2004 Sufi Conference
May 13 - 16, 2004

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Uniting Inner and Outer
A Sufi Conference, May 13 - 16, 2004

MA LYNN BARRON travels around the country meditating with people and speaking about her mystical experience. This experience is described in her poem "The Unknown She". Lynn receives formal training in the classical tradition of Sufism from a Shaykh in India.

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Session: Abide in the Silence and She Will Come
Saturday, 10:00am - noon

IMAM BILAL HYDE has studied traditional Sufism for 30 years. He studied in Om Durman Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Medina and Mecca. He teaches Quranic recitation and serves as the Quran Reciter for Naqshbandi, Jerrahi, Mevlevi and Chishti orders throughout the United States. He lives with his wife and daughters in Albany California.

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Session: Introduction to the Zikr
Friday, 4:45pm - 5:45pm

EVENING ZIKR: Remembering the Beloved--Zikr Allah
Friday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

CAMILLE HELMINSKI is co-director of The Threshold Society, rooted in the Mevlevi Sufi tradition, and a writer and translator of Sufi literature.

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LECTURE: Opening Talk with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee Thursday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Session: Conversations with the Beloved
Friday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Saturday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm


KHATIBA GRAIS is a Representative and a Retreat Guide of the Sufi Order International. She is a teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International and a certified Dance Leader for the Dances of Universal Peace. She has been involved in the Sufi Path for thirty years and is deeply indebted to Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, Murshida Taj Inayat, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Murshid Samuel Lewis, and Pir Shabda Kahn for their guidance, influence and inspiration and their tireless work for the furtherance of the Sufi Message.

Her ecstasy is dancing and singing in Allah.

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Session: Dancing for Joy: Dances of Universal Peace (Sufi Dancing)
Saturday, 10:00am - noon and 2:30pm - 4:30pm


KABIR HELMINSKI is a Shaikh of the Mevlevi Order and is the co-director of the Threshold Society, a non-profit educational foundation that has developed programs that provide a structure for practice and study within Sufism and spiritual psychology. Translator of many volumes of Sufi literature, including the works of Rumi, he is the author of two books on Sufism: Living Presence and The Knowing Heart.

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Session: What Kind of Human Being is Needed Today?
Friday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Saturday, 10:00am - noon

SHAHABUDDIN DAVID LESS has devoted his life to the propagation of the message of spiritual unity for people of all faiths and spiritual paths. He is also an esoteric guide to many individuals around the world as well as teaching meditation, spiritual dance and Sufism. He is the founder of Rising Tide International, a spiritual center and community dedicated to teachings based upon joy and the transformation of consciousness by awakening the heart.

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Session: The Journey of the Soul
Friday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Saturday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm


LLEWELLYN VAUGHAN-LEE is a Sheikh of the Naqshbandi Sufi Order. He has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology. He is the author of several books including Working with Oneness and The Face Before I Was Born: A Spiritual Autobiography.

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LECTURE: Opening Talk with Camille Helminski, Thursday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

LECTURE: The Station of Servanthood
Friday, 11:30am - 12:45pm

Session: Catching the Thread: Dreamwork as a Spiritual Practice,
Saturday, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

LECTURE: Embracing the One, Living the One
Sunday, 10:00am - noon

PIR ZIA INAYAT KHAN is the son and successor of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. He serves as president of the Sufi Order International, North America, residing and teaching at The Abode of the Message, a spiritual community and retreat center in upstate New York. Pir Zia is editor of A Pearl in Wine: Essays on the Life, Music, and Sufism of Hazrat Inayat Khan (Omega Publications, 2001).

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LECTURE: Sacred Ground
Friday, 9:30am - 11:00am

Session: Sufi Meditation
Saturday, 10:00am - noon