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April 22, 2009

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Jordan

I thought about leaving this one alone but feel like this has to be said... I'm skeptical of Krishnamurti because he said the quality of a teacher was based on weather or not anyone ever understood the teaching. Then on the prognosis of his death his words were simple, and emphatic: "nobody" ā€“ among his associates or the world at large ā€“ had understood Krishnamurti, his life, or the teaching.

Kind of dismal.

Puerhan

Krishnamurti never mucks around or wastes words huh! Straight to the heart of existence.

~gassho~

Uku

Maybe I am just stupid (well, I am) but I have also been very skeptical of Krishnamurti and I don't exactly know why. There's just something that doesn't seem to fit in the picture. But hey, what do I know? Nothing. And that's why I shouldn't say anything about this subject. Well, I said it anyway. :)

Of course I respect his teachings etc. but I just haven't heard or saw or smell the "wisdom" behind his words.

Barry Briggs

Hi Jordan - I've been studying with a direct student of Krishnamurti's and, in my experience, others have attained Krishnamurti's words, not as words but as living reality. In the "zen" sense, what is there to understand about a person's life and teaching? For me, the question about anyone's teaching is: Does it ring true within my own life? If it does, then there's something there that I must acknowledge and look into. And, if it doesn't ring true, then either (a) I need to grow up some more or (b) the teacher has some self-centered BS going on. In most cases, it's probably both.

That was also my experience reading these words, Puerhan. There's more tomorrow.

Uku, I've also had some concerns about Krishnamurti (without ever taking the time to read him). His personal life was somewhat messy (by my prudish standards), but then many great teachers have a somewhat messy personal life. Your teacher does. My teacher does. But his teaching - at least to me - couldn't be more honest and clear.

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