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The Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts

The 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

 

Spring 2017 Series of Talks

 

Introduction to the Ideas and Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society,
followed by questions and discussion


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 spiritual search.

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.

We welcome your attendance and your questions.
 

Our talks are held at
First Parish Church of Cambridge
3 Church Street, Cambridge, MA
Harvard Square T-stop



























































 

Have questions?  Want to receive updates on future events?  Are you are interested in joining the Society?  Please contact us at info@gurdjieffsocietymass.org, or click here to fill out our contact form.

 

 

The 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'.

G. I. Gurdjieff