The Buddha - Vipassana - J. Krishnamurti

(Research Study)

I have done a research study on the teachings of J .Krishnamurti in the light of what the Buddha said, in the light of vipassana .

The part 1 and part 3 of the study are a collection of Krishnamurti sayings on sensation -desire, impermanence, suffering and egolessness. It is indeed amazing that Krishnamurti had talked so much about sensations and how desire can be ended – how insight is to be developed at the level of sensations . He said that – this watching of sensations is real meditation as we are inquiring very, very deeply into ourselves. It is really sad to know how people only intellectualize after reading Krishnamurti and do not try to understand what that saintly person actually wanted to convey . He was talking about nothing else but only vipassana.

I have quoted Krishnamurti extensively in part 1 and part 2 of the study which clearly show that Krishnamurti had a deep respect and gratitude for Lord Buddha. I have put these quotes under a separate heading and also quoted them under different heads inside the study . Krishnamurti also wrote a poem which can be translated simply as Namo Tassa Arahato…….

The collection of Krishnamurti sayings in part 2 and part 3 clearly explain all the links of the paticca samuppada as expounded by the Buddha and also the 4 Noble Truths .

I have quoted from the Tipitaka along with the explanations given by S N Goenka and Sayagyi U Ba Khin, in the part 2 and placed them together with what Krishnamurti said. This clearly shows – it’s all vipassana…… vipassana…….and vipassana, there is no doubt about it!

Experiential understanding at the level of sensations was what Krishnamurti was talking about, not once or twice but throughout his life! Krishanmurti was practicing Vipassana within himself and was trying and trying very hard to convey the dhamma to the people who heard him.

The ” contents ” of part 2 list the topics covered.

I used to have a lot of doubts and questions in my mind about Dhamma / Vipassana as taught by Sayagyi U Ba Khin and this was due to what I had read in some books of J. Krishnamurti. Earlier I had not read Krishnamurti extensively and had failed to understand what he meant to say. In doing this study I find that all my doubts, confusions and questions are gone and I re-dedicate myself to the Buddha, Dhamma and the Sangha. I rededicate myself to the priceless gem – vipassana. Indeed Dhamma is paripunno and parisuddho!

In part 2, I have included excerpts from Goenkaji’s and Sayagyi U Ba Khin’s discourses, plus some of S N Goenka’s questions and answers and details of Goenkaji’s meeting with Krishnamurti – as told by S N Goenka in a public talk, which are very inspiring and illuminating .

It is really wonderful to learn that whatever Krishnamurti was saying has no scope for intellectualization and all is for experiential understanding – at the level of sensations.

I wish to remember what Sayagyi U Ba Khin said…… ” the Dhamma can stand the test of those who are anxious to do so as they can know for themselves what the benefits are. “

How wonderful and how true!

For this study I have utilized the genuine sources of VRI publications and other Dhamma books of BPS, Sri Lanka etc and for the Teachings of Krishnamurti , I have used the Krishnamurti CD-ROM compiled by the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust in America and that contains all the published works of Krishnamurti from 1933 – 1986 . For the unpublished and archival material on Krishnamurti, I have utilized the biographies of Krishnamurti written by Mary Lutyens, Pupul Jayakar and Susunaga Weeraperuma, who were said to be close to Krishnamurti .

With deep regards, I bow my head to the Buddha, Dhamma and the Sangha.

– Munish Agarwal