See the box at right for Sufi dance gatherings and zikrs and sufi Healing Circles around our area.
Pir Zia Inayat Khan
will present a weekend seminar
in Berkeley May 22-24. The Mystical Awakening
of Body, Heart, and Soul -- Sufi teachings, meditations, and practices. Pir Zia serves as the head of the Sufi Order
International. Register here or at the door. Entire weekend:
5/22 Friday evening talk: $25; 5/23 Sat evening Zikr: $20. Single day attendance 5/23 or 5/24 –
$100. Event contact: Hadi Reinhertz, email@example.com. Sufi Order International teachings recognize the sacredness of all
faiths. All are welcome.
Thursday evening May 21st: Pir Shabda's Zikr Circle.
Dances of Universal Peace with live music, Sufi practices, remembrance of the One
with the head of the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Convenient and elegant San Rafael location.
Driving directions here;
and here's a campus and parking map.
Yasmin Haut writes, it is an honor to invite our LGBTQ+ community to the First RAINBOW SUFI RETREAT at Khankah SAM this June 4-7.
We gather recognizing the historic nature of this event. We revel under the great arc of time, where forgiveness, persistence and harmony flourish. And we humbly serve the Message, open to all the diverse ways love has and will continue to manifests in our sufi family.
Muiz Brinkerhoff and I have agreed to hold the post as Spiritual Directors.
Please spread the word. Registration is limited to 35. We believe it will fill fast.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN at rainbow.goldengatesufi.org
Sufi Dances of Universal Peace at Amma's in San Ramon Tuesday June 9th
(get her darshan/hug early, then dances around 3:00 PM.) Dance with Gaiatree, Ramananda & friends.
For more information see the calendar or
contact Gayatri at (707) 527-1573.
Bhavani is sponsoring the incomparable Sufi Qawwali 'party' Fanna-fi-Allahappearing
in Sebastopol June 13th. in their only North Bay appearance until next year. This group of American and Canadian
musicians have devoted the last 15 years of their lives to steeping themselves in the Chishti lineage in India and Pakistan,
and its tradition of qawwali...singing mystic poetry and prayer in a
dynamic interplay of astonishing voices, harmoniums, tabla, and percussive clapping. Don't miss it!
Devi Mathieu, Allaudin Mathieu and author Mirabai Starr will present a retreat in New Mexico Aug 13th - 16th:
Weaving the Mysteries.
Special Offerings of Devi Mathieu:
Through the Ear to the Heart: Sing the Music of Hildegard von Bingen as
Contemplative Practice. Monday evenings 7:00-8:45 pm at Episcopal Church of the
Incarnation, 550 Mendocino
Avenue, Santa Rosa CA, www.numinacenter.org.
Also offered once a month at
Santa Sabina in San Rafael and at the Dance Palace in Pt. Reyes Station. For
schedule updates and carpool details, contact Devi at firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit www.singhildegard.com. No experience needed, drop-ins
always welcome. $15-$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.
Imagine the joy and fulfillment that a vibrant, daily spiritual practice brings.
But there are difficulties on the path.
The pull of daily life makes it hard to maintain rhythm and momentum.
When challenges arise, how do you engage them wisely?
Retreats and seminars are wonderful when they happen, but what do you do in between?
New Rain Online provides ongoing support for your spiritual practice.
Led by Taj Inayat and Gayan Macher, it will help you:
Keep your spiritual practice alive
Overcome discouragement and deadening routines
Engage in prayer as a continual revelation
Meditate confidently and effectively
How it Works:
Live monthly online class that will be recorded for your convenience
Weekly practice tips via email
Pose personal questions and concerns to Taj and Gayan
Periodic in-depth inquiry sessions
Supportive practice partner groups (optional)
The first session of New Rain Online runs from May 1 - July 31, 2015. After this, pricing
and structure may change, so it's a great time to join in at an introductory price.
To register or for more information: newrain.info/newrain-online/
NEW VIDEO online: "Love's Caravan: Sufism in the West"
Taken in 2008 at the Sufi Conference in Monterey and featuring Sheikh Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Imam Bilal Hyde,
Maata Lynn Barron, Pir Shabda Khan, and Pir Zia Inayat Khan, with musicians including Huzur Nawaz on Ney and K. Sridhar
This excellent short film explores some of Sufism's central themes:
its relationship with Islam, the transformative nature of divine love,
the practice of the dhikr (zikr), the intimacies of the heart and the tradition of the awliya. Pir Shabda leads dances and
talks about this form.
View it on Vimeo or
(16 min.) Accompanying videos include several worthwhile interviews.
Sufi Healing Circles (see the Calendar for details and any schedule changes)
♥ Afteroons the East Bay, monthly on the 3rd Wednesday (w/ occasional exceptions)
♥ Sebastopol, monthly on the 4th Tuesday
♥ Orinda, monthly on the first Saturday
♥ Ukiah, Friday mornings
♥ Berkeley, 2nd and 4th Monday evenings of each month
♥ San Francisco Sunday mornings at Khankah SAM
In Sufi practices, and particularly Sufi healing practices, our
intention is to touch and manifest divine qualities which always are alive within us. Sufism is based on experience and
not on premises; in our healing circles we use breath, sound, contemplation and
prayer to open and experience our 'hidden treasures' such as purification, compassion and
healing power which are our True Nature; and we perform the Absent Healing ritual of
Hazrat Inayat Khan to send healing light to others.
All are welcome, there is
no charge. Bring the name of anyone who has asked for healing.
Sufi Movement International events with Murshida Rabia Ana Perez Chisti, Orinda CA
Rabia writes, "Anyone who wishes to attend the Universal Worship is welcomed to join us every first Saturday of the
month at 11am to 12:30. We have a Vegan pot-luck lunch following the service.
From 4-5:30 we have the Healing Ritual and Class which is open to all folks.
We meet at Sanctuary Sharda
Sufi Movement International
11 Los Amigos Court
Orinda, CA. 94563
For info: Call 925-254-2250." Website: www.sufimovement.net. Center brochure
to Bhavani Judith Tucker's free Devotional Music Events email list, with dozens of
Kirtans, chanting, Gospel singing and much more, from many traditions, all around the Bay Area and North Bay.
'GOD IS BREATH' online series with Murshid Wali Ali Meyer:
Join an e-sangha, participate from anywhere !
Murshid Wali Ali and esoteric secretary Tawwaba Bloch are offering an opportunity to participate online in
the 11 month God is Breath class series and join a 'virtual sangha', working with a small group
to discuss and digest the rich material Wali Ali offers. Learn and experience basic to advanced Sufi practices!
The archived video recordings and associated materials
from the 2013 series will be used along with mentored online live meetings.
and descriptions are here.
The Heart, a Sufi view of the 99 Names of Allah -- a unique and powerful contemporary guide to Sufi
spiritual practice -- is available now in hard-cover
(price reduced), in paperback, and also in a feature-rich iPad / iPhone version, as well as e-reader version
for Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc.
Description and online ordering info here.
The Sufi Ruhaniat International Channel
features some 20 videos, featuring teachings from Pir Shabda Kahn, Murshid Wali Ali and other
SRI senior teachers, as well as Murshid SAM himself, the unforgettable Joe Miller, and a special Sufi youth video.
Khankah Sam is a Sufi spiritual community based around the former home of Murshid Samuel Lewis, now a residential and event center holding and spreading his wisdom, blessing and magnetism throughout the City and beyond.
Center info here
On MansurJohnson.com: Mansur's book
Murshid, letters from Pir
Moineddin, new photos for sale and much more.
News link: Rumi's Great Masterpiece Celebrating Mystical Love & Friendship, a new Coleman
"The Big Red Book".
Wahiduddin.net is an inexhaustible resource on
Sufi Teachings particularly Hazrat Inayat Khan, also the Dances and many other topics, maintained by the apparently tireless
Wahiduddin Richard Shelquist from Colorado.
New Sufi Order page for those interested in the Sufi practice of Retreat or Khilvat:
Baba Ram Dass, Bodhi and Leilah's
Doorway Into Light,
a project envisioned to reclaim the death of our bodies as a sacred
and spiritual passage.
Free talks on the life, teachings and transmission of HAZRAT PIR-O-MURSHID INAYAT KHAN
Who was this great Indian teacher, who brought Sufism to the West, taught in California, across the
US and in Europe, and left the earth plane
to rejoin the Beloved in 1927?
Learn of his life and teachings from an
authoritative source, Professor Sharif Graham, keeper of the Hazrat Inayat Khan archives in France for 12
years. These lively talks from a weekend seminar may be heard gratis on this site, with
illustrative photos also available.
By the power of prayer one opens the door of the heart, in which God,
the ever-forgiving, the all-merciful, abides.
-- Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan
Prayer, no matter how selfish it may seem, begins with a petition to a higher power. It admits the limitation of self, and so the Sufi recognizes good in every form of prayer. One also sees the childishness of some forms but regards the devotee as a child rather than as a sinner. In this way God looks upon such prayer. Divine forgiveness is unfathomable for it is God’s Nature to forgive. What prevents humanity from receiving this forgiveness is that every sin—in fact every act - makes its mark upon mind. Until one repents, that mark remains on the mind. Repentance is the sign of the awakening of the heart; it is the blood of the penitent which is called the blood of the Lamb in Christian terminology, which removes the thought-mark from the mind.
Sufis call this process "unlearning" when applied to acts or
knowledge having no moral quality and "penitence" when applied to acts or
knowledge having some moral significance. It is the awakening of heart which removes sins and burdens. Consequently there is no forgiveness without repentance; even God cannot touch the unrepentant until given the opportunity. At least so the Universe operates. While the love of God is beyond analysis, it always produces a maximum of harmony and beauty in life.
-- Murshid Samuel L Lewis