine love to a definition, our shared interest instead will be to release it from its shackles by seeing and freeing ourselves from what keeps it in check.
That is, in going beyond mere descriptions and explanations, we will attempt to co-create a space not only for shared exploration of the topic of love, 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.
The clear blue skies of Ojai, surrounding mountains and orange orchards provide a serene and supportive setting for inquiry and discovery. The dialogues will be held at Krishnamurti's former home, on the campus of the Krishnamurti Educational Center.
Participants wishing to stay on campus are housed in the Pepper Tree Retreat, a 1910 farmhouse. 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.
Join us as we set out to do the unthinkable and know the unknowable. Who knows? We may find ourselves seeing the unspeakable while being the ineffable. In other words, we just might discover what it is that love’s got to do with, actually.
Possible Questions to Consider
Is love something to be directed at an object? Typically we use the word love to express our appreciation for something or someone. Is it possible that its true meaning encompasses a wider field? Interpersonal relationships, from the romantic to the familial, hold out the promise of love, only to be tested and often shattered as life’s challenges wear down the threads of connection that keep us together. In attempting to love ourselves or one another, do we rely on an outside authority to tell us how to love? Are we interested in discovering, for ourselves, what love is? If I approach love with the knowledge of what it is to love, can I ever discover for myself what love is? Is it not necessary, then, to go beyond definitions and look to the actuality?