P.D. Ouspensky


Philosopher, Author and Teacher of the ‘Fourth Way’

This website celebrates his life and work and the continuing development of his teaching by his pupils and successors in London UK from his death in 1947 to the present day.

The Chronology section is the online home of the P.D. Ouspensky Exhibition & Conference held at Colet House, London, UK, in 2007 — the most comprehensive archive of material and images celebrating Ouspensky’s life and work currently available online.

The Archive section covers the Record of Audiences & Correspondence with His Holiness Shantananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotish Peeth 1960–1993, together with a new, fully comprehensive and easily used series of Indexes. The collected papers and meeting reports of Dr F.C. Roles from 1960–1982 comprise nearly 800 previously unpublished entries that illuminate every aspect of the Fourth Way. The Fourth Way Group Papers and Gerald Beckwith’s teaching pages document the continued development of the Fourth Way between 2001 and 2013.

The Library section contains group papers from 2014 to the current day. These present a new view of the Fourth Way based on the Direct Path non-dual teaching.

Website changes. Over the next few months we will be making changes to the organisation of the website and adding new content. Please be assured that nothing will be removed. Some material from the Library section has already been moved to the new Archive section.


Often people even think that understanding means finding a name, a word, a title or a label for a new or unexpected phenomenon. This finding or inventing of words for incomprehensible things has nothing to do with understanding. On the contrary, if we could get rid of half of our words perhaps we should have a better chance of a certain understanding.
P.D. Ouspensky.