The ancient Mayan archaeological site known as Xunantunich, about 80 miles to the west of Belize City, is the site of the largest Mayan tomb in Belize.


Researchers found the tomb as they excavated a central stairway of a large structure: within were the remains of a male adult, somewhere between 20 and 30 years old, lying supine with his head to the south.

In the grave, archaeologists also found jaguar and deer bones, six jade beads, possibly from a necklace, 13 obsidian blades and 36 ceramic vessels. At the base of the stairway, they found two offering caches that had nine obsidian and 28 chert flints and eccentrics – chipped artifacts that are carved into the shapes of animals, leaves or other symbols.

The tomb represents an extraordinary find, if only for its construction. At 4.5 meters by 2.4 meters, it is “one of the largest burial chambers ever discovered in Belize”, Awe said. It appears to differ dramatically from other grave sites of the era. Most Maya tombs were built “intrusively”, as additions to existing structures, but the new tomb was built simultaneously with the structure around it – a common practice among cultures such as the ancient Egyptians, but uncommon among the Mayas.

“In other words, it appears that the temple was purposely erected for the primary purpose of enclosing the tomb,” Awe said. “Except for a very few rare cases, this is not very typical in ancient Maya architecture.”

The city was called Xunantunich, meaning “stone woman” in the Yucatec Maya, long after its abandonment by original residents. The name derives from folklore around the city about a hunter who saw a ghostly, statuesque woman, dressed in indigenous garb, standing near an entrance to a temple called El Castillo.

The temple is impressive in its own right, a stone structure that towers 130ft above the city’s main plaza, adorned with a stucco frieze that represents the gods of the sun and moon.

Reprinted from TheGuardian.

The Desecration of Mr. Gurdjieff’s Father’s Grave

William Patrick Patterson set out on a spiritual pilgrimage to Gyumri, Armenia, to visit, as Mr. Gurdjieff asked, the grave of his father, Ashokh Adash. Finding the grave in disrepair, Patterson had it beautified. However, within weeks the gravesite was desecrated, its prayer plaques removed, and so it remains today.

Narrated and directed by Mary Ellen Korman, author of A Woman’s Work with Gurdjieff, Ramana Maharshi, Krishnamurti, Anandamayi Ma & Pak Subuh.

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Fourth Way Seminar

seminarLabor Day Weekend Seminar with William Patrick Patterson

Exploring Self-Will & Real Will

Friday, September 2 – Monday, September 5, 2016

St. Francis Retreat Center
San Juan Bautista, California

Through guided active-being meditation, Conscious Body-Breath Impressions™, dialogue and private interviews, William Patrick Patterson explores the theme. Open to all levels of simplicity. No previous experience necessary.

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The Movement From Sex To Love

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The Movement From Sex To Love

By William Patrick Patterson
DVD, color, 3 hours

William Patrick Patterson probes and explores: instinctual, emotional, formatory-mental love, conscious love, divine love, real relationship. Falling in and out love, bio-plasmic machines, false unity, sex as physical, emotional; conscious intimacy, passing beyond gender, exchange of vibration-substance, reciprocal maintenance. Eating and being eaten, futurizing, historizing, past living the present. Embodiment. Self-observation, self-listening, inner space. Origin of the Universe, its harmony and needed disharmony, being-Partkdolg-duty, conscience, esoteric religion.

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Gurdjieff Probe & Dialogue

William Patrick PattersonGurdjieff Probe & Dialogue
with William Patrick Patterson

Present at The Creation

Sunday, May 15th at 7:30 p.m.

Prieuré West, Fairfax, CA

Donation: $10 **

William Patrick Patterson is a leading international exponent and teacher of The Fourth Way, the ancient, sacred, seminal teaching of self-development that Mr. Gurdjieff brought to the West. A direct and longtime student of Lord John Pentland, the man Gurdjieff chose to lead the Work in America, Mr. Patterson is founder/director of The Gurdjieff Legacy Foundation, leads groups, oversees the Online Fourth Way School, and gives four public seminars each year. He is also the founder/editor of The Gurdjieff Journal (est. 1992), the first domestic and international Fourth Way journal, and has written nine books on various aspects of The Fourth Way, as well as directed and narrated six films. These include The Movement from Sex to Love; From Selves to Individual Self to The Self; Spiritual Pilgrimage: Gurdjieff’s Father’s Grave; and the first documentary trilogy, The Life & Significance of G. I. Gurdjieff.

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Gurdjieff Fourth Way Seminar

Gurdjieff Fourth Way
Memorial Day Weekend Seminar
with William Patrick Patterson

Eating Many “I”s—
Discovering The Real I


Friday, May 27 – Monday, May 30, 2016

Santa Sabina Retreat Center
San Rafael, California

Through guided meditation, Conscious Body-Breath Impressions™, dialogue and private interviews, William Patrick Patterson explores the theme. Open to all levels of simplicity. No previous experience necessary.

The Retreat Center is located in a peaceful and secluded setting on the outskirts of San Rafael in beautiful Marin County.


The Gurdjieff Journal


The Gurdjieff Journal #69 Volume 18 Issue 1 is now available. Articles are as follows.

Gurdjieff & Pythagoras—The Hyperborean Apollo
Ouspensky’s Fourth Way—A New or Aborted Octave? Part II
Probe: The Greatest Yes in The World
Atis, The Bloodless Sacrifice Part II
Film Review: 45 Years
The Camino: Walking into Prayer
Sayings of Substance

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Expression, Knowledge and Origin of Ancient Mesoamerica, Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way Teaching and more!