Seminar: Sufi Mysticism and the Mystics © - # 60077
Instructor: Ana Perez-Chisti, Ph.D.
Faculty Bio: Ana is a National Representative for the Sufi Movement International USA. She is a teacher teacher and senior Interfaith Minister for several other Sufi orders as well. She is a member of the Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Buddhist Monastery in Boulder Creek, CA and teaches Vipassana meditation as taught in the Theravadan tradition. She is a trained yogini and martial artist in the areas of Kendo and Karate. Her professional involvement has taken her to India, Somalia South Africa, Nepal and Western Europe serving in Emergency Relief Agencies, Hospice Care Program and Prison Library Projects. Ana teaches seminars around the world on the subjects of the Unity of Spiritual Ideals, The Mystics, Sufism, Vipassana and Engaged Buddhism.
This course introduces Sufi Mysticism through the study of the most famous Sufi Mystics from the numerous lineages (Tariqats). The Sufi Mystics whose timeless works we will discover together have inspired generations of people in their quest for Unity with the Divine (Tawhid). The Mystics are: El-Ghazali, Omar Khayyam, Ibn AlArabi, Jalaluddin Rumi, Rabia AlAdwiyya of Basra, Hazrat Babajan of Afghanistan, Khwaja Moineddin Chisti, Mahmud Shabistari, Hazrat Inayat Kahn and Mula Nazrudin. We will study some of the essential writings of these Sufi masters and uncover the direct methodology that arose from their aspirations of heart-mind communication with the Divine.
Sufis have distilled the wisdom traditions from all religious systems and they have been the forerunners of tolerance and unity among religions of the world. Their pluralistic views continue to bring peace in times of conflict, ease in time of suffering, and their methods expediently open the door to the heart. Counter to encyclopedia sources, Sufis have always existed in the world even prior to the mission of Muhammad (SAAwS), yet Sufism became exalted after the rise of Islam.
The Mystical teachings are given to lead the wandering soul onward, stage by stage, until it reaches the desired goal and that is Perfect Union with the Divine Being. The Sufi Masters experiences, various methods, philosophies and ideals will be explored in this class so that one can become a deeper practitioner of their chosen spiritual path.
Class Schedule: Readings and Lecture Series
Monday October 25th 2004 - Introduction
Shah, pages 13-37, The Study of Sufism in the West
Chittick, pages 212-230, Knowing and Gods Self Disclosure
Chittick, pages 147-170, Knowledge and the Knower
Shah, pages 83-89, AlArabi
Shah, pages 123-147, The Major Orders:Chisthi/Qahiri
Shah, pages 64-67, Omar Khayyam
Tuesday October 26th 2004
Shah, pages 148-173, The Major Orders: Suhrawardi/Naqshbandi
Shabistari: The Secret Garden (Selections) (Handout)
Shah, pages 55-63, El Ghazali
Quasim, El Ghazali on Islamic Guidance (Handout)
Khan, pages 197-228, Character Building
Wednesday October 27th 2004
Shah, pages 110-119
Barks, Rumi, The Role of Poetry, selections suggested in class lecture
Smith, pages Rabia, Devotion, Insight, and Discipline, 1,9,88-110 (Handouts)
Thursday October 28th 2004
Khan, pages 233-262 Moral Culture
Shepard, pages 17-69, Hazrat Babajan (Handout)
Chittick, pages 231-252, Understanding the Quran
Friday October 29th 2004
Begg, pages 82-107, Moineddin Chisthi, Sufis in India (Handouts)
Shah, Nazrudin, Humor and the role of the Holy Fool (Handouts)
Questions and Answers/Discussion
Pre-Class Writing Assignment:
No pre-writing assignment required.
Post-Class Writing Assignment: 5-15 Pages
The topic for the post-paper will be discussed in class.
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