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If you see the Buddha, Kill Him – an old Zen koan

April 20, 2009

in Spiritual Growth

Perhaps that’s how I can best explain my ultimate rejection of Jiddu Krishnamurti’s teachings. I’ve studied his work, learned a lot from it, and have since moved on. I’m saying this because yesterday someone approached me on facebook because I had written negatively about Jiddu Krishnamurti. She sent me some video’s that I thought, honestly, to be very superficial. So here are a few things I think Jiddu Krishnamurti was spot on about:

  • Conditioning: a lot of what we believe, we do, we think, we feel is determined by what we’ve learned, by our biology, by the history of the human race. In other words: we’re not nearly as independent as we think ourselves to be.
  • Letting go of that conditioning is a large part of the spiritual journey, and without facing up to all that past that’s wrapped up in our present, we can never hope to do much spiritual growing.
  • Relationships especially have a tendency to be hampered by the past. If someone changes, there is a lot of chance that the people around that person will not allow it – and will hinder that person from growing more. Instead they will want them to go back to how they were. They may not consciously decide that, but their actions, thoughts and words will in many cases resist the change. And that makes it harder for that change to become permanent.
  • Fear plays a large part in our lives and only facing up to it is any help. This doesn’t mean taking unnecessary risks. It does mean letting the mind look beyond the emotion.
  • And ultimately impersonal, unconditioned love is the only viable source of freedom, happiness or true change.

This is perhaps also the right moment to mention that I’ve made a page with Krishnamurti Essentials: the most important of his books. As usual, some of the proceeds go to yours truly, so buying something off that page is a way of supporting my work.

To get back to the Zen Koan – I don’t think anybody has a right to talk down on Jiddu Krishnamurti, untill they have honestly tried to understand his teachings. It’s a bit like being disrespectful to the Buddha before having met him.

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