SUFI Issue #87-ENVIRONMENT features LES SPONSEL on Spiritual Ecology, SEEKING THE KOGI a journey in Colombia, artist ANDY GOLDSWORTHY photo essay, and an interview with SATISH KUMAR on his New Ecological Paradigm.
Winter Issue: Sufism
Issue #86 features CARL ERNST Interview on Sufism, RUMI Beyond Religion, DISCOURSE Spiritual Yearning LLEWELLYN VAUGHAN-LEE Adab-Sufi Etiquette, JOHN L. CAUGHEY An American Ethnographer in a Sufi Community,
The Illusion of Self
by Alireza Nurbakhsh
Each of us tends to think of him- or herself as a distinct being, a “self” that is both separate from other people and separate from our bodies and our perceptions, thoughts and feelings.
Sudipto Chatterjee’s Search for the ‘Man of the Heart’
By Sholeh Johnston
For issue #85 of SUFI, theatre artist and academic Sudipto Chatterjee shared the work he is doing to bring the songs of renown Baul poet, Lalon Phokir, to the stage.
Archives Issue #84: Altruism, Healing and Sufism in West Africa
FROM THE EDITORS
In this Issue of SUFI, Dr. Alireza Nurbakhsh tells us altruism is fundamental not only to our spirituality but to our identity as human beings. Examples of this are found in the powerful healing combination of Sufism and shamanism embodied by Shaikh Rahmi Oruç Güvenç and in the ancient Blessing Way chants of Medicine Woman Sheila Goldtooth. Readers will also find in this Issue a fascinating exploration of Sufism in West Africa through the eyes of a contemporary Sufi Shaikh in Senegal.
DISCOURSE, ARTICLES, NARRATIVES AND INTERVIEWS
CARING FOR OTHERS Sufism and Altruism Discourse by Dr Alireza Nurbakhsh | Read entire discourse >
SHAMANIC TRADITIONS AND SUFISM Oruç Güvenç and the Healing Power of Music by Azize Güvenç and Yousef Daoud | Read more >
SUFISM IN WEST AFRICA by Zachary Wright
BLESSING WAY SINGER A Visit with Navajo Medicine Woman Sheila Goldtooth Interviewed by Chara Nelson, Photography by Alex Cowie
SENEGAL, SUFISM & POLITICS A Conversation with Seydou Diop Interviewed by Annie Stopford and Eugene Ulman | Read more >
THE ENORMITY CLUB Narrative by Jan Shoemaker | Read more >
MERCAN DEDE Turns the Tables on Sufism by Michele Rousseau | Read more >
HELIOFANT PRODUCTIONS I, Pet Goat II by Sholeh Johnston
JESSIKA KENNEY Singing from the Heart by Sholeh Johnston
FILM REVIEW Beasts of the Southern Wild by Peter Valentyne
BOOK REVIEWS by Peter Valentyne
Seven Thousand Ways to Listen (Mark Nepo)
The Divine Flood (Rudiger Seesemann)
Saracen Chivalry (Pir Zia Inayat-khan)
In this Forest of Monks (Daniel Skach-Mills)
From Him by Dr. Javad Nurbakhsh
Prayer of the White-Tailed Tropical Bird by Eve Powers
Attendant Spirits by Mark Nepo
Silence by Alex Cowie
We are all Born Naked into this World by Robert Sternau
To Love by Roger Loff The Obedience of Iblis, the Devil by David Sulivan
MARK NEPO Poet & Philosopher(marknepo.com)
YARI OSTOVANY Painter (yariostovany.com)
(front cover artwork: Bear Bull Shaman, Blackfoot Medicine Man by Otto Rapp)
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Featured Poet: Mark Nepo
MARK NEPO is a poet and philosopher who has taught in the fields of poetry and spirituality for over thirty-five years. Here, he shares with us four of his recent poems.
RENOWNED BAUL SINGER SHARES HER MUSIC WITH SUFIParvathy Baul is a singer, painter and storyteller from West Bengal. She is both trained in the Baul order and studied visual arts at the Kala Bhavan University at Shantiniketan.
Turning to Hafez
THE ART OF FIGURAL CALLIGRAPHY
by Jila PeacockI was born in Tehran to an English mother and Iranian father, and, although English was my mother tongue, my first written language was Persian, which I studied from the age of seven at my Iranian primary school. I remember being introduced at that time to snippets of Ferdousi in my first textbooks, to Sa‘di, my father’s favorite poet, and Edward Fitzgerald’s translations of Khayyam, which my mother would always recite by heart. My introduction to Hafiz came much later in life.