Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Can Humanity Change? - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Can Humanity Change? - Jiddu Krishnamurti

Many have considered Buddhism to be the religion closest in spirit to J. Krishnamurti's spiritual teaching—even though the great teacher was famous for urging students to seek truth outside organized religion. This record of a historic encounter between Krishnamurti and a group of Buddhist scholars provides a unique opportunity to see what the great teacher had to say himself about Buddhist teachings. The conversations, which took place in London in the late 1970s, focused on human consciousness and its potential for transformation. Participants include Walpola Rahula, the renowned Sri Lankan Buddhist monk and scholar, author of the classic introductory text What the Buddha Taught.

Here is the complete 6 video set of conversations between Krishnamurti and Buddhist scholars. Compressed in ACE format but can be uncompressed with WinRAR. MP4 Video format. You can use VLC (freeware) to view videos. Thanks to my friend Alexander for passing along the links to share. MU links only.

We Are All Caught in the Idea of Progress
1st Conversation with Buddhist Scholars, Brockwood Park, 22nd June, 1978. Duration 99 min. B & W.

Knowledge means accumulation of information experience, various facts, theories and principles the past and the present. All that bundle we call knowledge. Can a mind that is burdened with knowledge see truth? Will we get more knowledge by reading this or that what the Buddha said, what Christ said? We are full of this accumulative instinct that we think will help us to jump into heaven. Can I look at the fact without the word with all its intimations, all its content, its tradition? Can I look at something without the word, without the association of words without past remembrances? Then only I see the fact.

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Can We Live Without Identifying?
2nd Conversation with Buddhist Scholars, Brockwood Park, England, 23rd June, 1978. Duration 94 min. B & W.

What is death? Is there life after death, is there a continuity? If not, what is the point of living at all? Why is there the whole process of identification my possessions, what I will be, success, power, prestige? The identification process is the essence of the self. Is it possible to live in daily life without this identification process which brings about the structure and the nature of the self which is the result of thought? Is it possible to be free of the "me" which produces all this chaos, this constant effort? Can thought end? Is it possible to live a daily life with death which is the ending of the self?

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Does Free Will Exist?
3rd Conversation with Buddhist Scholars, Brockwood Park, England, 23rd June, 1978. Duration 115 min. B & W.

We say free will exists because we can choose between this and that. Apart from material things, why is there choice? Is there an action in which there is no effort of will at all and therefore no choice? Why does thought identify with sensations? is there duality in identification? How did thought begin in me? Was it handed down by my parents by education, by environment, by the past? Does the word create the thought or thought creates words? Why does thought enter into action? Is there an action which is complete, total, whole, not partial? Can you see someone as a whole being? Then there is love.

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Can Truth Be Perceived Through Time?
1st Conversation with Buddhist Scholars, Brockwood Park, England, 28th June, 1979. Duration 93 min. B & W.

All the things that thought has put together literature, poetry, painting, illusions, gods, symbols, all that is reality for us. But nature is not created by thought. Can the mind, the network of all the senses apprehend, see, observe truth? Psychological time is the invention of thought which we use as a means of achieving enlightenment. Is such time an illusion? Is truth measurable by words? Truth is timeless, thought is of time, the two cannot run together. Without love, without compassion truth cannot be. I cannot go to truth, I cannot see truth. Truth can only exist, only be when the self is not.

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What Is It That Dies?
2nd Conversation with Buddhist Scholars, Brockwood Park, 28th June 1979. Duration: 104 min. B & W.

Is there life after death? The consciousness of human beings, the loneliness, despair, sorrow, fear, is its contents. Each person goes through the same tragedies, misfortunes - humanity is one. Then what is death, what is it that dies? To find out what death is I have to be with death, to end beliefs, attachment, everything I have collected.

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What is Meditation?
Conversation with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, San Diego, California, 15th Feb. 1972. Duration 40 min. Color.

Krishnamurti in conversation with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation master and founder of the Naropa Institute in Colorado. Krishnamurti opens up the question of meditation, contrasting the system of practice with living observation. A vital meditation is seen to be essential for the orderly quietness of the mind, which is then dynamic in action.

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  1. I think the files are corrupted.
    I've tried using unace-nonfree(linux) and Winrar to extract them, only to be disappointed.
    That's too bad because I've been really looking forward to watching these videos. Anyone out there with similar results? If so please say something here so I know it's not my screw up.

    Buddham saranam gacchami.
    Dharmam saranam gacchami.
    Sangham saranam gacchami.

  2. I don't know what I did different, but I somehow extracted the videos perfectly. Must be one of those days.

  3. Cool. The best problems of life only you can solve.;)

  4. Sorry it took so long for me to get back here. I see alogos has solved the problem he was having with the files.

    I can confirm from having downloaded 3 of the 6 there is no difficulty with extracting the files with WinRAR.

    Haven't had a chance to watch any of the videos myself yet but I too am looking forward to viewing them.

  5. hello,

    thanks for posting these

    the Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche part two file is in a weird format - .c00?

    i have tried changing it to .ace without success. do you know what the problem could be?

    waes hael,


  6. Could anyone kind enough upload "Can Humanity Change? - Jiddu Krishnanmurti at www.mediafire.com

    Because much faster for downloading.

    Thank you.


  7. Hi all,

    First of all, thanks a lot for posting this (and everything is in this site.

    Second, and this goes to 'window7' (and many others outthere, here and in other blogs/forums), sorry but i've never understood your requests. You find something which you should pay to get it, for free and still you ask for less waiting time to get it with you ... just to store it in your hard disk "looking forward to view, hear, read it" (as too posters here said). Why this anxiety?.

    Third, and this goes to Ormus, i'm sure you've solved already your problem, but in case you've not... each video here is compressed in too volumes (or files). This means that to get the whole video file, you only need to pass to winrar the first file (with .ace extension) and winrar (or similar) will extract all the volumes for you, one after the other (.ace, c00, c01, etc.). This has to be done like this beacause when you upload a file to megaupload, rapidshare, etc. you're limited to a certain size for file uploaded (100Mb in the case of rapidshare for ex.).

    That's all. Once again, thanks a lot for this blog and for the files, hope your task be of great benefit for human kind. And of course if you download something from here read it, reflect on it, and meditate ... do not just store it in your hard disk 'looking forward to get your heart on it', which will be a waste of time even if you could get it all 'much faster'.

    Sorry to say that, regards from spain - Pep.