Melbourne Retreat – January 2016
Our January Retreat will be held from Friday (afternoon/evening) 22 Jan – Monday ( Morning) 25 Jan at the Vine and Branches Education Centre, 27 Bonds Rd, Lower Plenty , Melbourne 3093. More details to come soon. To register your interest please use our contact form.
Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim
In the name of the Divine, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
Insha’ Allah (God willing) Shaykh Ibrahim will be in Melbourne for our next gathering on Thursday the 12th of November, from 7pm -9pm at Nicholson st, Nth Carlton.
From traditional Sufi tales
‘A man was drowning in the lake near a little village. Many people around tried to reach out his hand in order to save him, shouting “Give me your hand! Give me your hand!…” But he didn’t hear them, he just continued to flounder and to drown.
A Wiseman, who was walking through the village, came near to the lake and asked “Who’s that man?” Someone answered “He’s the most stingy man in our village!” The Wiseman went near the water, stretched out his arm and told him “Take my hand!” Immediately the stingy one grabbed the Wiseman’s hand and saved himself.’
Sufism is a sensible, useful spiritual practice. It is not a religion, and all are welcome. Please come with an open heart and an open mind.
Sufism is an ancient spiritual tradition of learning how to take the journey to your heart, and accordingly to the Divine. The teachings derive from thousands of years of spiritual practices. For a history and overview, see Idries Shah’s The Sufis or Pir Taner Ansari’s The Sun Will Rise in the West.
We currently meet at the back of a healing centre. We usually sit on cushions. If you have a physical restriction there are also chairs. We will do our best to answer any questions that you may have related to our teachings. Time will be devoted to discussion as needed.
We usually conduct the Sufi Ceremony of Remembrance (Zikr). The length varies from 30-60 minutes.
Traditional Sufi teaching stories and poetry may be presented. These include works by Rumi, Hafiz and Nasruddin. We’ll discuss the symbols and metaphors used and how Sufi teachings are expressed through art over the centuries.
It is appropriate and customary to share food afterwards. Various teas will be served.
If you have any questions that have not been answered, please use our Contact Form. If you need particular arrangements made, please let us know.