The bookmark is shown on the FOF page at http://www.apollo.org and underneath are these statements:
"The Fellowship of Friends operates the Gurdjieff Ouspensky Centres in over 30 countries around the world. The Fellowship is committed to the spiritual evolution of its members, accomplished through a psychological system that has existed, in one form or another, for thousands of years. The Fellowship follows the Fourth Way tradition of spiritual development established in this century by George Gurdjieff and Peter Ouspensky."
This firmly states the Fellowship is teaching the Fourth Way as taught by the men depicted on the bookmark. This is not true.
[Make contact with folks at this site, and ask about their review of Burton's book, "Self Remembering." http://members.aol.com/telos9/]
Elsewhere on this site you can find about a conversation with Burton when confronted with discrepancies between FOF and the Fourth Way, he commented sternly, "This is NOT Mr. Ouspensky's school. This is NOT Mr. Gurdjieff's school. THIS is Mr. Burton's school." (Spoken, by the way, with the "don't you dare question ME" tone of voice.) The "connection" or "lineage" implied from FOF back to Gurdjieff is imaginary. From our experience, the only "former teacher" Burton claims is Alex Horn, saying in 1970 that he had "passed" his teacher. (Indeed he has, apparently, at least in financial benefits to himself.) The Gurdjieff Foundation, which IS in direct line from Gurdjieff, does not recognize Alex Horn nor Robert Burton as legitimate Fourth Way teachers.
Robert Burton himself told Stella that he had *never* read any of Gurdjieff's writings, and that all quotations he expressed he received from her!
The letter from FOF below, June 7, 1979 explains about an agreement with E. P. Dutton & Co. and Triangle Publications (copyright holders or publishers) and lists certain books that are not to be bookmarked, a request apparently originating from the publishers and copyright holders.
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Stella Wirk passed away on December 29, 2001. This site is being maintained by her friends in the hope that it will continue to provide the guidance that it has in the past. There is a Stella Wirk memorial site here: http://web.archive.org/web/20021129030627/http://stella.wirk.org/.
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