Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening
Annual Gatherings

Event - Crisis In Society And Individual Responsibility


Crisis in Society and Individual Responsibility

K.F.I. Annual Public Gathering 2018

Krishnamurti Foundation India | Rajghat Fort | Varanasi| India

31 October – 3 November 2018

"The whole world is in a great state of crisis and the crisis is not only out there but also in each one of us. If you are at all aware of all this, what is the responsibility for it on the part of each one of us? One must have asked this question of oneself very often: what is one to do? Where should one begin? What should each one of us do, facing this terrible society in which we live, each concerned with himself, with his own fulfilment, with his own sorrow, with his own misery, economic struggle, and so on and so on?" - J. Krishnamurti, Last Talks at Saanen 1985

Krishnamurti Foundation India is happy to announce the programme of its Annual Public Gathering at the Rajghat Education Centre, Varanasi from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, 2018. We cordially invite you to participate in it. The intention of this Gathering is to create an ambiance that would enable the participants to enter into a spirit of serious inquiry. The talks, study material, group dialogues, video-screenings of Krishnamurti’s talks, will all be intended to unfold and explore deeply the different aspects of the central theme: Crisis in Society and Individual Responsibility. 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.

Venue 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 / DEPARTURE Participants are expected to arrive at any time by the evening on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The Gathering will begin on Wednesday, October 31 at 10:00 a.m. and conclude on Saturday, 3 November at 01:00 p.m. Participants can depart any time after lunch on that day. If one wishes to stay longer either before or after the gathering, on extra payment, please contact us in advance and get confirmation.

ACCOMMODATION Delegates will be accommodated mainly in the hostels of Rajghat Besant School. Total contributory fees for the Gathering (including stay, meals and study material) are as follows: For resident participants working/living in India/ south Asia: • Option A: INR 3000 per person in the school hostel dormitory with common baths • Option B: INR 3500 per person in a room with double occupancy but common baths For resident participants working / living outside south Asia: • Option C: Euro100 (or equivalent in Rupees) per person for a room with double occupancy with attached baths. • Option D: Euro 150 for a room with single occupancy with attached bath. Kindly note: 1. Double occupancy rooms on the Study Centre campus have attached Western style baths and are subject to availability. 2. School hostel accommodations have common baths and Indian style toilets. For those who prefer to use toilets in Western style, stools/folding Western commodes that can fit over the Indian toilet seat will be provided. Hot water will be available in the bathrooms.

FOOD Wholesome vegetarian food will be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants are kindly requested to refrain from smoking, consumption of alcoholic beverages or narcotic drugs and eating of non-vegetarian food on the campus during the gathering. Clean filtered drinking water will be available.

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

MISCELLANEOUS 1. Participants should bring walking shoes, light woolen clothing, torchlight, soap, mosquito cream or lotion and other items of their personal use. 2. Items of daily use can be purchased from a convenience store located on the campus. 3. The gathering will be conducted in English. There will be an option to choose dialogue groups in Hindi. 4. It is desirable that all live and eat together as part of the self-learning during the gathering. 5. There are no pre-conditions to attend the Gathering. Persons of any caste, creed, religion, nationality, race and culture can participate. 6. The gathering is organized on a no-profit, no-loss basis. The contributory fees from the participants are used to cover the cost of lodging, boarding and administration. 8. Books and DVD’s of J. Krishnamurti in English and Hindi will be available for sale during the gathering. 9. Those wishing to give a donation may do so in the Study Centre office, and obtain a receipt. Donations from Indian residents are exempt under the Section 80G of Income Tax.

REGISTRATION To register for the gathering please contact: Coordinator, Krishnamurti Study Centre, Rajghat Fort, Varanasi 221001 (U.P.) India E-mail:


Oct 31, 2018 - Nov 03, 2018

Rajghat Besant School, Rajghat Fort
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, 221001