Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts

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This title offers clear definitions of Gurdjieff's teaching terms, placing him within the political, geographical and cultural context of his time. Entries look at diverse aspects of his work, including: possible sources in religious, theosophical, occult, esoteric and literary traditions; the integral relationships between different aspects of the teaching; its internal contradictions and subversive aspects; the derivation of Gurdjieff's cosmological laws and Ennegram; and the receptive form of "new work" teaching introduced by Jeanne de Salzmann. An accessible and cross-referenced A-Z guidebook, this is a useful companion for both the newcomer and those more versed in Gurdjieff's thought and teachings.
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'Sophia Wellbeloved's Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts is an essential guide for students of Gurdjieff. It will also be of serious interest to students and scholars of all the Western transformational traditions. This book breaks new ground and further serious analysis of Gurdjieff's contribution to the Western cultural trajectory cannot be far in the future.' - Lynn Quirolo, Stopinder: A Gurdjieff Journal For Our TIme

'This book would be an essential addition to any library maintaining an intrest in esoteric traditions or contemporary alternative spirituality.' - Kevin Tingay, Journal of Theosophical History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415248976
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Series: Routledge Key Guides Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts include listings on:
Accumulator, Allegory/analogy, Aphorisms/sayings, Buffers, Conscious shock, Cosmology, Death/rebirth, Dervishes, Egoism/Egoist, Evolution/Involution, False personality, Fourth Way, Gnosticism, Gurdjieff Society, Hermeticism, Inner animal, Intentional suffering, Justice, Knowledge, Life is Real Only Then When 'I Am', Lunatic/tramp, Magnetic Centre, Music, Narcotics, New Work, Oral Tradition/Oral Transmission, Outings, Posture, Purgatory, Quotation Marks, Relativity, River of Life, Sincerity, Sufi/Sufism, Theosophical addition, Time/the Eternal, Unity, Vampirism, Writings and Zodiac
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