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About the Gurdjieff teaching

In 1912, G.I. Gurdjieff appeared in Moscow when he introduced the ideas and practices that have become known as the Work. In 1922, he began his work in France and made several trips to America. He continued working with followers old and new until his death in 1949.

His book, Meetings with Remarkable Men, gives an account of his childhood and early search, while Ouspensky's In Search of the Miraculous gives a reliable account of the early years in Moscow and beyond.

He claimed that the teachings he brought to the West from his own experiences and early travels expressed the truth found in ancient religions and wisdom teachings relating to self-awareness in people's daily lives and humanity's place in the universe.

His teaching is essentially an oral tradition, transmitted under special conditions from person to person.

The basic structure of our practice in Sydney are the small groups that meet weekly to deepen their understanding of these ideas through practical exercises in daily life. The guidance of more experienced people is invaluable on this journey.

More information about the ideas and practices of the teaching can be found in the books listed in the Resources section.

July 2009

A long and diffcult journey is before you. Remember where you are and why you are here. Do not protect yourselves and remember that no effort is made in vain. And now you can set out on the way. —Gurdjieff

Only he will be called and will become the Son of God who aquires in himself conscience. —Gurdjieff

Remember yourself always and everywhere.

Only conscious suffering has any sense.

It is better to be temporarily an egoist than never to be just.

Practice love first on animals, they are more sensitive.

Only help him who is not an idler.

Respect every religion.

I love him who loves work.

We can only strive to be able to be Christians.

Don't judge a man by the tales of others.

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P.O. Box 338, Waverley
NSW 2024

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