Ben Bennett Presentation: All & Everything Conference 2019

“To know means to know all. Not to know all means not to know. It is possible to know all, and, indeed, to know all it is needful to know very little. But in order to know this very little, it is necessary first to know pretty much.” (Bennett, “Dramatic Universe” Vol. 1, quoting Ouspensky, quoting Gurdjieff) Download the presentation using the link below: Article April 2019-3

Gurdjieff: Making a New World, Appendix II; The Great Laws

Appendix IIThe Great Laws           Ben Bennett, with the assistance of Victor McSurely have made a recorded reading of “Appendix II – The Great Laws” Here is the link to the audio recording: You can download the audio file and download the text ,using the link above and below. Read along! “Our customary way of thinking and talking about the world is in terms of objects and events, both of which are abstractions. Gurdjieff saw the world as the universal process of transformation of energies, regulated by two fundamental laws and various ‘second-grade’ laws arising from their interaction. […]

New Edition of The Masters of Wisdom

THE MASTERS OF WISDOMJ.G. Bennett In 1961, John Bennett travelled to Kathmandu to meet the 135-year-old sage known as the Shivapuri Baba, and the following year he made a second nine months before the old man’s final departure. At the conclusion of the second visit, the Shivapuri Baba reportedly said to him: “When you come to that Realization you will know God and enter into God and be one with God…. You will come to that before you die – that I can promise you.” Bennett goes on to write that “such a conversation could not fail to have a […]

Presentations from Accessing the Dramatic Universe Conference 2011

We are pleased to announce we have uploaded 4 presentations from the “Accessing The Dramatic Universe” conference in 2011. Henri Bortoft Anthony ‘Tony’ Hodgson Ben Bennett Hajah Tetley You can listen to the presentations below in whole, or you may download them for a *small fee of $1.00, which helps with our storage and website fees. The link for download is found here: Download Presentations  *consider it a donation towards our work at the foundation.   Henri Bortoft’s presentation Part 1 Part 2 Henri Bortoft wrote to us in an email: I would like to give a talk on “Hyparxis […]

J.G. Bennett ~ 120th Anniversary ~ June 8, 1897

The picture of JGB with his hand under his chin always makes me smile, as I remember where and when it was taken. Hodder & Stoughton the publishers wanted a dust jacket portrait for Vol. 3 of Dramatic Universe, but we were in North Wales for the summer in 1965, so JGB went to a High Street photography shop in Pwllheli. I think the result is a very honest picture, as the photographer knew nothing at all about his subject and just made a straight studio portrait. Today is the 120th anniversary of JGBs birth. I remembered recently that he […]

Gurdjieff: Making a New World ~ 2016

Gurdjieff: Making a New World ~ 2016 Introduction: Ben Bennett, July 2016 I am not going to include this article in any JGB publication as it represents no more than my own thoughts after working carefully through his book over the past three months. When Bennett began work on this book, he was deeply involved with the work of his friend and mentor Hasan Shushud. Through Shushud’s books and from discussions and correspondence with him, Bennett developed an absorbing interest in the work of the Khwajagan masters of the 11th -14th centuries in Central Asia. In 1972 he began work on a projected […]

MULLA NASSR EDDIN – In Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, Ben Bennett

April 2016  After years of hearing about the A & E conference, and hearing about how dry it usually was, and how academic, I happened to meet John Amaral, and he mentioned that he was organizing the next one, and would I consider presenting something? In response, I asked him whose name appeared in Beelzebub more than any other? Of course he could not answer me right off, but it is not a trick question; aside from the three interlocutors – Beelzebub, Hassein and Ahoon – the name which appears most often – and also in the second and third […]

Bennett and Higher Worlds

J.G. BENNETT AND HIGHER WORLDS Ben Bennett   John Bennett is known as a transmitter of Gurdjieff’s teachings, as a pioneer of coal research, mathematician, linguist; as a seeker of wisdom, as a maverick risk-taking adventurer. But in his last years with students at the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne, Gloucestershire, he showed that he was first and foremost as a teacher of experimental thinking. Bennett pointed out that certain words and notions in common use – as for example: God, Love, Faith, Will, Consciousness, Reality – can in actuality neither be expressed in words nor even comprehended […]

Newsletter Article by: Ben Bennett

I was struck by a statement Mr. Bennett made in “Gurdjieff: Making a New World” (Chapter 3): “I think Gurdjieff uses the story of Ashiata Shiemash not only to underline the central significance of conscience in his message to humanity, but also to suggest that he has no confidence in any kind of occult ‘action at a distance’.  People are to be helped by actions that they can understand and, in due course, produce for themselves.”   The phrase “occult action at a distance” particularly reminded me of the statement in Third Series, Prologue, which definitely seems to describe “occult action […]