Feb 06

A Completely Different Kind of Observation: In-Depth Program

Date and Time

February 6 - 11 2023 PST


Krishnamurti Center, 1070 McAndrew Rd OJAI, California, 93023-8314 United States View Map


Krishnamurti Center Ojai
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About This Event

Is there a completely different kind of observation? 
Do we observe how things actually are or do we observe how we wish life should be? Perhaps we observe how we fear life might actually become? Is our observation an apparatus that defines reality, or a faculty that can discover it? Is observation deluding us or able to discern what is actually present?

Is there an observation without prejudice? Do we have an unclouded observation of our everyday relationships or do we see others “through the glass darkly”? What exactly is obscuring our observation?

Does what we already think impact, even determine what we see? Are my so called feelings about you shaping how I observe you? It is interesting that the word ‘observation’ itself has both the meaning of surveillance as well as declaration or remark.
Is what we observe – how we are declaring the world to be?

Am I aware that the observer, me, wishes to see what it expects and unconsciously modifies to avoid disappointment? Is the observer divided from what it observes? Does this division distort the very thing it observes that affects all subsequent thinking, feeling and action? Is there an observation without distortion?

Do join us for this five day in-depth program together as we deep dive into the enormous impact observation has on our individual or collective sense of reality and existence. Is there a completely different kind of observation? Krishnamurti suggests that there might even be a totally incommensurable kind of existence.

 “The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.”
J. Krishnamurti

Jackie McInley founded and ran an independent Krishnamurti centre called Open Door in Southern France from 2004 until 2013 – hosting monthly inquiry weekends and annual international gatherings in French and English. She organized an experimental David Bohm bi-monthly dialogue meeting for 4 years in a local market town, and later a Krishnamurti dialogue group in the city of Toulouse.

A former self-employed, foreign language and theatre teacher by profession (schools, higher education and business), she now organises and facilitates inquiry events, gatherings and retreats in a variety of countries and cultures around the world. She also visits, facilitates dialogues and gives talks in the Krishnamurti Foundations, centres & schools in USA, UK and India.

Jackie does not follow any particular spiritual teaching but is deeply interested in the investigative talks & dialogues of J.Krishnamurti as a mirror and friend to her own constant inner inquiry.