Join us for a weekend exploring the life and work of Jiddu Krishnamurti, one of the leading thinkers of the modern era. Krishnamurti and His Teachings: The Book of Life is an opportunity for those new to Krishnamurti to learn more about this remarkable man and his insights.
This course of study takes us on a journey through the life and teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986), one of the greatest teachers and thinkers of all time. We will be exploring the wide panorama of the human condition that he unfolded with characteristic compassion and insight. The title comes from a metaphor that Krishnamurti (K for short) used to describe his teachings, namely as a reading of the story of oneself, which is also the book of humanity:
Books are important but what is far more important is to learn the book, the story of yourself, because you are all mankind. To read that book is the art of learning. It is all there: the institutions, their pressures, the religious impositions and doctrines, their cruelty, their faiths. The social structure of all societies is the relationship between human beings with their greed, ambitions, their violence, their pleasures, their anxieties. It is there if you know how to look. The look is not inward. The book is not out there or hidden in yourself. It is all around you: you are part of that book. The book tells you the story of the human being and it is to be read in your relationships, in your reactions, in your concepts and values. The book is the very centre of your being and the learning is to read that book with exquisite care. The book tells you the story of the past, how the past shapes your mind, your heart and your senses. The past shapes the present, modifying itself according to the challenge of the moment. And in this endless movement of time human beings are caught. This is the conditioning of man. This conditioning has been the endless burden of man, of you and your brother.
(Letters to the Schools, Vol. I, Letter 25, 01.09.1979, pp. 97-98) ©1981 KFT
Since K’s teachings were not intended either as a mere system of ideas or an esoteric import from the East but as a mirror of the truth that each of us must find out for him/herself, that mirroring of ourselves will be the real purpose of our study, since the point is to see and understand ourselves as we actually are and thus take full responsibility for our lives.
K did not intend his teachings to be taken on authority but to be questioned and tested in the field of daily life. This introduction is therefore an inquiry into the actuality, challenges and fundamental questions that we face as human beings, from our relationship to society and its values to the nature of consciousness, from our egocentric ways to the meaning of cooperation and love, from the worldly struggles to become to the immanent sense of being.
It is therefore proposed that the participants keep a notebook to establish for themselves a direct correspondence between the themes being discussed and their manifestation in their lives. It is also recommended that the participants explore meditation as suggested by K to the students in his schools.
Thus study, reflection, dialogue and meditation are the four key factors in what is intended as a creative exploration into the scope and heart of our human existence.