Foundation of Teaching
The Fourth Way, Tibetan Buddhism, Mysticism
Example of Teaching
“Contrary to popular belief, inner transformation does not produce behavioral and psychological results that can be easily recognized from outside.”
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Jazz musician, artist and author, Eugene Jeffrey “E.J.” Gold is a spiritual teacher in the “Fourth Way” tradition of G.I. Gurdjieff.
Gold’s large-scale JazzArt paintings have served as backdrops for Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and Nancy Wilson and for film sets. He has written and self published over 50 books and started an online science fiction museum. In the 1960s, he collaborated on several novels with his father Horace Gold (founding editor of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine) and also worked on television scripts.
Gold grew up in New York City and as a child created and presented his artwork at the Children’s Art Carnival at the Museum of Modern Art.
In the mid 1950s he moved to Hollywood and attended the Otis Art Institute. In the 1960s, he worked as a jazz musician, composer, and as a photographer for Tiger Beat magazine and by the early 1970s, Gold emerged as a sculptor and painter associated with the “California Nine” group.
Although his spiritual teaching and work bears a strong affinity with the teachings of G.I. Gurdjieff, Gold also demonstrates an influence of Tibetan tantric teachings such as the concept of bardo or “intermediate state.” The fundamental emphasis of Gold’s teaching, like that of Gurdjieff, is on the concept of spiritual “Work” in daily life and a constant effort to increase and maintain heightened awareness in all activities. Gold hosts workshops in onstage comedy and theatre and is the founder of “You Can Paint” art instruction series which is now used at art associations.
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- "We normally think that we have our whole lives to accomplish this work, but the fact is that our energy for transformation will have dissipated itself by the time we are older."
- "Contrary to popular belief, inner transformation does not produce behavioral and psychological results that can be easily recognized from outside."
- "What do we actually need to know about alchemy? Awakening of the machine produces transformation, and transformation is reflected in alchemical resultes in the machine."
- "We must have completed the transformational process before we run out of the resilience and flexibility required to complete the alchemical process of transformation."
- "The pitiful truth is that very few people, even very famous and highly acclaimed directors of work communities, actually know the basic fact of work: that only an awakened machine can produce a transformational effect upon the essential self - that part of us which is not the machine.."