There is insight when thought is absent

Public Talk 1

Can I see wholly?

Public Talk 1 Saanen
July 16, 1972

Do we act casually, expecting division to end as a result of outer environment? Does change demand immediate attention and action? Freeing of the mind from conditioning and in that freedom bringing about a cooperative action. Can one who is conditioned by the past change totally? Will change come through analysis or is there a totally different approach? Is time needed to have relationship in which there is love and not division? Does one of the many fragments of the ‘me’ assume authority or is the mind free to look? Observation not investigation. Is there analysis if there are no parts? Is analysis a waste of time? Questions from the audience followed the talk


Public Talk 2

What is it to be creative?

Public Talk 2 Saanen
July 18, 1972

Not being deeply creative we escape from the fact of deep frustration. Is there insight only when the mind is free of belief? Insight without conclusion is creative action. Why does thought draw conclusions from insight and cling to the structure of control? I am isolated when I resist. Is aloneness insight into isolation? Moving in insight, relationship changes. Freedom from images is responsibility and love. The brain needs security to function. There is security in insight, which brings intelligence. When you don't compare, what are you? Questions from the audience followed the talk


Public Talk 3

Thought and its limitations

Public Talk 3 Saanen
July 20, 1972

Can thought investigate something which is not of time, experience and knowledge? What is the mind that can enter into the dimension which has no word? Can there be a harmony in which division does not exist between the known and freedom from the known? Is the mind such a slave to words that it cannot see the movement of thought without the word? Will knowledge bring about a better world when used with the ‘me’? When the body dies what happens to thought? If I am aware that I am neurotic, in that awareness am I neurotic? Questions from the audience followed the talk


Public Talk 4

Can the mind be totally unconditioned?

Public Talk 4 Saanen
July 23, 1972

Society, culture and economic divisions have created images in us. Can the deep hurts of the mind be wiped away so that no mark is left? Will this be done through analysis? Who is analysing? Is hurt a problem if you do not move away from it? Does conflict destroy the brain? Is comparison an escape from ‘what is’? Am I the word, the description, the thought? If I don't compare, what am I? Wanting to cross to the other side of the river becomes a problem. Questions from the audience followed the talk


Public Talk 5

Will the discovery of the cause of suffering end it?

Public Talk 5 Saanen
July 25, 1972

Is sorrow ignorance of oneself? How does one go beyond loneliness? Can thought as measurement put an end to itself? When belief is threatened there is fear. Can the brain have security in which every form of fear has come to an end? Can the mind realize there is no security in the things that thought projects? The perception of truth is security. Can the mind invite joy? Can one help another in crisis? Questions from the audience followed the talk


Public Talk 6

Pleasure, joy and death

Public Talk 6 Saanen
July 27, 1972

Does the mind have any existence apart from the thing to which it is attached? Why does the mind act from a series of conclusions of thought? How can I love you if I am attached to you? What is the actual activity of the structure of memory which is the past? Can the mind have an insight into conditioning and therefore tremendous energy to change it? How do I communicate love without the word? Is there anything permanent beyond death? Questions from the audience followed the talk


Public Talk 7

Religion and meditation

Public Talk 7 Saanen
July 30, 1972

Why have we divided life into spirit and matter? Is religion based on the insights of a few who have established a church? How is the mind to bring about harmony, tremendous energy and clarity? Will any act of desire bring it about? Is the controller different from the controlled? Why do you want any kind of experience? Can the mind and the brain be completely still? Can you know your mind is quiet? Quietness implies space. Is there something immeasurable beyond thought? What job will one do if one is serious about life? Questions from the audience followed the talk


Public Discussion 1

The observer and the observed

Public Discussion 1 Saanen
August 02, 1972

Q: How can I learn about myself? I want to learn about myself without conclusion because conclusion prevents looking at the fact. There is the observer and the thing observed. When there is an observer there must be division and conflict. I am not a harmonious whole, I am fragmented because I hate and love, I am ambitious and greedy. The observer is the cause of division. How is the observer not to divide himself? Can the mind respond totally to every challenge so that there is no conflict and therefore no observer?


Public Discussion 2

The problem of existence

Public Discussion 2 Saanen
August 03, 1972

Q: What is the factor of distortion in life? Why does a human being who wants to live a harmonious life gradually go to pieces? What is it that goes wrong? Is it duality: the good and the bad, love and hate? Are there opposites psychologically, or is there only one factor? A mind that is acting in the past or in the future, that is caught in nationalism or religious beliefs, contributes to war.


Public Discussion 3

Total attention

Public Discussion 3 Saanen
August 04, 1972

Q: Can one sustain total attention? When you observe the mountains, the trees or yourself with sufficient attention and energy, the observer with all its conditioning is absent. Can one maintain this sense of total attention continuously? Be aware of inattention. Awareness of inattention is attention. We compare, measure, conform and identify with ideals. The more we identify with something that gives pleasure the more we are attached to it. What takes place when there is no identification? We then deal with facts and that gives tremendous vitality.


Public Discussion 4

Fragmentary action and total action

Public Discussion 4 Saanen
August 05, 1972

Discussion with young people How does youth respond to the modern challenge? Young people live and act fragmentarily. Do you see that this is unintelligent action? How is the mind to acquire an intelligence that will act intelligently in all things? Do you see for yourself the challenge that the house is burning, politically, religiously, socially? How do you respond? Do you see it right away, non-verbally? Why do we see things in words first? Words are ideas, thoughts, formulas which then become a remembrance. There is an action which is totally complete when there is no ideation or prejudice. Being young, can you listen with a mind that is young?


Public Discussion 5

Conclusions prevent looking

Public Discussion 5 Saanen
August 06, 1972

Q: Is it possible to learn what observation is? Most of us live in ideas, beliefs and concepts. Why does the mind create images, words, opinions and judgements? The mind is lazy. It is easier to live with an image than with a fact. How am I to stop image-making? Looking at a tree as though for the first time, its beauty brings tears to your eyes. See the hills and shadows as you have never seen them before. See your friend, husband or wife for the first time. See yourself without any image and realize that you are nothing. In that there is vast beauty. Then you will know what truth is.


Public Discussion 6

The sacred in life

Public Discussion 6 Saanen
August 07, 1972

Q: What is the significance of sleep, death, dreams and meditation? If life during the day is orderly, the brain is absolutely quiet. Sleep then is without dreams and when the brain wakes up it has vitality. To see clearly the mind must be quiet. How is thought to be quiet? The mind empty of thought can use thought and live with thought in harmony. This is meditation. That which is sacred is the moment when thought is not, the quality of mind that is completely empty. Out of emptiness, space, silence thought can operate.


Public Discussion 7

Are you aware of your conditioning?

Public Discussion 7 Saanen
August 08, 1972

Is time needed to be free of conditioning? We use time as measure, both outwardly and inwardly. Is time necessary for psychological understanding or to be free from habit? The mind is conditioned religiously, psychologically and socially. Does it take time to break down conditioning? Our life is based on conditioning and becomes mechanical. We don't want to go beyond the narrow field of conditioning and in that lies sorrow. Is it possible at one glance to see the poisonous nature of all conditioning?


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