Research Study

The Teachings of J. Krishnamurti:
The Dhamma As Taught By The Buddha

" … the most impressive thing I have listened to. It was like listening to a discourse of the Buddha - such power, such intrinsic authority…''

-Aldous Huxley after attending one of K's lectures.

Lord Buddha - J Krishnamurti

"...He (Lord Buddha) was illumined..."

-J Krishnamurti
Pg 430 biography of K by Pupul Jayakar

K had deep reverence and gratitude for the Buddha and this has clearly been documented in the books/biographies authored by Pupul Jayakar, Mary Lutyens and Susunaga Weeraperuma who were people close to K.

''Krishnaji read a small passage out of ''the Gospel of Buddha'' in meditation each morning. He is indeed a devotee, and the very sound of the name of the Lord Buddha, seems almost to make him tremble with a feeling of utmost worship.''

-Pupul Jayakar, biography of K, Pg 64.

He was reading aloud to the de Manziarlys The Buddha's Way of Virtue and was so struck by one passage that he copied it out for Lady Emily: "All conquering and all knowing am I, detached, untainted, untrammeled, wholly freed by destruction of desire. Whom shall I call Teacher ? Myself found the way."

-Pg 126, biography of K by Mary Lutyens VOL I.

They all went into K's tower at eight every morning for half an hour's meditation before breakfast; K would then read aloud to them a passage from The Gospel According to Buddha.

-Pg 208, biography of K by
Mary Lutyens VOL I (Years Of Awakening)

"Another peculiar thing in all this is that K has always been attracted to the Buddha."

-K, Pg 228, biography of K by Mary Lutyens (VOL II-the years of fulfillment)

-Asit Chandmal in his picture book 'A thousand Suns' mentions an anecdote where K says that he would leave everything to go and hear the Buddha if he were to come and sermonise at Sarnath.

-The book 'Lives of Alcyone' by CW Leadbeater (Theosophical Society) which supposedly chronicles the previous lives of J Krishnamurti mentions that K was a monk in the Sangha of the Buddha in 2 previous lives. K took robes and learnt Dhamma at the feet of Lord Buddha.

-When K visited Bodhgaya with Annie Besant (then president of the Theosophical Society) K pointed out to her that he remembered the place as he had been at this place in his previous births as a monk-a part of the Buddha Sangha.

-K talked about the mango groves in the Rajghat Varanasi area as the place where the Buddha rested before sermonising the Dhammachakkapavattana sutta at Sarnath. K also pointed out a particular place where Buddha used to rest after His meals. Dr Parchure, the physician to K later fixed a concrete slab at that spot. This place can be seen at 'Us Paar' in the Rajghat Fort-Varanasi area within the premises of KFI-Rajghat.

'Are there people who have drunk the waters and will carry on?' I would go to someone who had known him and through them get a feeling of what he was like. I would walk many miles to talk to someone who had been with him: 'You have drunk the waters, what is it like ?' [He had said much the same thing, referring to the Buddha, at the meeting of the Foundation at Ojai in 1977.]
-Pg. 231, biography of K by Mary Lutyens (VOL II-Years of fulfillment)

"I could feel the vibration of the Lord Buddha..."

-Krishnamurti's own account of the pepper tree experience in ojai as quoted in 'The years of awakening' by Mary Lutyens Avon books USA 1991. Page 169.

''....and in my heart there has been a continual thought of Lord Buddha. I was in such a state that I had to sit down and meditate......''

-Letter written by Krishnamurti as quoted in 'The years of awakening' by Mary Lutyens Avon books USA 1991 Page 125.

The Immortal Friend

I sat dreaming in a room of great silence.
The early morning was still and breathless,
The great blue mountains stood against the dark
skies, cold and clear,
Round the dark log house
The black and yellow birds were welcoming the sun.

I sat on the floor, with legs crossed, meditating,
Forgetting the sunlit mountains,
The birds,
The immense silence,
And the golden sun.

I lost the feel of my body,
My limbs were motionless,
Relaxed and at peace.
A great joy of unfathomable depth filled my heart.
Eager and keen was my mind, concentrated.
Lost to the transient world,
I was full of strength.

As the Eastern breeze
That suddenly springs into being
And calms the weary world,
There in front of me
Seated cross-legged,
As the world knows Him
In His yellow robes, simple and magnificent,
Was the Teacher of Teachers.

Looking at me,
Motionless the Mighty Being sat.
I looked and bowed my head.
My body bent forward of itself.

That one look
Showed the progress of the world,
Showed the immense distance between the world
And the greatest of its Teachers.

How little it understood,
And how much He gave.
How joyously He soared,
Escaping from birth and death,
From its tyranny and entangling wheel.

Enlightenment attained,
He gave to the world, as the flower gives
Its scent,
The Truth.

As I looked
At the sacred feet that once trod the happy
Dust of India,
My heart poured forth its devotion,
Limitless and unfathomable,
Without restraint and without effort.

-J Krishnamurti, 'The immortal friend', Ommen, Star publishing Trust 1928, Pages 8-10 also quoted in 'J Krishnamurti' as I knew him' by Susunaga Weeraperuma- Motilal Banarsidass- 1996, Pages 181-183.

(other sayings of K on Buddha have been quoted under different headings in this study)

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