Problem of Thought Retreat in Christchurch

A Gathering in Christchurch

The Problem of Thought”

Can the mind be quiet?

A three day gathering is being organised in Christchurch, 25th-27th April. This will be at Risingholme Community Centre, and is non-residential.

Through self-inquiry, through silence, through dialogue, through observation, and with some reference to several authors, including Krishnamurti, we will inquire into the most fundamental problem of our life - thought and the self.

It is emphasised that the gathering implies the active and equal participation of all those attending, through dialogue and activities. Although a program has been arranged, and sessions will be facilitated, there is no authority figure involved, no ideology or belief.

It is hoped that during this gathering we can explore some of the following questions:

  • Can we deeply enquire together, have dialogue together, putting aside what we know, our conclusions, our beliefs?
  • Can we listen to others, without interposing our opinions?
  • Can we put aside all notions of 'what should be' and be concerned only with what is?
  • What is the real nature of thought?
  • Who am I?
  • What is true meditation?
  • Can the mind be quiet, still?

Thought is the very basis of the human mind, and if we wish to understand ourselves, we have to understand thought itself. Our very civilisation, society, has been based on thought, and this may be why there is such confusion, so many problems. We are conditioned to try to solve all our problems using thought, but is this really possible?

So these are the issues that the gathering is concerned with. Although there will be some similarities to the Coromandel gathering last September, much of the material used will be new.

Facilitation is by Clive Elwell and Mark Matsis.

Inquiries and applications to attend may be made to Mark Matsis:

027 2406290

For more information see the Facebook Events page here

Download the flier for the event below:

Clive Elwell,
Feb 16, 2020, 8:59 PM