Community Engagement

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Study Centre

Krishnamurti felt that there were people who, because of the distractions of occupation, family, or other factors, found it difficult to spare time to take a pause and reflect on their lives.

He therefore wanted to set up centres where people could go in order to take a retreat from their daily routine of office and home.

Set in places of natural beauty and serenity, the study centres provide an environment conducive for studying and reflecting upon existential questions which Krishnamurti raised in his talks, writings and dialogues.
If I went to The Study, first of all, I would want to be quiet, not bring problems there: my household problems, business preoccupations, and so on. And also I think I would want what K says to be entirely part of my life, not just that I have studied K and I repeat what he says. Rather, in the very studying of it, I am really absorbing it; not bits of it here and there, not only just what suits me…


If I went there to study what K is saying, I would want to investigate it, question it, doubt it; not just read something and then go away.


– J. Krishnamurti

Outreach

At the request of villages in and around the Farm, English and Hindi along with some soft skills can be taught by volunteers. They can be arranged on any day mutually convenient. The duration could be an hour or two or even longer, the interactions can be in English, Hindi or Tamil.

On Education

Special programmes on Krishnamurti’s vision of education will be offered to students and staff of colleges of education in and around the Farm. These will aim at introducing participants to J Krishnamurti’s unique approach to education and its implications for learning and life at school. It is desirable to allot a morning of 3 to 4 hours at the Farm where students can have access to relevant study material, video clippings of good discussions Krishnamurti had with students followed by a question and answer session. These sessions could be bilingual – both English and Tamil. We would be happy to donate a set of basic books and booklets or MP3’s and DVD’s for the college library if you so desire. We would also be glad to offer thematic discussions for school students on issues like their relationship to nature and the earth, to people, to their peers; ideas about careers, achievement, success; about what is happening in the world outside; wars, violence, corruption, poverty and so on. The intention is to help them to think, to enquire and feel responsible and caring.

Interested schools could contact us 

Perspectives on Environment.

Since Krishnamurti has written and spoken much on Man’s relationship to Nature, we could offer special programmes for environmental groups  interested in exploring this theme in depth in Krishnamurti’s perspectives.  We could also offer interactive sessions for environmental groups, social workers, or other NGO’s in Chennai.

Please contact us.