9:00am – 5:00pm
At the Sonoma Center

Program Fee: $50

Includes a vegetarian lunch and snacks

An Introduction to the Teachings of Krishnamurti

Sonoma Center one day program

Program Description

An Introduction to the Teachings of Krishnamurti

What was Krishnamurti talking about? What do his teachings convey? What did he mean when he said that “Truth is a pathless land,”or “The observer is the observed,” or that “You are the world”? We will discuss and try to understand these concepts. The challenge then, will no longer be understanding the message, the tenets of these teachings, rather the challenge will rest in its proper place, where, as Krishnamurti said, “The challenge is you.”

Krishnamurti stated that his pressing concern was to set humankind absolutely, unconditionally free.

When asked in 1974 by his biographer, Mary Lutyens, to define his teachings Krishnamurti wrote the following:

“The core of Krishnamurti’s teaching is contained in the statement he made in 1929 when he said ‘Truth is a pathless land’. Man cannot come to it through any organization, through any creed, through any dogma, priest or ritual, not through any philosophical knowledge or psychological technique. He has to find it through the mirror of relationship, through the understanding of the contents of his own mind, through observation and not through intellectual analysis or introspective dissection. Man has built in himself images as a fence of security – religious, political, personal. These manifest as symbols, ideas, beliefs. The burden of these images dominates man’s thinking, his relationships and his daily life. These images are the causes of our problems for they divide man from man. His perception of life is shaped by the concepts already established in his mind. The content of his consciousness is his entire existence. This content is common to all humanity. The individuality is the name, the form and superficial culture he acquires from tradition and environment. The uniqueness of man does not lie in the superficial but in complete freedom from the content of his consciousness, which is common to all mankind. So he is not an individual.

Freedom is not a reaction; freedom is not a choice. It is man’s pretence that because he has choice he is free. Freedom is pure observation without direction, without fear of punishment and reward. Freedom is without motive; freedom is not at the end of the evolution of man but lies in the first step of his existence. In observation one begins to discover the lack of freedom. Freedom is found in the choiceless awareness of our daily existence.

Thought is time. Thought is born of experience, of knowledge, which are inseparable from time. Time is the psychological enemy of man. Our action is based on knowledge and therefore time, so man is always a slave to the past.

When man becomes aware of the movement of his own consciousness he will see the division between the thinker and the thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will discover that this division is an illusion. Then only is there pure observation which is insight without any shadow of the past . This timeless insight brings about a deep radical mutation in the mind.

Total negation is the essence of the positive. When there is negation of all those things which are not love – desire, pleasure – then love is, with its compassion and intelligence.”


Jaap Sluijter has a long-standing interest in the questions raised by J. Krishnamurti. Currently, Jaap is the Executive Director of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America. Previously, he lived and taught for nine years at Brockwood Park School in England. He has an MA in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a design engineer in the field of camera systems and musical instruments.

What to expect

  • An opportunity to meet other like-minded people
  • Group dialogues to deepen understanding through personal and collective sharing
  • An atmosphere of affection, care, and lightness where the facilitator is an integral part of the process.  The facilitator holds no authority beyond light and frank facilitation and questioning.
  • A break from everyday habits and outlooks. Time alone, away from familiar networks of family and friends
  • Time spent in a beautiful environment close to nature.
  • Readings and/or audios of Krishnamurti

Who is this for

  • This program is designed for anyone new or beginning to learn about the philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti and his insights into life and the world around us.

General Information

  • Meals:
    A vegetarian lunch and snacks are provided
  • Transportation:
    A shuttle will be provided to and from Howard Station cafe in Occidental.  Pick-up will be at 9:00am and drop off will be at 5:00pm.
  • Cancelation Policy:
    If you cancel 5 days before the program you will receive a full refund.  If you cancel 3 days before the program you will receive a 50% refund.  If you cancel less than 3 days before the program no refund will be given.


9:00 am  Pick up from Howard Station cafe in Occidental

9:30 am – 1:00 pm  Welcome and Introduction,  reading and/or audio followed by a dialogue and opportunity for walks in the garden

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  Lunch

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm  Reading and/or audio followed by a dialogue and opportunity for walks in the garden

5:00 pm  Drop off at Howard Station cafe in Occidental

*There may be slight changes to the schedule as needed

If financial assistance is needed
please contact us at info@kfa.org

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