Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts is an affiliate of the Gurdjieff
Foundation of New York and meets in the Boston/Cambridge area. The Society is nonsectarian and nondenominational,
and its membership is
composed of individuals from a wide variety of personal, ethnic, and
professional backgrounds. The aims
of the Society are
preserve the ideas and methods of the noted spiritual teacher George
explore what their practice requires in today's world,
maintain a community of seekers that welcomes new members who share
these interests, and
contribute to society's understanding of the human condition, both the
great promise and the great peril.
Spring 2017 Series
Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society,
followed by questions
Next talk: Wednesday, May 10, 7:30pm
Living in Two Cultures: The Conditions of Inner Work
We all find ourselves
immersed in contemporary culture and subject to its many influences.
One's working day, one's home life and recreational life all unfold
under the spell of our current time. What are some of the visible signs
of these influences at work? Noise. Hurry. Marketing.
Distraction. Are these some of the "abnormal conditions of
being-existence which they themselves created" which Gurdjieff
repeatedly mentions in Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson?
These conditions are a seamless medium within which we are held
captive. Involvement in a living teaching offers the chance to place
oneself temporarily under influences of a different order. Quiet.
Deliberate movement. Thoughtfulness. Learning to work on oneself
requires circumstances outside the bounds of everyday culture.
One then returns to one's daily life better prepared to live with a
measure of independence, an independence which is essential to ongoing
A panel of four from the Gurdjieff Society will speak together about
the experience of living simultaneously in two cultures, our common
contemporary culture, and the timeless culture of an oral teaching.
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evolution of man is the evolution of
his consciousness. And
'consciousness' cannot evolve unconsciously. The evolution of man is the evolution of his
will, and 'will' cannot evolve involuntarily. The evolution of man is the evolution of
his power of doing, and 'doing' cannot be the result of things which 'happen'.