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Gurdjieff's Mission

William Patterson

GurdjieffLegacy.Org - Trailer for The Life & Significance of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Part II — Gurdjieff's Mission: Introducing The Teaching to the West, 1912--1924. Shot on site in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Constantinople, London, Fontainebleau-en-Avon, New York and Lascaux, this documentary video—narrated by William Patrick Patterson and based on his book Struggle of the Magicians—retraces Gurdjieff's mission to introduce the teaching to the West. P.D. Ouspensky's and J.G. Bennett's enigmatic relationship with Gurdjieff are explored. Particularly stressed are the "St. Petersburg Conditions" and Gurdjieff's technique of "divine acting." The video vividly demonstrates Gurdjieff's warning to America of the rise and challenge of the East with footage recalling the 9/11 attack and its aftermath.

William Patrick Patterson, a leading international exponent and teacher of The Fourth Way is the founder/director of The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation and has led groups, as well as given seminars and talks throughout the United States for many years. He has written nine books on the teaching and directed, written and narrated the award-winning video trilogy The Life & Significance of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff, Introduction To Gurdjieff's Fourth Way: From Selves To Individual Self To The Self and the just released Spiritual Pilgrimage – Mr. Gurdjieff’s Father’s Grave. He is also the founder/editor of The Gurdjieff Journal (est. 1992), the first domestic and international Fourth Way journal.

If you are interested in Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way Teaching or have questions please contact us. Come experience the Teaching firsthand at a public seminar or event. For a listing of current events visit For those not in a geographical area where The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation groups exist, the Online Fourth Way School is offered. To apply visit Alternatively, you can email us at Arete@GurdjieffLegacy dot org.

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