Sufism, the mystical expression of Islam, has been called "the path of the heart" and that is a good description of this spiritual tradition that emphasizes the soul's love and yearning for God as the Beloved. For all those who have thrilled to Rumi's ecstatic poetry, this emphasis will make perfect sense. Sufi practices revolve around devotion to God through faith, humility, gratitude, courtesy, and generosity. In addition, Sufism is known as a school for knowledge of the inner self and an exploration of the route of self-transformation.
With its rich blend of mystical poetry, diverse literature, and spiritual ethics, Sufism provides us an awesome compendium of wisdom that is both practical and profound. We look into all these aspects of this path in "Practicing Spirituality with Sufis."
This is not a course on the history of Sufism or a summary of its basic teachings. It is virtually impossible to do justice to the richness and diversity of this tradition and Islam, the religion from which it emerged. Instead we will present passages from the writings of some of today's finest Sufi teachers including Kabir Helminski, Robert Frager, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Jamal Rahman, and Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, as well as teachers from the long history of this tradition. They offer us many insights into Sufi practices for purifying the heart and activating spirit.
If you want to grow a bigger heart and stay in tune with the Beloved every day, this e-course is for you. You will receive 40 emails, each with a thought-provoking and soul-stirring quotation from a Sufi, past or present, for you to reflect upon. The email will also contain a suggestion for how you can practice the teaching in your everyday life.
(6 CEHs for Chaplains available.)
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