Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Benny Lau
Benny Lau
Singapore
Birthday: May 12
Member since: Tue, 30 Mar 2010, 4:33am
Last visited 6 years ago

Interests and Recommendations

Books

K's works, Martin Buber's "I and Thou", Lao Tze's "Tao Te Jing", Mark Haddon's "Curious incident of the dog in the night time", Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers"

Movies

Labyrinth (1986),12 Angry Men (1957), Lady in the Water, Sixth Sense.

Music

Praan - Garry Schyman, Vaka - Sigur Ros

Other interests

In the past: Marketing (my degree), NeuroLinguistic Programming (NLP). business consulting. Present: Self awareness, teaching (education), reading, movies, learning from people and spending time with family.

Interview Answers

Does the phrase "living the teachings" have any meaning to you?

Yes, in my journey I've struggled many times with "living the sharings" and I find myself coming back to the first step after traveling far in the wrong directions. Sometimes its painful but its for the better through negation.

I shall quote David Bohm "It is perhaps rather like reading a book in which the pages have been scrambled up, and being intensely aware of this disorder, rather than just 'trying to make sense' of the confused content that arises when one just accepts the pages as they happen to come."

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Do you think it advisable to introduce Krishnamurti to people you know? Have you ever done it and if yes, what are your experiences?

In the past, I was excited to share what I had seen...I've been told many times "Benny, don't think too much. Why make it so complicated?" Someone told me to see a shrink.

A very close friend understood me and she introduced me to Plato's "Allegory of cave" and the life of Socrates. I understood what she was trying to explain to me.

Today, I don't talk about K much unless someone is very serious about inquiring about life. It is that seriousness that makes the sharing significant.

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How do you personally go about exploring the Krishnamurti's teachings (through personal study, dialogues, dvds)?

Best Online source: http://www.jkrishnamurti.org/

I visit my local libraries to find his works and bought a few from Borders, so I can read it when traveling. I also watch his videos through Youtube.

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How important do you consider group dialogue to be in understanding the more subtle points of Krishnamurti's message?

In my journey, to verbalize my understanding is an excellent way to check in on myself. Many times, I saw "myself" when discussing with close friends on various issues.

My personal take: The mind is very cunning, the understanding can be harder when you're in its home ground.

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Do you ever feel that you have been conditioned by Krishnamurti's teachings?

Yes! haha... K's teaching was extremely appealing and interesting that I unwittingly conditioned myself to his "teachings". I'm only know how to condition myself back then.

My personal take: When you feel like you want to be similar to him or just like him. Look at that desire.

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Can dialogue - in the sense of sincere inquiry - be organized or can it only come about spontaneously, unprompted?

If you recognize whatever that come about is spontaneous and unprompted, does that not give you a sense of order?

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If you had to sum up what Krishnamurti is all about in just a few words of your own, what would they be?

"Whatever few words of my own will only be mine.

It is meaningless to everyone else."

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What future do you foresee for Krishnamurti's works? Do you think they will grow in importance or will they just gradually die away?

The truth is enduring. Whatever is false will die away.

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Do you think it is possible to make Krishnamurti more "practicable" than what he himself seems to have allowed for?

My personal take:

"What is the intention to make K's more practicable?"

In my journey, I came to a point. "Does the world need to be 'saved'? Want to be 'saved'?" I don't understand the world very well. In fact, I still don't understand myself. I am learning.

My intuition is that What K has allowed for is as much as he understood himself and the world.

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Has coming into contact with Krishnamurti and his teachings had any perceptible effect on your life and/or relationships?

Yes and unfortunately, it is very difficult for me to put it in words.

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Do you think Krishnamurti was exceptional, or is the transformation he spoke of universally accessible?

Exceptional - No.

Universally accessible - Yes.

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Are there any aspects of Krishnamurti's teaching that you find implausible or difficult to accept?

No.

Some just take longer time to understand.

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