“All words and sounds have a beginning and an end, and therefore are form and body. . . An apothecary puts a pinch of medicine in a piece of paper. You wouldn’t say, ‘The whole of the apothecary’s shop is in this paper.’” Hazrat Mevlânâ
This coming fall, winter, and spring classes will be dedicated to the study of just one book the Isṭịlāhạ̄t al-Sụ̄fīyah, a "Glossary of Sufi Terms," authored by ʿAbd al-Razzāq al-Kāshānī. You can get the English translation with a free download at Glossary of Sufi Technical Words. Kāshānī, a Sufi master in the line of Ibn al Arabi, had the remarkable ability to use language that is simple and easy to grasp by the modern mind. Each of these classes will be a stand-alone experience. You can join one, two, or all three. The classes will offer the opportunity to enjoy a comprehensive study of this book, exploring levels of meaning of the language of tassawuf (classical Sufi cultivation of the inner life). This will offer you an ever-deepening understanding and realization of the practice of classical Sufism, leading to ever-greater clarity of both practice, cultivation of your inner life, and realization of stages of awakening (maqamat).
Fall Class Starts September 2nd – Ends November 26, 2023
Registration ends August 17th, 2023
Written lessons will be posted, along with pertinent practices (including an audio tape of the practice), every other week, allowing time to read, reflect, do the practices, ask questions or make online comments, and enter into a written dialogue with class participants from around the world as well as with Himayat. Participants can enter the class whenever it is convenient to do so and can print off the lessons and class material to review after the class ends.
There will be three international Zoom sangha sessions scheduled on Sundays, 1 PM (Eastern USA time) on September 10th, October 22nd, and November 26th. These sessions, although not required, strengthen practice, understanding the lessons, and provide a deepening sense of spiritual community (sangha). There will not be the customary Class Zoom Retreat scheduled this time, as I am giving several in person retreats during this period.
Pods, that are optional, will be created both in the USA and in Germany to support on-going dialogue and reflection with other class participants. All classes and Zoom meetings are given in English and will be translated into German.
Registration: Due by August 17th, 2023. Address tuition check of $195.00 to: Universal Awakening, PO Box 1958, Leicester, North Carolina 28748 or by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org.