Gurdjieff Reconsidered

The Life, the Teachings, the Legacy
By Roger Lipsey
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Shambhala Publications
Pages: 384
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781611804515
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Greek-Armenian teacher, author, choreographer, and enlightened provocateur G. I. Gurdjieff (1866–1949) was one of the most original spiritual teachers of the modern West. He developed relationships with a range of significant artists and thinkers, including architect Frank Lloyd Wright and writer Katherine Mansfield, and profoundly influenced hundreds of students. Yet due to venomous, uninformed attacks, mostly after his death, he has long been dismissed as a charlatan by the intellectual mainstream. Published on the seventieth anniversary of Gurdjieff's death, Gurdjieff Reconsidered sets the record straight on this important figure, producing a portrait of Gurdjieff as a humane presence, a sophisticated thinker, and a genuine mystic. Using a wide range of published and unpublished sources, acclaimed writer Roger Lipsey explores Gurdjieff's formative travels in Central Asia, his famed teaching institution in France, the development of the Gurdjieff dances and music, and, above all, Gurdjieff's fascinating, continuous evolution as a teacher.
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"This work is exceptionally well written, limpid in style, terse in expression, and clear in sense. It is more than an excellent introduction to Gurdjieff for readers who know little of him or his work; it is, in effect, Gurdjieff considered as well as reconsidered." —Paul Beekman Taylor, author of The Philosophy of G. I. Gurdjieff

"If Gurdjieff were shown this work, he probably wouldn't say, as for P. D. Ouspensky, 'Good Journalist!' but rather, 'Aah . . . objective thinking!' Or simply, 'Bravo!' More than a reconsideration, this book is a welcome reboot that renews one's vision of Gurdjieff. The stroke of genius is to summon the examples of Pythagoras and Diogenes to clarify the roots and force of the man and his teachings." —Alexandre de Salzmann, vice president, Institut G. I. Gurdjieff, Paris

"Tremendously literate, with a sweeping breadth of knowledge of the Western intellectual tradition. Roger Lipsey is supremely the man for the job." —Cynthia Bourgeault, author of The Heart of Centering Prayer

"More than Gurdjieff reconsidered, this book is Gurdjieff rediscovered. Behind us are the rumors, shadows, circular repetitions of vague and undocumented criticism. We discover a man of infinite humanity. Gurdjieff was in advance of his time. His extremely innovative thinking, his all-embracing spiritual teaching, his music and Movements are pure gold and pure light for our troubled times." —Basarab Nicolescu, author of From Modernity to Cosmodernity

"Lipsey's careful and insightful account of the various periods of Gurdjieff's teaching, beautifully framed by avoiding 'explanations' of his ideas, enables him to bring home to the reader the living, passionate, and grounded man himself. Lipsey's humanity and wide perspective lead him to situate Gurdjieff in the company of many humane revolutionaries, ancient and modern. An exemplary contribution to the conversation." —A. G. E. Blake, author of The Intelligent Enneagram

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