We follow the principle that "there are as many ways to God as there are human souls." We move in two directions: horizontally outward to embrace wider and wider visions of community among all beings, and vertically toward the heights of Divine Awareness and the depths of Inner Reality (which are one and the same). Friends within our community walk many paths: traditional and modern Sufism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, the Red Road of the Native Americans, and more. Our common thread is participation in Divine Reality, the living landscape of the soul and spirit, which includes this beautiful Earth and all authentic sacred paths. Welcome!
Sufism is both the mystical inner tradition of Islam and the aquifer of spiritual depth that exists beneath the surface of life, taking different forms in different times, places and cultures.The dervish, or Sufi student, is a door between the worlds - the inner and the outer, the seen and the Unseen, the self and the Self. Inshallah (God willing), our Center is also such a doorway.
A painter, photographer, classical pianist and folkdancer, Muhammad Jamal is author of The Garden of Mystic Love: Sufism and the Turkish Tradition and Lifting the Boundaries: Muzaffer Efendi and the Transmission of Sufism to the West. His forthcoming book focuses on the universal approach of his three teachers, Pir Vilayat Khan, Lex Hixon (Sh. Nur) and Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi.
Explore Sufism, current paradigm shifts and the Essential Oneness behind the various faiths, through teaching, discussion and direct experience. Encounter the lives and teachings of Halveti-Jerrahi Grand Shaykh Muzafffer Efendi, his American Khalif, Shaykh Nur al-Jerrahi/Lex Hixon and other teachers who helped bring Sufism to America. Experience teachings, practices and ceremonies from the Helveti-Jerrahi and Sufi Order International lineages, including Zikr, Dances of Universal Peace, and Universal Worship. Traditional and Western Sufism meet in one person in an atmosphere that honors all world religions and the Oneness underlying all the diverse paths. Everyone is welcome. The suggested donation of $150 for the weekend can be adjusted to your comfort level as needed (down to a can of food for the foodshelf if that's what you can do.)
Friday night, 7-9pm Dances of Universal Peace. Saturday, 10-4 Practices, Discussion, Stories and Teaching. Sunday, 10am - noon Universal Worship. Hope to see you there!
Learn more about these practices and this broad and deep field of study.
In Flux: The schedule below was a goal, and it turns out it's not exactly what we're doing. This zikr was too short, so we're back to a longer one, and the living tasbih, community discussion time and salat are offered as appropriate to the energy of each evening and the group that is there. We do have a firm finish at 9:00 or 9:15, with the option to bow gracefully and leave earlier if you are 'full' or have to get up early. I'm leaving the schedule up for now to show you the elements we have to work with. The one additional thing we sometimes do is toning - each singing the notes of our heart and soul in that moment - without consciously trying to, we make a beautiful symphony together!
7:00 pm - Sitting and Standing Zikr. 8:00 pm - "Living Tasbih" (where we each become one prayer bead on the string of beads in God's hand). 8:10 pm - Sohbet (spiritual teaching/conversation/community/family/dream-sharing time). 8:40 pm - Salat (the beautiful Muslim prayer), short and very sweet, in Arabic and English. This is in modules now, so you can easily stay for the first hour or till any break-point thereafter. Bring a friend! Come drink the wine of bliss and the milk of knowledge! Come explore deep and high! Come join what my shaykh called "the joyful uproar of the lovers"!
"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrong of the injured." "You will be with those you love." - the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace. Handouts of hadith and Qur'an quotes of peace, love, justice and beauty available by request.