A not-for-profit educational foundation, formed by Missouri residents interested in the study and practical application of the ideas brought by G.I. Gurdjieff. The group is located in Saint Louis, Missouri.
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G.I. Gurdjieff was born in Alexandropol, close to the frontiers of Russia and Turkey, circa 1866. Finding that neither science nor religion answered his questions about the meaning of man’s life, he became convinced that an ancient knowledge must exist and could still be found on Earth. After twenty years of search in remote parts of Central Asia and the Near East, he returned to Russia in 1912. Settling near Paris in 1922, he established the Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man at Fontainebleau. In 1924, he made the first of a series of visits to America. In 1929, he moved from Fontainebleau to Paris where he continued writing and working with a small number of students until his death in 1949.
“Clearly, Gurdjieff did not invent a ‘philosophy’ of his own in order to create a sensation; nevertheless, his teaching is astonishing. While springing from the deepest sources of traditional thought, it brings in fact an illumination, a form, and a language which cannot be found elsewhere.”
–Michel de Salzmann
“Mr. Gurdjieff wished — perhaps it was his higher task — to bring to life in ordinary man ‘something’ of which man has hitherto been unaware….Only after all these years do I begin to understand what his Work as a whole meant, and what an enormous effort he had to make to instill in us the germ of a new understanding and a new approach to life.”
— Thomas de Hartman
- All and Everything: Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson
- Meetings with Remarkable Men
- Views from the Real World: Early Talks in Moscow, Essentuki, Tiflis, Berlin, London, Paris, New York and Chicago, as Recollected by His Pupils
- In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching. P.D. Ouspensky
- The Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution. P.D. Ouspensky
- Toward Awakening: An Approach to the Teaching Left by Gurdjieff. Jean Vaysse
- The Real Question Remains; A Living Call. Henri Tracol
- Our Life With Mr. Gurdjieff. Thomas and Olga de Hartmann
- Gurdjieff: Essays and Reflections on the Man and His Teaching. Jacob Needleman and George Baker (ed.)
- Exchanges Within: Questions from Everyday Life Selected from Gurdjieff Group Meetings with John Pentland in California
- Introduction to the Gurdjieff Work. Jacob Needleman
- Introductions to the Ideas of G.I. Gurdjieff
- The Present Life: A Dialogue with Pauline de Dampierre – Far West Editions.
- Seeing is an Act, by Jeanne de Salzmann – Parabola Magazine
- An Intelligence That Bypasses Thought – Parabola Magazine
Affiliated with: The Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.