Starting & Running a Nonduality Meetup - Interview with Anamika





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Published on Mar 14, 2014

Anamika, along with Didier Weiss, runs the Auroville Nondual Meetup Group located in Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India.

The interview was conducted on March 9, 2014.

0:00 - 8:20 Some light-hearted banter between friends. Speaking from one's own truth "when the space is there." Guideline: Allowing the space.

8:20 - 12:13 There really isn't a list of guidelines, they show themselves once you start the group and as it unfolds. Guideline: there are no guidelines, no set of rules to fit into. Guidelines emerge. Guideline: start with a feeling of honesty.

12:13 - 15:55 Influence of well-known teachers visiting Anamika's group: Unmani, Paul Smit, Lisa Cairns. Goal of the group is to see what we are already and it's good to keep the edge, to keep the inquiry alive. Guideline: be aware of whether you are coming across as the authority.

15:55 - 19:05 The case of a group member being conceptual or seeking psychological assistance. Guideline: You don't have to indulge in the concept or the story but return to self-inquiry. Take the role of initiator. Guideline: It's good to have several people in your group who can keep the focus on self-inquiry.

19:05 - 24:00 The core group, meaning of. How do you keep a group alive? Guideline: Present different points of view around a particular question. In this segment there is a little irrelevant digression.

24:00 - 25:51 Screening of members is provided by Meetup.com. Guideline: You may have to screen members who apply for membership, as some people may have objectives unrelated to the topic.

25:51 - 46:46 Discussion on the guidelines on dialogue from the Krishnamurti Foundation of America, as well as other topics. Guideline: Consider using a talking stick. Guideline: Don't rush people out after a meetup, people like to socialize afterward. Guideline: It's best to meet in a neutral place rather than in a member's home, since there is less fuss. How Anamika and Didier Weiss started their group.

46:46 - 49:50 Anamika asks Jerry how his group is kept "alive." Focus on self-inquiry.

49:50 - 56:56 Jerry asks Anamika about the structure of her meetups and about the community of Auroville, as well as her work and activities there. The Newcomers process as part of eventually becoming an Aurovillean.

56:56 - 1:04:08 Addressing differences between members of the core group. Guideline: try doing exercises from different books/teachers. How members benefit from the meetup. Final chatting.


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