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THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE
The e-Newsletter of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America

MAY 2008

 

A MIND THAT SEEKS TO UNDERSTAND

 


A mind that seeks to understand the fundamental necessity of change must ceaselessly ask itself: ‘Is it possible to change without the action of will?’. . . What will break up the center  of this constant accumulation of memory, of experience, of knowledge, from which there is action? 

 

— J. Krishnamurti  

 

We are faced with a breakdown of general social order and human values that threatens stability throughout the world. Existing knowledge cannot meet this challenge. Something much deeper is needed, a completely new approach. I am suggesting that the very means by which we try to solve our problems is the problem. The source of our problems is within the structure of thought itself. This may seem strange because our culture prides itself on thought being its highest achievement.
           — David Bohm
(from a public talk in Santa Monica, California, 1981)

Editor: Troy Sumrall
Email:
troy@kfa.org | Ph 805-646-2726, x30

IN THIS ISSUE

MEDITATION
We get lots of interesting questions here at the KFA. One of the consistent ones is about meditation. What did Krishnamurti say?  Is there another meditation, different from what we traditionally read about?

MAY GATHERING 
You are invited to a special two-day 2008 May Gathering, presented by the Krishnamurti Foundation of America. The dates are May 10 & 11, 2008 at Oak Grove School, 220 West Lomita Avenue, Ojai. This gathering is free of charge and open to the public (no reservations necessary).


KRISHNAMURTI COLLEGE STUDENT SUMMER STUDY PROGRAM

Ojai, California - June 25th to July 9th, 2008

Students gather in Ojai, California for an intensive retreat living together and deeply going into the process of self-enquiry.


KRISHNAMURTI ADULT SUMMER STUDY-INTENSIVE AND RETREAT PROGRAM
The Krishnamurti Foundation of America is pleased to announce that the Summer Study Program for adults will be presented in two locations this year:

Ojai, California - July 13th to 19th, 2008
Victoria, Canada - August 10th to 16th, 2008


2008 TEACHER'S ACADEMY
 
The Oak Grove Teacher’s Academy offers experienced educators and students of education the opportunity to explore the possibility of what Krishnamurti calls a revolution in education, a revolution that emphasizes self-understanding on the part of both teacher and student. The Academy provides the rare opportunity to explore Krishnamurti’s work, and participate in penetrating dialogues with like-minded educators from diverse backgrounds, in a setting of great natural beauty.

INTERESTED IN A NETWORK OF PEOPLE INTERESTED IN KRISHNAMURTI? CHECK OUT NING.COM

DO YOU HAVE A SMALL PICKUP TRUCK YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE? OAK GROVE SCHOOL WISH LIST:
The maintenance department at the Oak Grove School needs a truck.
Other Oak Grove School needs: A kiosk for the School grounds.
 

CALENDAR UPDATES

LET US HEAR FROM YOU!


                
MEDITATION Krishnamurti
Is there a new experience in meditation? The desire for experience, the higher experience which is beyond and above the daily or the commonplace, is what keeps the well-spring empty. The craving for more experience, for visions, for higher perception, for some realization or other, makes the mind look outward, which is no different from its dependence on environment and people. The curious part of meditation is that an event is not made into an experience. It is there, like a new star in the heavens, without memory taking it over and holding it, without the habitual process of recognition and response in terms of like and dislike. Our search is always outgoing; the mind seeking any experience is outgoing. Inward-going is not a search at all; it is perceiving. Response is always repetitive, for it comes always from the same bank of memory.

— J. Krishnamurti, Meditations, 1969

Meditation is really very simple. We complicate it. We weave a web of ideas round it—what it is and what it is not. But it is none of these things. Because it is so very simple it escapes us, because our minds are so complicated, so time-worn and time-based. And this mind dictates the activity of the heart, and then the trouble begins. But meditation comes naturally, with extraordinary ease, when you walk on the sand or look out of your window or see those marvellous hills burnt by last summer’s sun. Why are we such tortured human beings, with tears in our eyes and false laughter on our lips? If you could walk alone among those hills or in the woods or along the long, white, bleached sands, in that solitude you would know what meditation is. The ecstasy of solitude comes when you are not frightened to be alone no longer belonging to the world or attached to anything. Then, like that dawn that came up this morning, it comes silently, and makes a golden path in the very stillness, which was at the beginning, which is now, and which will be always there.

— J. Krishnamurti, Meditations, 1969 

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MAY GATHERING
A FREE EVENT
Topic: Facing a World in Crisis

May 10 - 11
Oak Grove School, Ojai, California

You are invited to a special two-day 2008 May Gathering, presented by the Krishnamurti Foundation of America. The dates are May 10 & 11, 2008 at Oak Grove School, 220 West Lomita Avenue, Ojai. This gathering is free of charge and open to the public (no reservations necessary).
KFA Gathering 07

SATURDAY  
8:30 am Audio of a Krishnamurti talk, in the Oak Grove
10:00 am Welcome and Introductions, Outdoor Pavilion
10:15 am FACING A WORLD IN CRISIS: Exploring Conflict
Guest Speaker David Skitt - editor du jour and trustee of KFT - will address relevent issues of today, followed by questions from the audience.
 
12:30 pm Lunch ($10, proceeds to OGS), prepared by Irmgard James
2:00 pm KRISHNAMURTI IN THE 21ST CENTURY
4:00 pm Krishnamurti Video Showing, OGS Student Center
7:00 pm Musical Presentation: Classical Piano, Natasha Kislenko 
   
SUNDAY  
8:30 am Audio of a Krishnamurti talk, in the Oak Grove
10:00 am Welcome and Introductions, Outdoor Pavilion
10:15 am RAISING CHILDREN TO MEET CONFLICT
OGS faculty, parents, and students speak together, with questions from the audience.
 
12:30 pm Lunch ($10, proceeds to OGS), prepared by Irmgard James
2:00 pm Krishnamurti Video Showing, OGS Student Center
3:00 pm Small Dialogue Groups - meet in OGS Student Center
5:30 pm High Tea, OGS Main House, prepared by Michael Krohnen

For further information, please call Diane White: 805-646-2726, ext. 20 or click here .
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KRISHNAMURTI COLLEGE STUDENT SUMMER STUDY PROGRAM

Ojai, California - June 25th to July 9th, 2008

This program challenges students to participate in an entirely new way of living, to consider a different dimension of existence beyond the thought-based patterns of the mind, to live without conflict of any kind and to understand the implications of the ending of time. We will explore together the possibilities of a new kind of freedom: freedom from fear, from confusion, from disorder and the illusion of separation. Through the shared process of inter-active dialogue, we will examine the hidden content and structure of our own minds, of our accumulated conditioning and how that conditioning unconsciously shapes our experiences and perceptions of life. The goal of this program is to help college students to establish a ground for self-awareness and self-discovery through the in-depth inquiry of the dialogue process.


Each day we enter into a penetrating dialogue under the western oak trees on the Oak Grove campus. In the evening we read from Krishnamurti's writings around a fire under the stars. There will also be daily viewings of a carefully selected group of Krishnamurti videos. Students will have access to lovely walking trails just outside Besant House. There will also be weekend trips to the beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara and hikes into the spectacular canyons surrounding Ojai. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students.


Live and study in breathtakingly beautiful Ojai, California
The Ojai Course Brochure and the Application Guidelines are available on the website  www.kfa.org/college-program.php

For further information, please contact Richard Waxberg


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KRISHNAMURTI ADULT SUMMER STUDY INTENSIVE AND RETREAT PROGRAM

Ojai, California - July 13th to 19th, 2008
Victoria, Canada - August 10th to 16th, 2008

The Krishnamurti Adult Summer Study-Intensive & Retreat Program was created to give adults a sustained in-depth immersive experience of the dynamic life-changing teachings of Krishnamurti. This program presents Krishnamurti's teachings as an entirely new way of living, of considering a different dimension of existence beyond the thought-based patterns of the mind, of living without conflict Adult Summer Prog 07of any kind, and of understanding the implications of the ending of time. We will explore together the possibilities of a new kind of freedom: freedom from fear, from confusion, from disorder and the illusion of separation. Through the shared process of inter-active dialogue, we will examine the hidden content and structure of our own minds, of our accumulated conditioning and how that conditioning unconsciously shapes our experiences and perceptions of life. The goal of this program is to help us to establish a ground for self-awareness and self-discovery through the in-depth inquiry of the dialogue process.

Each day we enter into two penetrating dialogues: the morning dialogue is under the western oak trees on the Oak Grove campus: the evening dialogues are under the stars. There will also be daily viewings of a carefully selected group of Krishnamurti videos. Participants will have access to lovely walking trails just outside Besant House. Live and study in breathtakingly beautiful Ojai, California, amidst tall mountains, lush flowers, orange and avocado groves, wonderful hiking trails, less than an hour from the beaches of Santa Barbara.

Live and study in breathtakingly beautiful Ojai, California or Swanwick, Victoria, Canada.

Ojai Course Brochure
Swanwick Course Brochure
Application Guidelines
are available on the website http://www.kfa.org/adult-study.php

For further information, please contact Richard Waxberg.

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2008 TEACHER'S ACADEMY  Chief Peak & Sky, Ojai

June 30 to July 17
Swanwick Retreat Center in
Victoria, British Columbia

July 28 to August 15 at
Oak Grove School in Ojai, CA 

The Oak Grove Teacher’s Academy offers experienced educators and students of education the opportunity to explore the possibility of what Krishnamurti calls a revolution in education, a revolution that emphasizes self-understanding on the part of both teacher and student. The Academy provides the rare opportunity to explore Krishnamurti’s work, and participate in penetrating dialogues with like-minded educators from diverse backgrounds, in a setting of great natural beauty.

The Oak Grove Teacher’s Academy is a program designed to explore the educational work of J. Krishnamurti and the critical and practical challenges of teaching within the classroom, including:

*Investigating conditioning
*Facilitating inquiry
*Enabling group process
*Exploring new levels of communication
     and observation
*Connecting with nature

The program also offers teachers an opportunity to become familiar with progressive educational practices, and to go much deeper, in the light of Krishnamurti’s educational insights, including:

*Project-based learning: dealing with real life complexity
*Holistic thinking skills: going beyond problem-solving
*Inquiry-based conflict resolution
*Communication skills

Workshop facilitator, Paul Herder, MA, will lead a group of distinguished educators. Paul is the Director of Teacher Development at Oak Grove School. His career in education spans 20 years and includes teaching, curriculum development, administration, educational consulting and teacher training. Before joining Oak Grove School, he worked as a teacher trainer bringing inquiry-based, student-centered educational programs to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Tuition is $1,000 and includes tuition, room and board. A limited number of scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Academy Director Paul Herder: paul@paulherder.com

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NING.COM 

Network
Want to network with others interested in the work of J Krishnamurti? Go to:http://www.jkrishnamurti.ning.com/

You can post your personal information and interests, photos, meet others, invite friends, blog, or any combination that works for you. Enjoy!

 

The KFA Online Dialogue Forum is also getting traction with, as of this writing, 133 registered users. Check out the postings or join the dialogue by signing up at: www.kfa.org.  Click on the “Community” tab, then “Forum” in the dropdown box.

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OAK GROVE SCHOOL WISH LIST PU Truck

The maintenance department at the Oak Grove School is in need of a small pickup truck. If you have a used one in good condition that you would like to donate or could help in any way please contact Jodi at jodigrass@oakgroveschool.com 

We need a kiosk for the school grounds. Currently, we have a parent kiosk--parent communication bulletin board--located at the entrance of the elementary and junior high schools. We post important dates Lockable Kioskand deadlines along with photos of recent events and student reminders. We would like to add two more kiosks at the entrance of the Early Childhood Program (preschool-kindergarten) and another at the entrance of the high school. The permanent structure stands about 9 ft. high and is made of weather-treated wood for durability. It also has a tempered glass door that is locked, so that postings are protected. This is going to cost about $5000.00. Any donations towards this project are greatly appreciated. Again, contact Jodi at the email address above.

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DONATIONS DRIVE THE WORK
Thanks to all the many financial supporters of the KFA. It’s only due to your active support that we can continue of mission of preservation and dissemination of Krishnamurti’s critical work.

Our immediate goal is to find 5,000 new donors who can commit to $250 a year for at least the next 5 years. That would more than solve general operating expense overhead and move along the digitization project tremendously.

If you can, sign up by clicking “donate” on the top right of the website or by clicking here. If you have substantial capacity and would like to talk over our specific needs, call me to discuss. 

Troy Sumrall
   805-646-2726 ext. 30

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CALENDAR UPDATES

Annual May Gathering
Title: Facing A World In Crisis
Speaker: David Skitt
Ojai, California

CORRECTION:
The dates for the May Gathering have been changed to:
May 10th and 11th, 2008

SAVE THE DATES: This event is FREE for the public and takes place on the campus of Oak Grove School. Registration is not required. The event comprises speakers, panel discussions, video and audio selections of Krishnamurti. Spend an early summer weekend with us and meet others who are interested in the teachings. For more information, click here.

College Student Summer Study Program
June 25th through July 9th, 2008
Ojai, California
For more information, click here .

Teacher’s Academy
June 30th through July 19th, 2008
Swanwick, British Columbia, Canada
Open to educators from around the world. For more information, click here .

Adult Summer Dialogue Intensive
July 13th through 19th, 2008
Ojai, California
For more information, click here.

College Student Summer Study Program
July 24th through August 7th, 2008
Swanwick, British Columbia, Canada
For more information, click here.

Teacher’s Academy
July 28th through August 15th, 2008
Ojai, California
Open to educators from around the world. For more information, click here.

Adult Summer Dialogue Intensive
August 10th through August 16th, 2008
Swanwick, British Columbia, Canada
For more information, click here.

Santa Sabina Dialogue Retreat
August 22nd to 24th, 2008

SAVE THE DATES for this unique opportunity to spend a peaceful weekend in the beautiful Santa Sabina Retreat, near San Francisco. As with other Dialogue Weekends, a specific topic initiates the dialogue process, which is augmented by video and/or audio of Krishnamurti. More information available soon.

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LET US HEAR FROM YOU!

Please send your thoughts and observations. We read them, we appreciate them, we reply to all. We love to collect stories of how you came to the teachings. Yes, we really are interested, even if you just picked up a book in the bookstore. If you care to share, include the when, what, where.  Do you recall how you felt when you got your first exposure to Krishnamurti’s observations? Click here to contact us.

 

Join in the dialogue at www.kfa.org 

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Until next time,
Troy

P.S.  Don’t forget you can subscribe to the Daily Quote service by going to jkrishnamurti.org.  And you can download excerpts of talks and videos there too.  And if you are inspired to help us close the gap on our funding, your donation will make a difference.  Click here.

To contact Troy Sumrall, call 805-646-2726, ext. 30, or email him at troy@kfa.org.

 

 

Krishnamurti Foundation of America
P.O. Box 1560
Ojai, CA 93024
Phone: 805-646-2726
Email: kfa@kfa.org