Jaap Sluijter has a long-standing interest in the questions raised by J. Krishnamurti. Currently, Jaap is the Executive Director of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America, he is in this position for almost 8 years. Previously, he lived and taught for nine years at Brockwood Park School in England. He has an MA in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a design engineer in the field of camera systems and musical instruments.
Jaap will present an overview of the work of the Foundation in the past, present and the plans for the future.
Pathik Wadhwa is a Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, where he directs the UC Irvine Development, Health and Disease Research Program. Pathik received his medical degree from the University of Poona, India, and his doctorate from the University of California, Irvine. His research addresses the question of how is it that we come to acquire our specific (individual) mental and physical characteristics, with a focus on the role of developmental processes before birth (i.e., during the intrauterine period of life), the biological pathways that underlie this phenomenon, and its implications for future health and disease susceptibility. Since its inception, this research program has been continuously funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Pathik has a long-standing interest in many of the questions, issues and perspectives advanced by Krishnamurti.
Cory Fisher has been involved with the work of the Foundation for five 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.
Mark Lee is a trustee of the KFA and the KFI and has had a fifty year association with the Krishnamurti teachings and the Foundations. He was principal of the Rishi Valley Junior School from 1965 to 1972 and founding director of the Oak Grove School in Ojai, California, from 1975 to 1985. He served as executive director of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America for twenty years and was director of Krishnamurti Publications for five years.
Michael Mendizza is an author, educator, documentary filmmaker and former trustee of the KFA. Michael created together with Evelyne Blau, three biographical documentaries’ and educational programs about the life and insights of Krishnamurti: The Challenge of Change, With A Silent Mind and The Mind of Krishnamurti, Beyond Myth and Tradition, and the KFA book Flowering. Part of this work involved over 100 personal interviews with individuals close to Krishnamurti in Europe, the United Kingdom, India and America. Michael recently published Always Awakening Buddha’s Realization Krishnamurti’s Insight with Professor Samdhong Rinpoche. He is currently developing Unconditionally Free, Krishnamurti in Context, a new book inspired by the Mind of J. Krishnamurti Exhibit he and Evelyne created. You can download Michael Mendizza’s presentation here (PDF).
David Edmund Moody, Ph.D is the author of An Uncommon Collaboration: David Bohm and J. Krishnamurti (Alpha Centauri Press, 2017). Bohm was a renowned theoretical physicist who worked closely with Krishnamurti for 25 years. Moody knew both men well in his capacity as director of Oak Grove, the position he held at the time of Krishnamurti’s death in 1986.
Moody was the first teacher hired at Oak Grove when it opened its doors in 1975. His experiences there as teacher, educational director, and director are described in his previous book, The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School (Quest, 2011). This book recounts the history of the first twelve years of the school, including Krishnamurti’s close involvement in it and Moody’s many interactions with him.
After he left Oak Grove, Moody took his doctorate degree from UCLA, where his research focused on student understanding of important concepts in the sciences. Portions of his research were published in Mapping Biology Knowledge (Kluwer, 2000). He is the author of numerous articles in popular and professional journals on topics related to science, education, and the work of Krishnamurti.
Professor Krishna was born in Chennai (south India) but grew up in Indore (central India) where his parents were educationists. He first met and heard Krishnamurti in 1957-58 and continued to listen to Krishnamurti during his visits to the education centre in Rajghat, Varanasi. He was a Professor of Physics at the Banaras Hindu University when in 1985 Krishnamurti asked him to take charge of the Rajghat Education Centre as its Rector and Principal of the Rajghat Besant School. He worked in this capacity till 2003 and has since been in-charge of the Krishnamurti Study Centre at Rajghat. He has lectured all over the world on Krishnamurti’s teachings, science, society and education. In 2015 he wrote a memoir entitled, “ A Jewel on a Silver Platter: Remembering J.Krishnamurti”
Stephen Smith was sometime Acting Principal, some years Academic Director, and twenty years a teacher at Brockwood Park School in England. While living in California, he was for five years Coordinator of the Krishnamurti Centre in Ojai, organizing events and initiating outreach. He is now an itinerant writer-cum-tutor, dialogue facilitator, and public speaker. Stephen is the editor of the Krishnamurti book Insights into Education.