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Young Lord Maitreya

Hillary Rodrigues

in Little Buddhas

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860265
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979929 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.003.0019

Series: AAR Religion, Culture, and History

Young Lord Maitreya

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Among figures that have been linked to the persona of Maitreya, the teaching Buddha to come, the Indian born spiritual teacher Jiddu Krishnamurti presents us with a particularly compelling case. This chapter examines Krishnamurti’s remarkable childhood and early adulthood against the backdrop of the Buddhist configurations of the Theosophical Society, the organization that chose and groomed the boy to be the next World Teacher. Krishnamurti’s seeming rejection of his role, along with his subsequent body of teachings, provide a framework for an inquiry into religious upbringings and whether freedom from such conditioning – an essential feature of his message -- is possible.

Keywords: krishnamurti; theosophy; theosophical society; conditioning; insight; leadbeater, C.W.L; olcott, colonel H.S; Blavatsky, Helena Petrovna; Besant, Annie; Lutyens, Mary; awareness, choiceless; Maitreya, lord; Jagadguru

Chapter.  14420 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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