David Bohm and Krishnamurti: Collected Recordings

David Bohm heard about Krishnamurti in the late 1950s and they first met in London in the early 1960s.

In an interview where he is likely to be describing their first private meeting, Bohm said:

[Krishnamurti] came in and there was a long silence, but then we began discussing. I told him all about my ideas in physics, which he probably couldn’t have understood in detail, but he got the spirit of it. I used words like 'totality', and when I used this word 'totality', he grabbed me by the arm and said, 'That’s it, that’s it!'

Bohm described those initial meetings as follows:

We began to meet every time he came to London and had one or two discussions. In the first year, I wanted to discuss the question of the universal and the particular with him, and we raised the question 'Is mind universal?' and he said yes.

When we left, I had the feeling that the state of mind had changed, I could see that there was no feeling, but clarity.

Over the following years, Bohm became profoundly acquainted with Krishnamurti and deeply involved with the activities at Brockwood Park. For more than two decades, they took part in several remarkable series of one-on-one conversations and group discussions. In the many audio and video recordings documenting their meetings, the alchemy between the two is palpable. Due to his sensitivity—and an interplay of scientific exactness and creative approach—many consider Bohm to have been the perfect interlocutor for Krishnamurti, arguably acting as a sort of translator, or doorway, leaving no stone unturned in the process of their inquiry.

The Foundation has collected these recordings and made them available for free on our YouTube channel. They are grouped in two playlists, the first containing one-on-one conversations, the second, group discussions and seminars, where Bohm and K's participation played a major role (including the key series The Ending of Time and Nature of the Mind). The over 50 recordings made available span from 1965 to 1983; some of these have never before been released.

We hope you will enjoy this material, one of several features the Foundation is planning for this year.

Playlists on YouTube

One-on-one conversations
Group discussions and seminars