Naropa University's School of Extended Studies Presents The Breeze of Simplicity Weekend Workshop with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

BOULDER, Colo. (October 18, 2013)--Naropa University's School of Extended Studies welcomes Pir Zia Inayat-Khan for "The Breeze of Simplicity" weekend workshop. Inayat-Khan's visit will begin on November 15 with a public talk, followed by a weekend workshop, taking place November 16-17.

WHAT: "The Breeze of Simplicity: The Way of Illumination" with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan
WHEN: Public talk: Friday, November 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Workshop: Saturday, November 16-17, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Nalanda Events Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
COST: $20 for public talk; $200 for whole weekend

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, PhD, is a scholar and teacher of Sufism in the lineage of his grandfather, Pir-o-Murshid Khan (also known as Hazrat Inayat Khan, 1882-1927) as embodied in twelve volumes of published works, numerous unpublished papers, and an unbroken oral tradition. Like his father, Pir Vilayat Khan, and his grandfather, Inayat-Khan's teachings represent a vital contemporary articulation of Sufism and a potent framework for the transformation of consciousness.

"The Breeze of Simplicity: The Way of Illumination" will include a concise overview of Sufi history, an examination of the special contributions of Hazrat Inayat Khan, an outline of his contemplative methodology, and an experiential introduction to the foundational practices he taught. It is a one-credit class for students, and  also has a limited number of seats open to the public. To learn more or to register, please visit www.naropa.edu/extended-studies.  

Pir Zia Inayat- Khan received his BA (Hons) in Persian Literature from the London School of Oriental and African Studies, and his MA and PhD in Religion from Duke University. Pir Zia is founder of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom, an inter-spiritual, interdisciplinary fellowship dedicated to the unfolding of wisdom in our time, and also of Suluk Academy, a school of contemplative study with branches in the United States and Europe. His latest book, Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity and the Mystical Quest, published by Suluk Press, is now available through Omega Publications (www.omegapub.com).

"The Breeze of Simplicity" meditation weekend is a course that introduces spiritual practices, meditation, and various themes from specific spiritual traditions. The spiritual tradition varies depending on the visiting instructor presenting. Students of all skill levels are welcome. The weekend includes lectures, discussion, meditation, and/or other spiritual practices.

Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Naropa University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. This approach to learning integrates the best of Eastern and Western educational traditions, helping students to know themselves more deeply and engage constructively with others. The university comprises a four-year undergraduate college and graduate programs in the arts, education, environmental leadership, psychology, and religious studies. /p>

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