,Iwrote about being a guest at The KrishnamurtiCentre at Brockwood Park. As one of my maininterests in general is the study centres of theKrishnamurti Foundations in England, India andCalifornia, I thought I would continue with thistheme in this issue’s Dear Friends letter.What I find most interesting about the centresis the people one meets there and what one canlearn in relationship with them. To give you anidea of the range of guests there can be, the lasttime I stayed at The Krishnamurti Centre thefollowing guests were also there: a young Aus-tralian man, now living in London, who had readabout Krishnamurti in
magazine, ayoung Swedish staff member of the School atBrockwood Park, an 87-year-old Belgian manwith a long-standing interest in both theosophyand Krishnamurti, a Japanese professor ofDesign who had moved to nearby Winchesterwith his family to spend most of his sabbaticalyear at the Centre (for him the most importantthing is the quietness of the Centre; he alsointroduced some of his students to the Centreand the teachings), an Irish woman working atthe Tate Gallery who brought with her such alively feeling for art, and a young Mexican stu-dent who had heard about the Centre via theInternet.I have often heard people speaking aboutwhat the study centres are for, and generallythe first response is ‘for studying the teachings’.Having heard this repeatedly, I began to wonderwhat studying the teachings means and whetherK actually used this phrase himself. The follow-ing is from a KFA Archives Newsletter.
“Vasanta Vihar [the headquarters of the KFI,where people can go to study the teachings,engage in discussions, etc.] should drawpeople who have a good brain, a good intel-lect. They should study the ‘teachings’thoroughly, soak in it deeply as you would doif you were to study medicine or Buddhismor any other subject.Studying means to go deeply into the sub-tleties of the words used and their contents,and seeing the Truth in them in relation todaily life.They should be able to discuss with topbrains, specialists in any branch of know-ledge, as scholars do.And these people, while they are studying,should have a spirit of cooperation …And when everyone who lives in VasantaVihar has this spirit of cooperation, it willbring about, will create an atmosphere inwhich a newcomer will also flower.”
Discussion with K in a car on route to Rishi Valley School from Madras,19 November 1983, Copyright KFT
Along these lines, I am also receiving veryspirited letters from an Italian friend who iskeenly interested in the study centres, and Iwould like to share with you at least one aspectof his interest. We invite responses to hisproposal.