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The Gurdjieff Society of Massachusetts

The 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


Fall 2015 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

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? Freshness.

Let us explore.

The next talk will be on Wednesday February 10

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


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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