Henri Tracol

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Henri Tracol


Former journalist, photographer and sculptor, Henri Tracol was also a close pupil of Gurdjieff for ten years. As a leading exponent of the Gurdjieff teaching, he was President of the Gurdjieff Institute in France.

Henri Tracol - by four of his pupils

A native of France, Henri Tracol met Gurdjieff in 1938. He worked as a journalist, photographer, sculptor, and was at one time employed by the Musée de l’Homme in Paris. He visited London and the US frequently and served as President of the Gurdjieff Institute in Paris.

Let Us Not Conclude

Tracol characterizes what is essential in the Gurdjieff teaching as a call to “place myself interiorly in relation to what presents itself from the outside.” He emphasizes that this teaching guards against dependence on credulity, dogma and subjectivity.

Henri Tracol: The Study of Other Traditions

It was Henri Tracol’s very great wish that the study of other traditions be kept alive in England and in other centers of Gurdjieff’s teaching. Thanks to his influence several study groups are still engaged in this work.

The Power of Attention

“Attention creates the power of relation. I relate myself to the world, to others, to the work, and to my manifestations, through attention. I relate myself to myself through my attention.”

Study and Research Center for the Knowledge of Man

Rich in content and elegantly presented, this French website describes the current and past work of the Study and Research Center that Henri Tracol created in Gordes in 1964.

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