The newsletter of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America and Oak Grove School

Volume V, Issue 1 of 3 October 2007

The following is an excerpt from materials by J. Krishnamurti in the Krishnamurti Archives, circa 1955. ©--Krishnamurti Foundation of America “The doctor said that he was Being a psychiatrist, you curing others when he was not able understand very well that to cure himself; the same problems inward peace must come which confounded his patients through the awareness of confounded him also. He was able self-knowledge, not through suppression to deal with others and help them but through integration. This awareness but, as for himself, he had no inner produces meditation. peace. “Meditation and concentration are “How easy it is, with words, to two different things. Concentration is help others upon something, to cure and but meditation is heal themthe awareness of selves, but the self, the ‘me’ how much and the ‘mine’, more difficult with all its implicait is to cure tions and contents, oneself! To which brings unheal onederstanding born self, to have of right thinking. Photo credit: Asit Chandmal peace within This awareness oneself, one has to pull down the has a different quality of concentration barriers that one has sedulously than the concentration upon something, built round oneself, such as preshowever lofty. The one brings about deep tige, the trappings of wealth and inward integration, the transcending of all that it gives, friends and comthe opposites, whereas the other creates panions, reputation, the brilliancy duality and deeply maintains the cause of of learning. These, I pointed out, conflict. the doctor had, which he himself “Become aware of your thoughts acknowledged, and these superficial and feelings; don’t pick and choose but attributes—the layers of refined ego- be aware of them, however trivial and tism—prevented him from realizing ignoble, lofty and serene. As each thought the peace for which he was longing. or feeling arises, think out, feel out that “’What you are saying is true, thought or feeling, follow it through. In but I find those things very difficult to following it through, you will be conput aside, they have become part of stantly interrupted by other thoughts and my nature.” feelings, and so will begin to discover the “Either you go on strengthenlack of true concentration; in following it ing that nature, suffering more and through, you will become aware that you more, or you must set about weak- are judging, condemning, and so you will ening, dissolving it. What you are be discovering your bias, your prejudice, creating is a lull in sorrow, an interim your secret reservations and motives; in between two conflicts, a peace, following it through, you are discovering or rather a weariness of struggle.

Become aware of your thoughts and feelings; don’t pick and choose but be aware of them, however trivial and ignoble, lofty and serene. As each thought or feeling arises, think out, feel out that thought or feeling, follow it through. In following it through, you will be constantly interrupted by other thoughts and feelings, and so will begin to discover the lack of true concentration; in following it through, you will become aware that you are judging, condemning, and so you will be discovering your bias, your prejudice, your secret reservations and motives; in following it through, you are discovering yourself, and this discovery is liberating and creative.
— J. Krishnamurti

Letter from the Executive Director page 2 Teacher’s Academy Report on Summer Intensive for Educators page 3 The Oak Grove Preserve page 4 Publications page 5 Priorities for 07-08 pages 6 - 7 Life at Oak Grove School pages 8 - 10 Calendar of Events page 11

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Photo credit: Friedrich Grohe


In August, at the KFA Dialogues at Santa Sabina, San Rafael, California, and at the inauguration of the Swanwick Retreat Centre, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, the subtle and significant differences between meditation, contemplation, awareness, alertness, and living with a meditative mind were explored in depth. Staff and directors were joined by others from across the U.S. or Canada to watch DVDs, listen to audio recordings, and study print talks by Krishnamurti; and to engage in a living exchange by means of the dialogue process. All of these activities are at the heart of Foundation’s ongoing work to preserve and disseminate the teachings and to take responsibility in the workplace for the living dimension of the teachings. Staff don’t just clock in daily to perform specific tasks, but they participate more fully as they reflect on their lives and their professional work and the relationships therein. Buzzword mongers today ask if KFA is a “learning organization”; whether we are “walking the talk” and what does it mean on a daily basis to be operating as a Krishnamurti Foundation? For the staff, most of whom spend a significant portion of their lives working for the KFA, to be here is much more than talk. Like the psychiatrist in the quoted unpublished interview herein, Foundation staff are challenged with the “strenuous alertness” required that brings forward the relationship challenges of the workplace. What are the qualities of taking on The weekly “Legacy” Meeting for staff and trustees this challenge at the KFA? To begin with, once a week on Mondays staff and trustees are invited to meet together at the end of the working day at Pine Cottage, where Krishnamurti lived towards the end of his life when he was in Ojai. We listen to a 20 minute or half-hour tape of a Krishnamurti talk; and then explore in dialogue whatever emerges. This open space sets the tone for looking at issues that may run through our work related activities, such as how to share the teachings with others, the nature of hierarchy, the tendency to look to the past for explanations and predictions. In the workplace, staff meet bi-weekly to share information or ask for help. There is no head of these meetings. A moderator is chosen on the basis of who is next in line or who wants to chair the session. There is a free flow of ideas from everyone, which is most refreshing, and helpful to me as Executive Director. We can do this because we are still a small group, about 16 or so at any particular meeting. Collectively we care for the archives, the retreat, the public events, fundraising, publishing, IT operations, collaborative projects with the other K Foundations, and the ongoing work of maintaining our facilities. Since every person’s workload can be shared at least verbally with everyone else, expertise flows to where it is needed. This open framework makes it possible to respond where compartmentalization would fail. Of course, there are communication challenges, but in general, I see a movement towards relationship, towards that living quality of which Krishnamurti spoke so eloquently. In working together this way, the movement of relationship naturally extends out. And so our official communications, like Foundation Focus, have changed in tone over the years. We have communicated the pressures of trying to fulfill the mission. We are working out collaborations with the other Foundations, and we are developing new technologies for dissemination. And we have leaned into deeper relationship with you, our friends and supporters. We have increased the emphasis on names and specific people within the KFA in order to provide opportunities for our friends to interact with real live people. To all I would say, we are exploring. Our adventures in communication will take a new turn in November when we anticipate launching our new website. Interactivity will be given a much higher priority. You have asked for, and we will provide, opportunities to post the names and contact information of dialogue or study groups, and an experimental forum for discussion. Additionally there will be more streaming video, audio, and downloadable Krishnamurti text. If the KFA is to succeed fully in its mission to preserve and disseminate all of Krishnamurti’s work, it will need strong, open relationships with friends and supporters far into the future – real people talking to real people. I hope this issue of Foundation Focus will stimulate and engage you, communicate our challenges and opportunities, and keep that living edge that is so important to us all. Call or write! — R.E. Mark Lee, Executive Director Ph 805-646-2726, x.18, email

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yourself, and this discovery is liberating and creative. “Thus, you are consciously freeing the mind and, into that free and open mind, however limited it may be at the beginning, the contenĐ solvedĐ tion of the highest. All this is a patient and gentle process, needing strenuous alertness, a deep and significant awareness.” By J. Krishnamurti from materials in the Krishnamurti Archives, circa 1955. ©—Krishnamurti Foundation of America




How Does a Revolution In Education Happen?
By Paul Herder, Director, Oak Grove Teacher’s Academy

his summer the second Oak Grove Teacher’s Academy was held on the campus of Oak Grove School. The majority of participants came from the U.S. Most traveled from the New England states and one from Chicago. We had one participant from London, England, and one staff member from Brockwood Park School. The group consisted mostly of students of education, several of whom were in the final year of their undergraduate degree programs. Each participant shared an enthusiasm and dedication for both education and Krishnamurti’s teachings. Every participant arrived having been touched by Krishnamurti’s work, and all shared a passion about changing society through a revolution in education. Each one expressed great excitement and appreciation for the opportunity to spend three weeks together with like-minded educators. I must say, working with them was a privilege. The daily format for the Teacher’s Academy is broken down into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session is dedicated to exploring the building blocks of Krishnamurti’s approach. We look at such things as creating a classroom atmosphere, bringing about order without authority, or the use of rewards and punishments, among many other areas. The participants learn about various classroom strategies experientially, getting to see the value of these practices firsthand. The afternoons are dedicated to dialogue sessions, exploring our own questions, and Krishnamurti’s approach to education through tapes and CDs, as well as hikes into the surrounding hills and canyons. Back in the classroom again! This year we had a number Participants in the Teacher’s Academy of special guest presenters that brought their experience and expertise to the program. Tim Hall, the Dean of the lower school and Oak Grove’s 4th grade teacher, brought his insights into issues of classroom management. Adrienne Hoskins, Dean of the Early Learning Program, shared experiences and strategies of working with inquiry-based conflict resolution. Frode Steen, a current KFA Trustee and Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at UCLA, spoke on the nature of consciousness. Ellen Hall, the Director of Oak Grove School, discussed involving parents in the educative process. Also, Mark Lee, the Executive Director of the KFA, brought his understanding of Krishnamurti’s intent for Oak Grove and its general educational vision, gleaned from the many years of Mark’s association with the school’s founder.

The reason for starting the Academy was twofold: first to ensure that teachers interested in Krishnamurti’s vision of education could inquire deeply into their conditioning, both as human beings and as teachers; secondly, to explore the implementation of Krishnamurti’s radical educational approach. At this moment, there is no other program for teacher development in the world that shares this intention. We hope it won’t be long before more programs dedicated to this purpose exist elsewhere. In my view, the greatest challenge facing Oak Grove, and all the Krishnamurti schools worldwide, is attracting and developing the right kind of educators – ones who are open and curious about such a radically personal approach to relationship in the educational process. I’m confident that eventually Academy participants will begin to filter into the K schools. For those who go elsewhere, there Paul Herder is no doubt in my mind that they will have an impact in bringing about a different kind of education. After spending three weeks working intensively with these dedicated teachers and teachers-to-be, I came away with an odd feeling. I felt a deep sense of optimism about the future of education. It seemed odd because I realized that it had been a long time since I felt that way. — Paul Herder, Director, Oak Grove Teacher’s Academy To be on the mailing list for information about next year’s program, please send an email to

“I have a much clearer understanding of and appreciation for K’s approach to education…I have gained insight into the great importance of seeing teaching and learning as one and the same.” — Mary “These have honestly been some of the most transformative days of my life. You have created an incredible program and your sensitivity and wealth of knowledge about group process, Krishnamurti and education are inspirational. I feel so lucky for having the opportunity to come here.” — Hannah

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The Oak Grove Under Siege
The historic oak grove, where Krishnamurti spoke to thousands every spring from 1922 to 1985, faces a devastating threat.
Krishnamurti wanted the oak grove where he often spoke to be preserved as a sanctuary for anyone who wanted to just sit peacefully in nature. Even today it seems imbued with his presence. But the grove is under attack. As I write, the sound of chain saws resounds in what is normally one of the most peaceful spots to be found anywhere. Close inspection tells the story. The deadly Ambrosia Bark Beetle has invaded in massive numbers, bringing with it a fungus, and a rapacious reproductive cycle that can cause the death of a mature tree in weeks. Just above the main grove, many of the trees on the upper reaches of the north facing slope are dead or dying. Small bore holes are not apparent to the eye, but nodules of sap on the bark show where the trees have tried to heal themselves. These efforts might prevail in different times, but the grove is caught in a perfect storm of environmental conditions against which these trees fight a losing battle. Clockwise from top Drought runs in ten-year cycles in these Cut trees await chipping and hauling. sleepy valleys of southern California. And we are Trees dead or dying must all come down. at the beginning of a new cycle. In addition to With help, this peaceful spot can still be saved. shallow layers of top soil that in better times hold The process runs its course. barely enough moisture to meet the trees’ needs, massive forest fires in the surrounding areas during the past two years have forced beetle populations outwards in vast numbers. An oak tree’s protective mechanism is its sap. When under beetle attack, the tree pushes sap back out, filling the bore holes and resealing them against the beetle invasion. But a drought-weakened tree is like a person. When a human being suffers from dehydration, the blood thickens and the heart struggles to push the equivalent of molasses around the body. In somewhat the same way, a stressed tree cannot circulate enough sap to keep the balance; and it must inevitably succumb. In our precious oak grove, many of the trees look like they are weeping sap as they try to heal themselves. We have no option but to clear cut 37 trees that are too far gone, in an effort to create a barrier around the center of the grove. Crews are working as fast as possible to complete this process, hauling away every scrap of infested timber. The oak grove can be healed and rejuvenated. Watering will calm the drought conditions and bring surviving trees back into balance. The KFA will begin a program of reforestation that in 30 or 40 years will see many stately oaks living out healthy life cycles. In the meantime, we hope the core of the Grove can remain as the sanctuary Krishnamurti intended it to be. If you are inspired to help, here is what we need: $35,000: clear cutting and clean up. $10,000: reforestation over three years. $8,000: annually for maintenance and irrigation. Please help us meet these unanticipated expenses; and help preserve the oak grove for those seeking a quiet place to rest and contemplate. Call Development Director Jackie Saunders at 805-6462726, x. 16 or email; or make an online donation at

Under the trees it was very quiet; there were so many birds calling, singing, chattering, endlessly A young, vigorous sapling that should shaped, polished, smooth and it was quite startling restless. The branches were huge, beautifully survive if watered and monitored. to see them and they had a sweep and a grace that brought tears to the eyes and made you wonder at the things of the earth. The earth had nothing more beautiful than the tree and when it died it would still be beautiful ... But now the tree was Đ and listen to everything that was alive and dead, outside and inside. You cannot see and listen to the outside without wandering on to the inside. Really the outside is the inside and the inside is the outside and it is difficult, almost impossible, to separate them. You look at this magnificent tree and you wonder who is watching whom and presently there is no watcher at all. Everything is so intensely alive and there is only life and the watcher is as dead as that leaf. There is no dividing line between the tree, the birds and that man sitting in the shade and the earth that is so abundant. — Krishnamurti’s Notebook, pp. 279-280




At the beginning of September, Krishnamurti Publications went to China to attend the Beijing International Bookfair for the second time. In 2006, we made a presentation at Peking University. This year we returned to the university and showed a talk by Krishnamurti, Ojai 1982 Talk # 1, with simplified Chinese subtitles. We then took questions from an audience of mostly students. After the presentation, we had lunch with our friend at Peking University, Professor Zhang, who helped arrange the presentation, and about 10 students who were interested in continuing a conversation. Here are some of the questions raised in the Q & A session and at the lunch: • How did Krishnamurti become such a clear person? • Is there any practice that can help one to be aware in the way that K is talking about? • Do the English words “attention” and “observation” mean the same thing as when K uses them? • It seems to me that what K is saying is for a few people. Or is it for everyone? If it is for a few people, how can that change the world? • I want to know if K was a usual person, because if he was unusual, then I probably can’t do what he is talking about. • Does understanding oneself influence other people? • Is there a difference between influence and propaganda? • Isn’t K talking about universal love? Then how can I love just one person? We started discussions with several publishers on new titles in China, met with a group that holds bi-weekly dialogues in Beijing, and talked with the people managing an online Krishnamurti forum in Chinese. Development of a translation team in China is ongoing. We plan on returning to Beijing in 2008.


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Can You Help?
world wide
Above all Digitization

Summary of urgent needs in the coming year

make it happen

We have the equipment. Now we must begin the work of converting everything. Two new positions at $25,000 each.

no authority


Book: Krishnamurti on Education, $5K Book: Choiceless Awareness, $2K Book: Action, $2K Book: Individual & Society, $2K CDs: Ojai 1985, set of 10, $10K DVDs: Remastering 50 new DVDs, $20K Translation & Subtitling: $9K

Internet Dissemination


Prep new free downloadable materials, $3K Redesign of website to include internet forum, $10K Expansion of e-Newsletter service, $2K



Outreach Coast to Coast
San Francisco Area x 3, $5K LA Area x 8, $8K New York Area x 2, $8K Miami x 1, $4K Boston x 1, $4K


Preserving The Oak Grove


Crisis Management (see p. 4), $35K Reforestation, $10K Annual Maintenance & Care, $8K

Oak Grove School


Teacher’s Academy additional funds, $10K Help to build financial aid, $20K Facilities: seed money for urgent renovation of two classrooms, $50K

thank you

For more information, contact Jackie Saunders, Director of Development, at 805-646-2726, x.16; email

In November the KFA will launch its new website. It will be far more interactive, allowing people to communicate with a frequency and directness we have never had. One of the topics sure to be frequently highlighted will be the pressing need to fund digitization of the teachings. If the Foundation doesn’t make a leap into the electronic environment now, it puts the teachings at risk of being unknown except by the few. And the greater risk is that the lifetime body of Krishnamurti’s work will never be digitized to completion; and therefore will never be able to be shared in print, or electronically. We need funds to address the complexities of digitization. Beyond the labor costs of real time transfer, digital files take error checking, redundant copies, naming conventions, metadata collection, and metadata hierarchy standards. It takes a completely different skill/mind set than analog, and hundreds of museums, libraries, nonprofits and corporations are struggling to find the expertise. Fortunately, the KFA has been given a tremendous start. The Grace Foundation Corporation has committed two million dollars worth of state-of-the-art equipment and services for a digital archive, including system design, installation, and updating over a five year period. Now the infrastructure for digitization is completely available to us. Because of this incredibly generous gift, we can begin immediately to digitize the holdings of not only the KFA, but the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust in England, and the Krishnamurti Foundation in India. Together, the Foundations have a massive inventory of print and analog materials to digitize. This shouldn’t take a hundred years, but twenty-one have already elapsed since Krishnamurti’s death. Pacing is crucial, and that is why building a restricted cash reserve fund for the project is so important. We need more committed donors who can help us accomplish the main objective – which is to save the teachings. Then the secondary point can flow – to distribute them in many formats, in many languages, and fast! Only then will the trustees have come close to fulfilling the task that Krishnamurti charged them with – to make the work available to everyone, everywhere. Technologies are developing at rocket speed. But donating the funds is a starting point without which the Krishnamurti Foundation is stymied. Thanks to the Grace Foundation, we have the engine, but we need fuel to make it run. Digitization is a project of enormous scope and importance. We can work together to give something incredibly precious to the world that can make a difference to this generation and for generations to come. I am confident that many will make that commitment – the risk of loss is simply too great. — Jackie Saunders, Director of Fund Development Ph 805-646-2726, x.16; Email:

There must be a sense of urgency. Because the house is burning: there is so much misery, chaos, callousness, war, indifference, butchery that is going on in the world; there is the dirt, the squalor, the poverty – all this needs a solution. And one cannot be indifferent; one cannot hide behind formulas, concepts, gods, theories – they have no meaning any more; and I doubt if they ever had.
— J. Krishnamurti
Madras, 3rd public talk, 29 Dec 1965

The Grace Foundation Corporation has provided hardware and design expertise for the entire digital archive infrastructure. Their gift includes care and management of the system for a period of 5 years.

Derek Dodds wears many hats. He’s a trustee, head of Krishnamurti Publications, head of IT operations, and holds several key committee positions. Derek is the project manager for digitization.

A graduate of MIT, trustee Tom Heggestad was instrumental in the creation of early systems of computerizing the archives. He now lends his technical skills to the massive effort underway.

Ken Andreassen is the principal worker for digitizing analog materials. Although a part-time employee, Ken generously volunteers far beyond his contracted hours.

The KFA gratefully acknowledges the expertise and participation of trustees and staff from the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust in England and the Krishnamurti Foundation India.

Oak Grove was founded by Krishnamurti in 1975. Currently, it serves over 200 students, pre-K through 12th grade, including a familystyle boarding program for high school students.

Intelligence: when the heart and mind are in perfect harmony. What a wonderful reminder that academic excellence is just one facet of intelligence. Without balance, learning is less than complete. As we prepare for a new school year with near record enrollment, an exceptional group of students from around the world, and a talented, caring staff, I am grateful to be part of a school that recognizes and nurtures academic excellence—and balance. Through inquiry, travel, reflection, camping, service, relationships and the arts, we’re supporting our children as they learn the basics and so much more. As students walk in balance, watch the intelligence unfold. . . This year at Oak Grove we will be examining intelligence and what it means for our students, staff and community. How do we achieve that harmony—a balanced education that includes preparation for college, a global focus, and time spent immersed in nature? How do we interweave the emphasis on relationships and reflection and build learning opportunities from life’s everyday events? By continuing to ask these questions, we can keep our focus on providing a complete, balanced, harmonious education. — Ellen Hall, Director, Oak Grove School

On Wednesday, November 14, students aged 3 to 18, some perhaps still in their pajamas, will bring books, magazines, pillows, blankets and snuggles to the Student Center to read and be read to for the entire school day—a Day of Reading. The Oak Grove Day of Reading is an enrichment fundraiser that celebrates the pleasures of reading while raising funds for two new Oak Grove vans that will provide transportation for the school’s outdoor education programs. Parents, families and friends have the opportunity to “pledge” in support of an individual student’s participation. Camping encourages children to:  Experience the natural world and develop a relationship with the wilderness.  Learn self sufficiency and confidence in one’s own ability to sustain life.  Have first hand experience of a science curriculum, to provide inspiration for writing and art curricula.  Learn to live together by planning, cooking and setting up camp as a group. Visit and look for the Day of Reading link on the homepage. You can learn more about the event, check out our progress and make pledges.

“Y O U A R E T H E W O R L D . . .”
On Friday, November 2, at 6:30 pm, Patch Adams, M.D., a nationally known speaker on wellness, laughter, and humor as well as on health care and health care systems, will speak at Oak Grove School’s Pavilion on the outdoor stage. He approaches the issues of personal, community, and global health with “zestful exuberance,” according to Time Magazine. Dr. Adams believes that “the most revolutionary act one can commit in our world is to be happy” Dr. Adams explores the relationship between humor and therapy using his unique blend of knowledge, showmanship and “hands on” teaching techniques. “I interpret my experience in life as being happy, he says, I want, as a doctor, to say it does matter to your health to be happy. It may be the most important health factor in your life.” Adams believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and therefore true health care must incorporate such life. Doctors and patients in his model relate to each other on the basis of mutual trust, and patients receive plenty of time from their doctors. The Oak Grove talk is sponsored by Trudy Huberman-Frohlich and Motherpod Productions. Admission is free. Call 805-646-8236 or visit


On Wednesday, October 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Maestro Edin Dino Zonic will give a talk and video presentation at Oak Grove School Student Center. He will discuss his unique history and how it led him to form an international organization, Unity Through Music, that strives to bridge cultural and political barriers. Maestro Zonic was born and raised in Sarajevo, in the area of the world known as Bosnia and Herzegovina. But the Sarajevo of Dino’s youth, once hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, did not remain so. The ravages of the war terrorized the people and scarred this once proud capital. This life altering experience inspired Maestro Zonic to dedicate his work to the service of life-affirming music, music that bridges cultural, national and religious barriers to bring a universal message of peace and hope to all people. Named as Cultural Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina he rose from that war to become the Balkans’ most prominent composer and music director, creating deeply emotional, highly kinetic, and powerfully dynamic musical works. The result of Maestro Zonic’s mission is to inspire fresh awareness of the spiritual and social opportunities available to human kind by reconnecting every person to their innate human capacity for unity and peace. Maestro Zonic was recently awarded the Prestigious 2006 Golden Karma International Award for Philanthropic Works, as further testament to his dedication to promoting global peace. He joins the ranks of honorees including Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Angelina Jolie, Jane Seymour, Muhammed Ali, and several other philanthropic leaders. He is the first to be recognized for his efforts in uniting the world through music. We hope you can join us on October 17th. Admission is free. Call 805646-8236 or visit



As Oak Grove continues to strengthen, the formation of a board of directors is an important step. This school year, eleven individuals will work tirelessly to ensure fiscal sustainability, represent the school in the community, plan for facilities improvements and expansion, and provide oversight for the implementation of the school’s mission.

Joy Maguire-Parsons Joy has lived in Ojai for the past 15 years, during which time she has worked exclusively with nonprofit organizations. Joy is Director of Admissions at Oak Grove, and has also coordinated many events and fundraisers for the school, most recently as a Co-Chair for the Parent Forum and the EarthDay Celebration. Joy has three children that attend OGS. Craig Walker, Chair Craig Walker is currently a trustee of the KFA and a staff member at Oak Grove School. He has an extensive background in education, having taught at both the secondary and college levels. Recently, Craig visited several Krishnamurti schools in India and at Brockwood Park in England. Craig will serve as the OGSB chairperson for 2007-08. Derek Dodds Derek Dodds joined the KFA in 1999, he is a KFA Trustee and is the Chair of the Board Finance Committee. Derek runs Krishnamurti Publications, and oversees IT operations at KFA and OGS. Derek has a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration and he has started several businesses, combining his entrepreneurial spirit with his commitment to sustainability. Ellen Hall Ellen Hall is delighted to be serving in her fourth year as Head of Oak Grove School. She came to the school with a background in nonprofit management and teaching high school literature. Ellen authored a book, “High Schools in Crisis,” in 2004 and served as the mayor of the City of Ojai. Tom Heggestad Tom Heggestad is a KFA trustee, staff member, and Oak Grove parent. He is currently helping to build a digital archive of Krishnamurti’s teachings and make it available online. Tom was a staff member at Brockwood Park, and came to Ojai in 1989 to help establish the new archives building and its operations. Tom and Mary moved back to Ojai in 2006 and enrolled their children Yulia and Tanya at Oak Grove School. R.E. Mark Lee Mark Lee is Executive Director of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America. Prior to that he was Director of Krishnamurti Publications. He was the Founding Director and Principal of the Oak Grove School from 19751985. Prior to that he was the Principal of the Rishi Valley Elementary School, A.P India from . 1965-1972. Michael Morton Michael Mortan has 30+ years experience in philanthropic, grants and research administration, nonprofit program development, health care and program management, strategic planning and program reengineering. He has taught at the Masters level in psychology and counseling at several colleges. He is currently the Executive Director of Vitamin Relief USA. Carol Smith Carol Smith has lived in Ojai since 1978 arriving here after teaching Biology at Brockwood Park for four years. She is a Registered Nurse and has been a full-time faculty member at Ventura College for 28 years. She also is a City of Ojai councilwoman who is currently serving as Mayor. Frode Steen Frode Steen attended Brockwood Park in 1975-78, and visited our sister schools in India. He is a certified teacher in Norway, and taught the science lab at the Oak Grove in 1990. After getting his PhD in English from UCSB, he moved to UCLA as Assistant Professor in Communication Studies. Tony Winecoff When Tony and Nina’s youngest son graduates in 2009, they will have been Oak Grove parents for twenty years, having had four children attend the school. Tony co-owns BitVision, an IT company serving clients nationwide. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a lifetime student of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings. Willem Zwart Willem teaches Social Studies at Oak Grove School. He has a BA from UCLA and an MA from CU Boulder. Before joining OGS, he was Interim Executive Director at the Colorado nonprofit The Center of the American West. Before that he taught at Brockwood Park, the Krishnamurti school in England.

Calendar of Events
Krishnamurti in the 21st Century

Can the mind be aware of itself without the watcher?
If the whole of life is a movement, a flux, then how can it be watched unless there is a watcher? Now, we are conditioned to believe, and we feel we know, that there is a watcher as well as a movement, a process, so we think we are separate from the process. To most of us there is the thinker and the thought, the experiencer and the experience. For us that is so; we accept it as a matter of fact. But is it so? Is there a thinker, an observer, a watcher apart from thought, apart from thinking, apart from experience. Is there a thinker, a centre, without thought? If you remove thought, is there a centre? If you have no thought at all, no struggle, no urge to acquire, no effort to become something, is there a centre? Or is the centre created by thought, which feels itself to be insecure, impermanent, in a state of flux? If you observe, you will find that it is the thought process that has created the centre, which is still within the field of thinking. And is it possible—this is the point—to watch, to be aware of this process, without the watcher? Can the mind, which is the process, be aware of itself? — J. Krishnamurti From “The Collected Works,” Vol. X - 14 To subscribe to the Daily Quote mailing list, send an email to

Beverly Hills, California

Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 2:00 to 4:30 pm This is a free presentation at the Beverly Hills Public Library. The event includes a half-hour film of a Krishnamurti talk, and a complimentary publication. To get directions and reserve your place online, go to (click on “Introductory Programs”) or call 805-646-27826, x.10.

The Krishnamurti Foundation comes to New York
Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 2:30 to 5:00 pm at Tibet House, 22 W. 15th St., NYC This is a free presentation at Tibet House. KFA’s Executive Director Mark Lee will give a presentation that includes a half-hour film of a Krishnamurti talk, and a complimentary publication. Due to space limitations, early registration is advised. To get directions and reserve your place online, go to (click on “Introductory Programs”) or call 805-646-27826, x10.

Unlocking Change In The World A fundraiser for the KFA in Los Angeles
Sunday, November 11, 2007 - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Brunch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills If you’re in the Los Angeles area and would like to be a guest at a fundraiser for the KFA, or even host a table, please contact Rowan Frederick at 805-646-2726, x.14, or email her at To find out more, go to

Winter Dialogue and Retreat
February 15 - 18, 2008 The beautiful campus of Oak Grove School in Ojai will provide the venue for the weekend Dialogue and Retreat. The event begins Friday, February 15th, at 6:30 pm with a buffet dinner and ends Monday, February 18thth, at 3:00 pm. Special rates for seniors and students. Fees for the Dialogues include vegetarian meals, dialogues, video showings and a complimentary book or tape of Krishnamurti’s teachings. For information, call Diane White at 805-646-2726, x.20; or email

Come spend a few days at the Krishnamurti Retreat
The Krishnamurti Retreat makes wonderful use of the old California bungalow where Krishnamurti often stayed. It has four ensuite bedrooms, some with sitting rooms, a lounge, beautiful gardens; and the Library and Archives building is just a two-minute walk through the trees. Rates are reasonable, with discounts for seniors and students. For more information, visit or call the Retreat at 805-646-4773.

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2008 Calendar
KFA’s new calendar for 2008 is here, full of beautiful photographs by Friedrich Grohe and quotations from the works of Krishnamurti. Order yours now, and perhaps one for a friend. Or maybe you know someone for whom a Krishnamurti book would be a gift in more than the usual sense of the word. Try “Freedom from the Known,” or “Can Humanity Change?” Sales of the calendar benefit the Krishnamurti Foundation.

To browse the complete catalog of publications, visit WWW.KFA.ORG and click on “bookstore.” For free streaming audio and video, downloadable text, or to subscribe to the Daily Quote service, go to WWW.JKRISHNAMURTI.ORG Telephone orders: 805-646-2726, X. 17

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