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Paul Dimmock
Paul Dimmock
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If you want to know a little more about me, there is an old article on this site at http://www.kinfonet.org/articles/5-the-way-we-live

Or at KFA there is a whole book:
http://api.ning.com/files/lQF20yFeYtrp2mjxOamkH...

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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?

First of all, find out why you want to do it. Why are you placing this person K between yourself and another? This reveals all your motives. Then K becomes irrelevant.

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

By exploring my own fear, anxiety, loneliness and despair.

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

It is both. Those that want it, get it. Most people want to stay exactly as they are.

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

After forty years, I haven't found a thing; but I'll keep looking.

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

What are his proposals? He says, 'Please, listen,' so I listen. Then both doubt and acceptance are unnecessary. It is only afterwards, when thought comes back in, that the issues of doubt and acceptance arise. But by then you are just doubting and accepting ideas; the truth of it has already gone.

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

I hope not. I hope the effect is much deeper than that.

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

Group dialogue is about understanding the subtle points of group dialogue. Let's leave K out of it. There is already enough to look at.

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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?

Everything dies away, everything. So what matters is not the future but right now. Then death is in your hands, not far off over the hill.

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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?

Listening, looking and learning. We prefer it complicated, but it is extremely simple.

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

Only if I live them. It's a big 'if', isn't it?

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

The word 'more' is the curse of our civilisation. Is K useful? Is a flower useful? Am I useful? So we have to think of all this in a totally different way.

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

All the time.

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

Something spontaneous may also be highly organised and orderly. That's the real meaning of sincere: clean, pure. But we rarely approach dialogue with such a mind.

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