Date & Time
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
with the participation of pianist John A. Watts performing the music of Gurdjieff / de Hartmann
“Only he who has succeeded,” Gurdjieff once said, “by persistent and conscious efforts in freeing himself from the chaos resulting from his own lack of consciousness can be aware of what religion really means.” His teaching can be understood as a guide from that chaos to understanding. He was hard on those who derive from their religious faith what he called self-calming or vehement certainty. Faith, hope, and love—yes, but he viewed them as weakened in our time. Something else is first needed before they can become real again.
Yet in his writings, in his music, and in the sacred dances or Movements he composed, there is powerful religious feeling. His critique of religion as commonly lived and understood was the preface to a new authenticity, a new way of living religion and faith. This afternoon we read between the lines of his teaching and look into bright, often overlooked spaces, for new insights into religious life and faith. The last half-hour of the afternoon session will experimentally derive some of the key ideas and attitudes of the Gurdjieff teaching from the music, including the majestic “Initiation of the Priestess”.
Note: Signed copies of Gurdjieff Reconsidered will be available for purchase.
A Half-Day Workshop
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Members $40/ Nonmembers $50
Additional Class with Roger Lipsey:
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
G. I. Gurdjieff on Being
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.