| Is it possible to meet
|| Selim Aïssel meets with
pupils who participate in courses organised by the School, over the
course of the day during conferences, and particularly at meal times.
He is present at the many different activities that take place during
| How can we distinguish
a true Teaching from imitations?
In Selim Aïssel's own words (**):
- flee those who demand unconditional obedience to themselves
or to their representatives or assistants.
- flee those who require you to cut yourself off from your family
or social relationships.
- flee those who prohibit you from seeing the people you want.
- flee organisations that demand large sums of money.
- flee organisations that display their luxury and wealth.
- flee those who deprecate other ways.
- flee those who acknowledge their own teaching alone as valid.
- flee those who teach you to neglect your family, professional,
or social life in order to benefit their organisation.
- flee those who make a rule out of limiting sleep and restricting
your diet, and teach you all kinds of methods that make you physically
- flee those who judge and condemn.
- flee those who require you to believe instead of to understand
- flee those who require you to confess.
- flee those who make you believe you are guilty.
- flee those who lack a sense of humor.
- flee those who employ threats or fear.
- flee those who only talk about spirituality without really practicing
- flee those who promise Heaven after death (especially if you
- flee those who promise Hell if you don't convert.
- flee those who divide principles and people into good and bad.
- flee those who adopt stereotyped attitudes, ways of talking,
sitting, dressing, and moving.
- flee those who take themselves to be prophets or messiahs.
- flee those who often change teachings and teachers.
- flee those who envy each other.
- flee those who compete with each other or with other organisations.
- flee those who only practice within their organisation and not
outside of it.
- flee those who claim that they understand everything and have
nothing left to learn.
|Who can become involved
with this Teaching?
|| Any responsible person who
has attained a measure of equilibrium in her or her ordinary life.
It is best to abstain from doing so, however, if you are a dreamer
or lunatic, if you do not have any discipline, if you prefer living
with your illusions, if you devote much of your time to useless things,
or if you manifest exaggerated or violent attitudes.
"Anyone who is responsible in his life and in life in general
; he can be trusted ; he has common sense, and both his thinking and
his attitudes correspond to his actions, permitting him to be effective
; he has enough discernment to be interested in useful things and
have just values ; he understands the necessity of making efforts
in order to attain a goal, of paying for what he wants to buy, and
of occasionally sacrificing one thing in order to have another."
|How can I enter a School
|| The means of registration
presented on this web site is simple but nonetheless requires an effort.
Refer to the page "Contact the Teaching".
| What happens if I want
|| You announce your intention
|Is this Teaching right
|| If I recognise myself in what
is described above, I have the minimum of qualities necessary in order
to follow this Teaching.
I must nonetheless verify what is said for
| Why reveal this Teaching
at this particular moment?
|| This Teaching has been disseminated
in book form for over ten years. The objective of this web site is
to reinforce and contribute to the means that have been used up until
now. Humanity in our time has a great need for men and women who are
not merely spectators, but actors of their own destiny.
| What about my religion?
|| This Teaching accepts people
of all religions and traditions, as long as they are sincere in their
|| The Teaching is addressed
exclusively to responsible adults.
Children are not admitted to the School.
| Do I need lots of money?
|| The conditions of registration
are reasonable for people who assume responsibility for their lives.
Special conditions apply to people with temporary difficulties.
| Does this Teaching have
a relationship with other Teachings of the same kind?
|| This Teaching recognises and
respects other teachings (Zen Buddhism, Sufism, Gnosticism, among
| Will I have time to devote
myself to this Work?
must be fulfilled in order to begin the Work with any serious perspective
of progress (**):
- Know your current possibilities and accept
them, with the awareness that by evolving, it is possible to overcome
- See and then understand your own difficulties,
with the awareness that the Work provides the means of overcoming
- Have a real desire to change your current
state. Someone who thinks he is fine as he is has of course no
interest in changing.
- Have a sufficient level of knowledge and
cultivation, or acquire it rapidly.
- Be able to understand the teaching correctly
in order to apply it correctly.
- Lead a more or less balanced, regulated
- Do not compare yourself with other people
in the Work, as each person is a unique individual.
- In the limited context of Work at the School,
submit your egoistic desires to the service of other people and
- Be active on the three lines of Work: on
yourself, with other people, and for the School.
- Have enough time for study at your disposal,
without this being detrimental to your family or professional
- Be living in an environment where study
- Have a sufficient amount of freedom at
Refer to the book "When the Iron Birds
Fly, the Dharma Shall Come to the West" currently published
in French by Oxus Editions.