What we'll do
1. This moment is the only time we ever have to live - What does Krishnamurti's “All Inclusive Attention” mean and involve in this moment
2. With a mindfulness of this moment through a focus on the breath, which is always freshly now, we can see how thought is always habitually trying to take us away to the past or future which do not exist - they are only thoughts... we can see and learn the need to be fully grounded in this now moment’s “it is”
3. Krishnamurti says "awareness of inattention is attention" What is this attention? What is “full and complete Attention”? We shall look at practical ways this can be experienced eg. through the inherently dangerous activity of driving a car... We shall see that Krishnamurti's “all-inclusive, complete attention” equates with the “ten direction eyes” of
Zen Practice and bringing forth that mind which abides nowhere.
4. Our only true security is the eternal Now of this moment. I shall explain how the giving of all-inclusive attention NOW can lead immediately to the experience of: NO - MIND, NO - SELF, NO - TIME, as described and referred to by both Krishnamurti and Zen Teachings
5. How being fully with what is arising moment by moment without resistance is both true intimacy, “loving what is” and loving the world as an ever-changing manifestation of our TRUE SELF
6. How “The Pain Body” (E.Tolle) dissolves through awareness, attention, mindfulness in this now moment.
7. How Awareness is our timeless, formless, wordless, indestructible true nature and has the features of Sat, Chit, Anand - Beingness, Consciousness, Bliss. TAT TVAM ASI - You ARE That!
Peter Thompson has studied with many famous spiritual teachers in India, USA, Japan and Australia, the first of whom to influence and guide him were J. Krishnamurti and Vimala Thakar. He first sat Zen Meditation in 1975 as a founding member of Sydney Zen Centre and has studied and practised with many famous Zen teachers since. In addition, Peter has been greastly inspired by the Advaita Vedanta path, having met and studied with a number of its famous exponents. His interest lies in helping the integration of Zen and Advaita into his native Christian/Western cultural context. He has a deep commitment to helping to address major
modern issues such as the climate change crisis and eco-sustainability, to realign spirituality with the natural world. To this end he has recently initiated the Dharma Gaia Fellowship and AFCAN (Artists for Climate Action Now).
Peter holds an Arts Degree from ANU, majoring in Political Science (Hons) and Law, a Research Masters Degree in Community Counselling (UCAN) and a Diploma of Education. He taught high school for 24 years and is also a qualified professional tennis coach.
Small contribution of $3/6 members/non-members appreciated - includes afternoon refreshments of tea/coffee and cakes.