Dialogue Program for Chinese Speakers February 2017
Sunday, February 26 – Friday, March 3, 2017
“Have you ever wondered why it is that as people grow older they seem to lose all joy in life? We struggle to become somebody, to achieve and maintain a certain position; we have children and other responsibilities, and we have to earn money. All these external things soon weigh us down, and thereby we lose the joy of living. Look at the older faces around you, see how sad most of them are, how careworn and rather ill, how withdrawn, aloof and sometimes neurotic, without a smile. Why is it that as we grow older we seem to lose that joyous intimation of something beyond, something of greater significance? Why do so many of us, as we grow into so-called maturity, become dull, insensitive to joy, to beauty, to the open skies, and the marvelous earth?” -J. Krishnamurti
Can we observe our struggling without trying to alter it, without trying to force upon the mind a certain state which we call peace? Can we listen to find out, and not merely to have confirmation, to be encouraged in our own thinking? Can we think together?
Central to this endeavor is listening. In listening there is no resistance; there is no separation. Thus, listening lays the groundwork for a new relationship to others. By meeting with each other in dialogue for nearly a week, we foster this quality of listening, which opens the possibility of working together without resistance.
During the program, we will use dialogue to engage with fundamental questions. Dialogue is not a space for debate or presenting a particular point of view. To position oneself for debate, or to hold a specific point of view, is to create conflict. Instead, dialogue creates space. In dialogue, everything is subject to further examination without any authority. Dialogue can bring about insight into the nature of the thought process itself. We may become aware of our own conditioning, cultivated by our individual backgrounds.
We do not propose to merely understand and absorb what Krishnamurti says about any topic – that is, in order to better follow or apply his teachings to our lives. Rather we would encourage a far more challenging and active participation: listening with care, being honest, thinking for ourselves, and in doing so, be willing to reveal our assumptions, our fixed ideas and perhaps who we actually are.
The Krishnamurti Foundation of America is excited to offer its first dialogue program for Chinese speakers. We have noticed a quickly growing interest in Krishnamurti among Chinese people, and thus decided to offer this program to meet that interest, and create an opportunity for Chinese people to come to Krishnamurti's former home and explore the teachings together. All discussions will be held in Chinese, and all Krishnamurti videos will be shown with Chinese subtitles. This program is open to anyone, whether you have been reading Krishnamurti for a long time, or are relatively new.
The program offers an intimate setting in which to explore the basic questions of life. The total group size will be around 10-16 people. The intent is to have a group small enough to allow for silence within the discussion, which may allow for deep looking.
The Chinese Krishnamurti Committee (KMS), based in Beijing, will help to organize this retreat. The work of KMS includes hosting Krishnamurti-based dialogue events in China, translating Krishnamurti's work into Chinese, and promoting Krishnamurti within China, in various ways. They have been instrumental in organizing KFA trips to China in recent years. Find more information at weibo.com/jkmeditationstudio or through WeChat: Krishnamurti_KMS.
Jinglin YuJinglin Yu was born in Shanghai, and has spent the last year and a half at different Krishnamurti centers to study Krishnamurti's teachings, interact with interested people from around the world, and inquire into her own thinking. This includes a year as a Mature Student at Brockwood Park School in England. During this time, she has had the opportunity to delve deeply into Krishnamurti’s teachings, and participated in dialogues regarding every aspect of life. Since coming across Krishnamurti for first time in 2011 as a college student, she began to reflect upon her own life as well as Chinese society. Due to this, she eventually made a life-changing decision to step out of the mainstream of Chinese society to travel around the world, and also to get involved in with the foundations and schools established by Krishnamurti. Now, her interest is to engage with more people and question together into the reality of life.
Kang WeiKang Wei was born in 1979. He lives in Beijing, and is a co-founder of Krishnamurti Meditation Studio (KMS). In 2005, he got to know Krishnamurti’s teachings and henceforth participated in multiple forms of discussions. In 2012, he co-founded KMS with Sue and since then has been working full-time for the dissemination of Krishnamurti’s teachings, including translation, editing, event planning and discussion facilitating. Now he is mainly responsible for KMS’s Weibo and WeChat platforms and activity planning, and has already hosted/facilitated over a hundred KMS’s weekly discussions in Beijing since 2013. Translation work: Flowering.
Sue (Xiaoxia) WangSue (Xiaoxia) Wang has a Ph.D in Management from Renmin University of China. She is a co-founder of Krishnamurti Meditation Studio (KMS), translator of Krishnamurti’s books and videos, interpreter of Krishnamurti Foundations’ events, and hostess/facilitator of KMS’s online discussions. She has been in touch with Krishnamurti’s teachings for over 10 years. She leads KMS’s translation team and has organized the translation of over 100 videos of K’s talks. Translation work: Meeting Life, The Art of Listening, The Future of Humanity, Truth and Actuality, That Benediction is Where You Are, On Conflict, Krishnamurti to Himself: His Last Journal, On Fear, Tradition and Revolution, and Explorations and Insights (the last two as first-grade translator).
Jaap SluijterJaap Sluijter is the Executive Director of the KFA. He has held this position since 2011, and first became involved with the Krishnamurti foundations in 1995, when he taught mathematics and physics at Brookwood Park School in England. He then became the Administrator at the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust in England, from 2000 to 2004. During his youth, he chanced upon the book Awakening of Intelligence, which he said “jolted” his life and changed his view of the world. In 1984 he heard Krishnamurti speak in Saanen, and reflected that the “overwhelming silence before and after the talk made a lasting impression”. During his time as Executive Director of the KFA, he has emphasized that the foundation’s role is to cultivate an atmosphere of inquiring in the organization and that we are more than just a publishing house, and worked to develop the campus of the Krishnamurti Educational Center on the campus where Krishnamurti used to live. He has also traveled several times to Asia and especially China to host workshops and participate in books launches.
Michael Krohnen was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S at age twenty. He currently he works as Library Coordinator with the KFA. After attending college in Orange County and San Francisco, he traveled extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas. During this time he discovered J. Krishnamurti and his teaching and found it singularly enlightening. After attending Krishnamurti's talks on three continents, he joined the Oak Grove School in 1975 as chef de cuisine. Subsequently he became Krishnamurti's personal chef during K's annual sojourn in California. This unique and profound experience he describes in his book The Kitchen Chronicles - 1001 Lunches with J. Krishnamurti.
The program will be hosted at the Krishnamurti's former home in Ojai, California, on the campus of the Krishnamurti Educational Center (map). The house where Krishnamurti lived (called Pine Cottage) is now used as the Krishnamurti Library, and to host inquiry-based programs. The center is located about 130 kilometers north of Los Angeles, and 580 kilometers south of San Francisco. The center is located in a small town, surrounded by mountains and nature, and is only 30 kilometers away from the ocean. During the program we will take two trips to nearby beach cities, to explore the area and get a feel for local culture.