David Edmund Moody was the first teacher hired at the newly opened Oak Grove School in Ojai, Calif., in 1975. He subsequently served as Educational Director (1980-1984), and as Director of the school (1984-1987), the position he held at the time of the death of the school’s founder, J. Krishnamurti.
Moody was born and raised in southern California, and attended undergraduate school at UC Berkeley during the 1960s. He took his Master’s Degree in Political Science at UCLA in 1970 and completed much of the coursework for a doctoral degree in Political Theory.
After he left Oak Grove, Moody returned to graduate study at UCLA. He took his Ph.D. in Education in 1991. His dissertation research focused upon cognitive obstacles students encounter in their efforts to understand the theory of evolution. Portions of Moody’s research were published in the journal Science Education and in a book he co-authored, Mapping Biology Knowledge (Kluwer, 2000).
Moody’s observations of Krishnamurti and his experiences at Oak Grove are described in his book The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School (Quest, 2011). He continues to pursue research in science education and related subjects, including the Gaia hypothesis. He remains vitally interested in the teachings of J. Krishnamurti.
Books by David Moody:
An Uncommon Collaboration: David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti describes the life stories of the two men individually as well as the nature and quality of their relationship. The book concludes with a critical assessment of each man’s contribution to the work they were engaged in, their mutual accomplishments, and the issues that remain unresolved. Moody’s work with Bohm featured several recorded dialogues that examined Bohm’s views on Krishnamurti’s philosophy and his personality.
The Unconditioned Mind: “Like an iridescent diamond,” is how David Moody describes revered philosopher J. Krishnamurti in this intimate portrait of him at the Oak Grove School in California. Krishnamurti founded the school in 1975 and personally oversaw it for the last decade of his life. Moody, Oak Grove’s first teacher and later director, recounts their close work together and explains Krishnamurti’s ideas with splendid clarity. He also recounts how those ideas sparked competition among the staff, producing a complex force-field that challenged Moody to the utmost. The resulting drama, and Krishnamurti’s involvement in it, forms the core of this rare, behind-the-scenes view.