Death and Deathlessness

Nov 2021 5 days
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At a Glance

This retreat experientially explores the soul’s journey as presented by Hazrat Inayat Khan’s masterpiece The Soul Whence and Whither which figures as a modern-day Sufi counterpart to the Egyptian and Tibetan Books of the Dead.

  • Time: 7am-9pm PT
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Format: on Zoom
  • Teacher: Taj Inayat
  • Eligibility: open to all with waiver
  • Questions? Contact us for questions about registration, eligibility and scholarships.
The mystery of eternal life is past once we have eaten death; then we are eternal.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

What is called death, according to Hazrat Inayat Khan, is a state of consciousness devoid of physical sensory input. Familiarizing oneself with the experience of consciousness beyond the senses can accordingly lead to the direct realization of immortality, a discovery that dispels the conventional dichotomy between life and death.

Death, who do you caress? The one who lies trustfully in my arms.
Hazrat Inayat Khan

Death is both the common fate of us all, and the most perplexing of mysteries. Philosophers and theologians have theories about life after death, but the surest knowledge comes from those whose meditations have taken them deep into worlds beyond the physical realm. My mother Taj is such a teacher, and her guidance in meditation is a rare and wonderful thing, a key to what lies beyond.

Endorsement from Pir Zia Inayat Khan
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Taj Inayat

Taj Inayat

Taj Inayat is the spiritual director of the Hurqalya Center and an initiate since 1967 in the Sufi Order International, now the Inayatiyya Order, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of Hazrat Inayat Khan. Three years after initiation she met Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, head of the Order, and became his spiritual partner. They collaborated in the work until his death in 2004.

Taj served as Vice President of the Sufi Order International, as teacher/guide for many years before co-creating Sufi Retreats and New Rain, programs that carried on the teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan.

Taj’s work is founded on a lifetime's attention to the human heart. Her capacity for supporting mystical awakening and self-knowing has grown out of her long experience as a spiritual guide in the transformative traditions of Sufism, Diamond Approach and Tibetan Buddhism. She is a minister in the Universal Worship Church and holds an MA in Counseling Psychology.

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