About Krishnamurti Foundation
About the Foundation
The Krishnamurti Foundations span across India, England, USA and Spain. The role of the foundations established by Krishnamurti is best described by Krishnamurti himself – ‘The foundation will see to it that these teachings are kept whole, are not distorted, are not made corrupt. They will not give rise to any sectarian spirit in their activities… nor create any kind of place of worship around the teachings or the person.’
Krishnamurti Foundation India (KFI) setup in the year 1928 as a charitable institution initially under the name of The Rishi Valley Trust, has its headquarters at Vasanta Vihar, 124-126 Greenways Road, R A Puram, Chennai. The Foundation was established with the aim of disseminating his Teachings. It has a well-stocked library with a complete range of Krishnamurti’s works including a large collection of DVDs, MP3s and Audio CDs, as well as a selection of books on religion, philosophy, psychology, and science. It maintains an archive of Krishnamurti’s original works, letters, photographs and reference material about his life and works.
The Foundation organises video shows of Krishnamurti’s talks on themes of contemporary relevance followed by discussions for students. The Foundation also established several schools across the country as a way to reach his teachings to the world. These include Rishi Valley School in Madanapalle, Rajghat Besant School in Varanasi, The School in Chennai, The Valley School in Bangalore, Pathashaala in Elumichampattu and Sahyadri School near Pune.
The Study Centre
Krishnamurti felt that there were people who, because of the distractions of occupation, family, or other factors, found it difficult to spare time to take a pause and reflect on their lives. He envisioned centres where people could go in order to take a retreat from their daily routine of office and home. Located at different parts of India offers, these Centres are set in places of natural beauty and serenity, the study centres provide an environment conducive for studying and reflecting upon existential questions which Krishnamurti raised in his talks, writings and dialogues.
I went to The Study, first of all, I would want to be quiet, not bring problems there: my household problems, business preoccupations, and so on. And also I think I would want what K says to be entirely part of my life, not just that I have studied K and I repeat what he says. Rather, in the very studying of it, I am really absorbing it; not bits of it here and there, not only just what suits me…
If I went there to study what K is saying, I would want to investigate it, question it, doubt it; not just read something and then go away.
– J. Krishnamurti