MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2013

Sufi Perspectives in Meditation

Stuart Brown

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

This class is a practical introduction to meditation for relaxation, concentration, and enhanced insight. We will place attention on our inner life as a balance to the demands of our outer life. We will enrich these basic practices with readings that draw from the poetry and other writings of the Sufis, among whom one may count the well known poets Rumi and Hafiz. There will also be opportunities for discussion. You may be wondering at this point, what is a “Sufi” ? Some have said it is "one who breathes well", or, "the son or daughter of the moment." It could be said that it applies to persons on a path of compassion and wisdom, a path whose steps are learned through direct experience, and are linked in a certain chain of transmission of teaching. What is transmitted, however, is not a dogma, ideology or intellectual "ism", but rather, it is being present to the inner dimension that is our essence. Amongst the Sufis, certain meditation practices and perspectives are used to foster conditions conducive to this mode of experience, and we will be exploring some of these in this class.

Contact: Stuart Brown,

Jan/10 Thu 06:30PM-07:45PM 56-167
Jan/17 Thu 06:30PM-07:45PM 56-167
Jan/24 Thu 06:30PM-07:45PM 56-167
Jan/31 Thu 06:30PM-07:45PM 56-167

There will be a different theme for each session, therefore it is recommended to attend all sessions. The first session will cover basic concepts and practice that will be used in later sessions.