Sunday March 10th 2019. Online. Led by Christopher Titmuss.
Christopher offers 30 minute meditation instruction, 30 minute teachings, and live Q&A on video.
Offered on dana (donation)
1am Pacific US Time,
2pm Eastern US time,
6pm UK time,
7pm European time. Please note the earlier-than-usual start time in the UK and Europe.
WHO AM I?
Who am I? This is a fundamental question. You have to live the question, day in and day out. You cannot think through an answer.
Reflection on the Topic
The self (‘I’ and ‘my’) lands on objects, voluntarily or involuntarily. Primary objects of interest include forms, feelings, perceptions, formations of mind/speech/body and consciousness (mindfulness, awareness, concentration and meditation).
The self also grasps onto people, places, goods etc. When ‘I’ and ‘my’ becomes involved in one or two areas to take up, it is not involved in other objects of interest.
A whole life can be spent living under the spell of self – self-interest, self-help, self-enquiry, self-acceptance, self-compassion etc.
The resolution to the deep question Who am I? never concludes with an answer starting with “I am…..” This response only expresses a view. There is a much greater depth to realize than that.
Various responses to the question may arise. It is worthwhile as a daily exploration to keep digging deep with the question in daily life.
Yes, there is the danger of reinforcing the ‘self’ with the question Who am I?. The question can take you beyond ‘I’ and ‘my.’
You might conclude with conviction that you are the mind/body process. If so, there is no liberation, no end to suffering.
You might conclude that you are not the mind/body process. If so, there is no need for practice, for meditation or the path.
You might conclude that there is no self. If there is no self, you can do what you like to another since they are only elements. There is nobody there to hurt or harm.
Reflect on Who am I? daily leading up to Sunday 10 March as a preparation and after the session.
Links to Articles
Four Tips for Practice before and after Online Meeting
- Who am I? ask the question slowly several times in a meditative posture.
- Do not look for a response. It has to come to you.
- Regard body and states of mind as objects of interest. You are not the object of interest
- You are not the subject (consciousness), which objects shape.