The Unconditioned Mind: J. Krishnamurti and the Oak Grove School

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“Like an iridescent diamond,” is how David Moody describes revered philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti in this intimate portrait of him at the Oak Grove School in California. Krishnamurti, once groomed by Theosophists to become the next World Teacher, founded the school in 1975 and personally oversaw it for the last decade of his life. Moody, Oak Grove’s first teacher and later director, recounts their close work together and explains Krishnamurti’s ideas with splendid clarity. He also recounts how those ideas sparked competition among the staff,

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Overview

“Like an iridescent diamond,” is how David Moody describes revered philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti in this intimate portrait of him at the Oak Grove School in California. Krishnamurti, once groomed by Theosophists to become the next World Teacher, founded the school in 1975 and personally oversaw it for the last decade of his life. Moody, Oak Grove’s first teacher and later director, recounts their close work together and explains Krishnamurti’s ideas with splendid clarity. He also recounts how those ideas sparked competition among the staff, producing a complex force-field that challenged Moody to the utmost. The resulting drama, and Krishnamurti’s involvement in it, forms the core of this rare, behind-the-scenes view.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780835608947
  • Publisher: Theosophical Publishing House
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Edmund Moody was born and raised in southern California, and attended undergraduate school at UC Berkeley during the 1960s. He received his Master’s Degree in Political Science at UCLA in 1970 and completed much of the coursework for a doctoral degree in Political Theory.

In 1975, Moody was the first teacher hired at the newly opened Oak Grove School in Ojai, California. He subsequently served as Educational Director from 1980-1984, and from 1984-1987 he served as Director of the school. During his time as Director, the school experienced the death of its founder, J. Krishnamurti.

After he left Oak Grove, Moody returned to graduate study at UCLA. He received his Ph.D. in Education in 1991. His dissertation research focused upon cognitive obstacles students encounter in their efforts to understand the theory of evolution. Portions of Moody’s research have been published in the journal Science Education and in a book he co-authored, Mapping Biology Knowledge (Kluwer, 2000).

Moody is currently Director of the private tutorial service Mind Over Math, with offices in southern California. He continues to pursue research in science education and related subjects, including the Gaia hypothesis. He also remains vitally interested in the teachings of J. Krishnamurti.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Ojai 1

2 Observation 15

3 Cause and Effect 27

4 Identity 43

5 Common Ground 57

6 Conviviality 69

7 Flowering 81

8 Resignation 97

9 Names 117

10 Meltdown 129

11 Mortality 143

12 India 153

13 Winter, 1986 169

14 Endgame 179

15 David Bohm 187

16 The Insight Curriculum 197

17 Images and Reflections 207

Epilogue 219

Acknowledgments 225

Appendix 1 The Intent of the Oak Grove School 229

ApPendix 2 Thelntentof the Oak Grove School (Revised) 233

Appendix 3 Responsibility and the Common Ground at the Oak Grove School 237

Appendix 4 Statement to the Trustees of the Krishnamurti Foundation of America 241

Appendix 5 Toward a Comprehensive, Coherent Curriculum 245

Appendix 6 The Approach to Education at Oak Grove 253

Sources and References 257

Bibliographic Essay 259

Photo Credits 265

Index 269

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