Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts is an affiliate of the Gurdjieff
Foundation of New York.
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.
Fall 2015 Series
Introduction to the Ideas and
Practice of the Gurdjieff Teaching
Presented by experienced members of the Society,
followed by questions
Topic for Sunday December 13, 4:00pm
The Seeker: An exploration in light of the Gurdjieff teaching
with Roger Lipsey
Spirituality in our time is often spoken
of as a search. Not a finished body of knowledge or faith in which you
come to rest, but a dynamic movement engaging the whole person. Endless
in the best sense: ceaselessly promising, open to new and fundamental
discoveries. The seed knows nothing of the tree inscribed in its
tissues. Nonetheless it is confident.
What are the working attitudes and resources of the seeker? What
misunderstandings and illusions denature the search if they escape
attention? What kinds of maps does the seeker need, and what
companions? What is the role of the elder whose words and presence may
mean more day to day than a traditional map? When is it time to set
maps aside for the most part and accept that there is uncharted
territory asking for everything one has?
A persistent, resourceful seeker may in time become . . . an expert. Is
that desirable? Do a seeker’s years of sustained concern lead to a
finished body of knowledge or faith that may represent, unrecognized,
the last and most binding trap? Is it possible to know enough to
advance with confidence, yet acknowledge how little one knows?
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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'.