This year’s Explorations Conference will be held from Friday, April 26, through Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the Krishnamurti Center in Ojai, California.
It is not a revolution within oneself as an individual that we are talking about—a matter of saving your own particular little soul—but a revolution within oneself as a human being totally related to all other human beings.
We may consciously separate ourselves into petty, little individualities, but deep down, unconsciously, we are the inherited human experience of all time; and mere superficial changes on the economic or social level, though they may provide a little more comfort and convenience, are not productive of a new society.
We are concerned, not only with the human being’s transformation of his total nature, but also with bringing about a different society, a good society; and a good society is not possible if there are no good human beings.
– J. Krishnamurti Saanen, Switzerland, July 18, 1965
The topic of this year’s conference is Individual & Society. There is no question that K’s primary focus was on the individual. Particularly on the ‘inner’ state of the individual, in terms of conditioned thoughts, feelings and behaviors. For K, this conditioned inner state is the fundamental cause of human conflict and suffering, and freedom from the effects of conditioning is the beginning of the realization of the highest human potential. Yet, K spoke extensively about the present state of society; the nature of the relationship between the individual and society; why a radical change or transformation is warranted in the present state of society; and how such transformation might come about
The conference will open with a presentation on the what, why and how of ‘Individual and Society’ from K’s perspective (or, more precisely, our best understanding of K’s perspective). What did K mean by the terms ‘Individual’ and ‘Society’?
This opening presentation will be followed by talks that feature a diverse range of questions and contemporary perspectives on this theme from the discipline of evolutionary and developmental biology, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and philosophy.
The program will feature formal presentations by four or five speakers from different disciplines, question and answer sessions, and panel discussions. There also will be opportunities for informal conversations and dialogues, but no formal group dialogues. More details regarding the speakers, program and other logistics will be forthcoming in the near future.