Can the Mind be Quiet?: Living, Learning, and Meditation

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One of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century describes a series of his encounters around the world with a wide variety of spiritual seekers. Their questions and his answers explore the nature of the lived experience, the details of profound self-inquiry and how to live a fulfilled life.

These 60 chapters, with titles like "Solitude Means Freedom", "All Seeking is from Emptiness and Fear", and "Life is an Extraordinarily Beautiful Movement", carry the essence of Krishnamurti's teaching style and profoundest wisdom.

Each one reflects an encounter K had at different times during the sixties and seventies. It opens with a poetic account of the location where the encounter took place, plus occasionally a description of the seeker that K has met. The chapter then moves back and forth between the seeker and the teacher, giving the reader plenty to reflect upon.

This is previously unpublished material. Readers will be captivated by the luminous prose and the piercing insight. The style is enigmatic and poetical but each chapter contains more than enough for the reader to consider, perhaps as a daily practice. In the style of Paulo Coelho they have the quality of fables, but the teaching is far more profound and challenging.

Insights into Education

Bringing About a Totally New Mind

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

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.

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School Without Fear

Book Cover: School Without Fear
Editions:Paperback
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.

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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.

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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?

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Unconditioning and Education Vol.1

The need for a radical approach

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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.

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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.

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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?

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On Conflict

Book Cover: On Conflict
Editions:Paperback
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 Amazon.com 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.


Total Freedom

The Essential Krishnamurti

Book Cover: Total Freedom
Editions:Paperback
Pages: 370

Counted among his admirers are Jonas Salk, Aldous Huxley, David Hockney, and Van Morrison, along with countless other philosophers, artist, writers and students of the spiritual path. Now the trustees of Krishnamurti’s work have gathered his very best and most illuminating writings and talks to present in one volume the truly essential ideas of this great spiritual thinker.

Total Freedom includes selections from Krishnamurti’s early works, his ‘Commentaries on Living’, and his discourses on life, the self, meditation, sex and love. These writings reveal Krishnamuri’s core teachings in their full eloquence and power: the nature of personal freedom; the mysteries of life and death; and the ‘pathless land’, the personal search for truth and peace.

Warning readers away from blind obedience to creeds or teachers – including himself – Krishnamurti celebrated the individual quest for truth, and thus became on of the most influential guides for independent-minded seekers of the twentieth century – and beyond.

Publisher: Harper Collins
370 pp

Reviews:Chaz on Amazon.com wrote:

"This presentation of Krishnamurti is the most complete to date. It contains four parts that are entitled:Early Works, Insights into Everyday Life, Life's Questions, and You are the World. The most important insight that the reader will gain is... a person does not have to become a member of any religious sect in order to gain peace of mind. J.K. asks us why we have certain fears, why are some of us so depended upon others for fulfillment?The insights presented within the book are not "teachings" in the sense of providing a system for the reader to follow. Instead, Krishnamurti asks us to question tradition and certain forms of dogmatism. I think the best analogy that could be used in describing this book would be to compare it to a mirror in which a person has to take a good hard look at his or her life, thoughts, fears, traditions, and habits. The reader is directed to look for the truth within, through observation, without any rigorous vows or monastic practices. Essential reading indeed."


What Are You Doing With Your Life?

Book Cover: What Are You Doing With Your Life?
Editions:Paperback
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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com 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."


Life Ahead

On Learning and the Search for Meaning

Book Cover: Life Ahead
Editions:Paperback
Pages: 248

Life Ahead presents lessons that move far beyond the traditional forms of education taught in most schools and colleges. Drawn from transcripts of talks given to Indian students, the book covers a wide range of universal topics. In short, accessible chapters, Krishnamurti explores the danger of competition, the value of solitude, the need to understand both the conscious and the unconscious mind, and the critical difference between concentration and attention, and between knowledge and learning.

Krishnamurti exposes the roots of fear and eradicates deeply entrenched habits of tradition, limitation, and prejudice. The life he holds forth requires a complete change of thought, even a revolution, one that begins “not with theory and ideation,” he writes, “but with a radical transformation in the mind itself.” He explains how such transformation occurs only through an education that concentrates on the total development of the human being, an education carefully described in this simple yet powerful book

Publisher: New World Library
248 pp

Reviews:Vicente Hao Chin Jr. on Amazon.com wrote:

"This book goes into the root of human problems, addressed to young audiences. Spoken with clarity, it can cause a turning point in a young person's life, as it did to me when I read it while at the university."

Customer on Amazon.com wrote:

"This is a GREAT book! It's aimed basically at the highschool student, but can be applied to anyone. JK talks about the problems with the way most education is setup, the problems with teachers and parents. He says "Learning is possible only when there is no coercion of any kind...There is coercion through influence, through attachment or threat, through persuazzive encouragement or subtle forms of reward." I reccommend this book highly! Next time you see it in a used bookstore get a copy of it."


Letters To A Young Friend

Book Cover: Letters To A Young Friend
Editions:Paperback
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

Meeting Life

Book Cover: Meeting Life
Editions:Paperback
Pages: 228

Meeting Life is composed of three different parts. The first section of Meeting Life, a book compiled and edited by Mary Lutyens, contains sixteen short pieces written by Krishnamurti for the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Bulletins.

Part two contains Krishnamurti's answers to questions put to him at the end of his talks or at small discussions. Part three consists of talks by Krishnamurti in Switzerland, India, England, and California. The thought-provoking and inspirational volume will provide strength and encouragement to anyone searching for insight.

Each starts with a description of nature and then comments on a profound question of life. Part Two contains Krishnamurti's answers to questions put to him at the end of his talks or in small group discussions. Part three consists of fifteen complete talks from different parts of the world.

Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Author/Editor: J. Krishnamurti
228 pp - Paper

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