1. The Gurdjieff Teaching

The Work is the name given to the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff. The teachings have been created to assist the development of being; — the development of consciousness and authentic conscience. Deeply rooted in ancient sources and fundamental energies, and transmitted in a form accessible to modern times, they are a means to foster the inner growth and eventual transformation of men and women living in today’s world.

2. Man’s Possibilities

“Man’s possibilities are very great.  You cannot even conceive a shadow of what man is capable of attaining. But nothing can be attained in sleep.  In the consciousness of a sleeping man his illusions, his ‘dreams’ are mixed with reality. He lives in a subjective world and he can never escape from it.  And this is the reason why he can never make use of all the powers he possesses and why he lives in only a small part of himself.” — G.I. Gurdjieff

3. The First Problem

“There do exist enquiring minds, which long for the truth of the heart, seek it, strive to solve the problems set by life, try to penetrate to the essence of things and phenomena and to penetrate into themselves.  If a man reasons and thinks soundly, no matter which path he follows in solving these problems, he must inevitably arrive back at himself, and begin with the solution of the problem of what he is himself and what his place is in the world around him”  — G. I. Gurdjieff

4. The Unchanging Source

“It is in my essence that I will be reunited with the one who sees. There, I would be at the source of something unique and stable, at the source of that which does not change.”     — Jeanne de Salzmann

5. Everything We Need

“Everything we need is here in us. Everything for fuller being. There is a kind of sacred descent of attention that can bring this about. Seeing the obstacles, thoughts, feelings, yes, perhaps a pressure that keeps me from it. But if I can relax inside, just allow the pure attention to flow in, be in that. Very natural. It’s what we are.”     — Michel de Salzmann
Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

Life is so full, the wonder of creation is all about us. We have our relationships, our hobbies and interests, our jobs, wonderful art, culture, music, warm support of our friends and families, material...
Group Meetings

Group Meetings

Gurdjieff taught that alone, an individual can do nothing. In group meetings, students regularly come together to participate in a collective atmosphere that is meant to function as a principal means for the...
Movements – Sacred Dances

Movements – Sacred Dances

The work of Movements provides special conditions that enable us to understand, through experience, certain aspects of the teaching that would otherwise not be so accessible. The first aspect has to do with...
Music

Music

The following writings provide insight into the importance of the Gurdjieff music as a major component of the teaching. The first is taken from an article titled “Gurdjieff and Music” and the...
Quiet Work

Quiet Work

The practice of sitting, or quiet work, is difficult to characterize apart from observing that, in accordance with the overall aim of the work, it is not a “form” in and of itself, but is fundamentally a...
Work Together

Work Together

The following short essay gives a flavor of the practice of working together in teams. Teamwork may take place in the kitchen, in construction, in outdoor tasks, or working in arts and crafts. We come...
Work in Life

Work in Life

To be able to work in life in the full sense would be considered a very high achievement. The struggle to be “present” in everyday life constitutes a major aspect of Gurdjieff ’s teaching, a struggle which...
The Gurdjieff Foundation

The Gurdjieff Foundation

Before his death in 1949, Gurdjieff entrusted the task of transmitting the teaching to his chief pupil, Jeanne de Salzmann, and a small circle of other pupils in France, England, and America who acknowledged...
Resources

Resources

The Gurdjieff Foundation The most comprehensive directory of websites and contact information for the Gurdjieff Foundations throughout the world may, at present, be accessed on the website of The Gurdjieff...
Resources