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April 3: Introduction to Sufism at Heart of Tibet

Zahir Roman Orest, a senior teacher in the Sufi tradition, will offer a practical introduction to this system of belief from 10:30 a.m. to Noon today at Heart of Tibet in the Linden Hills neighborhood. 

Sufism, in many ways a mystical offshoot of Islam, holds many parallels with Buddhist belief and practice.  Through contemplative prayer as well as ecstatic dance (the true origin of the term "Whirling Dervish") Sufi practitioners cultivate a connection with the idea of a shared divinity similar to the notion of mind or basic goodness in Buddhist traditions. 

Sufism suggests all beings are born with a potential for awakening that can be forgotten within life's circumstances, leading to the form of suffering the Buddha called Dukkha: a wheel out of kilter.  While Sufism is more formally connected to religious practice than Buddhism, Sufis honor, respect and encourage common experience shared across all traditions. 

The introductory talk will discuss joyfully living in the world as modern people with practical lives and responsibilities.  It will explore Dances of Universal Peace, the Sufi Practice of Remembrance (Zikr), Spiritual Walking, the Divine Names (Wazifa), Breath Practice, Sufi teachings, meditation, prayer, community and more.  Beginners are welcome.

Zahir Orest is a senior teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat Order and Dances of Universal Peace. His journey continues to studies in several Sufi lineages, Islam, mystical Christianity, Judaism, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

Heart of Tibet
3403 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis 

(612) 926-8723

To contact Zahir directly write or call (612) 926-4746.




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