I tend to avoid talks (with the exception of Adyashanti), and am now in a bodywork intensive that includes talks so this topic comes up for me.
He should use inquiry instead of just telling people. It’s more helpful for people to find it for themselves.
He presents it in too dualistic a fashion.
He shouldn’t be so tied to the tradition (Gurdjieff).
I see I tend to value inquiry higher than talks in my own world, and want to find what’s more true for me.
What’s the value in talks?
For me, now:
Talks may offer pointers for own inquiry.
I get to see how my mind responds to what’s said, including some of my beliefs – which I can then take to inquiry.
My mind tends to explore the validity in the reversals of what’s said, which sometimes seems helpful.
Currently, in the “bodywork” intensive I am in, I somehow benefit from the atmosphere.
Sometimes, talks include an invitation for sharing own experiences, which I often find helpful.