Resident Scholar Program
The Art of Living Inquiry
The Art of Living Inquiry
In a rapidly changing world and an increasingly demanding, competitive and materialistic society, an understanding of oneself and an exploration of the inner world are essential for a radical transformation of society and culture. The program is based on the understanding that without, as Krishnamurti stated, the “awakening of intelligence” and a “flowering of goodness” in the individual, one has little or no basis for action.
This program is a unique opportunity in that it is a living and evolving community. The vitality of the program, and its momentum throughout the year, rely on the sincerity, care, and responsibility of each of the participants as they live and work together. The intention of the program is above all, to allow for open exploration of all aspects of one’s life, with the ongoing potential of gaining insight into the nature of life, the world, and the activity of human relationships.
In exchange for room and board, residential scholars will support various aspects of the center including – online and in-person book sales, retreat breakfast, landscaping and maintenance, data entry – as well as cooking lunches for themselves and the staff.
Studying Krishnamurti’s teachings means giving one’s time and energy to a careful exploration of the issues and questions raised. The program will provide the necessary forum for such study and exploration. Time is available for dialogue and discussion, and for study using text, video and audio recordings.
Throughout the year, there are several educational programs designed exclusively for residential scholars. The approach to Krishnamurti’s work differs from program to program and depends on the background of the facilitator. There are dialogue-intensive programs, which focus on collective inquiry-based engagements within the residential scholar’s community. And there are programs that are organized with a more academic style, which offer a comparative study of K’s teachings with various other realms of thought and/or research. Each residential scholar is asked to participate in these programs, as well as the weekend retreats offered to the public on an ongoing basis.
This program tends to challenge people in various areas, which may not always be comfortable but is generally illuminating. One of the intents of the program is to provide the space to explore as these moments arise.
Please contact us for an application and more information.
The program is intended for those with a strong interest in Krishnamurti’s teachings.
Can my partner join me?
This program is intended to set aside time for individual self-inquiry. Therefore, we do not accept couples into this program.
Are pets allowed?
We are located in an area where wildlife is plentiful and we want to preserve this natural space for the animals that inhabit the land. Pets are not allowed.
I am in school/have a job. Can I still join the program?
The intention of the program is to set aside space and time in one’s life for self-reflection and inquiry. Outside commitments can be a distraction from the program. For this reason, we ask that you make space in your life where you are free of any additional obligations (work or school).
The center is located approximately 5 miles from downtown Ojai. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation to the center. Transportation can be arranged for arrival and departure from the program.
Dietary preferences and restrictions
The Krishnamurti Center is a vegetarian campus. Please express dietary needs or concerns on your application.