2011 Krishnamurti Gathering
This year will mark the 26th year that the International Krishnamurti Gathering has been held in Switzerland since Krishnamurti's death. The main purpose of the gathering is to provide close and informal contact between people interested in deepening their understanding of Krishnamurti´s teachings.
Krishnamurti started the original Saanen Gatherings in 1961 and, every summer from then until 1985, his talks and dialogues there drew large and widely international attendances.
It was Krishnamurti's idea to call the meetings 'Gatherings' as this title reflected the informal, friendly and expansive background of the talks and dialogues, which in themselves, of course, were deeply serious. The intent was for people to be able to relax and walk and talk with each other between the meetings in beautiful surroundings, which offered physical as well as spiritual refreshment.
Is it that you are concerned with your life, the way you are living it, the problems that you have ... and that you expect someone to tell you how to examine, what to do? Is that the reason you are here? Or is it that one wants to see what one actually is as we are sitting here, examine that very closely and see if we can go beyond it - is that the reason?
The moment you are conscious that you are empty, hollow, there is tremendous conflict taking place. In that moment of conflict you are discovering, as you move along, the significance of experience - the standards, the values of society, of religion, of the conditions placed upon you. Instead of covering up emptiness, there is a depth of intelligence. Then you are never lonely even if you are by yourself or with a huge crowd, then there is no such thing as emptiness, shallowness.