CONCERNING SUBUD. Bennett, J.G.. New York: University Books, Very good condition in a near very good dust jacket. Item # pages. SUBUD BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS, AND VIDEOS The first book published on Subud, back in , was, Concerning Subud, by John G. Bennett, published in. Concerning Subud. By J. G. Bennett. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, Revised Edition. Pp. Price 12s. 6d.).Ninian Smart – – Philosophy
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Description An introduction to the background, origins and practice of Usbud, the religious practice introduced by Muhammad “Pak” Subuh in Indonesia in the s, and established internationally from onwards.
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J. G. Bennett, Concerning Subud – PhilPapers
He is best known as a commentator on the work of his teacher G. Gurdjieff, whom he met in Istanbul in Bennett published many books during his lifetime, and many more were compiled from transcriptions of lectures he gave in public and to his own students.
Always controversial, Bennett started out on his path as concernimg Army officer in the trenches of France during the First World War, and after recovering from a severe wound, was inducted into British Military intelligence and posted to occupied Turkey. Tasked with investigating the dervish brotherhoods, and G.
Gurdjieff for possibly subversive and illegal political activities, he concluded that not only were the dervishes a benign influence in society, but that Gurdjieff himself represented a positive force for change. Compelled to resign his commission, he studied with P.
Ouspensky in London and in spent time at Gurdjieff’s Institute in France. Then having been offered a role in the management of the affairs of the Turkish royal family, he began an unsuccessful career as a financial adventurer, and inwas jailed in Greece for several months.
In the s Bennett embarked upon a new career as a coal research scientist and rapidly advanced to become during the Second World War the leading adviser to the British government on coal resource and energy management. After Gurdjieff’s death, Bennett was summarily dismissed from his role in industry on suspicion of communist activity.
He travelled extensively during the s and was a major factor in the inauguration of the international Subud Brotherhood. He left the brotherhood in Bennett’s residential community in South-West London was a centre for the Gurdjieff work, then for the Subud groups, and was finally gifted outright to Idries Shah in From until his death inBennett devoted himself entirely to working with his students, mainly but not exclusively at his International Academy for Continuous Education in Gloucestershire, England.