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J. Krishnamurti and Educational PracticeSocial and Moral Vision for Inclusive Education$
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Meenakshi Thapan and Meenakshi Thapan

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199487806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199487806.001.0001

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Insight through Awareness

Insight through Awareness

A Crucial Value in Krishnamurti’s Approach to Education

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J. Krishnamurti and Educational Practice

Hillary Rodrigues

Oxford University Press

For over fifty years, Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986) spoke on a wide array of topics, but primarily directed his teachings at the problem of human suffering. He taught that all conflict is intrinsically tied to our psyches, which have been heavily conditioned by our upbringing. Aligned with other renowned Western and Eastern thinkers on the wisdom of self-discovery, Krishnamurti presents a distinctive vision for learning that encourages self-understanding through sensitive observation and choiceless awareness. He calls for a radical transformation of human consciousness, thereby enabling pliant minds to blossom. This flowering of intelligence, through a liberating insight into the mechanisms of conditioning, is at the heart of his educational philosophy. Institutions that embrace his approach must be vigilant not to succumb to the traditional modes of academic training and norms of success, lest they perpetuate the structures of fear, violence, and conformity that continue to stifle the creativity of human spirit.

Keywords:   Krishnamurti, Holistic Education, Insight, Choiceless Awareness, Self-Understanding, Intelligence

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