2008 Sufi Conference
October 16 - 19, 2008

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Sufi Order International
Winged Heart

California Institute of Integral Studies





Bird on a Rose

The Awakening
of the

A Sufi Conference,
October 16 - 19, 2008

A nightingale falls
in love with the Rose.
The whole affair begins
with just one look
from God.

- Yunus Emre












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IMAM BILAL HYDE has pursued traditional Sufism for 35 years. He studied in Om Durman, Sudan and Egypt; Medina and Mecca. He teaches Quranic recitation and serves as Imam for Naqshbandi, Chisti, Mevlevi and Jerrahi Sufi Orders and teaches classes on the inner meanings of the Qur'an throughout the United States. He leads retreats at the Abode of the Message in New York for the Sufi Order of the West, at HeartSong in the Mid-West, at Lama Foundation in New Mexico and in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives in Albany, California with his wife and daughters. Imam Bilal has a wonderful way of making the complex accessible. His manner is warm and sets one at-ease while engaging in the exploration of advanced metaphysical concepts and their applications.


SESSION: Remembering Love: Introduction to the Zikr
Friday, 4:00pm - 5:45pm

EVENING ZIKR: Remembering Love
Friday, 7:30pm - 9:30pm


K. SRIDHAR is rare among classical Indian musicians in that he is fluent in both the precise and rhythmic Carnatic tradition of southern India and the more commonly known and ornate Hindustani style of northern India.  While capable of performing in a broad range of styles, as a senior disciple of Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Sridhar’s concerts are known for their contemplative alaaps, which are expected in the traditionally classical and devotional Dhrupad style.  In 1982 he began touring internationally and has performed throughout Europe, North America, Scandinavia, Israel, Australia, and the Far East particularly under the auspices of Peter Gabriel’s non-profit W.O.M.A.D.  It is to Sridhar’s Sufi guru that he gives credit for giving his music a quality often described as “an aspiration towards spiritual bliss.”


SESSION: Listening From the Heart
Friday, 2:00pm - 3:45pm

CONCERT: North Indian Classical Music on Sarod
Saturday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

LLEWELLYN VAUGHAN-LEE is a Sufi teacher in the Naqshbandiyya-Mujaddidiyya Sufi Order. He has specialized in the area of dreamwork, integrating the ancient Sufi approach to dreams with the insights of modern psychology. In recent years the focus of his writing and teaching has been on spiritual responsibility in our present time of transition, and the emerging global consciousness of oneness. Author of several books, including Alchemy of Light: Working with the Primal Energies of Life, Awakening the World: A Global Dimension to Spiritual Practice, Spiritual Power: How it Works, and The Face Before I was Born: A Spiritual Autobiography, he lectures throughout the United States and Europe.


LECTURE: Opening Talk with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
Thursday, 8:00pm - 10:00pm

LECTURE: The Simplicity of Love
Friday, 10:00am - 12:00pm

SESSION: Sohbet: Spiritual Conversation
Saturday, 4:00pm - 5:45pm

LECTURE: Welcoming the Unknown
Sunday, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Lynn Barron Photo

MAATA LYNN BARRON received her formal training in the classical tradition of Sufism from a Shaykh in India. She is known and loved throughout the United States for her teaching and her poem "The Unknown She." She is interviewed and profiled in Hilary Hart's The Unknown She: Eight Faces of an Emerging Consciousness.

weblink: Interview with Maata Lynn Barron through the Global Oneness Project, click here to view interview

SESSION: Be Still -- Awake
Saturday, 2:00pm - 3:45pm
Saturday, 4:00pm - 5:45pm

 Peter Kingsley

PETER KINGSLEY'S groundbreaking work on the origins of western spirituality, philosophy and culture is recognized around the world. Through his writings as well as lectures he speaks straight to the heart, and has helped to transform many people's understanding not only of the past but of who they are. The author of three books including Reality and In the Dark Places of Wisdom, he is currently an honorary professor at both the University of New Mexico and Simon Fraser University in Canada.

Interview with Peter Kingsley through the Global Oneness Project, click here to view interview

SESSION:: Awakening to Life
Saturday, 2:00pm - 3:45pm

LECTURE: Approaching the Heart
Sunday, 9:30am - 11:00am

Shabdha Kahn

PIR SHABDA KAHN, a direct disciple of the American Sufi Master, Murshid Samuel Lewis, has been practicing Sufism since 1969 and since 2001, is the Pir (Spiritual Director) of the Sufi Ruhaniat International, the lineage tracing from Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis.  He has studied and performed North Indian Classical Vocal Music under the guidance of the late Master Singer, Pandit Pran Nath, since 1972.  He is also a disciple of the illustrious Tibetan Master, the 12th TaiSitu Rinpoche.  Shabda leads retreats and camps in Sufism with an emphasis on the mysticism of breath; the science and art of wazifa and zikr; music; the walking meditations of Murshid Samuel Lewis and opening the heart.  He brings gentleness and humor in transmitting the rich lineage of Sufism.


SESSION: Dances of Universal Peace
Friday, 4:00pm - 5:45pm

Saturday, 4:00pm - 5:45pm

Pir Zia Inayat Kahn

PIR ZIA INAYAT KHAN is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is also the President of the Suluk Academy and Executive Editor of Elixir magazine. Pir Zia holds a Doctoral degree in Religion from Duke University and is a recipient of the U Thant Peace Award.


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

SESSION: The Art of Breath
Friday, 2:00pm - 3:45pm

LECTURE: Sufism’s Contribution to Planetary Culture
Saturday, 10:00am - 11:30am

Zakira Beasely

ZAKIRA BEASLEY has been a follower of the Sufi path since 1972, and has been deeply influenced by the teachings and examples of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Murshid Samuel Lewis. In the fall of 2001 she met Sheikh Hamza Al Qadiri Al Butchishi in a dream, and the path took a new turn when she journeyed to Morocco the following year. Her life now includes teaching English to immigrants and expanding an internet news delivery business. She and her husband live in Virginia where they are enjoying the delights of young grandchildren.


SESSION:Love Revealing Itself in Life
Saturday, 2:00pm - 3:45pm