Monthly Archive for February, 2014

Brockwood (Pre-)Reunion: Whatever Happened To…Rashid Doole

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Rashid Doole


Rashid Doole has written to share his story…

Having recently turned 40, I am taking the liberty to share some reflections on my 5 years at Brockwood Park (BP) and how they shaped and continue to shape my life.

Rather than providing a chronological account on “Whatever happened to Rashid?” the below reflections will limit themselves to some personal learning’s and extend a long overdue “Thank You” to teachers who influenced my time at BP and beyond.

After “graduating” from BP in 1991, I was fortunate in being given the opportunity to pursue undergraduate studies at a liberal arts college in the United States followed by graduate studies at leading academic institutions such as the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK.

I truly excelled in the unique academic environment offered by a U.S. based College and I am extremely grateful to Scott Forbes and BP’s senior administration team for supporting me in taking this step at that critical juncture of my life. To this day my career development benefits from their encouragement to receive a College education in the “New World.”

I am very grateful for the patience and personal commitment shown by individuals who are not only special and dedicated teachers but, most of all, exceptional human beings, to name a few: Wendy & Steve Smith, Christina West, Paco Calvo and Harsh Tankha – Thank you for your unwavering support at the time and for laying the foundations for my academic success, which only came to full fruition after leaving BP.

For more than a decade I have been working in international business for different industries. My open approach to business partners from around the world is firmly rooted in my BP experiences. From the tender age of 14, BP honed my communication skills in interacting with all of you from diverse cultural backgrounds. I truly believe that BP has shaped my personal “barrier-free” and unprejudiced approach to people regardless of where they come from.

Two key abilities, which I developed during my time at BP and again I truly believe that I could not have developed them anywhere else, are the ability to “listen” and to “question.” On a daily basis both in my professional career, when dealing with diverse clients, while leading a team or discussing business strategy as well as in my personal married life, they form the cornerstone of how I approach life.

BP also opened the door for a continued “love” to be with and in nature. School trips to the Grand Canyon, hiking the Lake District, ski touring Switzerland, camping trips to the New Forest, “abseiling” the Cliffs of Dover and kayaking the English Channel are among the few activities, which we were privileged to experience. A special thanks to Gary Primrose for his leadership in organizing many of these trips and for making us get up early to experience the “dawn chorus.”

So, whatever happened to me? I enjoy nature and take a stab at life equipped with the confidence of a “listening” and “questioning” attitude, which only Teachers at BP could have instilled in me. Again, Thank You! (I am most grateful to my parents for having the foresight to choose and finance my time at BP).

News from Student Admissions

Wonderful news to share, by April we will have received the highest number of prospective students that Brockwood Park has seen for a Spring Term. In light of this if you know of anyone interested in applying for entry in September 2014, please ask them to make contact to our Admissions Department sooner rather than later, as we would not want anyone to miss out on a place:

Students Eating on South Lawn


Brockwood Reunion: “How is one to know oneself?”

“How is one to know oneself?”

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From time to time we will be sharing some quotes from Krishnamurti on the Reunion Website. Send us a quote from Krishnamurti that resonates with you or that stands out from your time at Brockwood, and we will post it on the website. Best Wishes and see you at the Reunion, Fazila (Reunion Coordinator)
J Krishnamurti – 2nd Public Dialogue Brockwood Park 1st September 1977
“Is there an idea of awareness or is one aware? There is a difference. The idea of being aware, or being aware. “Aware” means to be sensitive, to be alive, to the things about one, to nature, to people, to colour, to the trees, to the environment, to the social structure, the whole thing, to be aware outwardly of all that is happening and to be aware to what is happening inside. To be aware is to be sensitive, to know, to observe, what is happening inside psychologically and also what is happening outside, environmentally, economically, socially and so on. If one is not aware of what is happening outwardly and one begins to be aware inwardly then one becomes rather neurotic. But if one begins to be aware of what is exactly happening in the world, as much as possible, and then from there moves inwardly, then one has a balance. Then there is a possibility of not deceiving oneself. One begins by being aware of what is happening outwardly and then one moves inward—like the ebb and flow of the tide, there is constant movement—so that there is no deception. If one knows what is happening outside and from there moves inward one then has criteria.
How is one to know oneself? Oneself is a very complex structure, a very complex movement; how is one to know oneself so that one does not deceive oneself? One can only know oneself in one’s relationship to others. In one’s relationship to others one may withdraw from them because one does not want to be hurt and in relationship one may discover that one is very jealous, dependent, attached and really quite callous. So relationship acts as a mirror in which one knows oneself. It is the same thing outwardly; the outer is a reflection of oneself, because society, governments, all these things, are created by human beings fundamentally the same as oneself…”

“Equilibrium”, poem by Mitia Klein

Mitia Klein is a fifteen-year-old student in his first year at Brockwood. He is from Pondicherry in India. Before coming to Brockwood Mitia attended The School KFI (Krishnamurti Foundation India) in Chennai. We hope you enjoy this second poem of his we share here.




The man sits at the heart of the icy room, staring at the bare wall in front of him.

He is devoid of all emotions, thoughts, feelings, and stares through the barriers of time.

His soul resembles the greatest of chasms, dark as a moonless night,

Empty as the greatest lies of reality.


The square room is entirely grey, not even adorned by the tiniest of scratches.

For the first time, he closes his eyes, takes a deep breath, and then…

Opens them again. In front of him stands a grey door.

The empty being rises to his feet, walks to the door, and opens it.


A flashing multitude of colours blind him, and intensity becomes master.

Emotions seize control, and life streams into the empty one.

Fulfilled, he is now an element of consciousness.

The skies are ablaze, celebrating the return of life,

The valleys and forests, lush as they have never been.


The soul of the fulfilled one now burns ardently with a mighty light,

The light of purity, existence, and eternal knowledge.


Realisation strikes.


He had been holding in the deep breath, taken when he shut his eyes.

Slowly, all of the air silently leaks out, until none is left.

His eyes close again, and as they open, he perceives a colourless door in front of him.

The man opens it, and enters into the room of eternal Equilibrium.



Brockwood Reunion: The Return of the 1970s

The Return of the 1970s

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Dear Alumni,

This month Bill Taylor, Development Director at Brockwood, has been in contact with Alumni from the 1970’s and with the help of two of them, Lais da Silva and Bruce Granger, has put together the following piece on the upcoming 1970’s Reunion in August. Please do join us for this unique event from 17th – 20th August 2014, and if you recognise anyone in the photos let us know who they are! Contact Vijay at for more details on the 1970’s Reunion. Hope to see you there.
Fazila Benoit
Reunion Coordinator
Brockwood opened its doors in 1969 with just two students and throughout the 1970s the school grew slowly. It was an intense time with revolution and flower-power in the air for young through-out the West and the small, but burgeoning community of teens and adults at Brockwood were considering together what revolution might really mean and look like. This was done in the light of Krishnamurti’s teachings and often in the company of the man himself, that challenging, affectionate, fiery, demanding individual who joined in on meals, jokes, walks and always the talks! It is little wonder that those early students, now in their 50s and 60s, have such vivid memories and strong feelings about their time spent at Brockwood.

For some years now there has been a group of the 1970s alumni in regular communication, via a closed Facebook page (‘Brockwood 1970s’, membership open only to students from this time) and it was here that the idea first started to take shape for a pre-Reunion Reunion. In communication with Brockwood it was agreed that a group of 1970s alumni could arrive at Brockwood five days prior to the official August Reunion, and have their own mini gathering, ensuring that there really was more time for them to spend together, because they have more to catch up on!

Alumna, Lais Ribeiro da Silva, has taken responsibility for co-ordinating this event and here she explains how she came to be at Brockwood in the first place, and what it meant to her:

“The students and staff of Brockwood became my family for almost 4 years of my stay as a student, from April 1971 to the Autumn of 1974. We were only 17 students when I arrived and about 25 or so when I left. As the cloisters had only just been built (in 1973) we were able to ‘expand’ to more than 25 students!
I was a single child, from Brazil, so this BIG family of people from so many countries, was such a wonderful thing! And, as Krishnaji then met with just the students once a week (besides his usual weekly gatherings with everyone) we developed very close relationships, based not only on teenage interests, but life-inquiry as well. And, so many of the teachers also became such close friends! The relationships, as well as the new insights that developed throughout this period, were completely life changing for me – and have stayed with, and guided me during the rest of my life. I am still very close to Brockwoodians who live in California (where I live too) and the contact with them continues to infuse my life with such richness! It is as if there were an unspoken bond of friendship and deep inquiry that is re-awakened and fed by the contact, and by the support I receive from them, and give to them too.
So, we have decided to come together at Brockwood, all who are able, from the early 1970?s period, from August 17th through to the 20th, just before the main Reunion, for a more intimate time together. It will be such a wonderful thing… and I so look forward to seeing many of you! Please, 70?s Brockwoodians, do come and join us!”

Finally, if you were a student in Brockwood in the 1970s and are still not convinced about coming, perhaps a few words from another Brockwood pioneer, Bruce Granger, will tip the balance: “When the idea of the “1970s Reunion” was first floated I found it instantly appealing. I attended the last Brockwood Reunion in 2009, and have to say that, as one of the very small group of “oldies”, I found myself somewhat lost among the hundreds of younger people. Now, when I look forward to being in the company of my Brockwood contemporaries, all of them now in their 50s and 60s, I get a warm feeling of familiarity and shared experience. I sense that it is going to be a pretty unique and rather powerful – spiritually powerful – gathering. And I am reminded that it really is time for me book my travel and accommodation. To all those who already know they are coming: see you there! And to anyone who is still thinking about it: I hope it’ll be a yes!”


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