THE KRISHNAMURTI CENTRE 2016 PROGRAMME

Theme Weekends and Study Retreats are for those who would like to inquire together in an atmosphere of openness with like-minded people. These events are attended by people who are acquainted with the teachings as well as those who are new to them. Video or audio of Krishnamurti's talks are followed by dialogues among the participants. These dialogues are usually found to be helpful in deepening one's understanding of day-to-day issues. Both events start on Friday at lunchtime and end after lunch on the last day.

Programme for 2016
February, Friday 19th to Sunday 21st
Can the mind ever be free of conditioning?
March, Friday 18th to Wednesday 23rd
What is radical psychological change?
April, Friday 15th to Sunday 17th
The meaning of death
May, Friday 13th to Sunday 15th, Friends of Brockwood Park
May, Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd
The observer is the observed
June, Saturday 11th, Introduction to Krishnamurti
June, Friday 17th to Sunday 19th
The ending of time - I *
July, Friday 8th to Sunday 10th
What brings disorder in relationships?
August, Friday 19th to Wednesday 24th
The ending of time - II *
September, Friday 23rd to Wednesday 28th
The never-ending search for security
October, Saturday 1st, Introduction to Krishnamurti
October, Friday 14th to Sunday 16th
Space & speech: is the word the thing?
October, Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd, Friends of Brockwood Park
November, French Theme Weekend
November, Friday 11th to Wednesday 16th
Freedom from the self
Last Saturday of every month – Krishnamurti video or audio presentations
(except in September and December)

*The ending of time: Based on the conversations between Krishnamurti and David Bohm in Ojai and Brockwood, this new format is an opportunity to study these important conversations in depth with DVDs and audio recordings, in conjunction with the recently published book The Ending of Time (the full-text edition). Please note that numbers are limited for the Study Retreat; priority will be given to those attending the Theme Weekend in June.

Events and activities at the Krishnamurti Centre have been grouped into three categories: theme weekends, study retreats and introduction days. More information on can be found at:
http://krishnamurticentre.org.uk/events/calendar.php

 

ON DIALOGUE

J. Krishnamurti Extract from The First and Last Freedom, Chapter 1

'To communicate with one another, even if we know each other very well, is extremely difficult. I may use words that may have to you a significance different from mine. Understanding comes when we, you and I, meet on the same level at the same time. That happens only when there is real affection between people, between husband and wife, between intimate fiends. That is real communion. Instantaneous understanding comes when we meet on the same level at the same time.

It is very difficult to commune with one another easily, effectively and with definitive action. I am using words which are simple, which are not technical, because I do not think that any technical type of expression is going to help us solve our difficult problems; so I am not going to use any technical terms, either of psychology or of science. I have not read any books on psychology or any religious books, fortunately. I would like to convey, by the very simple words which we use in our daily life, a deeper significance; but that is very difficult if you do not know how to listen.

There is an art of listening. To be able really to listen, one should abandon or put aside all prejudices, pre-formulations and daily activities. When you are in a receptive state of mind, things can be easily understood; you are listening when your real attention is given to something. But unfortunately most of us listen through a screen of resistance. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific; or with our daily worries, desires and fears. And with these for a screen, we listen. Therefore, we listen really to our own noise, to our own sound, not to what is being said. It is extremely difficult to put aside our training, our prejudices, our inclination, our resistance, and, reaching beyond the verbal expression, to listen so that we understand instantaneously. That is going to be one of our difficulties.

If during this discourse, anything is said which is opposed to your way of thinking and belief just listen, do not resist. You may be right, and I may be wrong, but by listening and considering together we are going to find out what is the truth. Truth cannot be given to you by somebody. You have to discover it, and to discover, there must be a state of mind in which there is direct perception. There is no direct perception when there is a resistance, a safeguard, a protection. Understanding comes through being aware of what is. To know exactly what is, the real, the actual, without interpreting it, without condemning or justifying it, is, surely, the beginning of wisdom. It is only when we begin to interpret, to translate according to our conditioning, according to our prejudice, that we miss the truth. After all, it is like research. To know what something is, what it is exactly, requires research—you cannot translate it according to your moods. Similarly, if we can look, observe, listen, be aware of what is, exactly, then the problem is solved. And that is what we are going to do in all these discourses. I am going to point out to you what is, and not translate it according to my fancy; nor should you translate it or interpret it according to your background or training.


The Center Entrance


Discussion Group


The Center Conservatory


Autumn


Autumn