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About Neil Douglas-Klotz
Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz is an internationally known scholar in the fields connecting religious studies and psychology as well as a poet and musician. He is the author of:
*Prayers of the Cosmos: Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus (1990);
*Desert Wisdom: The Middle Eastern Tradition from the Goddess Through the Sufis (1995);
*The Hidden Gospel: Decoding the Spirituality of the Aramaic Jesus (1999);
*The Genesis Meditations: A Shared Practice of Peace for Christians, Jews and Muslims (2003);
*The Sufi Book of Life: 99 Pathways of the Heart for the Modern Dervish (2005)
*Blessings of the Cosmos: Wisdom of the Heart from the Aramaic Words of Jesus (2006)
*The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims (2006, authored under the name of Saadi Shakur Chishti, with Rabbi Arthur Waskow and Sr. Joan Chittister)
*Desert Wisdom: A Nomad's Guide to Life's Big Questions from the Heart of the Native Middle East (2011). Extensively revised from the 1995 edition with many new translations.
*'I Am': The Secret Teachings of the Aramaic Jesus (2012)
*A Murder at Armageddon (2015, historical mystery novel authored under the name of A.K.A. Chisti)
*Illuminating the Shadow: The Love, Life and Laughter of a 20th century Sufi - Moineddin Jablonski. Editor, autobiographical collection. (2016).
His audio sets from Sounds True include: The Hidden Gospel, Original Prayer (on the Aramaic Prayer of Jesus), The Healing Breath (on the Beatitudes in Matthew and Jesus' healing ministry) and 'I Am' (on Jesus's last teachings to his disciples in the Gospels of John and Thomas).
He is the past chair of the Mysticism Group of the American Academy of Religion and active in various international colloquia and conferences dedicated to peace and spirituality. He directs the Edinburgh Institute for Advanced Learning (www.eial.org) in Edinburgh, Scotland. and co-founded the Edinburgh International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace, now in its sixth year (www.mesp.org.uk). In 2005 he was awarded the Kessler-Keener Foundation Peacemaker of the Year award for his work in Middle Eastern peacemaking. Information about his work may be found at the website of the Abwoon Resource Center (www.abwoon.com)
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Renowned Sufi scholar and teacher Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of The Sufi Book of Life and Prayers of the Cosmos, has revisioned his acclaimed 1995 classic for the 21st century. Praised by scientists, poets and mystics alike for its ecological approach to “hearing” the native wisdom of the Middle East on its own terms, Desert Wisdom takes us on a journey from ancient Egypt throughout the Middle East to Sufi poets like Rumi and Hafiz. In between, we spend time hearing Genesis the way a storyteller might have told it and sit at the feet of the Aramaic-speaking prophet, Yeshua of Nazareth.
Through it all, Desert Wisdom presents us ancient wisdom about life’s biggest questions like: Why am I here? Who am I? And how do I love?
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The stories in this book are drawn from the dozens that author has enjoyed telling in his seminars over the past 20 years. Most of them appear in works of the classical Sufis, like Rumi, Attar or S’adi. To preserve some of the in-person feeling and bring the language up-to-date, he has given them his own improvised turns. The goal here is to convey a aliveness that awakens a spark in the soul.
Included in this collection are stories about Jesus, Satan, Jonah and Mullah Nasridden.
Reinterpreting the Lord's Prayer and the Beatitudes from the vantage of Middle Eastern mysticism, Douglas–Klotz offers a radical new translation of the words of Jesus Christ that reveals a mystical, feminist, cosmic Christ.
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“Neil Douglas-Klotz has distilled his decades of rigorous scholarship, deep practice, and revolutionary insight into a potent elixir for our times.” —Mirabai Starr, translator of Julian of Norwich: The Showings and author of Wild Mercy
This book is an approach to Jesus’s recorded words and teachings through his native language, Aramaic, answering many questions clearly and consistently, even if unexpectedly, no matter which Gospel you have in your hands.
From the Introduction:
“Jesus’s teachings have been used historically to fuel what became modern Western culture, with all its pluses and minuses. At the same time, viewed through his native language, the same teachings provide a solution to our culture’s greatest challenges, pointing the way toward a proper use of our human individuality and will.”
Through expansions of Aramaic’s multiple meanings as well as guided contemplations, Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus provides a guide to transformation through the way of the prophet of Nazareth. It shows how Jesus’s deepest teachings address contemporary challenges, such as our relationships with nature and each other, as well as the purpose of life itself.
Revelations of the Aramaic Jesus is a guide to living an authentic interior life without dogma and a spiritual path that makes you more comfortable in your own, providing a sense of meaning and purpose.
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Sages and mystics throughout the centuries have sought inspiration in the wildness of nature. This little book gathers the sayings and stories of the women and men who have sunk their roots deep into inner retreat and brought forth wisdom for all times and peoples.
Here we find the stories and voices of desert fathers and mothers, forest hermits, mountain mystics, wandering philosophers, and wise eccentrics who maintained their solitude while living in society and challenged the status quo with humor. From East and West and everything in between. From Christian hermits, wandering Kabbalists, itinerant Sufis, Zen practitioners, Yogis, court jesters, transcendentalists, and freethinkers, Wild Wisdom gathers a timeless harvest for spiritual renewal.
By turns witty, startling, beautiful, and sublime, Wild Wisdom makes a fine companion for personal retreat, daily contemplation, or simply taking time out during a busy day.
“Here is the story of a mystic, a gardener, a Sufi, a Zen student, a true human being. Samuel Lewis' spiritual practice was deepened through his meetings with Hazrat Inayat Khan, but his teaching, his wisdom, came from his own visionary nature. Garden of Visions and Initiation takes us on the inner and outer journey of this remarkable man, who left us with the gift of the Dances of Universal Peace, and the living grace of a soul who embraced both love and pain in service to God.”
--Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D., author, Love is a Fire, the Sufis Mystical Journey Home.
“The reader of Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz's sensitively selected and annotated writings of Murshid Samuel Lewis (1876-1971) is taken on the tumultuous spiritual journey of a truly universal being; a voyage propelled throughout his life by the quest for Truth, whether through the teachings of Sufism, Zen Buddhism or any other divinely revealed path. The reader grows with Sufi Sam as he explores with sincerity the inner and outer world, experiences hope and disappointment, and dances through this earthly life with his trademark flashes of spiritual humour and love for all. A collection of writings that will be of particular interest for those westerners who, like Lewis himself, find their path through the teachings of the east.”
--Muneera Haeri, author of The Chishtis, A Living Light, co-author with Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri of Sufi Encounters.
“Whether you have known Lewis or are new to his work, it is illuminating to experience, in his compelling first person prose, how his determination to rise above the vicissitudes of his early years became fully realized in the form of an extraordinary capacity for healing the world.”
--W. A. Mathieu, author of The Listening Book and Bridge of Waves.
"Sufi Vision and Initiation (1986) was always for me a reference for chronology regarding the life of Sam Lewis. Now comes what could be described as an autobiography par excellence. Sam Lewis wrote in The Lotus and the Universe (1963): "This is not an autobiography, although one may come sometime." This book, Gardens of Vision and Initiation (2020) is as close to an autobiography as we will have. This updated chronology of Lewis's writings, dowsed from the files by the editor, is a labor of love."
--Mansur Johnson, author of Murshid: A personal memoir of life with American Sufi Samuel L. Lewis and compiler and editor of Big Tales: All the stories in the 12 volumes of The Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan.
"Everytime I remember Sam, I end up laughing at myself. That's pretty good work for a dead-rascal-saint."
--Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now and Still Here.
"I have no fonder memory of the 60's than the appearance of this strange-looking man, who said things which made me first laugh, then smile, then later pause in a preciation of a spiritual original, a pioneer."
--Dr. Jacob Needleman, author of The New Religions and Lost Christianity.
Der weltbekannte Dichter und Schriftsteller Khalil Gibran hat Millionen Menschen in aller Welt inspiriert – nach wie vor erfreuen sich seine Geschichten, Gedichte und Aphorismen höchster Beliebtheit. Die Texte in diesem Buch, zusammengestellt von dem renommierten Religionswissenschaftler und Sufi-Gelehrten Neil Douglas-Klotz und komplett neu übersetzt, lassen uns erkennen, was es bedeutet, wirklich zu leben.
«Cuidado, lector: aunque este libro es breve, contiene las semillas de una revolución.»
Matthew Fox, director fundador del Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality
Neil Douglas-Klotz, el sufí fundador de la red internacional de las Danzas de Paz Universal, nos regala una nueva interpretación de las palabras de Jesús a partir de su idioma original: el arameo. Descifrándolascon base en esa antigua realidad, Plegarias del Cosmos recorre las oraciones y las bienaventuranzas del misticismo del antiguo Medio Oriente, horadando su significado, además de que nos deja ver a un Cristo más místico, feminista, cósmico; leerlo es como tener la contraseña secreta a una verdad oculta a plena vista. Es un libro que nos permite experimentar las Escrituras a través del corazón, del cuerpo y de la meditación. Toda una revelación espiritual.
«Cuando leas este libro, no te quedará duda alguna de que Dios te ama infinita e incondicionalmente.»
Science of Mind
The book weaves autobiography, letters, poems, articles and interviews to provide a unique glimpse of an illuminated Western-born mystic. Jablonski faced enormous inner and outer challenges as he sought to establish an authentic, living Sufi tradition in the West, one not based on wealth or family privilege.
"A book of subtle messages which will challenge and inspire any serious seeker, regardless of ethnic or religious background."
—Muneera Haeri, author of The Chishtis: A Living Light and co-author with Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri of Sufi Links
"This book illuminates, in his own words, the life of a gentle and gifted soul. Over the three decades I knew Moineddin Jablonski we enjoyed many intimacies, including countless hours of music-making, the study of Sufism under his guidance, and open, spacious darshans. I thought I knew him well. But in reading Illuminating the Shadow I received a newly clear, coherent picture of the whole man in all his glories and tortures, and I’ve come to love him as never before. Thanks to this savvy presentation of his writings, Moineddin’s vision can now light the way for many more seekers of the realized life.”
—W. A. Mathieu, author of The Listening Book and Bridge of Waves
"We are indeed entering a new era of humanity, a time of massive inner and outer change and growth. Earth herself is giving birth to what she must become. Upheaval—personal, societal, and geologic—are the labor and birth pangs which will create greater consciousness of spiritual reality for all. As each one of us is moved into Soul-consciousness, and we are being so moved, we will select our own modes of spiritual realization. What we now know as 'Sufism' will become vastly expanded and transformed. It will be like the reported meeting of Inayat Khan and Nyogen Senzaki. They entered samadhi together, 'and Sufism and Zen became like yesterday's dream.'
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