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Date: September 2013
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“What we now call education is a matter of accumulating information and knowledge from books, which anyone can do who can read. Such education offers a subtle form of escape from ourselves and, like all escapes, it inevitably creates increasing misery. Conflict and confusion result from our own wrong relationship with people, things and ideas, and until we understand that relationship and alter it, mere learning, the gathering of facts and the acquiring of various skills, can only lead us to engulfing chaos and destruction.”
Education and significance of life

“Our problem is how to bring about, through education, a human being who is creative, who is capable, who possesses that intelligence which is not burdened and which is not shaped in any particular direction but is total, who is not belonging to any particular society, caste, or religion so that through that education and with that intelligence, he arrives at maturity and therefore is capable of making his life, not merely as a technician but as a human being.”
3rd Talk in Poona, 1953

“These schools are not only to be excellent academically but much more. They are to be concerned with the cultivation of the total human being. These centres of education must help the student and the educator to flower naturally.”
Whole movement of life is learning

“I feel education of the right kind should cultivate the mind not to fall into grooves of habit, however worthy or noble, however technologically necessary, but to have a mind that is extraordinarily alive, not with knowledge, not with experience, but alive. Because often the more knowledge one has, the less alert the brain is.”
J. Krishnamurti Krishnamurti On Education Talk to Students Chapter 2

Little Known Flowers of the Valley

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First Sunday Meeting: September 1, 2013
Study Retreat, Sept 5-8, 2013, What is the purpose of Education?
Participation of The Study Center, Bangalore, in Inter-Faith Group Dialogues
Learning in Sharing for the Educators of Teachers Training Institutes – A Report
Study Retreats 2013 – 2014 Calendar
Introduction to retreat – a Presentation?
Photo Gallery: Retreats and School Birthday
Video Gallery: School Birthday and Cultural Program
First Sunday Meeting: September 1, 2013

Venue: Seminar Hall, The Valley School
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.

Study Retreat, Sept 5-8, 2013, What is the purpose of Education?

One knows the significance of education from the socio-economic point of view. Society wants citizens who adjust to the pattern of society without questioning. The pattern of society is to more or less ensure that one remains mediocre – seeking security in family, caste, religion, and job. Fear in various forms and pursuit of pleasure are the essence of mediocrity. As long as the individual remains ignorant of himself he will be part of an exploitive system. In some situations he will exploit others and in other situations he will be exploited by another.

A concerned individual can question if there is a different way of living. Can he break away from selfish pursuit in which education is used as a means to an end. This implies that each one of us is impelled to become something, to achieve something. Without this we are failures. Is it possible for an individual to be free from the habit of repeating the pattern established by the society. The society is not independent of oneself. One has created the society.

A new education is possible if there are people who see the immediate necessity of having an integrated outlook towards life. This implies bringing harmony in body, mind, and heart. We can have an integrated outlook if we understand what is bringing about disintegration and stop that disintegrating process voluntarily. This retreat does not give any definitive answers to what is the purpose of education, but to understand how education is concerned with the whole of life.

Participation of The Study Center, Bangalore in Inter-Faith Group Dialogues

The Study Center, KFI, was invited to participate in an inter-faith dialogue program initiated and facilitated by Meta-Culture, India’s first professional group started in 2005 in Bangalore as a mediation and conflict resolution center. The current initiative of Meta-Culture has been to create a space for continuous dialogue between Hindu and Christian communities, which is funded by the embassy of the Netherlands, apparently interested in understanding the mechanism and effectiveness of such an initiative in a multi-cultural society like India, with potential replication in their homeland and other European countries. The stated goal of this initiative has been (a) To build bridges between the Hindu and Christian communities to foster understanding and relationships, (b) To create resilience against forces of conflict and create conditions for lasting peace, and (c) To help in the larger process of creating a stronger society and nation that can withstand the uncertainties and challenges in the 21st century.

Among several prominent and active organizations of both Hindu and Christian societies, the Study Center, KFI, has been invited for the relevance of the teachings of K concerned with the divisions in the society at large and for K's advocacy of dialogue as the primary way of inquiry to come upon the truth. Over the last six months, Dr.Rajaram Kudli from the Study Center, Bangalore, has participated in six such dialogue meetings of the Hindu group, which happened in parallel with similar meets of the Christian group, and three dialogue meets with the combined Hindu-Christian groups.

The approach to the inter-faith dialogue has been to explore both differences between the groups as well as commonalities. Rather than talk about broad abstract differences, the group were encouraged to speak of specific differences and disputes in relation to personal and community experiences. The dialogue meets are being facilitated through several specific awareness activities, small-group dialogues exploring specific issues and combined larger group dialogues. Beginning with understanding the process of dialogue, the individual and social conditionings that come in the way of perceiving the truth, the dialogues have progressed through making the members of the groups become aware of diversity of views within their own religions, challenges they face within, perceived threats from other religious groups, to stereotyping and its impact on the inter-community relationships.

The ongoing Hindu-Christian group dialogues are expected to continue until the end of 2013. Further, Meta-Culture has shared their intent of facilitating Hindu-Muslim group dialogues following the current initiative in which they expect active participation of the Study Center, Bangalore.

Learning in Sharing for the Educators of Teachers Training Institutes – A Report

The Study Center conducted a three day residential workshop through 28-31 of July, 2013, for the Principals of Teachers Training Institutes around the theme of ‘Educating the Educators’. In the first workshop of its kind, ten participants from rural B.Ed. colleges located around Bijapur district of Karnataka state, including senior Principals, a couple of lecturers and a social entrepreneur running more than one hundred educational institutes across that area. This workshop was facilitated by Sri Murali Gotur and Dr.Rajaram Kudli at the Study Center. The program was coordinated by Prof.Suresh Cholke, former Principal of S.S. Arts and Commerce College at Chadchan, Bijapur and Dr. Jagadeesh, Principal of BLDEA's JSS College of Education, Bijapur.

The workshop opened with sharing of common concerns of the educators by the participants and coordinators of the program. The participants were introduced to Krishnamurti’s vision of Education as ‘awakening of intelligence’ and ‘flowering of goodness’. The importance of Educating the Educator was brought to focus with Krishnamurti’s vision of the role of Educator. The workshop progressed through sharing of various ways in which the Valley school is exploring Krishnamurti’s vision of education, viz, facilitating learning without authority, reward & punishment, comparison or competition; enabling self-learning and questioning through circle-time, learning with freedom, responsibility and discipline, and self-awareness. Sharing from the faculty of the School included functioning of mixed-aged groups, special education, continuous observation and report writing, open house, interactions at the Study center, and teachers’ study retreat etc. Further the workshop facilitated observation and activity based learning sessions, viz, common and group-wise assembly, art-village, and understanding fear through small group dialogue and so on.

In the concluding session, the participants shared their learning through the workshop with particular emphasis on what each one of them could take back and actually implement in their individual capacity through their daily interaction with students, parents and colleagues in their respective schools. Some of the key learning expressed by the participants were like, “now we realize that we are the propagators of fear through the way in which we enforce discipline at schools”, “will begin to develop cordial relationship with my students”, “I could just start the class under the nearest tree, instead of scrambling around for a free classroom”, “will make assembly time more creative and enjoyable”, “will pay attention to improve the environment around the school”, “will encourage questioning” , “will facilitate creating of teaching aids by the teachers themselves within the school”. The workshop concluded with observations by Prof.Krishnanathji with a deeply felt wish that the participants as responsible Educators nurture the dream of creating an environment of continuous learning for the educators and the educated, while making sincere efforts at living the learning in actuality through their relationship with the children.

The senior Principals expressed strong desire to follow up with such workshop for their teachers, residential workshop for Art-in-Education with the Art Village and possible utilization of expertize in special education. The participants also showed interest in acquiring books and video talks of K related to education, and Journal of K schools for the benefit of teachers and B.Ed. students in their institutes, as K has been included as an educationist of significance in the curriculum of B.Ed. course.

The Study Retreats 2013-2014

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.

Attending the retreat allows a teacher or parent to learn the intention of the school. The educational philosophy of the school helps in bringing about various policies and curriculum design in the school.

Group Retreats with scheduled program:

Sept 5-8, 2013 : What is the purpose of Education?
Oct 10-13, 2013 : Living in the NOW
Nov 7-10, 2013 : The Art of Meditation
Dec 11-15 , 2013 : **Retreat for the YOUNG(18-35)
  : Exploring a wholly different way of Living
Jan 9-12, 2014 : Silence , Stillness & Meditation
Feb 6-9, 2014 : Reconnecting with Nature
Mar 6-9, 2014 : Why do I get Angry?
April 10-13, 2014 : **Karnataka JK Adhayana Shibira: Understanding Relationship

***Individual Retreats

Nov 21-24, 2013
Feb 20-23, 2014

** Retreat for Young and Karnataka JK Adhayana Shibira participants will be staying on a sharing basis in various rooms on the campus.

***Individual Retreats: During these retreats there will be no scheduled program. However, on the participant’s request a video, dialogue, or a nature walk could be arranged. This retreat will enable the participant to stay in silence and spend time in self-study. A pick-up and drop to the Jain Temple, Jayanagar will be arranged similar to other retreats.

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

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.

Participants for the retreats are encouraged to register early for single occupancy cottage accommodation. The suggested contribution for the study retreat to cover the cost of food, lodging, programs, study material, and transportation is Rs. 2950 per person. Please fill up the registration form and send it to the Study Centre, Bangalore. The registration form can be downloaded from the website www.kfistudy.org under News & Events.

Few cottages will be available for double occupancy. The suggested contribution for the study retreat is Rs. 2550.

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.

Photo Gallery:
Educators Workshop in July
July Retreat Participants
August Retreat Participants
School Birthday Photos
Video Gallery: School Birthday and Cultural Program
Whole School Procession dance - School Birthday, 17 July, 2013
Class X dance on School Birthday, July 17, 2013
Class XII dance, School Birthday 17 July, 2013
Class VIII song - August 15 Cultural Program at the Valley School
You can visit www.kfistudy.org for further information on the Study Centre. You can write to the Study Centre Coordinator, The Valley School Campus, 17th KM Kanakpura Road, Thatguni Post, Bangalore – 560062. Email: kfistudy@gmail.com Phone: 080-2843-5243/ 9482641389. The registration forms can be downloaded from the website.