If we are able to think together, the division between “you” and “another” comes to an end. There is only thinking. Not your way of thinking or another way of thinking, just the capacity to think together. But that is not possible if you don’t put aside your own particular conclusions, your own vanity, your own personal demands.

from Can We Together Create a Good Society? (1979)

Portrait of Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Philosopher
May 11, 1895 – February 17, 1986

Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian philosopher, speaker and writer. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the Theosophy organization behind it. His subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasised that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.

For a more comprehensive collection of Krishnamurti’s lectures and dialogues, visit the Krishnamurti Foundation’s repository or the official Krishnamurti YouTube channel.

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Krishnamurti's Notebook

When Krishnamurti’s Notebook first became available in 1976, it was soon realized that it was a spiritually unique document giving his perceptions and experiences and describing his states of consciousness. It is a kind of diary, but one that is little concerned with the day to day process of living, though very much aware of the natural world.

Organisations Have Not Saved Man

Madras Public Talk 1

There is outer and inner fragmentation. Who is going to change man? Have organisations of any kind helped? To go very far we must begin very near, which is with ourselves. Is one aware of one’s thoughts, feelings, fears and pleasures? Can one listen purely, without any distortion? Is there a responsibility to listen to the world and to your own anxiety and sorrow? Can you observe without any prejudice? To learn, mustn’t the brain be free of knowledge? What is action in your life? In relationship, has knowledge any place at all? Can the brain only register what is necessary?

An Action That Is Not The Outcome Of Thought

Madras Public Talk 2

Is there an action which is not fragmentary, which has no regrets and no sense of incompleteness? Is there security in the things of thought? Is all psychological security an illusion? Can one attend without concentration and effort? Does the very thought which concentrates also distract? Have you ever given attention in which there is no otherness, deviation or distraction? To attend implies there is no centre from which you are listening. When you have an insight into the nature of thought it finds its right place.

Is Freedom A Matter Of Time?

Madras Public Talk 3

Is there psychological time at all? How do we deal with a problem? Is time involved in love? Is time, a movement in division, necessary? Can we change fundamentally, radically, not through evolution or time? Can hurt be abandoned instantly? Can one act without effort or time? Is there a perception which ends the image without allowing time? What takes place when you observe only the fact and do not invent the opposite? Can you resolve a problem as it arises? Are problems produced from a centre?

What Brings About Disorder In Relationship?

Madras Public Talk 4

What is our relationship with each other? In that relationship, is there order? How will you bring order there? Is desire, the sensory responses with images thought has created, a factor of disorder? When pain is over, can one totally forget it, totally non-register it? When there is no relationship, isn’t there fear? Are you aware at the moment of fear, not to let thought come into it, to realize it has no place at the moment of action? Why has there been so little beauty and communication with nature in our lives? At the instant of pleasure is there recording? Culture means to grow, develop the totality of one’s life.

What Is A Religious Mind?

Madras Public Talk 5

Have the gods been created from our sorrow and fear? In an inquiry, are you free of fear? Freedom is observation without conclusion. Can you observe the whole nature of sorrow? When there is no motive in your examination, is sorrow different from you? Can a new culture only be born out of a religious mind? Psychological transformation is the only revolution. A religious mind has no philosophy because it is with that which is eternally sacred. Sorrow has to end to understand the religious mind.

The Movement of Meditation

Madras Public Talk 6

Putting death in opposition to life, are we afraid to live and afraid to die? Attachment implies continuity. If it does not end, what happens to the whole movement of consciousness of man? Is love within this consciousness? Has love a continuity? Is death the ending of attachment? When there is complete order in one’s life, that can look at cosmic order. What is attention, inattention and distraction? Does attention have continuity, a centre? In silence comes that which is eternally, timelessly sacred.

Is There a Way Out of the Crisis in the World?

Saanen 1979, Part 1

Is there another kind of thinking which is not about something? When you give attention completely, is there a center from which you attend? Can self-centered problems be solved without a different quality of thinking? When there is no tomorrow, psychologically, what happens to the quality of your mind? Then what is your relationship to another? In thinking together, is there opposition? Where does thinking together lead in my relationship to another?

Can We Together Create a Good Society?

Saanen 1979, Part 2

When we think together, is there a sense of fulfilment, division or frustration? What happens to relationship? If there is no psychological time at all, what is relationship between people? Do you say, ‘I will love you tomorrow’? Will belief or authority bring us together? Is there security in separateness? When we think together, out of that a good society will be created. A good society can only come into being when you are responsible for another.

Is There Security At All, Psychologically?

Saanen 1979, Part 3

Has the desire for psychological security taken over physical demands? Is there security in a belief, ideal or experience? Can you listen so completely that you see the absurdity of living in illusion and end it? Can we stay with fact and have no relationship to non-fact? What is the quality of the mind that is facing what is happening? If you have no images, what is your relationship to the mind which is still seeking security? In thinking together, isn’t there total security? When you put aside choice, is there insight into the whole of illusion?

The Mind in the Universe

Krishnamurti and Bohm ponder if the mind’s reactions ever end. Is there within an empty mind, silent of thought’s chatter, a wellspring of creation? An eternal movement, ever-new? They muse on the flow of universal order—does this stream emerge from an absolute source, a timeless mind one with the cosmos? If so, might a human mind touch this vastness when freed of limitations? A tantalizing possibility glints.

The Supreme Art

Krishnamurti’s opening statement during the third Q & A meeting in his 1985 Saanen lecture series.

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Are We Aware That We Are Fragmented?

Transformation of Man, Part 1

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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A Mechanical Way of Living Leads to Disorder

Transformation of Man, Part 2

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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Can I Completely Change at the Very Root?

Transformation of Man, Part 3

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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In Aloneness You Can Be Completely Secure

Transformation of Man, Part 4

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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Your Image of Yourself Prevents Relationship

Transformation of Man, Part 5

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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Any Form of Image Prevents the Beauty of Relationship

Transformation of Man, Part 6

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

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Life is Sacred

Transformation of Man, Part 7

This trialogue between Krishnamurti, Bohm, and Shainberg methodically uncovers the nature of man’s psyche, his fragmentation, the limitations of a thought-based society, and finds out if there is a wholeness, a sacredness in life which is untouched by thought.

Why has the brain been caught in the narrow circle of the self? Q&A Meeting 1

This question and answer session explores the nature of thinking, insight, and love. It emphasizes that the mechanical, repetitive nature of thought leads to deterioration and conflict. True insight and action arise when perception is free from the limitations of thought and memory. Love is not a feeling or desire to be fulfilled, but an innate quality that doesn’t demand or depend on others. By understanding these principles deeply, one can find freedom from anguish and live with profound meaning.

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A Beautiful Death

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Alan Watts Interviews Laura Huxley

Alan Watts and Laura Huxley discuss the life and work of Aldous Huxley. They touch on his transformation into a skilled lecturer, his profound intellect and wide-ranging interests, his experiences with psychedelics, his relationship with Krishnamurti, and his ability to live fully in the present moment.

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Art Meets Science and Spirituality

This film features the Dalai Lama speaking on the nature of mind and on his personal feelings as leader of the Tibetans in exile, the physicist David Bohm, who explains his theory of the "implicate order;" and interviews with artist Robert Rauschenberg and Russian economist Stanislav Menshikov. Artists, scientists, spiritual leaders and economists gathered in Amsterdam in 1990 to explore the emerging paradigm of a holistic world view and the implications for a global economy. The five day confernce was inspired by the artists Joseph Beuys and Robert Filliou, and manifested by Louwrien Wijers, who called it a "mental sculpture."

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Artificial Intelligence and the Superorganism

Daniel Schmachtenberger and Nate Hagens discuss a surprisingly overlooked risk to our global systems and planetary stability: artificial intelligence. Through a systems perspective, Daniel and Nate piece together the biophysical history that has led humans to this point, heading towards (and beyond) numerous planetary boundaries, and facing geopolitical risks all with existential consequences. How does artificial intelligence not only add to these risks, but accelerate the entire dynamic of the metacrisis? What is the role of intelligence versus wisdom on our current global pathway, and can we change course? Does artificial intelligence have a role to play in creating a more stable system, or will it be the tipping point that drives our current one out of control?

Alan Watts

Buddhism as Dialogue

How does a person get out of a predicament they’ve talked themselves into?

Alan Watts

Cosmic Network

Alan takes us from the very small to the very large, explaining the interrelatedness of all things in the universe as a vast network which weaves us into a united yet unnamable divinity.

Alan Watts

Do You Do It Or Does It Do You?

Alan explores the meaning of personal free will in the context of core tenets in Eastern mythology: how is it possible to control anything when preexisting conditions outside of our influence determine our present situation? It is a realization of the hidden unity behind our apparent diversity and a relinquishing of obsessive control that enables us to unlock a pathway leading out of the conundrum and towards a celebration and reverence of life.

Alan Watts

Individual and the World

This seminar covers a variety of topics, from the illusion of our separation from the environment and the futility of trying to be genuine, all the way to the discipline required to handle mystical experiences in order to bring something back from them to share with the rest of the world. The presentation ends with his endorsement of insanity, saying a healthy amount of craziness in old age is necessary to prepare for a joyous death.

Alan Watts

Intellectual Yoga

“A Journey to Unthinking”—introducing Eastern traditions of yoga. Alan describes the entrance into the unspeakable reality, first from the East by practices of dhyāna yoga and zazen, and then from the West through the intellectual perspectives of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Spencer Brown. East and West all arrive at the same mysterious That Which Is Unspeakable. Delivered at the First Unitarian Church.

Alan Watts

Not What Should Be, But What Is

Alan reminds his audience that our mental image of the world is just an internal fairy tale loosely related to the truth of reality. Paying attention to our immediate sensory experiences can therefore help us lift this thought-tainted veil, an action which reveals the magic of being far better than any words ever could.

Alan Watts

The World As Self (Part 2)

The journey of self-realization follows the winding path inward, to the place where you already are. As the egoic illusion falls away, the universe unveils your true face. Trust in the guru's skillful means, which trick the mind into its own liberation. Embrace each stage of life with sincerity, not forcing but allowing insight to dawn in its own time. Know yourself to be That, the eternal Self of all that is.

Alan Watts

Problems of Meditation

Watts illuminates meditation as a vehicle to transcend the illusion of individuality and realize one’s intrinsic unity with the cosmos. He unveils a symphony of sacred techniques—from breath awareness to primordial sonic mysticism—as potential pathways to the ineffable experience of non-dual consciousness. By surrendering the ego’s compulsive control, one may ultimately arrive at the paradoxical fruition of subject and object coalescing into one unconditioned field of pure witnessing awareness.

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Pursuit of Pleasure

Where does pleasure come from? What are we trying to achieve in our frantic day-to-day activities? Why are we in such a hurry? And why do all of our efforts to pin the universe down and bring it under our control dial up the misery?

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Q and A With God

After discussing the nature of consciousness, the human mind, and the philosophical viewpoint that every person is God, Alan Watts assumes the role of God himself for the latter half of this lecture, answering each question his audience serves with wit and insight.

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The Houseboat Summit

An extended conversation between Alan Watts, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder on the problem of whether to “drop out or take over,” conducted on Alan Watts’ houseboat in 1967.

David Bohm

The Nature of Things

David Bohm discusses his perspective on theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, including the contradictions between relativity and quantum theory. He explains his theory of the implicate and explicate order to describe the wholeness and interconnectedness of matter. Bohm relates this to consciousness, self-deception in thought, and Krishnamurti's teachings on awareness to transform individual and collective conditioning.

Alan Watts

The Veil of Thoughts

Alan describes the ways in which we have concealed truth behind a veil of thoughts. He talks about how and why we mistake symbols for reality, argues that civilization may be a misguided experiment, offers observations about the way in which abstractions have become more powerful than the realities they are referencing, and explains how we can become “unbamboozled” from these ways of thinking.

Alan Watts

The Wisdom of Insecurity

This 1951 classic explores how our modern pursuit of security through money, status, and technology leads to anxiety. Watts artfully weaves Eastern philosophy and Christian mysticism to argue that seeking permanence in an impermanent world is futile. Rather, we must embrace the present moment and recognize the illusion of the ego. Watts writes breezily with penetrating insight about how relaxing our grip on life's impermanence paradoxically allows us to live fully. Though challenging at times, ultimately Watts' message brings great comfort in understanding the futility of chasing security. Give it a read and you may just find the wisdom that insecurity brings!

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Thusness

Alan Watts discusses the concept of "thusness" or "suchness" in Eastern philosophy, exploring the meaning of the Sanskrit word tathātā and its potential to help us cultivate a deeper sense of presence and awareness in our daily lives.

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Transcending Duality

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Unapologetically Human

Philospoher Alan Watts reads from his autobiography and discusses his views on life and the human condition.

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Way Beyond Seeking

With charm and wit, philosopher Alan Watts unpacks key principles of Taoism in this lecture. He muses how even a fruit fly sees itself as the pinnacle of creation, much as we humans do. Opposites like yin and yang depend on each other, Watts reminds us, like two sticks balancing upright. He warns of the limits of words to capture life's complexity. Yet through stories and logic, Watts nudges us to embrace non-action, cultivate intuition, and realize our unity with nature. Trust your brain, he cajoles, but avoid overconfidence. Taoist perspectives to ponder and enjoy.

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Most people grow up learning to treat life as a problem, a set of circumstances which must be controlled with an iron will. Some transcend this view, realizing there is no problem and nothing to attain. In that state of mind it becomes possible to act without intention, to have “controlled accidents,” and in so doing one may rejoin society as a whimsical rascal who breaks things to improve them.