Can Humanity Change?: J. Krishnamurti in Dialogue with Buddhists Paperback – Nov 11 2003
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"Few modern thinkers have integrated psychology, philosophy, and religion so seamlessly as Krishnamurti."—Publishers Weekly
"Krishnamurti is one of the greatest philosophers of the age."—the Dalai Lama
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Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986) was one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. He traveled and lectured throughout the world until his death at the age of ninety. His talks and works are preserved in more than seventy books.
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I have given the book four stars because the content of the dialogue is very insightful and of course concerns itself with the most important questions that humanity must consider. Buddhists may also find it very interesting and enlightening to read this, especially the parts where Krishnamurti and Walpola Rahula really getting into the deeper and more subtle parts of these vitally important topics.
In the same way that what Krishnamurti is saying challenges the other participants in the most all-embracing, fundamental way, these dialogues should challenge the reader that is really interested in going beyond their own personal, petty concerns to ask the question: Can I change? thus, can humanity change?
Krishnamurti is not concerned with opinion/conclusions. He is more concerned with your active paticipation and actual perception of things. Therefore, he is not there to offer opinion/conclusions. If you are looking for "answers", you may be disappointed. Because "answers" are too superficial. It is something you can get without being actively paticipating. It is something a lazy mind want.
In the above sense, the whole point of dialogue is to get everybody to actively paticipate the process of investigation right at the moment, while the conversation is going on. In such case, questions are much more imprtant than answers.
Because of this, the book will make sense to you only if you are willing to paticipate the investigation as well. This means, when Krishnamurti ask a question in the book, you as a reader would also actually ask that question to yourself. If you would ask the question to yourself seriously, that means without supplying "second handed answers", without answering the question simply by your opinion/conclusions, but rather to look into the question afresh, then, the meaning of the book will begin to show.
If you are familiar with J.K., then you will find the first half of the book very entertaining. J.K. is quite blunt with these well respected scholars. :)
Then the book becomes very boring as the Buddhists struggle to understand the simplest concepts that J.K. brings up. Little progress is made conversationally. Ironically, this is probably the most important part of the book. There is an implied "moral to the story" here. You must see the moral using your own intuition. This is not a book to be read over and over or studied. Unless you are purely intellectual, it would be much better to instead, read his other books such as "this light in oneself" or "on love and lonliness".
I gave it 3 stars because the concepts that the reader is left with after reading the entire book are written in J.K's other books and take up just a few pages.