Open Gurdjieff workshops by Alan FrancisMarch 2017 - April 2017
Open meeting of the Gurdjieff Moscow group, with Alan Francis taking partMarch 29th, 2017
Paul Beekman Taylor was born in London, lived at the Prieuré with Gurdjieff, and studied with him from 1948-1949. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1954, a Master of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1958, and received his Ph. D. from Brown University in 1961. He was a Fulbright Scholar and then a Fulbright Lecturer before becoming a Professor of Medieval English Languages and Literatures at the University of Geneva. He is also a member of the Planning Committee and Advisory Board fo the All & Everything Conference held once a year in Brighton, England.
Of Shadows of Heaven he writes: "I am what in French would be called an insérend; witness, narrator and occasional participant in their stories."
From essay “What did Gurdjieff give to me? What did he ask of me? “:
Gurdjieff made me acutely aware of my multiple identities before him. Whatever I said to him raised the question in his eyes: “Do you know who is saying these words?” Doubt yourself, he taught, and whenever I feel that emotions are governing my actions, I need to question what center in me is in control.
One can learn more from pain than from pleasure.
Education is a factory turning out servants for a social system, when it should be, as it once was, an avenue toward a realization of self.
Links to the selections from his books: