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Saturday, October 25, 2014 | DREAM, SLEEPWALKING AND AWAKENINGS: Ibn ‘Arabi on the Mysteries of Divine “Cinema” and Its Human Reflections | Lecture by James Morris

Virtually every author introducing Ibn ‘Arabi has highlighted his characteristic under- standing of manifest creation as a kind of divine Imagining (khiyal) or cosmic shadow- theater. But what does that vast metaphysical vision mean for us, for our experience of life and its dramas and transformations? Drawing on a few key passages from the key penultimate section (559) of his “Meccan Illuminations”, which summarizes the central teachings of each preceding chapter in that immense work, we shall explore the ways his accounts there of spiritual realization and awakening revealingly parallel more famil- iar dimensions of cinema and related arts in our own experience and cultural setting.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014 | DREAM, SLEEPWALKING AND AWAKENINGS: Ibn ‘Arabi on the Mysteries of Divine “Cinema” and Its Human Reflections | Lecture by James Morris | 3pm | Suggested donation $10

Virtually every author introducing Ibn ‘Arabi has highlighted his characteristic under- standing of manifest creation as a kind of divine Imagining (khiyal) or cosmic shadow- theater. But what does that vast metaphysical vision mean for us, for our experience of life and its dramas and transformations? Drawing on a few key passages from the key penultimate section (559) of his “Meccan Illuminations”, which summarizes the central teachings of each preceding chapter in that immense work, we shall explore the ways his accounts there of spiritual realization and awakening revealingly parallel more famil- iar dimensions of cinema and related arts in our own experience and cultural setting.

Professor James Morris (Boston College) has taught Islamic and comparative religious studies at the Universities of Exeter, Princeton, Oberlin, and the Sorbonne, and lectures widely on Sufism, the Islamic humanities, Islamic philosophy, the Qur’an, and Shiite thought. Recent books include Ostad Elahi’s Knowing the Spirit (2007); The Reflective Heart: Discovering Spiritual Intelligence in Ibn ‘Arabi’s ‘Meccan Illuminations’ (2005); Orientations: Islamic Thought in a World Civilisation (2004); and Ibn ‘Arabi’s The Meccan Revelations (Pir Press, 2003).

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble | 8:00 – 11:00 pm | $25

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TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

Qawwali is the most explosive Sufi devotion music of the Indian Subcontinent. It is of no surprise that of all world genres it is Qawwali that has gained an increasing amount of international appeal.

The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble is the leading representation of this music worldwide. Through their consistent high profile appearances in both Pakistan & abroad they have captured the hearts of thousands.

The intensity of their stage performance with its smooth melodic overtures, fierce leaps of vocal passion ridding on heavy rhythmic grooves & rich vocal choruses have captivated audiences in Pakistan, India, North Africa, Thailand, England, Indonesia, Australia, the USA and beyond.

After another winter of Qawwali events abroad at such prominent places as the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Urs Pak Pattan ( Pakistan’s largest Qawwali event ), New Delhi ( India ) & Australia; the members of Fanna-Fi-Allah reunite in California for their 13th annual American summer tour.

Coming from the initiated lineage of iconic Qawwali great Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this ensemble continues onward towards promoting Pakistan’s great Sufi tradition in the west.

Web site: www.fanna-fi-allah.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fanna-Fi-Allah-Sufi-Qawwali/259289607421389?fref=ts
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal
CD/Digital Music Publications: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/fannafiallah

Track streaming : Here are two links to listening to music free:
https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal/naubat-nagare-qawwali-dhammal
https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal/ya-mustafa-nur-ul-khuda

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Friday, February 21, 2014 | Prayer for Unity Among People of all Religions with Lorna Byrne, Betty Williams, and Shaykha Fariha | 7:30 pm

Come pray with Lorna Byrne (Irish mystic and international bestselling author), Betty Williams (Nobel peace prize winner) and Shaykha Fariha (spiritual teacher) in the house of the Sufis for unity among people of all religions. Praying together, across the different borders of religion and creed, is one of the most powerful means of bringing peace to our human family. For, without our hearts joined together in prayer, we will only realize a temporary strategic peace which soon falls apart. Please come join these three women of prayer and other faith leaders on the evening of Friday, February 21st, at 7:30, at the Sufi House of prayer called Dergah al Farah.

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Lorna Byrne

Lorna Byrne is a Sunday Times #1 bestselling author based in Ireland and has more than a million readers around the world and her books have been translated into 27 languages.

Lorna has been seeing angels since she was a baby. Very unusually, she sees angels physically with as much clarity as the rest of us see people and she sees them every day. This diminutive, soft-spoken, uneducated Irish woman who did not talk about what she was seeing until seven years ago, says she has no idea why she can see angels when others can’t, adding that she is just an ordinary person.

While it is difficult to believe that someone can see angels physically the clarity and hope inherent in Lorna’s message that everyone regardless of religion has a guardian angel, has made her a world-wide phenomenon. She has been featured extensively in respected European media – including BBC TV and Radio, The Economist, The Observer, The Telegraph, The Times, The Catholic Herald. Prof Tariq Ramadan named her autobiography Angels in my Hair as his book of the year in Foreign Policy magazine, and both Professor John Esposito and Imam Raul Feisal have endorsed her latest book. A Message of Hope from the Angels.  You can see more about Lorna here http://www.lornabyrne.com

Lorna has continually emphasised the special role that America is called upon to play in the spiritual evolution of humanity and in bringing peace to our world, that America is where the solutions to many of the world’s problems will come from – including the problems relating to wars based on religious divides. She believes that more unity among American Muslims can make an important contribution to world peace.

Betty Williams

Betty Williams along with Mairead Corrigan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work to bring peace in her native Northern Ireland. Her major contribution was in  bringing ordinary people – men and women, Protestants and Catholics together on the streets “arm in arm” to say no to violence.

In the 30 years since the award, Mrs. Williams has devoted her life to creating a new way forward, a movement to begin a reversal of thinking on how we deal with the injustices, cruelty and horror perpetrated on the world’s children.

This has led Mrs Williams to set up World Centers of Compassion for Children International http://www.centersofcompassion.org/   (the advisory board of which includes  His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Laureate and  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate).

“The Nobel Peace Prize is not awarded for what one has done, but hopefully what one will do”. – Betty Williams

See  Mrs Williams interviewed about her work here http://www.centersofcompassion.org/betty-williams.php

Shaykha Fariha

Shaykha Fariha is the spiritual guide of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order in New York City. She was born in 1947 into a socially committed, eclectic Catholic family in Houston, Texas. At the age of 29, she met her teacher, Shaykh Muzaffer Ozak of Istanbul, and received direct transmission from him in 1980. Shaykh Muzaffer also gave direct transmission to Lex Hixon (Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi), who envisioned a radical and illumined path of the heart which he called Universal Islam. After Shaykh Nur’s death, Fariha took on the guidance of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order, with circles around the world. This lineage offers the nectar of teachings of the Prophet Muhammed, peace be upon him, which guide the seeker to self-knowledge and immersion in God. The sacred practices of zikr, prayer, charitable living, fasting and retreat are all embraced. Every Thursday, Fariha with her husband Ali and the dervishes invite all seekers into the circle of zikr at the Dergah al-Farah in NYC.

http://www.nurashkijerrahi.org