Gurdjieff International Review
John G. Bennett
George Bennett (John Bennetts son) recounts the different influences that shaped his fathers search. He recognizes the life-long impact Ouspensky and particularly Gurdjieff had on John Bennett and describes how Gurdjieffs influence shaped the groups Bennett led during the last twenty-five years of his life.
Bennetts study was first published in Riders Review (Autumn 1950), London, and is reprinted here with the kind permission of Bennett Books. Bennett grapples with the contradiction of trying to elucidate a book that defies verbal analysis and concludes that Beelzebubs Tales is an epoch-making work that represents the first new mythology in 4000 years. He finds in Gurdjieffs ideas regarding time, Gods purpose in creating the universe, conscience, and the suffering of God, a synthesis transcending Eastern and Western doctrines about humanitys place in the cosmos.
John G. Bennett describes the “Temple Dances” Gurdjieff was teaching his pupils in Constantinople in 1920 and at the Prieuré in 1923.
A distinction of the Bennett lineage of the Gurdjieff Work has been its Practicum trainings in which numbers of people live and work together for a definite time. John Amaral interviews George Bennett and Elan Sicroff to discuss the history, features and effectiveness of these Courses. The aims and format of the trainings are revealing and useful for understanding J.G. Bennett’s presentation of Gurdjieff’s teaching.
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