“Sensation – What is it?”

The Claymont Society will be hosting a Fourth Way Work Event on September 23- 25 at the Claymont Mansion Charles Town, West Virginia USA Work Weekend September 23-25, 2016 Sensation – What is it?   One has to dig fairly deeply into most other spiritual disciplines before finding anything that resembles what those of us in the Gurdjieff tradition refer to as “sensation”. What is sensation and why do we make so much of it? Isn’t observation of oneself enough? And if I am honest with myself is it really even possible to have sensation while moving, talking, thinking and just […]

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 […]

Studying Being through Gurdjieff Movements

Studying Being through Movement  with teachers Nella Liska, Walter Goodwin, Jerry Toporovsky September 14-18, 2016, from Wednesday evening through Sunday lunch. in Garrison, NY   This retreat is an opportunity to work with two of the more experienced movements teachers; Nella Liska, one of the most mature and experienced movements teacher from the Gurdjieff Foundation line, and Walter Goodwin the same from the JG Bennett line of the work. This event will take place at the beautiful Garrison Institute in upstate New York, not far from New York City. There will be three classes of movements a day. The first day and a half of […]

THE THEMATIC TECHNIQUE

When Mr. Bennett began working with themes at Sherborne House he gave the introduction reproduced below. Reading the presentation and discussion of themes, without having worked on them oneself, can create the illusion of understanding. It is important that the reader should try to grasp and take seriously what Mr. Bennett says about the thematic technique. “The technique of theme consists in this: in persistently and with great determination occupying one’s mind with a specific clear notion so that one can penetrate into it in depth. There are various techniques that involve this persistent directing of the mental attention towards […]

Conscience by George Bennett – July 28, 1988

Conscience by George Bennett – July 28, 1988  ©George Bennett 2016This talk and discussion took place on July 28, 1988, as part of the Annual Eight-Day Seminar held in Cave Junction, Oregon. The seminar was sponsored by the Pacific Institute for the Study of the Humanities. (Published in Impressions, Summer 1989) George Cornelius has proposed as the theme for this seminar “Maintaining My Vessel.” Tonight I want to ask the question, “For what?” Or even more strongly, “So what?” What do we think this Work is for? What difference does it make? Does it matter if I acquire higher being […]

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 […]

The Last Supper ~ 27th JUNE 1949; Special Lecture

*some pages are missing from the original document  I said I would give a lecture on the Last Supper, because Mr. Gurdjieff had told me to give such a lecture, and I said I would give it to those people who had tried themselves as well as they could to understand this event. As it turns out very few people, perhaps four or five, have made anything like a serious study of this question, and so I had the alternative either of not giving the lecture at all, or of giving it to those people who at least showed that […]

“Conscience”

Conscience”Conscience “January 26, 2015 There have been several versions of this transcript over the past 40 years, and a shortened version has been published in the most recent issue of “Parabola” magazine. Here is the full transcript of all three sessions. CONSCIENCE J.G. Bennett, Sherborne House Foreword: In the Fall of 1971, John Bennett inaugurated the International Academy for Continuous Education at Sherborne House, Gloucestershire, England. From that time until his death three and half years later, he worked with groups of up to 90 students who enrolled for ten month courses, in a residential school environment. The organization and […]

Camp Caravan Summer Seminar ~ June 24 – July 3, 2016

June 24–July 3, 2016 Camp Caravan Summer SeminarCamp Caravan Summer Seminar 2016 Why are we here? Contact:   Camp Caravan Summer Programs or call the Registrar at 978-939-8616 June 24–July 3, 2016Royalston, Massachusetts, USA Who sends the mind to wander afar?Who first drives life to start on its journey? Who impels us to utter these words?~~~Upanishads When we begin to question, especially ourselves, we challenge the prison of comfort and habit that keeps us asleep, that keeps us from seeing the predicament we are in. Bring questions, questions that arise from your search. Beginning with dinner on Friday, June 24th, and ending […]

GURDJIEFF MOVEMENTS INTENSIVE in SOUTH KOREA ~ August 9th to August 15th, 2016

Led by AVROM ALTMAN & DEBORAH ROSE LONGO with MELANIE MONSOUR on the piano August 9th to August 15th, 2016Name of Venue: Jirisan-Duremaeul Location: Hamyang-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea Please contact:EILEEN (HYUN JUNG KIM) at [email protected] Avrom Altman has taught the Gurdjieff Movements for more than 40 years. He studied with Gurdjieff’s students John Bennett, Pierre Elliot, Vivien Elliot, and Anna Durco at Sherborne 1972-1973; led Gurdjieff groups from 1973-1979; and lived at Claymont from 1979-1989 where he was Head Gardener, Director of Studies of the four- and ten-month Residential Courses, taught the Gurdjieff Movements, and served as President.Avrom attended Dr. […]

Istanbul 1972 Hasan Shushud and Sheik Muzaffer Ozak

  HASAN SHUSHUD (1901-1988)   click the link for more informationHASAN SHUSHUD (1901-1988)Bennett met Hasan Shushud, a Turk, in Istanbul on his return from India after his second and final meeting with the Shivapuri Baba in 1963. Shushud is an enigmatic figure who created very little stir during his lifetime. He had entered the Sufi path in his teen years, learned French and German and later worked as a school-teacher. He later worked in a bank and eventually became the private secretary to the Turkish Finance minister. He retired at the age of 50 and devoted his later life to studying, writing and teaching individuals and […]

LECTURE/RECITAL: THOMAS DE HARTMANN, COMPOSER: AN UNTOLD STORY WITH PIANIST ELAN SICROFF AND VIOLINIST KATHARINA NAOMI PAUL

Friday March 4, 2016 7:30 p.m.Lecture Recital at the Warwick Town Hall, Warwick, MAPresented by Elan Sicroff, pianistThomas de Hartmann, Composer (1885-1956)AN UNTOLD STORYMeet violinist Katharina Naomi Paul, and Elan Sicroff on their U.S. lecture tour from GermanyTalk on deHartmann’s life, ideas, and music Solo piano performanceSonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 51, performed by Katharina Naomi Paul and Elan SicroffPreview photographs and sound files from the seven-CD set due for release in May, 2016The Thomas de Hartmann Project: Music for Piano, Voice, and Chamber EnsembleDonation $10 Tuesday, March 8, 20164:30 pmA lecture recital with Power Point presentation by pianist Elan […]