We are pleased to announce the fifth year of the warmly received Living Sufism teleconference.
This year, sixteen teachers and guides of the Sufi Way will explore, in solo presentations and
panel discussions, the theme Sufi Inayat Khan called The Alchemy of Happiness.
Happiness means different things to different people. Almost all of us want to be happy, and in some parts of the world happiness is even seen as something we have a right to have — but what is it? For some it is about material comfort, security, even plenty; for others it is about health and family and deep relationships; yet others look for inner peace and contentment. Clearly happiness is a central concern in our lives, something that fills our time and crosses all areas of human activity, search, desire, imagination and creativity.
Many great teachers have suggested happiness is our very essence. The Indian sage Ramana Maharshi once famously said, “Happiness is your true nature,” echoing the words of Inayat Khan: “The soul itself is happiness.” Perhaps happiness is hidden within us, so close we can’t see it.
In this year’s Living Sufism sessions we will explore the alchemy of happiness from many perspectives. What keeps us from recognizing this self-arising happiness? How can we experience it directly and how does it transform us? Is it possible (and okay) to be happy in an unhappy world? What about happiness and grief; happiness and beauty; happiness in relationships; happiness in the middle of the routines of our daily lives? What part do the arts play in revealing happiness — and is “happiness” even the right word?
F A Q – LIVING SUFISM – THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS
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 October, 2017 to May, 2018. The first session is on Sunday, October 1, 2017. 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 sixteeen presenters of the Living Sufism series are teachers and guides 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. 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) under Programs > Archives on the menu bar.
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 – THE ALCHEMY OF HAPPINESS – 2017-18 SCHEDULE