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Gerardo Lacouture
Gerardo Lacouture
Costa Rica
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Do you ever feel that you have been conditioned by Krishnamurti's teachings?

No. I think it`s impossible for the simple attention to be conditioned. Only behaviors and reflexes can be conditioned, and the conditioning process are reinforced by consequences or by association. Wich is the reinforcing consequence of attention to no-thing? If one can identify a "reward" for a meditative vision (totally new), then there is a pathway to somewhere or a process for achieving something; then there is a memory of that.
Maybe, we could take K`s teachings as a new doctrine, and we have a new conditioning, but that effect is not produced by the teaching itself. That conditioning is the result of precisely not understanding that the truth has not doctrines.

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Are there any aspects of Krishnamurti's teaching that you find implausible or difficult to accept?

K`s teachings is a "reset" to our minds. But I don`t understand how to decide, from a silent mind, when there are concrete moral and philosophical issues like abbortion or not, for example. How to decide without principles and beliefs?

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Do you think it advisable to introduce Krishnamurti to people you know? Have you ever done it and if yes, what are your experiences?

When I started to read K´s texts, I understood that there is a center in his teachings, what we could call the "silent" or "free" mind, or "to be a light for oneself". Then I wonder how could somebody publish such a lot of books, with just one idea!.
I noted that K´s had a thinking line: from that what is cause of conflict and suffering, to the "center point". The themes are all of our cultures are made of: religion, economy, politics, sex, propaganda, conditioning, education, etc. But, when I´ve tried to introduce K to people, I start with the conditioned mind (thinking), and its time trap. I´ve seen people saying "yes, interesting", and then after days, I´ve seen them praying in front a statue or something alike. We are possessive in our minds, and our traditions and beliefs are treasures for us.

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Do you think Krishnamurti was exceptional, or is the transformation he spoke of universally accessible?

Even when somebody doesn´t leave the formal aspects of religion or cultural belief, the transformation he spoke is a connection between all humankind.

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Does the phrase "living the teachings" have any meaning to you?

The word "living" has a fundamental meaning; the word "teachings" doesn´t. Then "living the teachings" is contradictory in itself.
"Living" is what it is. "Teachings" is doctrine and memory; to live teachings is to incorporate theories to our way in life; how could one truly live with programmed theories in our continuous primal experience of life, being the experience itself?

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