Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

According to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish while, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci), Burton and his followers shall be spared, founding a new and more perfect civilization. Read more about the blog.

Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Though shalt not laugh

[ed. - It can't get much more bizarre than this. Or can it? Linda Tulisso is also known as Linda Kaplan.]

From: Linda Tulisso
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 6:18 PM
Subject: [Students] Message from the Teacher: When taking photos...

Dear Friends,

The Teacher requests that when a picture is being taken of us, we should try to be moderate in our smile and not show our teeth. Robert points out that the instinctive center, being animal intelligence in human form, likes to display its teeth.

The poster below illustrates the point.

In friendship,

Linda Tulisso, Isis

Monday, March 6, 2006

The 30th Anniversary of Robert's "crystallization"

Fellowship of Friends leader and dandy Robert Earl Burton in Apollo Galleria
Fellowship dandy, Robert Earl Burton (Source: Fellowship of Friends)

[ed. - The following is an e-mail message from Robert Burton, and reminds this writer of two songs from Burton's "magnetic center" days: More and In My Life (though Burton would certainly not quote such "ignoble" sources.) Burton loves the aphorism, "What one gains, we all gain." Anyone "with eyes to see" knows this is a lie. Burton has always been, by orders of magnitude, the primary beneficiary of The Fellowship of Friends religion. Also see Quotations from Robert Earl Burton - 2003.]
My dears, the thirtieth anniversary of my crystallization is upon us. I woke up at 4:05 this morning, remembering the event. On that day we broke through time and death as a school. The school proved itself as a school; what one gains, we all gain. More than the pyramids along the Nile, more than the Taj Mahal in India, more than the Forbidden City in Beijing - in my life, I loved you more.