"Question: When I listen to you there is an urgency to change. When I return home it fades. What am I to do?

Krishnamurti: What are you to do? Is the urgency to change due to, or influenced by, the speaker? While you are here you are driven into a corner but when you leave that is so no longer. It means that you are being challenged, influenced, driven, persuaded, and when that is gone you are where you were.

Now, what is one to do? Please let us think out the right answer to this. What is one to do? I come to this gathering from a distant place. It is a lovely day. I have put up a tent and I am really interested. I have read, not only what the speaker has said, but a great deal besides. I know the Christian and Buddhist concepts, the Hindu mythology, and I have also done different forms of meditation, the T.M., the Tibetan, Hindu and Buddhist. But I am dissatisfied with all those, so I come here and I listen. Now am I prepared to listen completely? I cannot listen completely if I bring all my knowledge here with me. I cannot listen or learn, or comprehend, completely if I belong to some sect, if I am attached to one particular concept and if I also want to add to that what is said here. I must come, if I am serious, with a free mind, with a mind that says, “Let’s find out, for God’s sake”, not, “I want to add what you are saying to what I already know”.

So what is one’s attitude going to be? The speaker has been saying constantly: freedom is absolutely necessary. Psychological freedom first, not the physical freedom which you have in the democratic, if not in the totalitarian, countries. Inward freedom can only come about when one understands one’s conditioning, the conditioning which is both social and cultural, religious, economic and physical. Can one be free of that – of the psychological conditioning? Me first, everybody else second!

What is difficult in all this is that we cling to something so deeply that we are unwilling to let go. One has studied various things and one is attracted to a particular psychological school. One has gone into it, studied it and found out that there is a great deal in it and one sticks to it. And then one comes here and listens and adds what one has heard to that. So it all becomes a melange, a mixture of everything. Are we not doing that? Our minds become very confused. And for the time being when you are here that confusion is somewhat pushed away or diminished, but when you leave, it is back again. Can one be aware of this confusion, not only while you are here but when you are at home – that is much more important?"


– J. Krishnamurti
2nd September 1980
Brockwood Park
The Urgency to Change
 
 

 
 
Dear Friends,

We invite you to our free, online event: May Gathering, on Saturday, May 1st, and Sunday, May 2nd, 2021.

We have chosen a theme that we feel is extremely relevant in light of all the challenges the world has gone through in 2020 and continue to face in 2021, The Urgency of Change.  This is also the title of a book that was published 50 years ago, and the topics it touches upon are as striking now as they were then.

The focus of this Gathering is to have speakers, panels, and dialogues aiming at exploring what this theme means—and to look at it in a wide context.

Due to the continued outbreak of the Coronavirus, this is now an online event only.  This is a free event but registration is required to get access.

Click here to register now. 
 
 
Speakers
 
 
 
 
Nandini Patnaik has been associated with the work of J. Krishnamurti for more than four decades. A longtime teacher of English language and literature, Nandini has authored four books on Krishnamurti, including two biographical works, J. Krishnamurti: The Making of a World Teacher, Beyond the Pathless, Living Is Not a Choice: You, Me, and Krishnamurti, and Awareness in Daily Living. Her latest book, Living Is Not a Choice is a collection of short stories that are seamlessly appended by excerpts from Krishnamurti literature. The stories highlight universal existential relationship problems and offer to approach them nontraditional. Nandini has also written several books in Odia (an Indian language) including a biography of Krishnamurti.
 
 
 
 
Cory Fisher has been involved with the work of the Foundation for four years. He was one of the first batch of Residential Students at the KEC and lived on the campus. Currently, he is the Director of Publications and Archives for the KFA. Cory has facilitated several programs. His other main passion is fine art.
 
 
 
 
 David Edmund Moody, Ph.D., is the author of three books about Krishnamurti. His most recent book is Krishnamurti in America: New Perspectives on the Man and his Message. This book represents a full-scale biography of Krishnamurti’s life, with special attention to the events in America that have not been covered well in previous biographies.

Moody was the first teacher hired when Krishnamurti founded the Oak Grove School in Ojai, California, in 1975.  He subsequently served as educational director of the school, and as director, the position he held at the time of Krishnamurti’s death in 1986.  He later took his Ph.D. in science education (UCLA, 1991) with a focus on student misconceptions in the study of biological evolution.
 
 
 
 
 Gianni Garubo was first introduced to Krishnamurti’s work as a student at Oak Grove School. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts (Philosophy & History of Mathematics/Science with minors in Classical Studies & Comparative Literature) from St. John’s College. He currently works at the Krishnamurti Foundation assisting the Development team and at the Oak Grove school as a teacher’s aide for the 2nd grade.
 
 
 
 
 
Jackie McInley founded and ran an independent Krishnamurti centre called Open Door in Southern France from 2004 until 2013 – hosting monthly inquiry weekends and annual international gatherings in French and English. She organized an experimental David Bohm bi-monthly dialogue meeting for 4 years in a local market town, and later a Krishnamurti dialogue group in the city of Toulouse.

A self-employed, foreign language and communication awareness coach by profession (schools, higher education and business), she now spends her time traveling to various Krishnamurti centers and schools around the world: facilitating dialogues and programs, sharing skills in the schools, and helping out in K related projects.

When
Saturday - Sunday
May 1 - 2, 2021
Where
Online Event Only
Free of Charge
 
 
 
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