So previously I wrote:
“…This said, there has been a large and still strong ongoing response to one particular message, “What Krishnamurti Wrote About Gurdjieff.” Many people have read this message from very many countries. Assuming it is a matter of curiosity, that is perfectly understandable. If I had not already read that material, I would want to read it, too. What I am wondering–and I do not particularly like this term, but it hits the spot–is what these people are trying to “flesh out.” I am assuming that in most or even all of these cases it is not just idle research on a topic that has caught one’s fancy, but part of an individual search.”
And this is heartbreaking. Imagine reading a book, In Search Of The Miraculous, which trows you completely off balance and imo into a state of imbalance by saying in a way which is completely credible that you are asleep and maybe have a chance to wake up, but it is very slim. You will have to find a certain teacher, first, to be on a path called “the fourth way.” You already have had a search for most of your life, and now you are driven to find this “way,” but btw do not be deceived. You will not find it in a Gurdjieff group. Gurdjieff wrote, I think around 1920, that finding this particular “way” would be as rare as finding a hundred dollar bill in the street. Moreover, the way G worked with people was experimental. His main aim became to get his writing published, and I do recommend to read and study Beezelbub’s Tales, the original edition.
Now what in actuality IS The Fourth Way? The terminology is not commonly used in Buddhist teaching, so most Buddhists never heard of it, but it is there, The Fourth Way is a veiled reference to a particular school of Mahayana Buddhism. This reference is given at the very beginning of a major tantric teaching. This is not in the text itself, but in the side text the teacher is using which he shares with the group. I already knew this teaching was the teaching of Gurdjieff, as from previous Buddhist teachings it became really obvious, but sure am glad I showed up for class that day so many years ago, as that put the cherry on top of the cake.
The meaning is that Buddha turned the wheel three times for three different propensities of people: One: the hearer (direct perceiver, Hinayana who call themselves Therevada Buddhists); two: solitary realizer (Chittamatrin mind only school, similar to Zen Buddhism; and three: the Prasangika Madhyamika (school of the Dalai Lama), The latter can in this context are seen as yogis. This is meant in the sense that they are more intellectual yogas in that they are using the ‘body’ of information accessible to them in a flexible way, so able to make new combinations. The fourth way is in affect a way of combining all three ways. .In other words, in this sense you cannot be a real yogi unless you consciously factor (or factor out, ie, negate) that your being a yogi is ultimately true. So this is The Fourth Way.