A YEAR-LONG TELECONFERENCE OPEN TO ALL       SEPTEMBER, 2016 — MAY, 2017

We are pleased to announce the fourth year of the warmly received Living Sufism teleconference.
This year’s
Living Sufism presentations will be a collective inquiry into the central theme: Practices of Awakening.

“Awakening” is a beautiful word — it evokes the freshness we experience when new insight dawns in our lives. We awaken. We see things in a new way. In its ultimate sense of spiritual awakening it means illumination, enlightenment — awakening to the clear presence of the here-and-now. But the word “awakening” also embraces all those moments when we glimpse a new perspective, or are surprised by joy or beauty, or open to a new direction in our lives.

Unfortunately — or is it fortunately? — there are no guaranteed recipes for awakening. We can’t control when it might happen. No specific “practice” can assure us of the result we hope for, and even hoping for a result can get in our way.

The many “practices of awakening” that are explored in this year’s Living Sufism series are not intended as recipes — they are instead profound ways in which we can ripen ourselves, or, in Ibn ’Arabi’s phrase, “put ourselves in the way of grace.” There, hopeful, unsure, we wait, and when the grace of awakening comes, we are ready, our minds and hearts open and sensitive.

We hope you will join us.

N E X T   P R E S E N T A T I O N:  March 12, 2017

Jeanne Rana
Poetry: Fishing for the Infinite

Many of us crave a deeper relationship with ourselves and the world, the beauty of this moment, the timeless present. Poetry is a surprisingly easy and simple (and inexpensive) way to see the sparkle, feel the pain, move beyond ourselves into ecstasy, or catch our breath at the beauty of words put in a certain order on a page. Reading, listening to, and even writing poems is a meaningful way to fish for the infinite.

F A Q -- LIVING SUFISM – PRACTICES OF AWAKENING

What is it?
The Living Sufism teleconference consists of one-hour sessions accessed either by telephone or without any expense through a computer. Each session is held on an interactive telephone conferencing service called “MaestroConference,” which gives us the flexibility to take questions, as well as

 break into small groups for easier discussion together.

When is it?

The Living Sufism calls are scheduled on Sundays, approximately every three weeks, from September, 2016 to May, 2017. The first session begins on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Call times are: 9:00 AM Pacific, 10:00 AM Mountain, 11:00 AM Central, 12:00 PM Eastern, 5:00 PM UK, and 6:00 PM EU.

Who are the presenters?

The eight presenters of the Living Sufism series are teachers and students of the Sufi Way. We may also invite guest speakers from other traditions to join in some of these conversations.

Who can join these calls?

Anyone who is interested.

What does it cost?

There is no charge for participating in the Living Sufism teleconference. However, if you find this program is of value to you, please consider donating to the Sufi Way (www.sufiway.org) so that we can continue offering programs like this.

What do I need to access the calls?

You can access the conversations easily through a telephone. If you want to save telephone charges you can call in from a computer or mobile device through Skype or through Maestro’s quick and easy service, WebPhone. Instructions on how to access the conversations are sent to you after you register.

You can access the calls by simply dialing the number given in the MaestroConference email. For many of you, this will be an international call (to the U.S.), so it’s best to use a low-cost international calling plan — these are readily available on the Internet and the charge should be no more than a few cents per minute.

More options for accessing the Living Sufism sessions will be sent to you upon registration.

Will the calls be recorded?

Yes. The presentations are edited to delete any long silences or personal issues, and then posted on the Sufi Way website (www.sufiway.org).

How do I register?

To register for the entire year-long programme, click on the button bellow.

Fill in your name and email address where indicated, and then click on “Register.” That’s all — you will be registered for the entire year of calls. You can also register anytime after the series begins.

Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email from MaestroConference with the phone number to call, along with your PIN. You will also receive an email reminder from MaestroConference 24 hours and 2 hours prior to each call. That email will also include the telephone number to dial and your PIN.

LIVING SUFISM – PRACTICES OF AWAKENING - 2016-17 SCHEDULE

September 25

Elias Amidon
Continuous Realization

Spiritual awakening is not a one-time event. Living one’s awakening is a dynamic process — it includes the entirety of our lives as a field of continuous realization, — realization that is guided by curiosity, humility, and creativity.

 

October 16

Puran Perez
The Practice of Making Meaning

Meaning is something we make, as much as discover. But unexamined mental habits can trap us in closed loops of experience. Sufi teachings offer an interpretive framework for freeing and clarifying our understanding of what is happening to us, and why.

 

November 6

Kiran Rana
Chilla — The Inductive, Not-too-logical Task-Challenge-Ordeal

A chilla is a voluntarily undertaken experience that may help a student or seeker go beyond their apparent boundaries. When a student requests a chilla, usually with a deep wish or goal in mind, the guide suggests a task intuited from or inspired by a larger vision of the life capacity of the student. We will explore the history of these practices, some ideas of how they work, and different kinds of chillas that are offered within the Sufi Way.

 

November 27:

Kunderke Noverraz
Spiritual Practice and Health

By adopting practices that support peace of mind and a positive outlook on life, practices that promote inner balance, right relationship, and a healthy rhythm of living, we can nourish our vitality and encourage our bodies to open to the healing power of Nature.

 

December 18

Carol Barrow
Do You Hear What I Hear?

In his Open Path trainings, Pir Elias often speaks of pure listening. The incisive French nondual teacher, Jean Klein, spoke of “listening to listening.” And Jesus, while in the desert, listened profoundly to his Father. In this session we will explore “full presence listening,” a capacity we are born with that can deepen all of our practices and how we live each moment of our days.

 

January 8

Puran Perez
The Earthly Gates of Paradise

The code book of Life is freely available in the natural world.  Sufi Inayat Khan, among others, encourages us to study the “sacred scripture” found in everything around us. There we will find the wellsprings of true wisdom, and guidance for a happy, successful life.

 

January 29:

Rabia Elizabeth Roberts
Lessons of the Dark Light

Many of us grow up believing that it is possible to minimize and even eliminate personal suffering. We are told that if we are really good or spiritual, inner discomfort will not (or should not) even arise — and if it does it can be fixed with medication, a spiritual retreat, or getting a better job. But what if our inner anguish is not only natural but also essential, offering gifts we can’t receive in any other way? How might we wake up to the life-giving lessons hidden in our darkest times.

 

February 19

Sharif  Peter Hawkins
Pilgrimage: A Journey of Awakening

During this session we will undertake a mini-pilgrimage together to become familiar with the stages involved. I will also interview three pilgrims — one a Turkish Sufi teacher who has completed the Hajj to Mecca, another who has completed a six-week pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, and a third who has written a book on eco-spiritual pilgrimage, an account of venturing alone into the wilderness and nature.

 

March 12

 Jeanne Rana
Poetry: Fishing for the Infinite

Many of us crave a deeper relationship with ourselves and the world, the beauty of this moment, the timeless present. Poetry is a surprisingly easy and simple (and inexpensive) way to see the sparkle, feel the pain, move beyond ourselves into ecstasy, or catch our breath at the beauty of words put in a certain order on a page. Reading, listening to, and even writing poems is a meaningful way to fish for the infinite.

 

April 2:

Sharif Peter Hawkins
Practices of Community Ritual and Transformation

Over the last five years, the Sufi Way has been working with the rites-of-passage and community services that were created by Sufi Inayat Khan, to bring these practices into a current 21st century context. We now have developed a new training for Celebrants, and in this talk we will share some aspects of this Celebrants Training, including ways for individuals, families and communities from different cultures and spiritual beliefs to engage in transformative ritual.

 

April 23

Kiran Rana
Acting in the Moment:
An Introduction to Life Improv

Can spontaneity be learned, practiced? Many wisdom traditions hold up spontaneity as a result of awakening, but spontaneity can also be a way to develop balance, joy and creativity. We will look at ideas and techniques from theater, music, and spiritual teachings that can bring spontaneity right into our everyday lives, empowering us to take risks, trust others and ourselves and share the grace that is always right here.

 

May 14

Elias Amidon
The Art of Awakening

The practices of awakening we have explored in this year’s Living Sufism series may best be understood as an art rather than a series of disciplines. The invitation is to consider ourselves as the artists of our own awakening. Yes, we receive many inspiring teachings, but the real work is done when we make the essence of these teachings and practices come alive in our own experience.

 

LIVING SUFISM – PRACTICES OF AWAKENING - PRESENTERS

 ﷯ Elias Amidon Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way. Author of the books The Open Path – Recognizing Nondual Awareness, and Free Medicine: Meditations on Nondual Awakening, he has worked internationally for many years in the fields of peace and environmental activism. ﷯ Carol Barrow Carol fell in love with the teachings of the Sufi Way during a wilderness quest in 2004. She now facilitates and co-facilitates groups focused on creativity and the Open Path. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two dogs. ﷯ Sharif Peter Hawkins Sharif has been a student of Sufism for nearly 40 years. His many roles include author, professor, consultant, coach, and retreat guide. He teaches internationally on leadership and organizational development. ﷯ Kunderke Noverraz Kunderke Noverraz has been a passionate student and teacher of Sufism and Spiritual Psychology for most of her adult life. She has led and co-led workshops, retreats and pilgrimages and for many years enjoyed leading the meditation evenings of the Bristol Sufi Centre. ﷯ Puran Lucas Perez Puran is a writer, musician, digital creative and long-time student of Sufism. His work focuses primarily on creativity and spirituality in the evolution of Sufi traditions. He lives in New York, happily ensconced among family and friends in the luminous Hudson Valley. ﷯
Jeanne Rana Jeanne Rana has been a member of the Sufi Way for thirty years. She is a San Francisco Bay area poet and author, and collaborates with her husband, Kiran, at their Bay Dervish Sufi center in Alameda. She also is a member of Crescendo Choir at First Unitarian Church of Oakland. ﷯ Kiran Rana Born in India, Kiran is a student and teacher of Sufism who finds inspiration in all traditions, in life, in fellow human beings, and in writing poetry music and theater. He lives happily with his wife, Jeanne, in Alameda, California, where they hold a Sufi Way space offering personal guidance, mystical conversations, sufi music, poetry and zikr. ﷯ Rabia Roberts Rabia is a writer, spiritual teacher, and international citizen activist. Co-editor of the book Earth Prayers, she has worked and taught throughout the world on justice, peace, women’s rights, and environmental issues.

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We are pleased to announce the fourth year of the warmly received Living Sufism teleconference. This year’s Living Sufism presentations will be a collective inquiry into the central theme: Practices of Awakening.

 ﷯ Elias Amidon Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way. Author of the books The Open Path – Recognizing Nondual Awareness, and Free Medicine: Meditations on Nondual Awakening, he has worked internationally for many years in the fields of peace and environmental activism. ﷯ Carol Barrow Carol fell in love with the teachings of the Sufi Way during a wilderness quest in 2004. She now facilitates and co-facilitates groups focused on creativity and the Open Path. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their two dogs. ﷯ Sharif Peter Hawkins Sharif has been a student of Sufism for nearly 40 years. His many roles include author, professor, consultant, coach, and retreat guide. He teaches internationally on leadership and organizational development. ﷯ Kunderke Noverraz Kunderke Noverraz has been a passionate student and teacher of Sufism and Spiritual Psychology for most of her adult life. She has led and co-led workshops, retreats and pilgrimages and for many years enjoyed leading the meditation evenings of the Bristol Sufi Centre. ﷯ Puran Lucas Perez Puran is a writer, musician, digital creative and long-time student of Sufism. His work focuses primarily on creativity and spirituality in the evolution of Sufi traditions. He lives in New York, happily ensconced among family and friends in the luminous Hudson Valley. ﷯
Jeanne Rana Jeanne Rana has been a member of the Sufi Way for thirty years. She is a San Francisco Bay area poet and author, and collaborates with her husband, Kiran, at their Bay Dervish Sufi center in Alameda. She also is a member of Crescendo Choir at First Unitarian Church of Oakland. ﷯ Kiran Rana Born in India, Kiran is a student and teacher of Sufism who finds inspiration in all traditions, in life, in fellow human beings, and in writing poetry music and theater. He lives happily with his wife, Jeanne, in Alameda, California, where they hold a Sufi Way space offering personal guidance, mystical conversations, sufi music, poetry and zikr. ﷯ Rabia Roberts Rabia is a writer, spiritual teacher, and international citizen activist. Co-editor of the book Earth Prayers, she has worked and taught throughout the world on justice, peace, women’s rights, and environmental issues.