The intent of the centre is to explore a totally different movement of learning which nurtures the freedom to bring about clarity in the mind. Only when there is total freedom and the order that goes with it, can there be a meaningful relating to the whole of life and society. Can the adults together learn through self-observation, dialogue and the negation of that which is false, what it is to be attentive, to have love which is non-personal, and to act from a mind which is free of division? In relating to life in the presence of such adults the child has a sense of complete security and stability. From this ground, one can learn to function sanely in society and to acquire skills necessary to earn a livelihood.
It seems that we are driven by a need for security. But can security become a demand for comfort through conformity to society? This transient and illusory state of security can only result in dependence, confusion, and alienation.
In spite of our immense capacity and progress both intellectually and technologically, we have remained the same psychologically; violent, full of anxiety, pleasure seeking and bereft of relationship to the whole of life.
These are some fundamental questions that shape the intent of Shibumi:
Can education in the truest sense, free the mind from all conditioning?
Can there be deep questioning of all structures that limit us?
Is it possible to awaken the deepest intelligence a human being is capable of?
In such a state of awakening, can the mind come upon order, truth and the sacred?
Responsibility, discipline, earning a livelihood, excellence, compassion and relationship, all come together as one movement and not as fragmented parts to be strung together.
To conclude, Shibumi is primarily a centre where interested adults come together to embark on a journey of self-knowing through engagement with the teachings of Krishnamurti, individually and with each other. And in the light of this enquiry to bring up children in freedom.