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The Link , issue 20

The Link , issue 20

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The Link is produced by Krishnamurti Link International (KLI). Photographs in The Link were taken by Friedrich Grohe unless stated otherwise. Contributions, whether anonymous or not, do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or publisher. Anyone wishing to reproduce extracts from The Link is welcome to do so, with the exception of reprinted letters and copyrighted articles.

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Chalet Solitude
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The Link is produced by Krishnamurti Link International (KLI). Photographs in The Link were taken by Friedrich Grohe unless stated otherwise. Contributions, whether anonymous or not, do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or publisher. Anyone wishing to reproduce extracts from The Link is welcome to do so, with the exception of reprinted letters and copyrighted articles.

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Chalet Solitude
1659 - Rougemont
Switzerland

email: kli@kmail.ch

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The LinThe Lin
No
20
· Spring/Summer
2001
 
The Link · No 20
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The Link is produced by Krishnamurti Link International (KLI). Photographs in The Link weretaken by Friedrich Grohe unless stated otherwise. Contributions, whether anonymous or not,do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or publisher. Anyone wishing to repro-duce extracts from The Link is welcome to do so, with the exception of reprinted letters andcopyrighted articles. The Link is free of charge. Additional copies of this or previous issues maybe obtained by contacting the address on the back page. If you would like to pay for The Link,please send instead a donation to one of the K activities in your country (see pp. 46–51), sinceinternational bank charges may excessively reduce the value of small contributions.
The Newsletter 
Editorial3Dear Friends4Letters to the Editor7Reply to The Business of Living7What Is the Self?8Trust10Living on Words10Philosophy without Boundaries12Book Review: The Crucible of Consciousness18Reflecting On Religion23Book Review: Star in the East26K: The Ecstasy of Silence31
On Education
Editors Note32Teaching and Learning at a K School33Regenerating Education: What Corrupts the Mind?36K: Answer to a Little Boy41
International Network 
Saanen 200142Announcements43Addresses46
Cover Picture: Lake Geneva, Switzerland
 
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Editorial
In the article ‘Philosophy without Boundaries’on pg. 12 of this Link, the writerdescribes an instance where K was asked a question but did not give an answer.He instead spoke of the quality of a mind that would be capable of going into thequestion. I guess, the teachings as a whole can be seen in this way: no answersare given, there is no content as such; rather, there is an exploration into thenature of thought and into an awareness and perception without choice. It is anexploration into ‘what is’, from moment to moment, in the real, daily situations of our lives.If this sounds appealing, I suspect we should ask ourselves, nevertheless,ifit is really what we are interested in: to be where we are. Too often, ‘what is’does not ‘speak’to us, is not stimulating, is not fun. It may bring a sense of emptiness, boredom, confusion, perhaps even pain. Not wanting these feelings,we try to avoid them through learned strategies such as being occupied withproblems and their resolutions, with great ideas and goals. But to be where weare is not that.Enquiries into ‘what is’lead necessarily to questions about
who
we are. Inourprevious issue, we published a summary of a thesis concerned with self-con-ceptualisation. The letter on pg. 8 of the current issue was written in responsetoit, and the book review on pg. 18 explores the theme from yet another angle.Investigations into the existence or non-existence of the self are, finally, aboutthe question: Is there something that is separate from and independent of therest of existence? Because this is our central notion regarding the self: that adoer exists who is somehow separate not only from the world but also from ourbody and even the mental processes in our brain. And even if we say that the self is actually just the brain’s mental processes, we may simply be ‘rehousing’theself, keeping the notion of a separate entity intact.Do mental processes need a doer behind or above them? Does thinking needa thinker? If we could seriously contemplate that they do not – as is attempted inseveral of the articles here – it would seem we are in for a shattering, humblingexperience.
 Jürgen Brandt 

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