We came across this beautiful picture in the KFA Archives of Krishnamurti on a motorbike behind Arya Vihara in the 1920’s. The picture serves to illustrate the importance of the archives, preserving not just the teachings, but also the history of Krishnamurti for the future. Even those who feel that they know everything about Krishnamurti and his teachings can be surprised by the wealth of resources available.
Recently, for example, we started going back through the unpublished discussions surrounding the founding of Oak Grove School for a new book publication. In these discussions one theme kept recurring. This theme, “Unconditioning,” will be our central focus throughout the coming year. It is also the theme of the upcoming May Gathering, which we have already begun planning.
Also in the new year, we will have our second five-day Yoga & Self-Knowledge Retreat, starting on January 29th. This retreat offers an opportunity to engage with Krishnamurti’s teachings beyond dialogue, which can be important for those who access learning and inquiry more readily outside of a dialogue setting.
Think on These Things, our dialogue-based program of inquiry for young adults and teenagers, is growing in its outreach. Amanda Lezra, the program director, together with the former Director of the Oak Grove Secondary School, Willem Zwart, have developed a syllabus with input from university professors. The syllabus will be available to teachers and schools interested in focusing a class around Krishnamurti-style inquiry.
Finally, this year is almost complete, and with that, our annual appeal will be over. We are half-way to our goal. With 18 days left, all donations will be greatly appreciated. The programs mentioned above are made possible by our donors, and as a token of appreciation we will be sending out this year’s Bulletin next week — an unpublished Krishnamurti Dialogue from Ojai, CA during the initial development of Oak Grove School. The Bulletin is titled: Unconditioning Through Education.
“When you say something, it is intelligence that is going to discover whether you are honest or dishonest. It is intelligence that is going to find out whether a certain activity is worthwhile doing or not. So, is it possible in a school of this kind to uncondition the student – we’ll come to how, the process of unconditioning, we’ll come to that – so that when he leaves, he is intelligent, and therefore he can meet society intelligently, not accept the patterns of society.”
— Krishnamurti 1975