The 125th Birth Anniversary of J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986)
is to be commemorated for a whole year, from 11 May 2019 to 11 May 2020.

The Study Centre has a wide range of Krishnamurti’s works—books, out-of-print editions, DVDs, audio CDs, translations in Indian and foreign languages, and bulletins and newsletters of all the Foundations. Besides, there are select books on religion, philosophy, and psychology.


The Bookstore in Vasanta Vihar sells Krishnamurti’s books in English, translations in Indian languages, DVDs and MP3s, all of which can be ordered by post or bought online on this website.


J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) is widely regarded as having been a profoundly original thinker and spiritual teacher. For nearly 60 years, Krishnamurti traveled the world and spoke to individuals, small groups and large audiences with a singular intent – “to set man absolutely and unconditionally free”. And yet, he advocated no practice, no definitive steps towards such a goal. He said, “Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever…”.

“The First Step is the Last Step”, the exhibition, has been conceived and curated by the Krishnamurti Foundation India (KFI) on the occasion of Krishamurti’s 125th birth anniversary year (May 11th, 2019 – May 11th, 2020). The exhibition will premiere at Vasanta Vihar, Chennai on February 1st, 2020 and travel thereafter to the cities of Varanasi and Bengaluru.

The exhibition draws inspiration from a phrase Krishnamurti used in his dialogues in which he sees the attentive mind as being fully capable of perceiving the “what is” for itself. This seeing of the truth is not linked to time, accretion of knowledge or a perpetuation of practice, and hence necessarily, becomes both the first and the last step. This exhibition is structured around this paradox. It seeks to evoke the extraordinary potential held within its aphoristic title in a manner that sets aside predictable templates of linearity, accumulation and progression. It invites the viewer to engage with themes that Krishnamurti frequently spoke or wrote about – fear, love, violence, death, religion, relationship and education. In this immersive process of self-enquiry, there will be opportunity to question, to look afresh, and perhaps come upon a ‘flame of understand- ing’, which derives from and belongs to no one, but the questioner herself.

Krishnamurti Foundation India (Vasanta Vihar, 124 Greenways Road, Chennai -28) is holding a two-day retreat in March 2020. Programme will consist of video screenings of Krishnamurti’s talks and group discussion. You are welcome to participate.

Details are as follows:

Dates: 21 & 22 March (Saturday & Sunday)
Theme: The various attributes of the self

For registration and other details, contact As accommodation is limited, registration will be done on ‘first-come, first-served’ basis.

Theme: Meditation is not a practice
Date: 1 March
Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm

Programme will consist of K’s video screening/audio listening followed by a group discussion with short tea break in between.

For registrations, write to or call 044-24937803/596

Half-day programmes: These are held on Sunday mornings; the dates and themes are:

1 March — Meditation is not a practice
5 April — Slavery to technology and entertainment

Weekend residential retreats: These are held every month generally in the third or fourth week-end; the dates and themes are:

21 & 22 March — The various attributes of the self
18 & 19 April — How can we relate K’s teachings to our daily life?

People from Chennai and from around the country/world who are eager to inquire into fundamental questions of life in an atmosphere of openness and togetherness can participate in the events. These events are suitable for those already acquainted with the teachings as well as those new to them. Registration is required. For more details, write to or call 044-24937803/596.

Date: 13th – 16th February 2020

The way each one of us lives contributes to the current state of the world crisis. The crisis which we are facing at every level of our existence – whether economic, environmental, climate change, growing fundamentalism and divisions – is the outcome of certain way of our daily living. Unless we deeply explore and question this way of living we will continue on the path of self-destruction. Why do we fail to see that this self-centred way of living has created enormous suffering in the world and our beautiful planet is under a constant threat due to this? There is a great urgency to look into ourselves, learn and bring about a fundamental change. The question is: is there an art of living which is not destructive and contradictory? Is there a completely different way of living? In this Gathering we are going to explore together the following fundamental questions related to our overall theme “The Art of Living”:

1. Freedom from conditioning.
2. The root cause of conflict.
3. The learning mind & The Art of listening.
4. The movement of thought and becoming.
5. The problem of hurt.

Venue: “Shantiniketan Sadhana Kendra”, Tithal (Valsad), Gujarat

For Registration, write to The last date for Registration is January 15, 2020.

Krishnamurti Foundation India is happy to announce the programme of its Tamil Gathering at Vasanta Vihar, Chennai on 15 – 16 Feb 2020, Saturday & Sunday. We cordially invite you to participate in it. The intention is to take a journey within oneself and explore into the deeper questions of life in the light of J. Krishnamurti’s teachings.

Theme : பயம் எனும் இருளிலேயே நாம் வாழ்ந்தாக வேண்டுமா? [Do we have to live with fear?]
Dates : 15 – 16 Feb 2020, Saturday & Sunday
Time : 9.30am – 5.30pm
Venue : 124, Greenways road, R A puram, Chennai – 28.

Programmes will consist of video screenings of Krishnamurti’s talks, group discussions, and question-and-answer sessions. For registration write to or call us at 044-24937803/596

Quotes of Krishnamurti

Goodness shows itself in behaviour and action and in relationship. Generally our daily behaviour is based on either the following of certain patterns – mechanical and therefore superficial – or according to very carefully thought-out motive, based on reward or punishment. So our behaviour, consciously or unconsciously, is calculated. This is not good behaviour. When one realizes this, not merely intellectually or by putting words together, then out of this total negation comes true behaviour.

Letters to the Schools vol I

Goodness shows itself in behaviour

Books of J Krishnamurti