Date & Time
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
with the participation of John A. Watts, pianist performing the music of Gurdjieff / de Hartmann
Among many ideas introduced or renewed by Gurdjieff (1866 – 1949), none has more inspirational power and beauty than his understanding of “being.” It is as if he drew out of the deep past, and out of the deep subconscious we all share, a human fact of central importance. At the institute Gurdjieff founded near Paris in the 1920s, he reminded his students that “here there are neither Russians nor English, Jews nor Christians, but only those who pursue one aim—to be able to be.” What does this mean?
In the morning we look at Gurdjieff’s understanding of being, explore the promise of being in our lives—and listen to music composed by Gurdjieff in the 1920s, in collaboration with the exquisitely trained Russian composer Thomas de Hartmann (1885 – 1956). It speaks the language of being. The last half-hour of the morning session will experimentally derive some of the key ideas and attitudes of the Gurdjieff teaching from the music.
Note: Signed copies of Gurdjieff Reconsidered will be available for purchase.
A Half-Day Workshop
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Members $35/ Nonmembers $45
Additional Class with Roger Lipsey:
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
G. I. Gurdjieff on Religion and Faith
Combo price for both half-day workshop:
Members $70/ Nonmembers $90
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New York Open Center
Dr. Roger Lipsey is the author of numerous books: the Gurdjieff book that brings us together, a major biography of Dag Hammarskjöld, a biographical study of Thomas Merton’s difficult relation with his abbot, and a study of Merton’s visual art (Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton). Sponsored by the United Nations System Staff College and other organizations, Roger speaks in many parts of the world about the Hammarskjöld legacy, which unites realistic politics with spiritual values.
John Allen Watts, composer and pianist, has devoted much of his life to composing and performing in a broad range of musical genres. His interest in the Gurdjieff/de Hartmann music has led to public presentations in Armenia, the Republic of Georgia, the Dominican Republic, and in the New York community.