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Date: January, 2012

“Is truth something final, absolute, fixed? We would like it to be absolute because then we could take shelter in it. We would like it to be permanent because then we could hold on to it, find happiness in it. But is truth absolute, continuous, to be experienced over and over again? The repetition of experience is the mere cultivation of memory, is it not? In moments of quietness, I may experience a certain truth, but if I cling to that experience through memory and make it absolute, fixed -is that truth? Is truth the continuation, the cultivation of memory? Or, is truth to be found only when the mind is utterly still? When the mind is not caught in memories, not cultivating memory as the center of recognition, but is aware of everything I am saying, everything I am doing in my relationships, in my activities, seeing the truth of everything as it is from moment to moment; surely, that is the way of meditation, is it not? There is comprehension only when the mind is still, and the mind cannot be still as long as it is ignorant of itself. That ignorance is not dispelled through any form of discipline, through pursuing any authority, ancient or modern. Belief only creates resistance, isolation, and where there is isolation, there is no possibility of tranquility. Tranquility comes only when I understand the whole process of myself -the various entities in conflict with each other which compose the 'me'. As that is an arduous task, we turn to others to learn various tricks, which we call meditation. The tricks of the mind are not meditation. Meditation is the beginning of self-knowledge, and without meditation, there is no self-knowledge.”

- J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life

“What lies beyond can be found only if the mind is still. There may be something or there may be nothing at all. So the only thing that is important is for the mind to be still. Again, if you are concerned with what lies beyond, then you are not looking at what the state of actual stillness is. If stillness to you is only a door to that which lies beyond, then you are not concerned with that door, whereas what is important is the very door itself, the very stillness itself. Therefore you cannot ask what lies beyond. The only thing that is important is for the mind to be still. Then what takes place? That is all we are concerned with, not with what lies beyond silence.”

- J. Krishnamurti Eight Conversations 1st Conversation

Dec 2011 Retreat
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Intention of the Retreat at The Study, KFI, Bangalore:

  • Awakening of Intelligence and flowering in goodness
  • Learning the art of listening and looking
  • Bringing clarity in oneself
  • Understanding the workings of one’s mind
  • Dealing with conflict, change, fear, and desire
  • Discipline, Freedom, and Responsibility
  • Discovering beauty, creativity, and Joy
  • Awareness with all the senses
  • Exploration into insight
  • Meditation in daily living
First Sunday Meeting: January 1, 2012
Study Retreat in January: Silence, Stillness, Meditation (4 days)
Thursday Meetings
Summary of Study Retreat in December
Study Retreats 2011-2012 Calendar
Picture Gallery: Kannada Presentation by Juniors & The Valley School Culture Program
Youtube Video: Kamsale Folk Dance by Middle School Students
First Sunday Meeting: January 1, 2012

Venue: Seminar Hall, The Valley School Campus
Time: 9:30 AM

Open to friends of The Study Centre and individuals who are willing to explore their own lives. These meetings also enable new comers to become familiar with the teachings and to what The Study Centre has to offer. Feel free to bring your friends and family members who have the capacity to listen and learn.

Generally there is a dialogue followed with a J. Krishnamurti video.

Study Retreat in January: Silence, Stillness, Meditation.(4-day)

The seed of meditation is in each human being. The seed is waiting to find the right soil and germinate. However, because of various factors that seed has not germinated in most human beings. What are these factors? We will explore this during the coming retreat. One of the primary factors for this is that one has relied on authority to guide on meditation techniques and a promise that the meditation is an escape from one’s daily existence.

Could one start with where one is and not imagine the meditative mind as described by others. This implies observing the chattering of the mind. What is the mind chattering about? Is it chattering about ones unfulfilled desires and longings? Once a line of inquiry is taken up then can we as participants have the stamina to explore it and look at the whole phenomenon completely. The looking does not happen through words. The meaning created when the words are used opens the possibility of having an insight into the source of chattering. The insight brings an order in ones thought-feeling and the brain becomes silent. A silent mind has the possibility to touch a different dimension that thought cannot touch.

We will explore a possibility of a meditative mind in a forested retreat located within the Valley School Campus. The exploration will happen through nature walks, body awareness, art work, dialogues, reflections, and so on.

The retreat will start on January 25 evening and end on January 29 evening. The suggested contribution is Rs. 1900 per person. We will do our best to give a single cottage to each participant.

Thursday Meetings

Every Thursday we meet at the Study Centre to watch a short Video Of J. Krishnamurti followed with dialogue at 5 PM. The meeting lasts for about 90 minutes. Please arrange your own transportation to come to the Study Centre and return to the city. You can call us to get more information.

Summary of Study Retreat in December

A retreat was held on the theme ‘Freedom From Fear.’ One of the questions that was explored is ‘What does it mean to observe fear?’ One is conscious of fear with all its biological and psychological responses. Does it mean that one has to observe fear after it has arisen in the mind? The fear can be observed after it has arisen. However, the fear can be observed ‘NOW’ as all the factors that bring about fear are present in us. We can learn the mechanism of thought and all its deceptions. In the process of learning there is an insight. This insight brings about intelligence. The intelligence is not of memory. The intelligence operates when it is necessary. There is no ‘how’ or ‘what to do’ when fear arises.

Study Retreats, 2011 – 2012. Download the pdf leaflet

The Study Centre, Valley School, Bangalore will be offering residential retreats every month. The purpose of such retreats is to take a step back from ones active daily life of making a living, having a family, and all the other activities that one is engaged in. During the retreat one can be alone and also in company of other serious minded individuals who have deeper questions of life and are willing to delve into the nature of human consciousness without any preconditions or with the aim of reaching any specific goal. Taking a journey within oneself brings about a certain release from the various conclusions, ideas, and tensions that one often accumulates in daily life. After the retreat one returns to daily living with an alert mind that is able to meet afresh the challenges of life.

The following are the dates and themes of the Stud y Retreats during the year 2011-2012:

Jan, 25-29, 2012 : Silence, Stillness, Meditation.(4-day)
Feb, 9 - 12, 2012 : Ending of Conflict.
Mar, 8 - 11, 2012 : Freedom, Responsibility & Discipline.
April 7-10, 2012 : *Karnataka gathering: What is a Religious Mind?

The retreats start on Thursday evening and end on Sunday evening, so that people who are working have to take only one day off. Transportation will be arranged for group pick-up from Jain Temple, 4th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore. The time of pick-up will be 6:30 PM on the first day of retreat. The time of departure will be 5:00 PM on the last day of the retreat from the campus.

The Study Retreat will be restricted to twelve participants. Each participant will have a single cottage on a non-sharing basis. Please look at our Retreat Cottages under News & Events. Participants can extend their stay before or after the retreat on the basis of additional payment. The transportation for all the programs is arranged for one pickup and drop to the city in a group. The time will be specified to the participants in the acknowledgement email before the event.
The suggested contribution for the study retreat to cover the cost of food, lodging, programs, study material, and transportation is Rs. 1900 per person. Please fill up the registration form and send it to the Study Centre, Bangalore.

**The Gathering for young is for participants in the age group 18-35. The suggested contribution for the retreat to cover the cost of food, lodging, programs, study material, and transportation is Rs. 2950 per person. This is a seven night residential program. The gathering for young will be restricted to twenty four participants with two people sharing a cottage.

**The Karnataka Gathering participants will be staying on a sharing basis in various rooms on the campus. The suggested contribution for the gathering to cover the cost of food, lodging, programs, study material, and transportation is Rs. 1500 per person.

Picture Gallery: Kannada Presentation by Juniors & The Valley School Culture Program
Photos by MV Ranna
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You can visit www.kfistudy.org for further information on the Study Centre. The registration forms can be downloaded from the website.