The Challenge of Change
The eNewsletter of the

Krishnamurti Foundation of America

and Oak Grove School

March 2011

Why am I, a human being who has been through all this, why haven't I changed?

If I radically change, surely it affects the rest of the consciousness of mankind. See this 5 minute video clip.


What can you do, no matter how small, to take the step?

I want to find out the meaning of the words 'to act', 'to do', not 'having done' or 'will do', either in the past or in the future. Acting is always in the active present, not as past action or future action, but action which is now.

Exploration into Insight, J. Krishnamurti

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Education Center upcoming program schedule


Perceptions of a Quiet Mind - Dr. Ravi Ravindra

Friday, March 18, 2011, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Krishnamurti Education Center, 1098 McAndrew Road, Ojai

The Krishnamurti Foundation of America is honored and pleased to have Dr. Ravi Ravindra give a talk titled PERCEPTIONS OF A QUIET MIND followed by questions and answers. In his talk Dr. Ravindra will explore the teachings as illustrated by his thirty year association with Krishnamurti and his witnessing 'The teacher is the teaching'.


Dr. Ravindra is Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was Professor of Comparative Religion and Adjunct Professor of Physics. He is a judge with the Templeton Prize and has written several books and papers on Krishnamurti and the teachings, for example, Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree.


Suggested donation of $10 at the door. No reservation required.


If we are able to provide live audio streaming, the details will be posted here.


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Archive of audio recordings of February 2011 programs with Rajesh Dalal - The Mind That Meets the Problem and What Change Are We Really Looking For?


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Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, 2011

Is There Life Beyond Consciousness?  

Ojai Spring Inquiry/Retreat 2011


Josip Pasic M.D. will speak on the brain/mind dilemma; awareness; current scientific explorations into the hard-wiring of the brain; our addiction to experience; and issues of life beyond consciousnesses.

Dr. Pasic is a Chicago based psychiatrist, Krishnamurti scholar, university professor, and prolific author and lecturer.

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The Annual KFA Gathering will take place May 14th and 15th with Martha Longenecker-Roth as the main speaker on the 15th. She is the wife of the late Sydney Roth, producer of, among others, the K-Anderson dialogues. Visit for updates.


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Experiments in Transformation: On Doership, Change, and Transformation

Sunday, May 22, 2011, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tibet House, 22 W 15th St, New York City

Willem Zwart, Oak Grove School teacher will give a 10-20 minute talk that includes some Krishamurti readings to frame the topic, followed by a moderated dialogue type exploration.

In the afternoon, for those who want to discuss the topic more, we can continue a moderated dialogue.

There will be a catered vegetarian lunch. You must prepay for the lunch if you want it. The suggested donation for the event is $20. Free K DVD with as yet unpublished material.

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Friday June 17th - Thursday June 30th 2011 Teaching Academy.


The 6th Annual Summer Teaching Academy sponsored by UCSB's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education and Oak Grove School will offer a two week intensive education program in Ojai, California. The program consists of two distinct yet complementary week-long sessions and participants may choose to join one or both sessions. The program will provide grounding for both new educators and renewal for veterans in the educational field.


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Sunday, August 7 to Sunday, August 14, 2011 - summer retreat and study-intensive.

Retrieving the Sacred Dimension and the Natural Order of Cosmos in Our Everyday Lives


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See the new Oak Grove School blog with head of school Meredy Benson Rice's talk on 'Mothering, Teaching, Love, and the Language of Care'


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[from Troy...]

Recently, one of our young students made a comment about why she likes the school, that it is 'letting me find and be myself.'


Such a striking insight. Appears if we want a peek at truth, we might look via the less conditioned clarity of our children. This was also a recurring theme in replies to the online survey some of you responded to recently - Why are you drawn to Krishnamurti? 


At a conference a couple of years ago, we were approached to do an introduction to Krishnamurti by a group of businessmen. The groups organizer said his group consisted of all over 50, mostly in their 60’s, some working and some retired. They all owned and ran their own companies.


At a conference a couple of years ago, we were approached to do an introduction to Krishnamurti by a group of businessmen. The one who contacted me said his group were all over 50, mostly in their 60’s, some working and some retired. They were all owners of their own companies.


He said, “We’ve known each other over twenty-five years, we meet monthly to talk over what’s going on in our lives. Needless to say, we know each other well. All the successes, family ups and downs, business failures and resurrections, we’ve experienced and shared them all. We have, collectively, started asking a nagging question. What’s this all been about, really?”


The simple sincerity of their question is quite profound. It is, after all, THE question.


We have been asked a version of this same question by a variety of people, ones at or nearing the end of careers, children grown, more time to reflect, or perhaps the dawning realization that there is less time ahead than there is behind.


Vernon Law, former major league baseball player, said “Experience is a hard teacher, because she gives the test first, and the lesson afterward.” Our student's insight is an opportunity to learn the lesson first.

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