02/04/2020 - 05/04/2020    
All Day


Lussier Center
3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI, 53711

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This retreat will now be held 26-28 March 2021.

Big Love in Times of Impermanence

with the Rev Tasnim Fernandez and Neil Douglas-Klotz

Life constantly asks us the same question: how do we connect the seen and unseen sides of life, its limited and unlimited expressions? From the moment we are born, what and why dominate our existence. While we may think of our lives in generalities, in big pictures, we live them in details. The unifying answer to all of the questions is love. Big love. Meaning not only romantic loves and friendships, but also how we deal honestly with teachers, students, family members, neighbours, acquaintances, enemies and, most importantly, ourselves. The Prophet Muhammad once said, “the inner path is all about how we conduct ourselves in life” (“the din is all adab”). This is why the larger questions of love feature so importantly in Sufi stories and poetry, as well as in the transmission of our lineage teachers.

Through teaching, poetry, stories, chant, meditation, zikr and Dances of Universal Peace, we will aim to go beyond the cultivated but tame stereotypes of love into its wild spaces and unanswered questions. These questions confront us every day in a world in which many things we thought certain—institutions, ways of relating to each other, even our environment—seem to be crumbling around us. In the words of the classical Sufi poets, we are living in a veritable “tavern of ruins.”

Time: All day Friday and Saturday (including lunch), not evenings. Half day Sunday.

Aramaic Prayer Cycle with Neil on Thursday evening, 7-9 pm, same location.

Flyer with full details.

Registration and Information: Basir: basir@madisonsufis.org