Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening
Annual Gatherings

Event - Transformation Of Consciousness


KFI Annual Public Gathering at Rajghat

November 18 – 21, 2015

Transformation of Consciousness

“One thing is fairly obvious, and that is, we must totally change the way we are living. There must be a deep radical revolution in our lives, a revolution not merely superficial, economic or social, an upsetting of the establishment to put in its place a new one, but we have to be concerned with how the human mind which is so conditioned can undergo a radical transformation, how it can live, act and function at a totally different dimension? Can there be a mutation in the very brain cells themselves? That is one problem and I think that is the major problem, because we are responding to every challenge with the old brain, the old brain which is traditional, habitual, mechanical, which has been conditioned for millennia.” - Krishnamurti in India 1970-71, 5th Public Talk, 24 December 1970

Krishnamurti Foundation India is happy to announce the holding of its Annual Public Gathering at the Rajghat Education Centre, Varanasi from November 18th to 21st , 2015. We cordially invite you to participate in it. It is the intention of this Gathering to create an ambiance that would enable the participants to enter into a spirit of serious inquiry. The talks, study, group dialogues, video-screenings of J. Krishnamurti’s talks, will all be intended to unfold and explore deeply the different aspects of our central theme. The programme will be designed in such a way that there will be space to be quiet, to be with nature, to gather the energy necessary to observe, reflect on the theme and share our observations. Introduction

J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) questioned all religious dogmas and authorities and talked about an open and learning mind which is willing to inquire into our day-to-day life. He often raised fundamental questions such as: Can a radical transformation occur in human consciousness? Do we see the urgent need of such a change in our mind and heart? What does inner transformation mean? Does it merely mean a change of certain ideas and belief systems, thereby substituting old prisons with new ones? Can it be brought about by following any pattern or tradition? What is self-knowing? What is insight into the nature and root of our basic ignorance and suffering? We shall explore together such fundamental questions in this gathering as friends and fellow human beings.


The lush green, serene campus of the Rajghat Besant School, situated at the confluence of the rivers Ganga and Varuna in Varanasi is the venue for the Gathering. Participants will be accommodated in modestly furnished rooms and dormitories, with enough number of common baths nearby. The setting would be simple and austere, in keeping with the spirit of the event. For more details about the place and its location please visit our website:

Arrival and Departure

The Gathering will commence at 10:00 am on 18th of November, 2015 and conclude on 21st of November at 1:00 pm. Participants are expected to arrive by the evening of 17th November and depart on 21st November after lunch. Those wishing to stay longer before or after the gathering, on extra payment, may contact us in advance and get confirmation.

Accommodation and Charges

As accommodation is limited, registration will be done on first-come, first-served basis. The total Gathering Fee (which includes the registration fee) per person for those working in India would be as follows:

Rs. 3000/- for Dormitory Type accommodation; Rs. 3500/- per person in a room with double occupancy.

For those working abroad the fee would be $125 (or equivalent in Rupees) per person in a room with double occupancy and $150 for a room with single occupancy. No advance payment is needed for registration.

The gathering fee covers lodging, boarding, and study material/ facilities for the entire period of the Gathering. The amount should be paid on arrival at the Reception counter. Students and participants who cannot afford the full fee may avail of concessions on prior request.

All meals will be vegetarian and consumption of alcoholic beverages, drugs, meat or smoking is strictly forbidden on campus.

Gathering fee for day participants would be Rs. 1200/- for the entire gathering and will include study material, lunch and tea.

For reservations participants from India should send a non-refundable registration fee of Rs. 500 per person by D.D./Multi City Cheque/M.O. drawn in favour of 'KFI STUDY CENTRE', payable on any bank in Varanasi. This amount would be adjusted against the total gathering fee on arrival. The payment can also be done through direct deposit/transfer into our Axis Bank Account. The Account Name is : KFI STUDY CENTRE, and the Savings account number is : 287010100094027. IFSC code is UTIB0000287 Please intimate to us by email /post after you have transferred the amount.


A general store, an STD booth and a medical dispensary are available on the campus. Laundry services will also be provided at a moderate charge. Krishnamurti's books, audio/ video CDs and DVDs will be available at the bookstall for purchase.


The weather in Varanasi is cool and pleasant in November. The temperature ranges between 20-30C. Please bring light woolen clothing. Bedding will be provided.


Varanasi is situated 800 kms southeast of New Delhi, about half-way between Delhi and Kolkata. Varanasi is well connected through trains from all over India and there are five daily flights between Delhi and Varanasi. Rajghat is accessible from Cantt Railway Station, also known as Varanasi Junction, which is 8 km away and Mughal Sarai Station which is 11 km away. The Varanasi Airport is 30 km away (taxi charges about Rs. 800 at the pre-paid booth). Please ask the taxi or auto-rickshaw driver to take you to "Vasanta College, Rajghat", which is part of Krishnamurti Foundation campus. Most drivers know us by that name.

For registration please contact:

The Krishnamurti Centre, Krishnamurti Foundation India, Rajghat Fort, Varanasi 221 001 Email: Phone: 0542-2441289


Nov 18, 2015 - Nov 21, 2015

Rajghat Besant School, Krishnamurti Foundation India, Rajghat Fort
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221001