05.01 | Andrew Barker | The Ending of Thought: Seeing Beyond Your Form To Your Real Form – Online and In Person
All Sunday Talks are at 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Pacific Time
“At the sound of the bell in the silent night, I wake from my dream in this dream-world of ours. Gazing at the reflection of the moon in a clear pool, I see, beyond my form my real form.”
Modern spiritual sages such as J. Krishnamurti and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj state that perception of Truth, connection with the Divine, the answer to the question, ” Who am I?”, begins with a quiet mind, free of incessant ongoing thinking. This is what the ancient Chinese Ch’an/Zen masters called wu nien, or no thought. The early Theosophical writers say that we must regard thoughts as things, as being like objective material objects. But, they ask, what kind of things are thoughts? They say this is very important for us to examine.
Truth cannot be expressed in words, concepts or thought of any type. The Dao can’t be spoken, because it can’t be a thought. Thinking in this case is actually an impediment, a hindrance to the realization of that Truth. But what happens in a person with a mind absent of thought? What is the impact on daily life and relationships with others? How is it even possible, anyway? We will look at what has been said about no-thought in various writings on the subject as well as discuss how our thoughts impact each of us in our own lives, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Special attention will be given to the unknown and emptiness, awakening, the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death.
Andrew Barker is a student and practitioner of a variety of Eastern and indigenous spiritual traditions, focused on meditation and contemplative arts, and a long-time member of the Theosophical Society. He works as a gardener, living a life of spontaneity, filled with plants and people, wildlife and love.