Exploring the ‘I’
From time immemorial we have been addicted to the self. It is how we identify ourselves.
It is what we love most dearly. It is also what we hate most fiercely at times.
Its existence is also the thing that we work hardest to try to validate. Almost everything that we do or think or have, including our spiritual path, is a means to confirm its existence…
The self loathes suffering and loves the causes of suffering. It stupidly wages war in the name of peace.
It wishes for enlightenment but detests the path to enlightenment. …
Its skills in playing the game of deception is nearly perfect. It weaves a cocoon around itself like a silkworm; but unlike a silkworm, it doesn’t know how to find the way out.
– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
The ‘I’ often stays as an unstated and unexplored reference point for our experiences and our lives. This workshop aims to provide a space to examine that very ‘I’: Does it exist? If so, how does it exist? How do we see ourselves and how did that view come about?
At ARTH, we believe that a deeper understanding of the ‘Self’ is critical to living a life which is more authentic and in alignment with our values and aspirations. This two and a half day experiential workshop is informed by Buddhist thought, and will include the use of Arts Based Activities, lectures and group discussions, along with meditation and few other practices.
Dr. Nivedita Chalill is a Mental Health professional (M.A, M.Phil & Ph.D) with over two decades of clinical experience. She has been trained as an Arts Based Therapist & an Educator by WCCLF (Pune) and is currently pursuing the Nalanda Masters program in Buddhist Philosophy from Tibet House (Delhi). She is the founder of ARTH, a Mental Health initiative in Mumbai(www.arth.co) and teaches Applied Buddhist Psychology.
Ms. Bhavisha Sanadhya is a Human Development professional (Mumbai University) and Arts Based Therapy practitioner (WCCLF) with over two decades of experience the field of health.
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