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PostSubject: Book from Bob Frager - Sufi Talks   Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:24 pm

Kennett had a connection to Bob Frager and would go down to his Transpersonal Institute in the Palo Alto area a few times a year to give a guest lecture. Don't know if this continued after I left. His institute was very much of a new age place, taught many forms of mysticism, spiritual and psychological practices. In retrospect, I would say that CITP lacked much discriminating wisdom. I bumped into Frager at a conference some years back, re-introduced myself, but we didn't really chat, just a quick hello. Have not read his book, so I am not recommending it per se. Frager became very dedicated to Sufism and that became his main orientation.

Sufi Talks: Teachings of an American Sufi Sheikh - Robert Frager. Quest

Frager, an American psychology professor and sheikh of the Halveti-Jerrahi Sufi order, presents in this book a number of discrete but interconnected sohbets, or conversations, on a variety of religious topics, from Ramadan and marriage to the soul and narcissism, with a special focus on living the ego-free life of a disciple. Though readers interested solely in Sufism, Islam’s mystical branch, should look elsewhere, as Frager liberally draws from Zen Buddhism, Judaism, mainstream Islam, and his psychology background, the author’s knowledge of his order is impressive and instructive to all, and his insights are often striking. Some of the main themes and even specific stories are repeated, but this results in the book feeling more authentically conversational, and makes reading almost meditative, as does several question-and-answer sessions. Frager is a wise teacher concerned with both the practical and spiritual well-being of his students, and his balance of abstract principles and obscure historical fables with personal experiences from his own Sufi group in California keeps the book’s traditional form fresh and original. This will surely be a precious resource for devotees and thought-provoking for the uninitiated. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/14/2012 - Publishers Weekly
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PostSubject: Re: Book from Bob Frager - Sufi Talks   Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:54 am

Looks interesting Josh.



I whirled with a Sufi teacher and listened to his gentle singing at an arts camp recently.It seems to be a great practice,although I am a zen girl at heart.

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PostSubject: Re: Book from Bob Frager - Sufi Talks   Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:26 pm

OK Off topic alert...

My most memorable day with the Sufi's

Many years ago Buddhists from various traditions would get together every summer in Vancouver in a park by the water for a picnic. Later we'd all play volley ball together.

One of the Tibetan Buddhist's husband was a Sufi who brought his group to play as well. On one side of the net was the Sufi team who seemed to combine volleyball playing with whirling around in dance. The Buddhists on the other side of the net were just as unorthodox with their tendency to ignore all court boundary's.
We all found each other a hoot to play with but it sure looked like something only Monty Python could have thought of.
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