- To learn to step of out of train of thought
- To learn to recognize wasteful thinking while it is happening
- To learn to perceive that thought is distorting our perception - fooling us like a master magician, while it is happening
- To see that this learning can happen on the go - in the car, bus, airport, grocery store, while jogging, in office meeting or even in the middle of an argument.
Why "on the go"?
What is the fee for the workshop?
The fee is Rs. 5000 (+ 15% service tax). The fee includes refreshments, but it excludes travel and stay. Early bird discount of 10% for registration on or before June 15, 2017. Registration form is available here. For more information, contact email@example.com / 99457-57913.
Is it about spirituality or creativity?
The workshop is primarily about spirituality or self-discovery. However, it is not aligned with any religion, sect or guru. One can say, it is about secular spirituality. Emphasis will be placed on not believing in anything, even what the facilitator says. Participants will be encouraged to experiment and find out for themselves. A natural by-product of less-conditioned mind is holistic creativity. i.e. creativity not in any specific functional area such as painting, science, engineering etc. but creativity in every area of life.
How is it related to Vipassana meditation?
This workshop carries the same primary goal as Vipassana - i.e. learning to see reality as it is. It is also about learning to use the same primary resource as Vipassana i.e. attention. However, it is different from Vipassana on two dimensions. One, it is primarily about meditation that can be done anytime anywhere whereas Vipassana emphasizes seated meditation at a dedicated time (typically prolonged time). Second, this workshop emphasizes mindfulness as an investigation into how thought fools oneself (self-deception). Investigation is not part of Vipassana (to the best of my knowledge).
What is the mode of delivery? Is it PPT based?
The workshop is primarily about self-reflection or meditation. There will be four 1-hour silent reflection sessions (one on each half-day). Instructions will be given as to what to do during these sessions. Prior to these 1-hour sessions there will be small warm-up reflection exercises. To explain the learning approach, examples from movies, magic shows and music will be used. Some time will spent in small group discussions and Q&A. Usage of PPT will be kept to minimal (perhaps eliminated altogether).
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