Date & Time
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
One key to meditation is the phenomenon of “presence.” Mindfulness, meditation, contemplation, and remembrance are all based in a fundamental human capacity — presence — which, unfortunately, is rarely experienced in our fast-moving, depersonalized, technologized existence.
We will explore the comprehensive nature of presence, a state of self-awareness that encompasses a spectrum of human functions: bodily sensation, breath, emotion, thought, intuition, all the way to the subtlest state of non-dual experience. In other words, presence is the portal to Reality.
Presence leads us to a true experience of the Spiritual Heart, our fundamental cognitive instrument through which we experience relationship and know existence qualitatively. But lest we think the discovery of presence and heart is attained merely through intellectual or psychological means, I would like to quote a great Sufi, Abul Hasan Kharaqani, from the 11th century:
“How glorious this little human heart,
ailing in this Love and refusing to recover,
though everything in this creation
is offered at her feet.”
A One-Day Workshop
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
$190 (Members & Nonmembers) Early Bird rate of $165 expires on 2/13
This program can be taken individually or as part of the Meditative & Contemplative Studies Training program.
New York Open Center
Kabir Helminski is a Sufi teacher in the Mevlevi Order, a 750-year-old tradition based on the teachings of the mystic Rumi. In 2009 and subsequent years, he was named “One of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World.” From 1980 until 1999, he was the director of Threshold Books, one of the foremost publishers of Sufi literature. Kabir is the author of The Knowing Heart, Living Presence (Tarcher/Penguin), and the forthcoming Holistic Islam. He has also authored two volumes for the Book Foundation, The Book of Language: Exploring the Spiritual Vocabulary of Islam and The Book of Revelations: A Sourcebook of Selections from the Qur’an Sufism.