Introduction


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 an ominous, yet unspecified new threat late in 2018.) While non-believers shall perish, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (including his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers will be spared, founding a new, and more perfect civilization.

Many regard Robert Earl Burton a narcissist and sociopath, surrounded by a largely greed- and power-driven inner circle. The following pages offer abundant evidence supporting that conclusion.

This archive draws
on official Fellowship publications and websites,
news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the (former) Fellowship Wikipedia page, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wiki project, and the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

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

Thursday, March 22, 2007

"Donation" deadline approaches

"You-me-us-they" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 22, 2007:
The Spring Donation is due April 1rst.

What shall I do ?

Fun place to be !

Is it so that Robert started organising teaching events again when he could not longer benefit from direct access and use of the money generated by the Teaching Payments ?

Is the post Part 1, post 294 just inspired by a porno DVD ?

"ears have walls" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 22, 2007:
To: YOu,me,us, they # 21 [above]

Regarding making your April 1 donation. Hmmm, a $1000 question.

Robert B’s personal excesses and greed brought about the urgent necessity to take valuable property assets and mortgage them to survive another crises about 5 years ago. So, yes, it is my understanding that the mortgage lenders have put very tight restraints on Mr Burton’s ability to access cash flow from normal monthly teaching payments, which are now used to service that multi-million $ loan. He now raises money on the pretext that these special teaching events are used to finance and improve the beauty at Isis/Apollo. Apart from a few pathways, statues and palms, there are no impovements [sic] to physical assets (such as new buildings or improvement of existing buildings) which would increase the value of the property. Most of the money goes for his personal use(travel, delights, boys, jewellery etc, etc)

This ocmpounded [sic] with students having to pay extra for his very CLEAR teaching of interpreting ancient fertility statues with erections as long and short BE, or interpreting dung droppings of prehistoric cave paintings as the sequence of 6 makes you really question what you are paying for. Fourth Way teaching? I haven’t seen any for years. Clever? Yes! It keep students entertained at best, or at worst confused as to what the hell is going on.

Make your April 1 donation? Well, it is a personal choice , isn’t it? Ultimately, we all get what we want.


"Ears have walls" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 21, 2007:
I am a former 20 plus year FOF’r who left recently. I want to add one, directly overheard bit of info that may shed more light on the Finance theme that does indeed drive the FOF “Inner Circle” and RB, WHO DRIVES IT. I was privey [sic] to a telephone conversation between IC’s [Inner Circle's] Karen J. [Karen Johnston] and Kevin B. [Kevin Brown]
 
The conversation went something like this:

“Well Kevin, you know that now Robert can no longer access the money from teaching payments because the lenders for the mortgage loan secured by the property have put strict audit restrictions on the loan and RB can’t touch it.

"So now, we, of the Inner Circle, have to find new ways to get the money that Robert needs to do the things he wants to do.”

Within 3 months of my overhearing this conversation, Robert started his canned, rehearsed, tightly controlled “Teaching Events” with their attendant extra costs,so that one no longer got the Teaching for one’s monthly, 10% and Twice yearly $750 voluntarily forced “donations”, but now could only get through the Gate House!

Now (and for about the last 4 years)students must pay additional, substantial fees to get the Teaching. A teaching which, of course, Robert says is moving and changing faster and which he insists must be kept up with or..else! You go to the Moon, baby!

Well, RB is right about one thing. Many students can’t KEEP UP supporting his extravagant life style, his numerous boys, his travels,his pink silk suits, his jewellery etc. And for those who want to buffer this, well, yeah he is very generous with those around him- he eventually gives things away (to his favorite boys) or auctions it off to raise more money. Generous! Especially since he didn’t pay for it to begin with- you, the student did.

So for those of you that have to make that $750 April ‘forced’ donation, or the next $200 dinner with Robert, enjoy! It’s going to a good cause. RB’s lifestyle, not yours. Me? Well, I am off to a nice vacation in Europe with my money. After all “Charity begins at home”.

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