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

Volume IV, Issue 2 of 3 April 2007

The following two excerpts from Krishnamurti talks convey the depth and seriousness required in true exploration. Earning a living challenges us at a very basic level - are compromises inevitable to ensure survival? So, what is one to do? All that one can do, if one is earnest, if one is intelligent about this whole process, is to reject the present state of things and give to society all that one is capable of. That is, sir, you accept food, clothing, and shelter from society, and you must give something to society in return. As long as you use the army, the police, the law, the government as your means of livelihood, you maintain things as they are, you support dissension, inquisition, and war. But if you reject the things of society and accept only the essentials, you must give something in return. It is more important to find out what you are giving to society than to ask what is the right means of livelihood. What are you giving to another? Are you giving anything to another in the real sense of the word, or merely taking payment for something? As long as you do not find out what you are giving, whatever you take from society is bound to be Without understanding a wrong means and so transforming the of livelihood. . . . deeper implications of Sir, when you do our problems, pursuing not use society or your neighbor a problem as though it as a means of selfwas not related to anyextension, you are thing else only brings completely content further sorrow and with the things confusion. society gives you — J. Krishnamurti in the way of food, clothing, and shelter. . . . The moment you do not use society as a means of self-extension, you reject the things of society, and therefore there is a revolution in your relationship. You are not depending on another for your psychological needs—and it is only then that you can have a right means of livelihood. You may say this is all a very complicated answer, but it is not. Life has no simple answer. — From the “Collected Works”, Vol. 5, 1948-1949. The following was written by Krishnamurti after an interview he had with a guest at his home in Ojai, California in the 1940s. He had traveled many nights, from a long distance. He was an electrical engineer, working in one of the airplane factories. “I have come primarily to talk about the religious life. I find family life very difficult: my family has its wild distractions—the appalling trash of the radio and cinema—and then there is the problem of educating my children rightly, without inculcating barbarity and ruthlessness.” We talked at some length about these matters and I pointed out that he must begin with himself, for there lies the only ground that, with any surety, can be highly cultivated and transformed; this consideration is not egocentric but constitutes the only possible basis on which to build the right foundation. We went into this and, presently, we came to the problem of right livelihood. When we began to discuss the right means of earning money, he was acutely disturbed, though doing his best to conceal it. Gradually, however, I got his cooperation and he became really interested, without defensiveness. I said there were occupations that were obviously harmful to our fellow human beings: killing in any form, the manufacturing of the means of killing, and other forms of cruelty and oppression. Tradition, greed, and the desire for power will dictate the means of livelihood, and to merely prohibit certain occupations as unethical is to create further confusion; but if one understands the implications, the cost of tradition, of greed, of power, and so begins to free

Letter from the Executive Director page 2 Summer Study Programs for Educators, College Students & Others page 3 KFA goes to India pages 4 & 5 Publications page 6 Life at Oak Grove pages 7 - 9 Krishnamurti Exhibit page 10 Calendar of Events page 11

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For those of you following our international travels, we have been on the road again, this time to India. Each January, I go to the headquarters of the Krishnamurti Foundation India in Chennai and work with trustees there on various international projects. Our work included mapping the next phase in the work flow for The Complete Teachings project (a cooperative publishing project supported by all the Krishnamurti foundations to digitize and publish the entire repository of Krishnamurti talks, letters, public addresses, etc. from 1933 until his death in 1986); the creation and implementation of the Krishnamurti Global Digital Archive project (a foundation stone for The Complete Teachings project); various publishing ventures that will increase the number of translated or subtitled work into many more languages; and the mutual priority of the foundations to stay abreast of the many ways the Internet can help to distribute K’s work around the world. This year I had the great pleasure of being joined by two new board members: Craig Walker, who has been elected Secretary of the KFA for the new year, and James Paul. Craig comes from a background in education, and New KFA trustees Craig Walker and James Paul, James is a classical with Executive Director Mark Lee musician, conducting orchestras around the world. They are already both engaged in speaking to the public about the work of the KFA, working with our supporters, and helping with the ongoing work of fulfilling the mission. Their willingness to commit their personal resources to make the trip gave them a jump start on understanding how the K Foundations work together, and to learn more about the international projects on which we collaborate. The board has reached an all-time high number of nine, the other members being Evelyne Blau, Mary Zimbalist, Diane White, Derek Dodds, Frode Steen, Tom Heggestad, and myself. While in India, I was impressed once again with the actuality of Krishnamurti’s admonition that “we are one foundation”, demonstrated in the way the business and work of the foundations are conducted and the spirit of togetherness that exists between members of the boards. While we share common challenges of fundraising, personnel shortages, and maintaining property resources, the “oneness” manifests in the clearly shared understanding that the foundations are not authorities on the teachings; that dissemination and preservation are the primary responsibilities, along with education; and that personalities do not get rooted in the institutions around the teachings. We often think the world is in an altogether new crisis each decade, but what seems to remain stable are the Krishnamurti Foundations in their vulnerable, fluid, non-institutional forms. Whether they last for hundreds of years remains to be seen but it is a fact that they meet their challenges mindful of the dangers of institutional mindset and hierarchy. And this sets them apart from many other groups of people, societies, and organizations. I was fortunate to be invited to give a talk on education at the Indian Institute of Technology, the MIT of India, on January 24th. A young man in the audience asked me if I really thought that Krishnamurti’s teachings would survive 1,000 or even 500 years, with the fragile, unstable technology available today that makes socalled ‘permanent records’? I explained that while we rely heavily on the digital recordings, there is no way to guarantee this medium will survive. It’s an age-old dilemma, and through the ages people have attempted to record for posterity, using clay tablets, texts etched on brass, time capsules embedded in glass and lead, and palm leaf records. At the KFA clearly we are relying on an orderly migration of Krishnamurti’s work to future technologies that once again will be pronounced “permanent.” Our professional minds make a problem of this vulnerability, but our real concern needs to be the change in human consciousness that the teachings point to. That is where permanency can be sought. Clearly, all the foundations are focused on this issue and are working on a high-tech, high-level answer that is the best available today. Here we are demonstrating Krishnamurti’s admonition “we are one Foundation.” I hope you enjoy the photographs and snippets from our trip on the following pages. We are stronger the more we work together, and from that point of view it was a successful trip indeed. — R.E. Mark Lee, Executive Director Ph 805-646-2726, x18, email

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thought-feeling from them, there will come about the contentment with little. Our needs will not then correspond to our greed and pretensions but, in freeing thought-feeling from tradition, from greed, from the will to power, we shall find right occupation. Without understanding and so transforming the deeper implications of our problems, pursuing a problem as though it was not related to anything else only brings further sorrow and confusion. Right occupation is a byproduct, not an end in itself. In seeking the highest, we shall find that our active life corresponds to our inward realization. Through the outer we may find the inner but it is the inner that shapes the outer, and to fix the outer in a definite pattern without regard to the inner is to invite confusion, conflict, and antagonism. — J. Krishnamurti

How people are coming together to explore the teachings in the context of their lives and professions

prevent us from experiencing and expressing life in total freedom. The purpose of both study programs this summer is to establish a ground for self-awareness and self-discovery through the in-depth inquiry of the dialogue process. Once we have established a ground for self-knowledge through insights gained directly in dialoguing together, we are in a position to watch these hidden operations of the mind. The result is the potential for a steady observation of our thinking process, which can allow us to end our purely reactive responses to life. The programs are held on the campus of Oak Grove School. Morning dialogues under the oaks and evening discussions under the stars are mixed with screenings and study at the nearby Krishnamurti Library. Hikes, beach outings and evening campfires are part of the mix. Both the summer intensives enjoy the benefits of Ojai’s superb location. Oak Grove School’s 150-acre oakstudded campus is just 30 minutes from the beaches of Ventura and Santa Barbara. Fees include materials, a pleasant room, three vegetarian meals daily, transportation to and from Los Angeles airport and for specific field trips, and time to explore Ojai’s wonderful hiking trails. For more information, contact Richard Waxberg at 805-6400532, email:


ummer is already looming and we are getting ready for the programs that will bring people from all over the world to explore the teachings, to live together for several weeks in intensive seminar situations, and to enjoy each other in the context of the beauty of the Ojai Valley.

The second summer Teacher’s Academy gets under way on July 2 and ends on July 20. The program takes place on the campus of Oak Grove School and offers “If we who are educaexperienced educators tors do not understand and students of education ourselves, if we do not the opportunity to explore understand our relationwhat Krishnamurti calls a ship with the child, but revolution in education. merely stuff him with This revolution emphasizes information and make self-understanding on the part him pass examinations, of both the teacher and the how can we possibly student. The Academy provides bring about a new kind the rare opportunity to explore of education?” Krishnamurti’s work, and par— J. Krishnamurti ticipate in penetrating dialogues with like-minded educators from diverse backgrounds, in a setting of great natural beauty. Topics include: • Investigating conditioning • Facilitating inquiry • Enabling group process • Exploring new levels of communication and observation • Connecting with nature If you are interested, contact Paul Herder at 805-646-8236, x217, or email him at Go to to explore more about the school and the program.

The Krishnamurti Foundation of America is beginning a new series of small group discussions at the Krishnamurti Retreat in Ojai, California. The intent is to bring together people seriously interested in Krishnamurti’s work, who would like to explore the deeper aspects of the questions he raises in the unique, historical setting where Krishnamurti spent a great part of his long life. To maintain a sense of friendly and effortless togetherness, the size of each event will be limited to eight to ten participants. All participants reside at the Retreat, share meals and various activities, and engage in two dialogue sessions each day. Video and/or audio tapes of Krishnamurti will be shown. The event begins on Friday night at 7 p.m. with registration and an introductory meeting (no dinner will be provided), and ends on Sunday afternoon. 1. May 25-27: “What is the nature of the self. Is the self real?” 2. July 20-22: “Listening.” 3. November 9-11: “What is right action?” 4. December 14-16: “What is the nature of belief?” For more information contact Michael Krohnen at 805-646-4948.

There are two opportunities for retreat intensives that focus on study of Krishnamurti’s work, and interactive dialogue.

College Student Study Program: July 27 to August 16, 2007 Study Intensive and Retreat Program for Adults: August 18 to August 25
Our conditioned mind with its rigid patterns of thought operates below the threshold of our normal daily awareness. This conditioning creates a severe limitation in our ability to think clearly and respond to life in a fresh way. In effect, all of our actions are really reactions to these habitual patterns of thought, which

For more information on study and retreat programs, visit


Photo Journal by KFA trustee Craig Walker

Executive Director Mark Lee goes to India each January to attend annual meetings with the trustees of the Krishnamurti Foundation India (KFI) and several trustees of the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust (KFT) in England. Together they advance planning for the Global Digital Archive project, The Complete Teachings project and the many publishing activites of the K Foundations. Also on the trip were new trustees Craig Walker, our photographer and journal writer for these pages, and James Paul. They got to meet their counterparts and become part of the K Foundations’ planning process. Craig went on to London and Brockwood Park, the headquarters of the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust in England. In Chennai Mark Lee took part in discussions on how to implement an in-kind gift from a supporter in India of the complex software needed to create an internet host site for The Complete Teachings project. Once digitized, the teachings will be accessible from anywhere in the world via the internet, and searchable by topic, theme, chronology, etc. The hardware for the operation will be supplied by the same generous donor who is equipping the Global Digital Archive in Ojai, California. This year’s trip had an additional purpose - to look in depth at the various study centers (Hyderabad, Bangalore, Rishi Valley, Chennai, and Brockwood Park in England). The KFA board has decided to explore the possibilities for funding and building a study center in Ojai, California, because of strong interest in expanding the programs already in place, and the need for a facility that can handle a greater variety of programs and more participants, year round. January 19th, 2007 In the afternoon of January 18th, we flew from New Delhi to Hyderabad, in the south of India. We drove to the Krishnamurti Centre, located in the countryside about 20 miles outside of Hyderabad. January 20 - 23 We flew from Hyderabad to Bangalore on January 20th. We were taken to the Bangalore Study Center, which is on the same grounds as The Valley School. Both are run by the Krishnamurti Foundation of India. The grounds are located adjacent to a national wildlife park, so there are many birds, elephants, monkeys, snakes, and even a panther that has been known to wander the grounds. January 23 - 24 On January 23 we took a four hour drive from Bangalore to Rishi Valley. It took almost an hour just to get outside the city of Bangalore. Rishi Valley is beautiful, and is home to K’s oldest school, now celebrating its 75th year! We stayed in a very nice study center located near the school. We took several long hikes through the countryside, and enjoyed the company of many interesting people. Life is good in the Rishi Valley. January 25th, 2007 On Thursday, January 25th, we took a tour of the Rishi Valley grounds let by Mr. Naidu, a remarkable man who was the driving force behind the reforestation and ecological reconstruction of the Rishi Valley. In the late afternoon, we took another long hike to an upper valley and through two small villages.

Frances McCann, Asha and Mark Lee, Craig Walker and James Paul Tea time at the Imperial Hotel, Delhi

The Bangalore Library & Study Centre

Hiking near Rishi Valley School

The Lodhi Gardens are in downtown New Delhi. There are very old Mughul tombs and buildings set in a beautiful park. Mark Lee says this was Krishnamurti’s favorite place to come and walk while staying in New Delhi. I can see why. It is very peaceful--an oasis in the middle of a bustling city.

A village school house

January 26, 2007 Today we bid a fond adieu to the incredible Rishi Valley. First stop: the nearby town of Madanapalli--where Krishnamurti was born. January 27th - 28th In Chennai (Madras) we stayed at Vasanta Vihar, the beautiful home built for K after he left the Theosophical Society. It is now the headquarters of the Krishnamurti Foundation of India, and a K Study Center. We also visited the Theosophical Society headquarters at Adyar, and walked on the beach where K was discovered as a young boy. February 2 - 5 Brockwood Park is the K school in Southern England. I stayed at the nearby K Study Centre for three days. Because the Centre was officially closed, I took all my meals at the school. I was warmly welcomed by Bill Taylor, director of Brockwood Park School, Donna Broughton, KFT Administrator, and the staff at the KFT. I had several beautiful days there.
The beach at Adyar, where K met Charles Leadbetter

Madanapalli, where Krishnamurti was born

Vasanta Vihar, HQ of the Krishnamurti Foundation India. K’s room is at the top right-hand corner

When a small boy, K lived upstairs on right

Thanks to Craig Walker for sharing his photos and comments, particularly about the study centers. The KFA board is carefully considering the possibility of building one in America. Potentially, it would offer educators, academics, college students, and people from all walks of life a chance to explore Krishnamurti’s work and its timeless relevance.

Mr. Padmakar Hari (aka Pama Patwardhan), who was a close associate of J. Krishnamurti, died on January 18, 2007, at the age of 89, from complications of a fall. Mr. Patwardhan had participated in the freedom struggle of India, later completing his engineering degree. He came in contact with Krishnamurti in the late 1940s, along with his elder brothers Mr. Raosaheb and Mr. Achyut Patwardhan. He worked as a director of Orient Longman India Limited, a publishing house in India. Mr. Patwardhan’s wife Sunanda was also a close associate of Krishnamurti and used to edit the English bulletin of the Krishnamurti Foundation India (KFI) from its inception in 1970. In 1976, at the request of Krishnamurti, Mr. Patwardhan became the secretary of KFI and worked in that capacity until the end of 1985. Krishnamurti had long wished for a school in the center of India, in western Maharashtra. In 1990 after shifting their residence to Pune, both Pamaji and Sunandaji started working on this project and finally started a school in September 1995 and a study center in November 1998. Located on a picturesque hilltop of the Sahyadri range of hills near the backwaters of a dam on the River Bhima, Sahyadri School is the youngest Krishnamurti School run according to Krishnamurti’s views on education.

Above, the Study Centre at Brockwood Park, U.K. Below the gazebo on the school grounds, and the tower housing the science classrooms


Interest from foreign publishers continues to grow. Think On These Things has just been released in French under the title “Le sens du bonheur”, including a DVD, and a K anthology has just been published in Nepali. KPA has new contracts with publishers in Brazil (Think On These Things, First and Last Freedom), China (What Are You Doing With Your LIfe?), Italy (Commentaries On Living and Education and the Significance of Life), Portugal (The Book of Life), Japan (The Collected Works, Vol XIII), Nigeria (What Are You Doing With Your Life?, The Mirror of Relationship, and Action), and Taiwan (Commentaries On Living I, II, III). In South Africa, we have a new contract to distribute our DVDs and CDs and we are in negotiations for book distribution. The Mirror of Relationship, KPA’s best selling book, has just been re-released. And the online bookstore has a new design, made by KFA staff and using open source software. Go to and click on “bookstore.”

Going to the Havana Bookfair

To purchase any item from Krishnamurti Publications of America’s extensive catalogue, go to and click on “Bookstore.”

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


At Oak Grove School, we are privileged. A 150-acre, oak-studded campus greets students each day. Undisturbed wildlife abounds. Classrooms integrate with the natural surroundings. Yet beyond the natural beauty of the school and its surroundings, we are privileged with an educational philosophy that encourages not only discovery, inquiry and discussion, but learning by giving back. Through individual student, class and schoolwide programs we discover ways to share our treasures, and learn in the process. Oak Grove has worked extensively this year with local public schools through the wetland restoration program. This Oak Grove led, grant-funded project, involved children and staff from three schools as they worked side by side, discovering and helping to rebuild a key wetland preserve adjacent to all three campuses. The collaboration will continue through next year, and will include restoration work on the Channel Islands, and an educational, beautification mural in nearby Meiners Oaks. A parent-sponsored, week-long visit from a Maasai native opened a window into a vibrant culture and inspired an long-term relationship with others in the region. Regina Naisiae shared native stories, taught about her vanishing history, visited and played with Oak Grove students and staff. The children adored and admired her. Because of this visit, Oak Grove students have initiated a plan to send supplies to a Maasai school and exchange letters with individuals. We are eagerly awaiting Regina’s return visit in spring. The principal and two students from an environmentally focused, Los Angeles school, spent several days at Oak Grove in January, attending classes and exploring ways that a rural and inner-city public school could work together and build a relationship based on the common theme of environmental sustainability. Annual trips to Baja, India and the United States offer additional opportunities to build relationships, learn and share. Our new Cycles program is building “recycles” from discarded bikes and distributing them back into the community. The EarthDay Celebration shares Oak Grove’s developing model of sustainability and hosts dozens of other businesses, schools and agencies, so together we can learn and examine the future of green living and learning. And our Teacher’s Academy, entering its second year, provides a forum for educators to understand and apply a Krishnamurti education. We are privileged in many ways. Being able to give back, and learn from individuals, schools and communities is part of what makes an Oak Grove education unique. It’s something we hope our graduates will take with them into the world. — Ellen Hall, Director, Oak Grove School


“Y O U A R E T H E W O R L D . . .”
LIVING GREEN: It’s an idea integral to the Oak Grove philosophy and a concept that we are truly investigating this year. Step onto the campus and you are immediately connected to nature. Environmentally-based learning, outdoor education and community outreach take this even further. Throughout the campus, students and staff are taking steps toward a greener Oak Grove, like new garden solar panels, an electric maintenance vehicle, greater use of recycled products and the studentled wetland restoration. But Oak Grove is more than an environmental school. It holds an intent based on relationships—with oneself, with others and with the natural world. So when Oak Grove talks about its environmental focus, there’s more to it than meets the eye.

WE SUPPORT a relationship with nature by providing regular opportunities for all students to spend time in and explore the natural world. Through this relationship with nature, children develop a desire to support the environment and make a difference. Extensive camping and outdoor education, 150-acre, pesticide-free rural campus, environmentally integrated architecture and outdoor areas, respect for nature and wild animals on campus, opportunity to grow and eat fresh, organic foods WE EDUCATE, by teaching practical skills and theoretical knowledge that can be used for a lifetime, and by working to model green living through our administrative, maintenance & building practices. We use connections between education and nature as a launching point for learning across the curriculum. Horticulture and solar education programs, environmental architecture projects, Oak Grove Cycles bike shop and cycling advocacy, project-based and traditional environmental learning at all grade levels, electric and veggie-fuel vehicles, on-site well, extensive recycling, composting and waste reduction, fiveyear plan for a sustainable campus WE INVESTIGATE what it means to be living green, not only for Oak Grove School, but for our local, regional and global communities. Through relationships, we discover our role in supporting others. We find opportunities to share our privilege, and to learn through that process. Wetland restoration grant facilitates work with public schools and the Land Conservancy, Cycles program promotes community bike awareness and safety and builds low-cost “re-cycles.” organic demonstration gardens model sustainable horticulture, nationally recognized, vegetarian hot lunch program is a model for healthy school eating, community arts and lecture series, green partnership with inner city public school, communitywide EarthDay celebration

“When you lose touch with nature, you lose touch with humanity.”
— J. Krishnamurti, Oak Grove School founder.

While a growing number of children nationwide struggle with declining health, and commercial vending companies tempt schools with cash rewards; the quest for healthy lunches has become a conflicting challenge for many schools. Oak Grove, however, has been perfecting its local, organic, vegetarian hot lunch program for more than 20 years and teaching children to savor healthy eating. Those efforts were recognized on a national level when the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a national nonprofit organization that promotes healthy diets, declared Oak Grove, and its Food Services Coordinator, Irmgard James, the grand prize winner in the 2006 Golden Carrot Awards. The award, for which 55,000 schools were considered, honors Oak Grove’s innovative approach to serving healthy, low-fat, vegetarian food to students and staff. “We are able to introduce fresh foods that many children don’t have a chance to try at home,” says James. “Because students often help grow the food, they are eager to taste it—they love lunch! Students are not the only ones. You will often find parents, grandparents and friends visiting the school for lunch.” They chose from an organic salad and fruit bar, often with exotic choices such as German sauerkraut, spicy tofu, roasted chard, nuts and berries. Mixed greens from the garden come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes topped with edible flowers. Main courses range from yake sobe, black bean chili and curried cauliflower to nachos and veggie burgers, even old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly (that’s natural peanut butter on wheat bread, of course). Central to the school’s 150-acre campus are the student gardens, home of the county’s first strawbale construction (a student built greenhouse) and the site of science, solar technology, horticulture, and garden design classes for students, ages three to 18. But more than just an educational facility, the garden is key in producing fresh vegetables for the school’s noted hot lunch program, and helping children truly understand the food production process. And all of this reflects a much bigger picture. “Oak Grove is a food-producing, vegetarian campus out of an overall respect for living things, to promote a sustainable environment, and to support happy, healthy children,” explains the school’s director, Ellen Hall. “These are all ideas inspired by the school’s philosophy and interwoven into many aspects of education here.”


Sunday, April 15, 2007
EarthDay Celebration, 11 am to 4 pm EarthWalk and EarthRide, 10 am to 11 am A community-wide celebration of sustainable living hosted by Oak Grove School. Visit hands-on exhibits, student-led solar and wetland demonstrations, an eco-vehicle showcase, arts and activity areas for all ages. Free admission, and live entertainment. EarthWalk and EarthRide provide an opportunity to show support for alternative transportation and enjoy a celebratory, two-mile walk or bike ride to the Oak Grove campus. The Walk/Ride leaves Cluff Vista Park in downtown Ojai at 10:30 am, arriving for the festival kickoff at 11 am.

Saturday, May 5, 2007 • 7:30 pm
Raj Rathor, solo fingerstyle jazz guitar Rathor is a long-time friend of the KFA, an early graduate of Brockwood, and an amazing guitarist who has performed around the world. Admission is free. Donations are encouraged and will support the Rishi Valley Rural Education project. The event is part of Oak Grove’s Arts and Lectures series.

July 2 to July 20, 2007
Oak Grove Teacher’s Academy This three-week, residential program offers teachers and school administrators a forum for philosophical investigation as well as the opportunity to examine the challenges of classroom implementation of a Krishnamurti education. See page 3 for details, or contact:

Saturday and Sunday, April 21 & 22, 2007
Stewart Cubley, “The Painting Experience” Cubley was influenced by Krishnamurti in creating these internationally noted workshops that use painting to get to the heart of expression. Appropriate for artists, non-artists, teachers, therapists, anyone who wants to explore creative expression. CEUs are available. Visit for more information and to register. The workshop is part of Oak Grove’s Community Arts and Lecture Series.

Professor P Krishna, a trustee of the Krishnamurti Founda. tion India and interim head of the Rajghat Besant School in Uttar Pradesh, India, will be giving a series of talks and dialogues at the Ojai Retreat this June. The theme is “The Emergence of a New Culture.” He is joined by Professor Ravi Ravindra of Dalhousie University, Canada. The dates are June 1 to 9, 2007. For further information about the retreat, visit



HE MIND OF KRISHNAMURTI: WORLD CITIZEN WORLD TEACHER is an exhibit drawing on materials from the archives of the three Krishnamurti Foundations. It will be on display in several locations around the world. You can see it in Ojai where it will be at the Ojai Valley Museum from May 18 through June 10. An exhibit placing the trajectory of Krishnamurti’s life and teachings in the context of 20th century world events is inherently interesting. This juxtaposition of global and personal history is accomplished through a circular set of nineteen freestanding panels, each eight feet tall by three feet wide. As the participant walks the outer perimeter, world history and Krishnamurti’s emerging teaching activity unfold with events, dates, times, images, people and happenings worldwide during Krishnamurti’s lifetime. The world history timeline is in five-year segments and covers important political, cultural, art, media, international, and national events. Upon coming to the conclusion of Krishnamurti’s extraordinary life in 1986, one turns to the inside perimeter of the spiraling panels. Insights from his writings are joined with a series of mural photos of the grove of oak trees where Krishnamurti spoke in California from 1922 onward. The mental chatter slows and stillness manifest as an oasis for quiet reflection and contemplation of the central issues of human existence: what is sacred in life; how can one live holistically and not fragmented; and what is the meaning of life?

May 18 to June 10, 2007 at the Ojai Valley Museum
Promotional design by Michael Mendizza

The project is privately funded and promises to be a boon to the Foundation’s efforts to provide a variety of ways people can be introduced to the teachings. The exhibit includes a substantial amount of Krishnamurti’s work, and also includes audio/visual elements, including DVD screenings and music. Trustee Evelyne Blau and filmmaker and educator Michael Mendizza designed the project as a traveling exhibit that can be easily reproduced from digital files. This spring, in addition to Ojai, the exhibit will be shown at the Nehru Center in London, and at three universities in Mexico. Arrangements are under way to present it in many different parts of the world. Make Ojai part of your summer and visit us this May or June. For more information visit and click on “exhibit.”

One of the most meaningful ways you can support the work Krishnamurti did, and the mission of the Krishnamurti Foundations to make it available around the world, is to make a legacy gift from your estate. Your bequest, life income gift or other planned giving choice builds the KFA’s endowment, securing a future for the teachings. The KFA would not exist today if it weren’t for the thoughtful gifts of people from long ago. Every year, we draw interest from our investment funds that pays in part for digitization, for new publishing projects, for Oak Grove School, and which helps to establish a central digital archive that will be a wellspring of the teachings for future generations. We need to increase our endowment from $5.5 million to $25 million. That is what we estimate we will need within the next few years to accomplish some core objectives: • Financial sustainability for annual operations, for the KFA and for Oak Grove School. • The full funding of The Complete Teachings project, including the completion of the global digital archive project and a world-accessible internet portal for the teachings. • The construction and operation of a Krishnamurti Study Center in Ojai. • The expansion of publishing projects in various formats for different purposes around the world. Examples are source books for college courses, free publications for public libraries, free books for prisoners, books, DVDs and CDs on various topics and themes for the public and to respond to emerging interest around the world. Happiness is not an end in itself; like virtue it is a by-product of freedom. — J. Krishnamurti
Oak Grove Graduate Marcy Dalidd, during the 12th Grade trip to India, 2006


When The Mind Is Intent On Discovering
As one becomes aware at the conscious level, one also begins to discover the envy, the struggles, the desires, the motives, the anxieties that lie at the deeper levels of consciousness. When the mind is intent on discovering the whole process of itself, then every incident, every reaction becomes a means of discovery, of knowing oneself. That requires patient watchfulness—which is not the watchfulness of a mind that is constantly struggling, that is learning how to be watchful. Then you will see that the sleeping hours are as important as the waking hours, because life then is a total process. As long as you do not know yourself, fear will continue and all the illusions that the self creates will flourish. Self-knowledge, then, is not a process to be read about or speculated upon: it must be discovered by each one from moment to moment, so that the mind becomes extraordinarily alert. In that alertness there is a certain quiescence, a passive awareness in which there is no desire to be or not to be, and in which there is an astonishing sense of freedom. It may be only for a minute, for a second—that is enough. That freedom is not of memory; it is a living thing, but the mind, having tasted it, reduces it to a memory and then wants more of it. To be aware of this total process is possible only through self-knowledge, and self-knowledge comes into being from moment to moment as we watch our speech, our gestures, the way we talk, and the hidden motives that are suddenly revealed. Then only is it possible to be free from fear. As long as there is fear, there is no love. Fear darkens our being and that fear cannot be washed away by any prayer, by any ideal or activity. The cause of fear is the ‘me’, the ‘me’ which is so complex in its desires, wants, pursuits. The mind has to understand that whole process, and the understanding of it comes only when there is watchfulness without choice. — J. Krishnamurti From “The Collected Works,” VII - 327 To subscribe to the Daily Quote mailing list, send an email to

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Krishnamurti in the 21st Century

Cerritos, California
Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 2:30 to 4:30 pm This is a free presentation at the Cerritos Public Library. The event includes a half-hour film of a Krishnamurti talk, refreshments, and a complimentary publication. To get directions and reserve your place online, go to (click on “Introductory Programs”) or call 805-646-27826, x10.

Earthday Celebration & EarthWalk/Ride
Sunday, April 15, 2007, 11 am to 4 pm A free event at Oak Grove School. A day of environmental and wellness exhibits, an arts & crafts marketplace, live entertainment, world foods, arts and action activities for all ages, and more. For more information, contact:

May Gathering
May 5 & 6, 2007 The beautiful campus of Oak Grove School in Ojai will provide the venue for the two-day Gathering, a FREE event open to the public. The program includes screenings of videos, panel discussions and dialogue groups. Saturday’s featured speaker is Derek Hook, a trustee of the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust in the U.K., on the topic “What Is Right Livelihood?” Sunday features a panel discussion: “What is the role of technology in the lives of our children?” Lunch will be served for a minimal fee. For information, call Diane White at 805-646-2726, X. 20; or email

The Mind of Krishnamurti: World Citizen World Teacher
An exhibit on his life and teachings At the Ojai Valley Museum May 18 to June 10, 2007 See page 10 for details. This is a free event with a suggested donation of $3 for the upkeep of the Ojai Valley Museum.

Santa Sabina Dialogue Retreat
August 24 - 27, 2007 Located in San Rafael, just 15 miles north of San Francisco. Over one long weekend, dialogue groups meet in the spacious conference room, or outside under the trees and in the vine-leaved arbor. Excellent vegetarian meals are served in the oak-paneled dining room and there are opportunities for easy walking in the hills behind the Center. For more information, call Diane White at 805-646-2726, X. 20; or email

Weekly Dialogues at the Krishnamurti Library
Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm All dialogues take place at the Krishnamurti Library, 1070 McAndrew Road in Ojai, California. Self-study books and videos are available for use while at the Krishnamurti Library, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

P .O. Box 1560 Ojai, CA 93024 Ph: 805-646-2726

is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) For information on admissions, contact Joy Maguire-Parsons at: 220 W. Lomita Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023 Ph 805-646-8236, Ext. 109 Fx 805-646-6509 Email: Visit our website at

A new book comprising a series of eight talks, given in Ojai, California in 1955. While these reflections were offered over 50 years ago, their meaning is as fresh and relevant as if heard today. Krishnamurti discusses a world in which booming productivity and scientific advancement promise a happy future, but don’t provide it. He points to the ongoing escalation of war, competition, envy and territoriality, despite gains in education, religious ecumenism and the technologies of self-improvement. Ultimately and throughout, he asks his listeners to consider that all apparent progress of the self is not progress toward freedom, but a treadmill of illusion. Knowing one’s mind through diligent self-observation, he asserts, is the only way to freedom. (Published by HOHM Press.) To purchase this book or to browse the complete catalog of publications, visit WWW.KFA.ORG and click on “bookstore.” For free streaming audio and video, or to subscribe to the Daily Quote service, go to WWW.JKRISHNAMURTI.ORG Telephone orders: 805-646-2726, X. 17

Krishnamurti Foundation of America • P Box 1560 • Ojai, CA 93024 • tel 805-646-2726 • web .O.