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.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fellowship of Friends recruiting in Italy

[ed. - During April, Fellowship of Friends recruiters in Italy used Il ricordo di sé. Pratica e tradizione spirituale, a Facebook “Study Group” administered and moderated by Fellowship members, to promote a series of "open meetings." According to inside sources, these presentations (known within the Fellowship as “prospective student meetings”) were conducted in Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Palermo, and Catania. They succeeded in luring several new members to their ranks. The Fellowship of Friends is a California-based religious doomsday cult that claims to continue the Fourth Way lineage of George Gurdjieff and Peter Ouspensky.]

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends recruiting conference in Milan


[English translation provided by Google:]
MILAN - Saturday 7 April, at 15
Conference on:
THE TWO WORLDS: FUNCTIONS AND CONSCIENCE

George Gurdjieff said that man is a machine, equipped with four functions: sensation, movement, emotion and thought. According to the tradition of the Fourth Way, this machine can work in a completely unaware way - in sleep.
But man also has the potential to develop awareness. Through special efforts and disciplines learned in a school, he can live in two worlds: that of functions and that of conscience [consciousness]; the human and the divine.
In an open meeting, we will talk about how it is possible to live simultaneously in these two worlds.

Reservation is required.
Admission: € 5.

Self-remembering: practice and spiritual tradition.
To learn more about us and subscribe to the Facebook group:
https://tinyurl.com/quartavia

[ed. - About "Il ricordo di sé. Pratica e tradizione spirituale."]
Questo gruppo è rivolto a chi è interessato a sperimentare il ricordo di sé, o Presenza, attingendo a diverse tradizioni spirituali: dall’esoterismo delle grandi religioni alla Quarta Via come trasmessa da Gurdjieff, Ouspensky ed altri maestri consci. Questo è uno studio pratico, non teorico. Lo scopo è fornire osservazioni e scambiare domande che aiutino a incoraggiare e coltivare lo stato di Presenza nella nostra vita.

[English translation provided by Google:]

This group is aimed at those interested in experiencing the memory of self [ed. - self-remembering], or Presence, drawing on different spiritual traditions: from esotericism of the great religions to the Fourth Way as transmitted by Gurdjieff, Ouspensky and other conscious teachers. This is a practical, not theoretical study. The aim is to provide observations and exchange questions that help encourage and nurture the Presence state in our lives.

[ed. - For two cautionary tales about why it's important to research a group before you become a member, see "A long farewell to members of the Fellowship's Milan, Italy center" and "Fellowship of Friends - a cult for intellectuals".]

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