Study Centres and Retreats

This is a place of learning and austere living with inward discipline and work, without a guru, without a leader and without a system of meditation or working. There are many people who, because of distraction of occupations, family or other factors in their lives, find it difficult to immerse themselves in the teachings. So, each one comes to this place on his own, to meditate if he wishes, to study the teachings, and to do some physical work if he wishes.

Thus, it is primarily meant for those who want to come together in a spirit of cooperation. Spirit of cooperation does not mean working together for some purpose, ideal or authority. But while someone is physically working, he may have a perceptive flash of deep understanding, which he may then talk over with another; others may question, doubt what he is saying, but the deep understanding shared by both does not belong to one or the other.

Perception is never personal. Such a sharing is cooperation. 
J. Krishnamurti, Rishi Valley, 24 December 1983
For many years before his death, Krishnamurti talked to the trustees of the Foundations about the possibility of doing something beyond what had been done for young people in the schools. He wanted to bring about centres where there would be the books, video and audio tapes, and an environment conducive to study and reflection.

Study Centres have been set up at Rajghat(Varanasi), Uttarkashi in Garhwal Himalayas, Sahyadri, Bangalore, Rishi Valley, Kolkata and Cuttack. Many of these centres are places of great natural beauty and tranquility where the atmosphere lends itself to the study of oneself in the light of Krishnamurti's teachings.

These centres reach out to various schools, colleges and the public through programmes and dialogues during the year. 
If I went to The Study, first of all I would want to be quiet, not bring problems there, not my household problems, business preoccupations and so on. Let us say that a man like you comes to this new Study, you take all the trouble to come to this place, and for the first few days you may want to be quiet. If you are sensitive you realise there is something here which is different from your home, totally different from going to a discussion somewhere. Then you begin to study, not only you but all the people living here are studying, seeing, questioning. And everyone actually listening with their whole being will naturally bring about a religious atmosphere.
J. Krishnamurti