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Education Concerning the Work Teachings of G. I. Gurdjieff,
P. D. Ouspensky, Maurice Nicoll, MD, and Others
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Born in 1878 in Moscow, Russia, P.
D. Ouspensky was already a well-known mathematician, author, and journalist
before becoming a pupil of G.
I. Gurdjieff in 1915 in Tsarist, and later revolutionary, Russia. He
put the system into what was then (early 20th century) contemporary Russian
language and organized the fragments of knowledge into a form suitable
for the Western mind. Later, P. D. Ouspensky founded The Society for
the Study of Normal Man, and its publishing arm the Historico-Psychological
Society, in London, England, and in Lyne Place near Virginia Water,
where, except for the years of the Second World War when he was in the
United States at Franklin Farms, he taught from the 1920s until his death
A clear introduction to the ideas of the Work can be found in his
works In Search of the Miraculous, Fragments of an Unknown Teaching
and his The Psychology of Man's Possible Evolution (both published
He also wrote many other important works, among them Tertium
Organum, A Key to the Enigmas of the World, Strange Life of Ivan
Osokin, his only novel, A New Model of the Universe, Principles
of the Psychological Method in its Application to Problems of Science,
Religion, and Art, and Talks with a Devil, a series of short
Several other books, compiled by his students and others from notes
of his meetings with his students in London and elsewhere, were published
posthumously. Among them are: The Fourth Way, A Record of Talks and
Answers to Questions based on the Teaching of G. I. Gurdjieff, A
Further Record, A Record of Meetings, Conscience: The Search
for Truth, and Letters from Russia 1919.
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