Insights into Education

Bringing About a Totally New Mind

Book Cover: Insights into Education
ISBN: 978-1539500445
Size: 5.50 x 8.50 in
Pages: 200

Insights into Education presents the educational philosophy of J. Krishnamurti in an easy to use, topic-based format. It is a practical handbook that comes alive when used as an introduction to group investigation and dialogue. What it offers to teachers everywhere is an inroad into the many matters of concern with which they are faced on a daily basis. That we cannot continue as we have been doing, with rote-learning, fact-finding, and a modicum of analysis as the building blocks of education, is obvious to anyone who is at all concerned with teaching and learning in a world with accelerating technological advancement, alienation, and despair. It is these very issues that are tackled here, sometimes implicitly but always at depth.

What Krishnamurti proposes, and here discloses, is a different approach to learning altogether, one that distinguishes itself radically from what we normally understand by that term: the accumulation of knowledge, with its application and testing. By narrowing down our understanding to the pragmatic and the measurable, we forfeit the opportunity to probe deeply and to awaken intelligence in our students and in ourselves. What is meant by intelligence in this context is not the capacity to memorize and measure, but that subtler ability to see the whole which comes alive in a human being when he/she sees the limits of the measurable. To awaken this intelligence is the goal of education.


School Without Fear

Book Cover: School Without Fear
Pages: 222

The dialogues in this book School Without Fear are being published sixty years after Krishnamurti held them at Rajghat Besant School, which he had founded on the banks of the Ganges in the early 1930s. From December 1954 to February 1955, he stayed on the campus and talked to teachers and parents.

Ranging from articulating his most sublime vision of life to thrashing out the practicalities of running a boarding school, he covers every conceivable aspect of education. The result is these twenty-six dialogues, which perhaps form the longest series of dialogues on education in the entire Krishnamurti repertoire.


Can we discuss the question of the competitive spirit, how to eradicate it, because that may be one of the fundamental reasons why society is crumbling. Culture is crumbling because of this terrible spirit of competitiveness, with its ambition, comparison, and condemnation, and can we eradicate it totally in this school? Giving various reasons, will that really bring about a dynamic activity to create something new? Merely examining the hindrances, will that produce any result? By discussing thoroughly the problem, the competitive spirit in students and in us, we will come to the fact that it exists. Perhaps if we can go deeply into whether it is true and whether we should encourage it, whether we should discourage it, and why we should discourage it, then we shall be able to deal with the other problems.


Are we ready to expose what we really think— whether we really do believe in competition or whether we don’t care? Are we just caught in circumstances and go along that way? If we are challenged, do we ask whether we really believe in competition with all its implications and therefore we cannot discourage it? If we think that is essential, we cannot discourage it. Does competition bring freedom? Does competition within a society bring peace to the society? Or must society everlastingly be in conflict within itself? And can we create a society in which there is no conflict at all, but where no man is trying to become something but is doing something which he loves to do, and therefore there is no ambition, competition, and struggle with the neighbor? Which means, can we help the student to find out his true vocation, not what society or his father or tradition says he must do, but what he really wants to do? If all of us together say this is what we stand for, then we will die for it, work for it. Do we discuss it with our hearts in it, or merely casually as we have done these last three years?


Unconditioning and Education Vol.1

The need for a radical approach

Book Cover: Unconditioning and Education Vol.1
Part of the Education series:
  • Unconditioning and Education Vol.1
Editions:Paperback - Volume I
Pages: 156

This book presents a series of dialogues in which renowned educator and religious teacher J. Krishnamurti explores with parents and teachers the need for a radical approach to schooling and their intention to establish such a school in the Ojai valley in California. They discuss the conditioning effects on children and educators of teaching and environments in schools based on traditional methods of education. They look at the stultifying effects of knowledge-based approaches which, instead of broadening the minds of children in a setting that encourages observation and creativity, conditions them to conform to society. To free the mind’s broader potential and to educate the whole human being they see that there must be right relationship between students and teachers in an atmosphere of attention, care and trust.


What does it mean to be educated? Is it to conform to the pattern of society, acquiring enough knowledge to act skilfully in that society? Does to be educated mean adjusting oneself to society and following the dictates of that society? Is education merely to cultivate one segment of the mind to use knowledge skilfully?

Is it possible to educate the totality of man, instead of cultivating memory as we do, and depending on that memory to act skilfully? The cultivation of memory and dependence on that is part of the degeneration of humanity, because then man becomes merely mechanical, always acting in the field of the known. When we are acting in the field of knowledge, we are acting according to a past pattern; so then the brain must be conditioned, it has no flexibility.


Knowledge has become the factor of conditioning the mind to a certain pattern according to which it acts. We are asking if it is possible to educate human beings from childhood and beyond to nurture the whole outward and inward totality of man. Is it possible in our life to educate ourselves completely, totally, inwardly as well as outwardly?


On Conflict

Book Cover: On Conflict
Pages: 160

This theme book examines a particularly important subject in Krishnamurti's teaching through excerpts from his talks and dialogues.

Is it possible to live a life without conflict in the modern world, with all the strain, struggle, pressures, and influences in the social structure? That is really living, the essence of a mind that is inquiring seriously. The question whether there is God, whether there is truth, whether there is beauty can come only when this is established, when the mind is no longer in conflict, says Krishnamurti in this book, which brings together the most significant excerpts on a theme that he dwelled upon frequently in his talks, writings, and dialogues.

Publisher - Harper  Collins
Author/Editor - J. Krishnamurti
160 pp

Reviews:Customer on wrote:

To understand is not hard. You must let go of what you have built inside your mind and see with out judgement. This book is about what exists. Read it.

What Are You Doing With Your Life?

Book Cover: What Are You Doing With Your Life?
Pages: 272

J. Krishnamurti spoke to young people all over the world and founded schools in California, England, and India. 'When one is young,' Krishnamurti said, 'one must be revolutionary, not merely in revolt ... to be psychologically revolutionary means non-acceptance of any pattern.’

The book opens with the following statement by Krishnamurti, 'It seems to me that without understanding the way our minds work, one cannot understand and resolve the very complex problems of living.' Speaking directly to youth he says, 'While one is young is the time to investigate, to experiment with everything.'

This accessible title contains selected passages from Krishnamurti’s work that enable you to explore some of the most pertinent issues in their lives.

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Publisher: KPA
Editor: ALA Notable Book Author Dale Bick Carlson
272 pp - Paper

Reviews:Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro on wrote:

"I have been reading Krishnamurti for over 35 years. He is the sage to whom I turn when I need a simple, clear, and compelling understanding of reality. I recommend his books to many people, and yet I find that for most readers he is anything but simple, clear, and compelling. They find him hard to understand, and harder to apply to their daily lives.

What Are You Doing With Your Life will change all of that. This is a "threaded" anthology of Krishnamurti's teachings on a variety of vital subjects compiled for teenagers. I bought it to help improve my own ability to mentor teens. What I found was so much more. Here is a clear, concise, and powerful articulation of Krishnamurti's deepest teachings. This is more than an introduction to his thought, this is the essence of his thought.

I highly recommend this book to teens, their parents, and anyone else looking for love and silence at the heart of their everyday lives."

Midwest Book Review on wrote:

"J. Krishnamurti's has been called "One of the greatest thinkers of the age" by the Dalai Lama. Based on Krishnamurti's "Books on Living For Teens" series, What Are You Doing With Your Life? is a philosophical discussion of probing issues and problems directly affecting young people. From the difficulties of relationships; to hard choices about one's education and future work; to find a purpose for one's life, and more, What Are Your Dong With Your Life? is a deftly presented spiritual as well as practical work, a non-denominational treatise which is broad in its intellectual discussion and willingness to raise hard questions. As the chapter on "Truth; God; Death" points out: "What is God? How are you going to find out? Are you going to accept somebody else's information? Or are you going to discover for yourself what God is?" What are You Doing With Your Life? is a very highly recommended addition to school, and community library Philosophy collections for adolescent and young adult readers."

On Living and Dying

Book Cover: On Living and Dying
Pages: 142

This theme book examines a particularly important subject in Krishnamurti's teaching through excerpts from his talks and dialogues.

his theme book, through excerpts from Krishnamurti's talks and dialogues. Gives a radically different insight into the nature of death and the inter-relationship between it and life and love.

Publisher: HarperSan Francisco
Author/Editor: J. Krishnamurti
142 pp - Paper

On Mind and Thought

Book Cover: On Mind and Thought
Pages: 146
Reviews:Donald Ford on wrote:

"This book (one in a series regarding topics critical to mankind) will mainly be of intrest to those who are already familiar with Krishnamurti & his teachings. In it, he clarifies many aspects of his philosophy, by defining words & topics in his own special way. If you've read some of his stuff, and have been perplexed by some wild-sounding concepts like the ending of thought, ending the seperation between the observer & that which is observed, & immediate transformation without the space of time, this book will really clear up that confusion or wonder. In it, he clearly spells out what he means by the many layers of the mind...the conscious & the subconscious, dreams, & though (both psycological & practical). Many esoteric-sounding themes & ideas are clearly spelled out in that simple & direct language that draws so many to Krishnamurti's teachings. If any of Krishnamurti's other works have interested you, I'd strongly recommend reading this book. For first-time readers, I'd recommend Think On These Things."

Reflections on The Self

Book Cover: Reflections on The Self
Pages: 234

Described by the Dalai Lama as "one of the greatest thinkers of the age", Jiddu Krishnamurti has influenced millions throughout the 20th century, including Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell, Henry Miller and Joseph Campbell. Born of middle-class Brahmin parents in 1895, Krishnamurti was recognized at age fourteen by theosophists Annie Besant and C W Leadbetter as an anticipated world teacher and proclaimed to be the vehicle for the reincarnation of Christ in the West and of Buddha in the East. In 1929 he repudiated these claims and traveled the world, sharing his philosophical insights and establishing schools and foundations.

Because Krishnamurti had no interest in presenting theories, his thought is far removed from academic philosophy in the analytic tradition, yet his insights remain extremely relevant to contemporary philosophical theories and to those interested in understanding themselves and the world. Rather than a theorist, Krishnamurti is regarded as a seer and a teacher. He perceived inherent distorting psychological structures that bring about a division in the individual's consciousness between "the observer" and "the observed".

He believed this division was a potent source of conflict, both within the individual and externally for society as a whole, and offered a way to transcend these harmful structures through a radical transformation in human consciousness. This is a collection of Krishnamurti's writings and lectures about the individual in relation to society. He examines the importance of inquiry, the role of the emotions, the relation between experience and the self, the observer/observed distinction, the nature of freedom, and other philosophical ideas.

Publisher: Open Court
Editor: Raymond Martin
234 pp - Paper

Reviews:toran on wrote:

"One thing I have learnt from reading j.k. is that my searching is in fact escaping.. from no depths and from no hights will we recieve nor discover anything that can make us free. we already are as free as we see ourselves fit to be. escaping and compensating with new points of wiews under the false pretence that you have "matured" over time is wonderfull however, because it keeps you occupied, and tucks away the creeping feeling that you're missing something. and the doubts and the fears, the urge to become and overcome,- it keeps sticking to you, so you start wanting it. that is our balance-act. take it too seriously and you'll feel more dead than alive."

Customer on wrote:

"i have read almost all the books of j.k.His writings helped me to question myself and explore the complexity within myself. i'm still going on reading his books repeatedly to get self-knowledge and deep insight."

On Truth

Book Cover: On Truth
Pages: 144

On Truth offers Krishnamurti's most profound ruminations on the search for truth. In 1929, he began his life of public teachings by saying, "Truth is a pathless land". Throughout his many years of speaking to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, he continually emphasized that truth cannot be approached through the instrument of thought. Truth is intangible and nameless and can only be realized through exploring the total movement of thought and its activities.

Publisher: East West Books
144 pp - Paper

Letters To A Young Friend

Book Cover: Letters To A Young Friend
Pages: 69

Life is a razor's edge and one has to walk on that path with exquisite care and with pliable wisdom" ~J Krishnamurti

Between 1948 and the early 1960s, Krishnaji was easily accessible and many people came to him. On walks, in personal meetings, through letters, the relationships blossomed.

He wrote the following letters to a young friend who came to him wounded in body and mind. The letters, written between June 1948 and March 1960, reveal a rare compassion and clarity: the teaching and healing unfold; separation and distance disappear; the words flow; not a word is superfluous; the healing and teaching are simultaneous.

Publisher: KPA
69 pp