This unique book offers clear definitions of Gurdjieff's teaching terms, placing him within the political, geographic and cultural context of his time. Entries look at diverse aspects of his Work, including:
* possible sources in religious, Theosophical, occult, esoteric and literary traditions
* the integral relationships between different aspects of the teaching
* its internal contradictions and subversive aspects
* the derivation of Gurdjieff's cosmological laws and Ennegram
* the passive form of "New Work" teaching introduced by Jeanne de Salzmann.
'Sophia Wellbeloved's Gurdjieff: The Key Concepts is an essential guide for students of Gurdjieff. It will also be of serious interest to students and scholars of all the Western transformational traditions. This book breaks new ground and further serious analysis of Gurdjieff's contribution to the Western cultural trajectory cannot be far in the future.' - Lynn Quirolo, Stopinder: A Gurdjieff Journal For Our TIme
'This book would be an essential addition to any library maintaining an intrest in esoteric traditions or contemporary alternative spirituality.' - Kevin Tingay, Journal of Theosophical History