Krishnamurti & the Art of Awakening

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Peter Jonkers
Peter Jonkers
Birthday: July 16
Member since: Sun, 17 Oct 2010, 6:20pm
Last visited 21 days ago

Member Statement

It is essential that human beings get together in order to talk over seriously the questions of life. It surely is of utmost importance to meet life fearlessly.

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Commentaries on Living Freedom from the Known The Ending of Time


Tree of Life


No Plan B

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Pacem in Terris

Interview Answers

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

This is hard to tell. But I think that it comes down to actually seeing communication as beginnings of learning.

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

Yes, it is about the understanding of life. Living the teachings is referring to being in a state of learning.

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

- creating possibilities for thinking together;
- starting serious conversations with people;
- observing the beauty of life;
- 'listening' to the 'sound of silence'.

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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?

Seriously meeting life; living with affection and care.

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


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

No, we all are human beings first, being able to respond to whatever issue is coming up. The change is in our action in daily life, not in our thinking about the action.

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How do you strike a balance between healthy doubt and ready acceptance in investigating Krishnamurti's proposals?

Reflecting on the teachings opens the door to the appreciation of the beauty of life.

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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?

Krishnamurti's teachings are a gift to humanity. So it is up to us to respond to the discoveries that has been made.

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


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


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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?

Yes, I think that such introductions are very obvious. It simply creates learning situations for all involved.

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

Of course it is necessary 'to organise things' in order to create possibilities for a dialogue to take place. Spontaneity cannot be organised; it is by definition something which happens all of a sudden. Yet, a so-called spontaneous action might also be part of a premeditated provocation of the situation.

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

A group dialogue or a dialogue with oneself are both helpful in the understanding of one's life. The voice of Krishnamurti is an integral part of the investigations.

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