Krishnamurti Educational Center

Dialogue at the Krishnamurti Educational Centre.

The Krishnamurti Educational Center attracts people from all over the world, who come to learn about themselves using Krishnamurti’s teachings as a basis for inquiry. The center hosts speaker panels, dialogue groups, conferences, and study programs within a context of cooperative, shared inquiry into the fundamental questions of human life. The center is a forum, and takes no positions except to encourage a spirit of inquiry on the part of those who choose to come and participate.

Krishnamurti: “It must be a centre for those who are deeply interested in the teachings, a place where they can stay and study. In the very old days, an ashrama—which means retreat—was a place where people came to gather their energies, to dwell upon and explore the deeper religious aspects of life. Modern places of this kind generally have some sort of a leader, guru, abbot or patriarch who guides, interprets and dominates. Brockwood must have no such leader or guru, for the teachings themselves are the expression of that truth which serious people must find for themselves….This applies not only to Brockwood but to all the other Krishnamurti Foundations.”

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Krishnamurti Library & Study Center

The Study Center & Library is located at Pine Cottage, the former home of Krishnamurti. Krishnamurti’s private residence is now open to the general public, functioning as part of the Educational Center. Krishnamurti lived at Pine Cottage between 1922 and 1986; in 1978 a new addition was attached to the original house.

The Pine Cottage addition will serve as the Educational Center’s large meeting hall and library. The original house will be used for small meetings, private video viewing, and as a quiet meditation space. All visitors are welcome to explore the Center’s grounds, tour Krishnamurti’s home, and browse the library. At Pine Cottage they may sip a fresh cup of coffee or tea on the patio. The Center’s host and librarian is Michael Krohnen, Krishnamurti’s friend and personal chef, who authored The Kitchen Chronicles: 1001 lunches with J. Krishnamurti.

The Krishnamurti library contains a comprehensive record of Krishnamurti’s teachings, including all of his books and an extensive selection of talks, discussions, and interviews in audio and video formats. There is a large reading room and facilities for video viewing. Krishnamurti books, CDs, DVDs, audio and video tapes may be purchased in the library bookstore. The library opened in 1984 at Krishnamurti’s urging, and is now located in Pine Cottage.