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Re: East meets West, by John Adago (2014)
« on: December 17, 2019, 05:58:00 pm »
East meets West : the stories of the remarkable men and women from the East and the West who built a bridge across a cultural divide and introduced meditation and Eastern philosophy to the West / John Adago (2014)

So it mentions Thomas de Hartman, R. A. Orage, Maurice Nicoll, Rodney Collin, as people from their group who follow Gurdjieff and Ouspensky.  And yes, these are some of the most well known are read, but there are others.

Mention Adi Shankara, and Indian teacher who lived 788 AD o 820 AD.

Various mentions of Vedanta.

San Jose house
https://www.vedantaberkeley.org/san-jose-center/

founded by Swami Swahananda

but also
https://www.cmsj.org/about-chinmaya-mission-san-jose/
founded by

Swami Chinmayananda, affectionately addressed as “Pujya Gurudev” blessed our effort when we acquired the property on Park Avenue in San Jose in 1987. He named it Sandeepany San Jose. Pujya Gurudev sent us the best teacher he then had in India, Swami Tejomayananda, to be the first Acharya of Sandeepany San Jose from 1989 – 1993. Swami Chinmayananda also formally named the organization, Chinmaya Mission San Jose (CMSJ) in 1992.

Not sure if the above two connect to their Indian teachers.

So Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (born Mahesh Prasad Varma, 12 January 1918[5] – 5 February 2008) was an Indian Guru and developed the Tranendental Meditation technique.  Associated with Beatles, mentioned in song, and spoke to an audience of 4000 at the Royal Albert Hall.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maharishi_Mahesh_Yogi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcendental_Meditation_technique

https://www.tm.org/

So this kind of meditation was seen as more suitable for Westerners.  ( note that Rajneesh/Osho would also proliferate the number of meditation techniques.

http://thinkexist.com/

So "Be Here Now" was written by Ram Dass (Richard Alpert)

And there was some SYDA and Vedanta org established.

In 1994, at the passing of Leon MacLaren, Donald Lambie succeeded him.  Lambie is also a barrister.

Joy Dillingham, part of this.

They say this statue, Girl With Lamp of Wisdom is in Wallkill NY.  But here says it is in the UK

https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-girl-statue-called-the-lamp-of-wisdom-at-waterperry-gardens-oxfordshire-18888196.html

book says statue is a bronze made by Nathan David.

So MacLaren and his people see the Gurdjieff - Ouspensky work as introducing Eastern Meditation to the West.

For myself, I have always had only a limited interest in Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation.  Wanting things which are more about thought and remembering.  But yes, as that is what the Gurdjeff - Ouspensky work seems to be, I have been practicing for many decades.