What Are You Doing with Your Life?: Books on Living for Teens

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?J. KRISHNAMURTII TEACHINGS FOR TEENS, edited by Dale Carlson. Teens learn to understand the self, the purpose of life, work, education, relationships. Through paying attention rather than accepting the authority of their conditioning, they can find out for themselves about love, sex, marriage, work, education, the meaning of life and how to change themselves and the world. The Dalai Lama calls Krishnamurti "One of the greatest thinkers of the ...
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WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?J. KRISHNAMURTII TEACHINGS FOR TEENS, edited by Dale Carlson. Teens learn to understand the self, the purpose of life, work, education, relationships. Through paying attention rather than accepting the authority of their conditioning, they can find out for themselves about love, sex, marriage, work, education, the meaning of life and how to change themselves and the world. The Dalai Lama calls Krishnamurti "One of the greatest thinkers of the age."
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
First in a new series, Books on Living for Teenagers, the content of this book is derived from texts by Krishnamurti from between 1967 and 1989 as well as others published as recently as 1997. The current volume is presented in an aphoristic style, with the theme of each chapter one of four general areas: the self, self-knowledge as the key to freedom, education and other worldly affairs, and relationships. Chapters in each section are subdivided into paragraph- to page-long chunks that are tailored for use as meditations. The whole work seems intended for the grazing reader or spiritual seeker rather than for linear study. The principles of inner peace, harmony with nature and humans (both self and others), and the need to recognize and respond to social constructs (school, work, and family) are presented clearly and evocatively. High school readers who have cut their spiritual and philosophical teeth on the Chicken Soup series will find this book a richer and more complex stew. Although the location of each aphoristic passage within Krishnamurti's works is not cited, this style keeps the pages clean of footnotes and other textual barriers to meditative response. An index allows quick access to specific passages on topics ranging from fear and pain—two distinctly adolescent sensibilities—to change and revolution—just as resonant with the target audience's age. Index. Illus. Source Notes. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Krishnamurti Foundation of America/Bick, 272p, $14.95 Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18. Reviewer: Francisca Goldsmith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781888004243
  • Publisher: Krishnamurti Publications International
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Books on Living for Teens Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Krishnamurti, Jiddu born of middle-class Brahmin parents, was recognized at age fourteen as the coming World Teacher. Krishnamurti claimed allegiance to no caste, nationality or religion and was bound by no tradition. He traveled the world and spoke spontaneously to large audiences until the end of his life at age ninety. He said man has to free himself of all fear, conditioning, authority and dogma through self-knowledge and this will bring about order and psychological mutation. For more information see http://kpublications.com/k_bio.html
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction xi
Section 1 Your Self and Your Life
1. What Are You? 3
2. What Do You Want? 14
3. Thought, the Thinker, and the Prison of the Self 24
4. Insight, Intelligence, and Revolution in Your Life 34
5. Escape; Entertainment; Pleasure 44
6. Why Should We Change? 54
7. What Is the Purpose of Life? 58
Section 2 Self-Knowledge: the Key to Freedom
1. Fear 67
2. Anger and Violence 74
3. Boredom and Interest 87
4. Self-Pity; Sorrow; Suffering 93
5. Jealousy; Possessiveness; Envy 101
6. Desire and Longing 111
7. Self-Esteem: Success and Failure 120
8. Loneliness; Depression; Confusion 129
9. Self-Ending--Not Self-Improvement--Ends Suffering 143
Section 3 Education, Work, and Money
1. What Is Education? 153
2. Comparison and Competition, or Cooperation? 161
3. Work: How Do You Decide? 168
4. What Is the Basis for Right Action? 179
Section 4 Relationships
1. What Is Relationship? 189
2. Love; Desire; Sex; Dependency 198
3. Family and Society: Relationship or Exclusion? 203
4. Nature and Earth 208
5. Marriage: Love and Sex 212
6. Passion 228
7. Truth; God; Death 232
8. Meditation Is Attention 242
Sources and Acknowledgments 252
Resources: Schools and Foundations 254
Index 258
Recommended Reading 267
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2007

    The After Math

    In this novel, J. Krishnamurti explains all the aspects in our lives to the reader as if on equal grounds and as if she was talking directly to me. Some of the aspects J. Krishnamurti covers are your self as a human being, your self seeking knowledge, your self in society, and your self in relationships. J. Krishnamurti asks a lot of open ended questions that got me thinking about my life and my friends lives as well. A number of these questions gave background leading to the actual question then asked '..., is it not?' The part of this book that I most related to was the first two parts of this book, for the reason of it relating to my personal beliefs and my life. Now, I didn't agree with everything that J. Krishnamurti wrote, but it did give me a different look of society, and how society is a relationship between two or more people. Another subject that changed my way of thinking is a 'thinker' personality, and what causes this. A 'thinker' personality is a person who thinks before they act or while they are acting, and they also have to have thoughts in order to become a 'thinker.'

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