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Friday, April 27, 2012 | SUFI MUSIC CLASS with Ahmet Erdogdular | 8-10 PM | $20 per class | Friday evenings – twice a month

This class will focus on developing singing skills as well as rhythms and improvisational techniques (such as kaside) used in zikir. We will work on familiarizing ourselves with the basic makams (music scales) through ilahis: find out what makams are about and how they can be recognized; and further, go over rel- evant rules of Ottoman Turkish Sufi music about using them. Attention will be given to voice and breathing techniques that help produce better sound quality. We will also work on ear training.

Ahmet Erdogdular is one of the most important musicians of the new genera- tion in Turkish classical music. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York, Graduate Center Ethnomusicology depart- ment. Ahmet’s two latest albums Songs of the Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of Love were released in New York and received worldwide attention. Ahmet Erdogdular graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he completed his master’s degree in Turkish classical music. He plays tanbur, oud and percussion and devotes his time to performing and teaching Ottoman Turkish classical music. He is president and artistic director of Makam New York, Inc a non-profit organization for Turkish classical music and arts.

website: www.ahmeterdogdular.com
*all proceeds from this event will go to the musicians.

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Saturday, April 14, 2012 | REGENERATIVE DESIGN | An Introduction to Permaculture with Julie Welch & Jorge Espinosa | 3 PM | Suggested donation $10

This workshop on Regenerative Design will cover an introduction to Permacul- ture and how through a fuller understanding of the way nature works humanity can achieve true sustainability by designing self renewing, regenerative, pro- ductive ecosystems.

Julie Welch is a teacher, gardener, student and farmer. She works at the Buck- minster Fuller Institute, the Old Stone House and Montview Neighborhood Farm. She is an apprentice teacher in urban permaculture in Brooklyn, New York and Northampton, Massachusetts and has an M.A. in sustainable land- scape design and planning from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

Jorge Espinosa studied Agriculture in Honduras, and is currently working on graduate studies in Integrative EcoSocial Design through Gaia University.

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April 13, 2012 | SUFI MUSIC CLASS with Ahmet Erdogdular | 8-10 PM | $20 per class | Friday evenings – twice a month – following class on April 27

This class will focus on developing singing skills as well as rhythms and improvisational techniques (such as kaside) used in zikir. We will work on familiarizing ourselves with the basic makams (music scales) through ilahis: find out what makams are about and how they can be recognized; and further, go over rel- evant rules of Ottoman Turkish Sufi music about using them. Attention will be given to voice and breathing techniques that help produce better sound quality. We will also work on ear training.

Ahmet Erdogdular is one of the most important musicians of the new genera- tion in Turkish classical music. He was a visiting scholar at Columbia University and City University of New York, Graduate Center Ethnomusicology depart- ment. Ahmet’s two latest albums Songs of the Sultans-Masterpieces of Turkish Classical Music and Niyaz-Sufi Songs of Love were released in New York and received worldwide attention. Ahmet Erdogdular graduated from Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory where he completed his master’s degree in Turkish classical music. He plays tanbur, oud and percussion and devotes his time to performing and teaching Ottoman Turkish classical music. He is president and artistic director of Makam New York, Inc a non-profit organization for Turkish classical music and arts.

website: www.ahmeterdogdular.com
*all proceeds from this event will go to the musicians.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | ANA’L HAQQ: Was Hallaj speaking the truth or covering up? | Lecture by Stephen Hirtenstein | 7:00 PM | Suggested Donation $10

When Hallaj (d. 922) spoke the (in)famously provocative words Ana’l-haqq (I am the Real/Truth), he was not only severely criticised – it led to his trial and execution in Baghdad. In this talk we will be looking at how this oft-quoted saying came to be understood by other Sufis and how it might be relevant to us today. What do people mean when they claim identity with the Divine? What exactly do we take to be true or real? In particular, we shall try to go beyond the common images of Hallaj by meditating on some of his poetry, which was so influential on later generations including Ibn ‘Arabi.

Stephen Hirtenstein is a long-time student of Ibn ’Arabi: he is co-founder of Anqa Publishing, editor of the Ibn ‘Arabi Society Journal, and translator of Ibn ‘Arabi’s work. He runs courses on Islamic mysticism at Oxford University, most recently a 5-week course on early Islamic mystical poetry.

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Saturday, March 3, 2012 | Opening the Heart: Ibn ‘Arabi on Suffering, Compassion and Atonement | Lecture by James Morris

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Saturday, March 3, 2012 | Opening the Heart: Ibn ‘Arabi on Suffering, Compassion and Atonement | Lecture by James Morris | 3pm | Suggested donation $10

Sometimes Ibn ‘Arabi’s Meccan Openings—despite their reputation for difficulty—offer amazingly direct and illuminating insights into life’s most basic rule-book. Certainly this is the case with his discussion of the central role of suffering in every person’s spiritual growth, and with his clarification of its key place in the nexus connecting our (mis)deeds, their painful consequences, and their ultimate fruits of compassion and spiritual growth. After introducing a few key passages outlining his teaching, we can turn to discussing and clarifying the experiences that help to bring those lessons alive.

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 ‘Arab?’s ‘Meccan Illuminations’ (2005); Orientations: Islamic Thought in a World Civilisation (2004); and Ibn ‘Arab?’s The Meccan Revelations (Pir Press, 2003).

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Sunday, Feb 26, 2012 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.

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Sunday, Jan 22, 2012 | Whirling Workshop by Sakina | 3:30 – 5:30 pm

Mevlana and Music: “The sema is like a spiritual field where one can plant seeds of faith. The teaching of Mevlana depends upon and is expressed in three elements: dance, music, and love.”

The workshop will be led by Sakina, a dervish of Shaykha Fariha al-Jerrahi. Please call or email to register for the workshop. Donations are welcome.