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In Search of the Miraculous - With Gary Lachman

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The Esoteric Quest of P.D. Ouspensky

In this talk author Gary Lachman will explore P.D. Ouspensky's 'search for the miraculous' and his influence on contemporary spirituality and culture.

As Russia collapsed into the Bolshevik Revolution Ouspensky and his teacher, Armenian-Greek esoteric teacher G.I. Gurdjieff, were washed to Europe's shore, where they would eventually settle, Gurdjieff in Paris, Ouspensky in London.

Ouspensky lived and worked in London from 1921 until his death in 1947. Here he lead an 'esoteric school' devoted to understanding and practicing the system of psychological development known as The Fourth Way.

Ouspensky was a 'secret teacher', a kind of grey eminence on the English literary and intellectual scene, influencing the work of Aldous Huxley, Algernon Blackwood, A. R. Orage, J. B. Priestely, and others.

His novel of 'eternal recurrence', Strange Life of Ivan Osokin, was the model for the popular film Groundhog Day.



About the speaker:

Gary Lachman is the author of twenty-one books on culture, consciousness, and the western esoteric tradition, including In Search of P.D. Ouspensky, Madame Blavatsky: The Mother of Modern Spirituality, Jung the Mystic, and Beyond the Robot: The Life and Work of Colin Wilson. He has also contributed an introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of Gurdjieff's Meetings With Remarkable Men.

Gary writes for several journals in the UK, US, and Europe, and his work has been translated into several languages.

A founding member of the pop group Blondie, Gary is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Born in the US, since 1996 he has lived in London.

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