Have any important Buddhists made any claim/s about Krishnamurti's teachings? Especially (caveat I know nothing about this) his claim that

"Tell them there is nothing to understand"

Bold emphasis is mine.


He claimed that the demand for enlightenment was the only thing standing in the way of enlightenment itself, if enlightenment existed at all.

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    Why don't you list some of his specific teachings with your question. Thanks Commented Dec 24, 2016 at 12:35
  • hey @Dhammadhatu i don't know enough to list them. it would defeat the object of my question to do so anyway, which is about his teachings as a monolithic thing
    – user2512
    Commented Dec 24, 2016 at 12:45
  • fwiw, i personally, probably, believe that there likely will be something to understand. but that's just my two cents, i don't practice buddhism etc.
    – user2512
    Commented Dec 24, 2016 at 14:04
  • I have edited the question with some teachings and videos.
    – esh
    Commented Dec 25, 2016 at 7:25
  • I deleted the list of teaching and videos. I think that his teachings don't claim to be Buddhist, so they're not on-topic on this site. If a Buddhist teacher has compared them with Buddhist teaching, that might be on-topic (i.e. they might tell you about Buddhism).
    – ChrisW
    Commented Dec 25, 2016 at 18:12

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I have read a remark by Ajahn Sumedho on Krishnamurti. I don't recall much of the details. But I can tell you that Krishnamurti 's teachings are different from Buddhism, although he has practiced Vipassana himself.

Edit: My answer relates to Jiddu Krishnamurthi, not U. G. Krishnamurthi. I am unfamiliar with U.G.

Sometimes you hear monks or nuns or lay people here saying, 'Don't attach to anything.' So we attach to the view that we shouldn't be attached! 'I'm not going to attach to Ajahn Sumedho; I can learn from anybody. I'm going to leave, just to prove I'm not attached to Venerable Sumedho.' Then you're attaching to the idea that you shouldn't be attached to me, or that you've got to go away to prove that you're not attached – which isn't it at all. That's not being wise, is it? You're just attaching to something else. You may go to Brockwood Park and hear Krishnamurti' and then you think – 'I'm not going to attach to those religious conventions, all that bowing, Buddha images, monks and all that stuff. Krishnamurti says it is all poppycock: "Don't have anything to do with it, all that is useless." ' So you attach to the view that religious conventions are all useless, and you shouldn't have anything to do with them. But that's also an attachment, isn't it? – attachment to views and opinions – and if you attach to what Krishnamurti says, or you attach to what I say, it's still an attachment.

Ajahn Sumedho

You can be attached to the idea of not being attached. Krishnamurti, for example, would always emphasise not to be attached to anything. He would say, 'Monks, this is all wrong. Religion, monks, all this is wrong. It's not the way.' Then people listening to that would attach to his view, and they weren't aware of the attachment they had to Krishnamurti's view. So the problem is not the view, but the attachment. A view is a view. You can see if you're attached to a view, for or against it. Then the actual practice is to not being attached to any view, and you are very much investigating what's going on.

Ajahn Sumedho

Edit: I added a separate answer on U. G. Krishnamurthi.

  • Nonattachment is good. Wait...
    – user2341
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 0:37
  • Wait, is this UG Krishnamurti you are talking about or Jiddu Krishnamurti?
    – esh
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 2:18
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    The question asked about UG Krishnamurti. The Krishnamurti associated with Brockwood Park is Jiddu Krishnamurti. So this answer cannot be right.
    – esh
    Commented Apr 21, 2017 at 3:06
  • Oh yes, I thought the question was about Jiddu Krinamurthi. Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 11:36
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    @sandeepani thanks for the edit suggestion :). i've not done my own reading on 'Theosophical Society helped "uprising" (I think you meant reviving) Buddhism in countries such as Sri Lanka in Colonial British era thus i will refer to your saying. Also your answer reminded me I have to state my answer is on Jiddu, not U. G. Commented Apr 23, 2017 at 15:27

I have not found anything about "Buddhists" saying anything about UG Krishnamurti. UG Krishnamurti was too low key anyway to take a "religion" seriously and for any "eminent Buddhists" to think about him. Perhaps the "Buddhists" here can offer some opinion(of course that would just make the site go on).

There's one thing I'd like to add here. UG Krishnamurti will not come off as a gentle man when he speaks and he speaks very controversially about other religions and religious leaders. People may not like it but he didn't care about it either.


I only just read the title, and try to answer.

Have any notable Buddhists commented on Krishnamurti's teachings?

I think Jiddu Krishnamurti (not U. G.) is not particularly being concerned by any Buddhist. If you don't ask this question, this is not really a dish that's waiting to be served. This dish may even not exist.

From past material I read, he was "chosen" by the Theosophical Society and groomed to be a spiritual leader, later he rebelled. Theosophical Society one of the founders was Helena Blavatsky who had learnt something from the Tibetan Lama, thus formulated her theory about the 5/7(?) races, the Atlanteans, Lemurians... and the Aryans are the supreme race... her theory later was adopted by Hitler... then we will have to go on analyzing the hands playing in the dark under the table, the world history and wars how these happened... OK. Pause.

According to @sandeepani: The Theosophical Society has helped the reviving of Buddhism greatly during the British Colonial Era in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. But their teachings were somewhat different still (a lot of mythical interest and combining religions), which caused many Buddhist members to leave it in later years.

If you are seeking to nourish your spirit, your inner life, my advice is to seek pure, pristine teachings from great teachers.


After investigating the Wikipedia page and other sources on U. G. Krishnamurthi, it was possible to came up with some ideas about him. He seems to have had Uchchedavadi like ideas. For e.g. there is no enlightenment, there is no mind, no need for medicine etc. He also expresses the idea that there is no self, which sounds like a Buddhist view, but we must recall that in Brahmajala Sutta, the Buddha has mentioned that, the belief in the existence of a being and non-existence of a being are both extremes.

  1. Are there beings spontaneously reborn?
  2. Are there no beings spontaneously reborn?
  3. Is it that there both are and are not beings spontaneously reborn?
  4. Is it that there neither are nor are not beings spontaneously reborn?

What is really found is a result of causes that appear and disappear in the form of Pancaskandha (Five aggregates). These aggregates do not belong to a mine, thus they are Anatta.


I am not sure if the transformation UG was claiming was sophist propaganda or new age enlightenment or what....I find his style to be quite unorthodox and he has too many homemade videos. However I like his general apocalyptic sensibility. He even called Buddha an a**hole once..I am sure he was against philosophical dualism, and he was always...but I am too under the impression he was working for Mara to think it’s all good 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

EDIT: was also saying the question is born from the answer...quite often true

EDIT: he also spoke of something coming from the background, but i can't recall the context now. it resembles the past, no? the here and now that escaped into the past, but he calls it background perhaps?

  • i was meh today...buddha-nature is not not meh...
    – blue_ego
    Commented Sep 23, 2022 at 14:54