Teachings of J. Krishnamurti: The Dhamma
Rahula - who is an international authority on Buddha and His teachings
and who has authored the Encyclopaedia Britannica entry on the Buddha
had dialogued with J. Krishnamurti (K) on the question: ''Are you not
saying what the Buddha said ?'' (Brockwood park-England-June 1978).
This study is an inquiry to go into the same question. K had asked Walpola
Rahula ''May I ask, Sir, with due respect, why you compare?'' and Walpola
Rahula had replied ''There is no necessity (to compare)''. Indeed comparison
is not necessary and not needed as The Teaching are The Teachings -
The Dhamma is The Dhamma and we need to go directly into
the teachings. Light is Light and it is just not possible to compare
Light with Light.
One who SEES the Dhamma - the universal law of nature SEES me and one who SEES me SEES the Dhamma
The Buddha again
one does not SEE the Sublime Dhamma then he is not SEEING me
although he is seeing me (with his eyes).
The Teachings are important. We may have respect and gratitude for the
Teacher but the Teachings are more important than the Teacher and the
Teachings are Teachings only when we go into them and see that our lives
flower. This is the way to show proper respect to the Teacher. Needless
to say, the Teachings are Teachings, they cannot be said to be the Teachings
of K or that of Gotama the Buddha. These are Teachings of Truth and
have been taught by all the Buddhas since time immemorial. Truth has
no copyright !.
Buddha has taught the theoretical teachings (pariyatti) so that we go
into the teachings (patipatti-the experiential aspect of the teachings)
and SEE the sacred with penetrating insight (pativedhan).
study is an inquiry and the Buddha has said ''pakaren janeti ti panya''
- which means that knowing something-seeing something-enquiring into
something in different ways - from different angles is insight - is
This study is merely a collection-a compilation of the major themes of K's teachings and the crux of what the Buddha said. No attempt has been made to find a word by word equivalency between K's teachings and the Dhamma as taught by the Buddha. The teachings of J. Krishnamurti and Lord Buddha have been placed together to go into the teachings and inquire. This volume should simply be called '' THE TEACHINGS ''.