Gurdjieff Reconsidered

The Life, the Teachings, the Legacy

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Roger Lipsey
  • Boulder, CO: 
    Shambhala Publications, Inc.
    , February
     384 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Christian Giudice forthcoming.


Greek-Armenian teacher, author, choreographer, and enlightened provocateur G.I. Gurdjieff (1866–1949) was one of the most original spiritual teachers of the modern West. He developed relationships with a range of significant artists and thinkers, including architect Frank Lloyd Wright and writer Katherine Mansfield, and profoundly influenced hundreds of students. Yet due to venomous, uninformed attacks, mostly after his death, he has long been dismissed as a charlatan by the intellectual mainstream. Published on the seventieth anniversary of Gurdjieff’s death, Gurdjieff Reconsidered sets the record straight on this important figure, producing a portrait of Gurdjieff as a humane presence, a sophisticated thinker, and a genuine mystic. Using a wide range of published and unpublished sources, acclaimed writer Roger Lipsey explores Gurdjieff’s formative travels in Central Asia, his famed teaching institution in France, the development of the Gurdjieff dances and music, and, above all, Gurdjieff’s fascinating, continuous evolution as a teacher.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Roger Lipsey is a biographer, art historian, translator, and, for many decades, a participant in the Gurdjieff teaching. Among his recent books is Hammarskjöld: A Life, which has been hailed as the definitive biography of Dag Hammarskjöld.

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