Here is our Autumn/Winter issue of the Observer.
Archive for the 'Writings' Category
Mitia Klein is a fifteen-year-old student in his first year at Brockwood. He was born in France and is currently from Pondicherry in India. Before coming to Brockwood Mitia attended The School KFI (Krishnamurti Foundation India) in Chennai. We hope you enjoy this perceptive poem of his.
A solitary stag, walking through the rays of the serene moon,
Its coat gleaming in the shiny light, looked proudly ahead.
The soft snow under his hooves cracks silently,
Whilst his deep brown eyes focus on the path ahead.
These eyes seem to be aware of every single movement,
His ears of every single noise,
Be it the crack of a twig or the heartbeat of an owl.
Maybe the snarl of a wolf.
Half a second of absolute silence,
Shattered in a thousand pieces.
Rapid running, breaking branches and furious snarls.
Half a second of absolute chaos,
Created by both fear and lust.
An eternity of serenity and soft white snow lit by shiny moonlight rays.
- Mitia Klein
Journalist, writer and poet, Harry Eyres, has written an excellent article about Krishnamurti and the London Underground poster campaign in today’s Financial Times—page 20, Life & Arts section. You may read it here:
The poster campaign of Krishnamurti quotes on the London Underground will begin on Monday (21st) and run for 2 weeks. Shown here are the 5 different quotes that are due to be displayed. There will be a total of 27 across-track posters up on platforms that are again listed at the end of this email. The posters will appear exactly as shown here, with the exception of the ‘War’ poster where the words ‘and bloody’ have been removed due to regulations governing advertising.
The posters are unattributed, because we would like people to engage with the ideas before thinking about the person from whom they came. However, as soon as someone visits the website kft.org (due to be live Sunday evening) they will see the quote in the paragraph to which it belongs and there will be an introduction to Krishnamurti and his teachings.
The Development Office at Brockwood has prepared a press release about the poster campaign and if you know someone in the media who might be interested in preparing a story on this please email us for details at: email@example.com
UNDERGROUND STATIONS AT WHICH POSTERS WILL BE PLACED:
BALHAM, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
BERMONDSEY, JUBILEE LINE, PLATFORM 1, WESTBOUND
BLACKHORSE ROAD, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
CAMDEN TOWN, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
CHARING CROSS, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
CLAPHAM COMMON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
COLLIERS WOOD, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
EMBANKMENT, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 5, NORTHBOUND
ELEPHANT & CASTLE, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
EUSTON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
FINSBURY PARK, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND
HARROW-ON-THE-HILL, METROPOLITAN LINE, PLATFORM 6, SOUTHBOUND
HIGHGATE, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
KENTISH TOWN, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM LINE 1, NORTHBOUND
KINGS CROSS ST PANCRAS, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
RUSSELL SQUARE, PICCADILLY LINE, PLATFORM 2, WESTBOUND
SEVEN SISTERS, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 5, SOUTHBOUND
STOCKWELL, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 3, SOUTHBOUND
ST PAULS, CENTRAL LINE, PLATFORM 1, WESTBOUND
SOUTH WIMBLEDON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 1, NORTHBOUND
SOUTH WIMBLEDON, NORTHERN LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
TOTTENHAM HALE, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 2, SOUTHBOUND
VICTORIA, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 3, NORTHBOUND
WARREN STREET, VICTORIA LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND
WEMBLEY PARK, METROPOLITAN LINE, PLATFORM 6, SOUTHBOUND
WATERLOO, BAKERLOO LINE, PLATFORM 4, SOUTHBOUND
School Co-Principal, Adrian Sydenham, and new staff member, Izaro Aramburu Arregui, recently presented Brockwood at the Biocultura fair in Bilbao. The following is an extract from an account Adrian wrote of the event which took place last weekend:
“Probably we saw up to 50 visitors directly on this first day; quite a number of these had very small children and were simply curious when they had seen the word ‘school’; there were only two or three who seemed to have teenagers themselves, and only one more obvious actual teenager. The largest number of visitors belonged to an older group, with grown-up children, who had recognised the picture of Krishnamurti, were familiar with his general approach, and appeared pleased to have ‘reconnected’ with him. Most visitors went away with a copy of our Spanish/Basque leaflet (two of the visitors spoke Basque (with Izaro)as soon as they realised this was possible, some were given our new card with an aerial photo of the school on the front and which contains simple contact information or a copy of the ‘Beauty of the Mountain’.
Andrew Alexander has been a teacher for almost 40 years and along with his wife, Maggie, has been a regular visitor to Brockwood throughout that time. They had two sons attend Brockwood and Andrew was the Headteacher at Inwoods for a time. They have both now joined Brockwood as fulltime residential staff and Andrew is writing a regular blog about his this experience. See the following link:
Frank McCourt, the famous author of the popular Angela’s Ashes, wrote an entertaining memoir of his time as a High School teacher in New York. Towards the end of the book McCourt writes that he is still learning and in this context he mentions Krishnamurti: “I’m reading a man named Krishnamurti and what I like about him is that he doesn’t hold himself up as a guru. [...] He refuses to be a guru or wise man or anything else. He tells you, suggests, that in the long run, baby, you’re on your own.”
Inspired by Krishnamurti, he then asks students to read Thoreau’s “chilling” essay “Walking”. They discuss whether they could ever walk out the door in total freedom like Thoreau suggests. Students say, “Oh, no, they could never do that.” He continues, “When I talk to those kids I’m talking to myself. What we have in common is urgency.”
“Teacher Man” was published in 2005 by Scribner. Quotes from page 243.
The following is a reprint from the Times Education Supplement of Sept 12, 1975, which was then republished in KFT Bulletin 28, Spring 1976, pp. 3-7).
J. Krishnamurti and David Bohm
(Photograph by Mark Edwards. Copyright © Krishnamurti Foundation Trust)
EXPERIMENT IN LEARNING
By D. J. Bohm, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Birkbeck College, London University
The Brockwood Park Educational Centre was set up in January, 1969, to inquire into a fundamental question raised by J. Krishnamurti – can the members of a community of staff and students free themselves, as they learn and live together, from their background of destructive conditioning. We can now begin to assess this experiment and see what value its results may have for future work along these lines, not only at Brockwood Park, but also in other educational institutions.
The following interview in the form of a friendly conversation happened over the course of two meetings in the autumn of 2012. The interviewer, Pedro Lopez Merino, today a Staff Member, first came to Brockwood as a Mature Student in 2009, which is when he got to know Steve. At the time Stephen Smith (also known as Steve) was the programme’s coordinator, which included facilitating dialogues twice a week. After having interviewed Colin Foster when he left Brockwood (also a former long-term Staff and Co-Director), Pedro thought it would be good also to have a record of Steve’s life and memories of the place. Stephen Smith was sometime Acting Principal, some years Academic Director, and twenty years a teacher at Brockwood Park School.
Here is our Spring/Summer issue of the Observer. Happy holidays!