MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Stuart W. Brown



Sufi Perspectives in Meditation

Stuart Brown

Add to Calendar Jan/07 Wed 06:00PM-07:30PM 56-167
Add to Calendar Jan/14 Wed 06:00PM-07:30PM 56-167
Add to Calendar Jan/21 Wed 06:00PM-07:30PM 56-167
Add to Calendar Jan/28 Wed 06:00PM-07:30PM 56-167

Enrollment: Limited: First come, first served (no advance sign-up)
Attendance: Repeating event, particpants welcome at any session

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, sabrown@mit.edu