Welcome the the Gurdjieff Society of Washington Meet-Up Page. We host introductory events to discuss the spiritual practice and inner work of the Gurdjieff teaching, including sitting meditation, working with attention and exploring the ideas of the Gurdjieff work.
The Society may be contacted on 301-589-5022 or through www.gswdc.org/
The Gurdjieff Society of Washington DC was founded in 1949 by longtime students, and works with the Gurdjieff Foundation of New York and other Gurdjieff Foundations around the world. We maintain a living connection to the work brought by Mr. Gurdjieff.
The Work is a living oral teaching based on traditional methods of inner work shared in a group setting. It consists of meetings, the study of ideas, music, the movements, inner exercises, crafts, and practical work together. Its aim is fully balanced self development.
George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff was born in 1866 in the area of the "Silk Road", a meeting place of cultures and traditions, in what is now western Turkey. He was deeply drawn to conduct a long spiritual search in remote parts of central Asia. After visiting monasteries, dervish groups and traditional teachers, he discovered a teaching belonging to what he called Ancient Knowledge. After testing it thoroughly, he spent the rest of his life sharing that teaching with the west. He opened branches of his institute in several cities and in 1922 opened the "Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man" near Paris. He traveled to America a number of times and continued teaching until his death in 1949.
The Gurdjieff Society is dedicated to providing interested people in the greater Washington area with the opportunity for direct contact with the Gurdjieff teaching. The Society may be contacted on 301-589-5022 or through www.gswdc.org/
"We are in a group because we need help to find a quality in ourselves, a state in which we can experience something real. We need higher influences that are inaccessible when we work alone with our ordinary means. Without the group we cannot come to the necessary intensity. The group can be a conduit for higher influences, ideas from a higher level of life. But we must be wholly present. We receive these ideas in the exact measure that we are present."
Madame Jeanne de Salzmann, "The Reality of Being"
"There do exist inquiring 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. For without this knowledge, he will have no focal point in his search. Socrates’ words, “Know thyself” remain for all those who seek true knowledge and being."
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